In recent times the laws regarding the use, sale and distribution of CBD and cannabis oil have been experiencing constant changes, revisions and modifications during the past couple of years in Scotland and the UK. There have been many questions raised about CBD, whether CBD has any benefits for the human body which are worth exploiting, and whether CBD should be available to the public in online CBD Shops or on the high street.
Since the introduction of the idea of CBD being beneficial to the human body, there has been quite a bit of commotion among UK based research institutions, and subsequently the UK parliament. Just to be clear, by “beneficial to the human body” we mean only that it is recognized by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and the Food and Drug Administration as being a “dietary supplement”, and therefore can supply the body with essential minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids which it may be lacking.
The conversation regarding the sale of cannabis-derived products was first begun when the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 ruled cannabis as a controlled substance due to its THC content. There were studies at the time which suggested that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the component in cannabis plants which produce psychoactive effects) was to be controlled and outlawed due to the effects it produces on the human brain, otherwise called “a high”.
This declaration, therefore, made the cannabis plant and all the products derived from said plant, illegal to produce, import or export, own, use or sell in the United Kingdom. But when the USA began reforming and re-assessing this act and found that it was logical to be legalised once again within their country, there was much research done on the plant, its components and its effects on humans.
This research was and continues to be widely available to the public. When people began to research these studies, many people from around the world began to see cannabis and cannabis-derived products in another light.
Within all of this investigation, the component known as CBD (cannabidiol) was taken into research again (the first time it was discovered was in the 1940’s), and tested for many different uses, etc. When tests began to prove that this cannabinol was not psychoactive, the possibility of using this component as a supplement began seeming more realistic.
Fast forward to November 1st, 2018 in the UK, Scotland included of course, the law was passed stating that CBD oil, derived from either cannabis or hemp were legal to sell, distribute, possess, and use if the CBD oil contains less than 0.2% THC.
The MHRA was ready to give the whole UK CBD Law the green light, but since there is no scientific proof that assures that CBD can help in any medical instances, the MRHA chose to rule this substance as a “dietary supplement” meaning that it can provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals, and fatty acids, and therefore improve overall well being.
So, as a result of the MHRA's condition, all brands and companies must, by law, market and sell CBD products as a dietary supplement, despite popular beliefs that CBD oil can actually help in much more than just dietary supplementation.
There have also been more requirements and standards which companies and brands are to comply with to be able to sell, all put in place by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) here in the UK and Scotland. Naturally, these requirements and standards are in place to ensure that companies are producing and distributing the legal, safe CBD oil that cannot possibly pose any risk to consumers.
Are CBD Oil and Cannabis Oil Different?
To put it quite simply, yes. These two oils are completely different things in the eyes of both the law and science. You see, cannabis oil refers to the simple and pure oil extract of the cannabis plant. This does mean that it has CBD, since CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis plants; but it also means that this oil comes with as much THC as that amount of cannabis oil can contain.
CBD Oil, on the other hand, refers to the pure CBD (cannabidiol) extract in oil form. This substance can only, by law, contain less than 0.2% THC. Of course, depending on the type of CBD oil you purchase, this product can contain other naturally occurring substances, such as terpenes and fatty acids; but it does not contain anywhere close to as much THC as Cannabis Oil does.
These small differences are very significant in the eyes of UK law, making it essential for CBD companies and CBD consumers to understand that their CBD does not and should contain any significant amounts of THC.
Naturally, the FDA and MHRA keep a very close eye on the production of CBD oil for this very reason so that there is absolutely no danger of any CBD oil containing THC. This is due to the fact above mentioned which points out that THC is not only a controlled substance, as of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, but it is also one that, when consumed produces psychoactive effects - hence the illegality of cannabis plant or cannabis oil.
This concept as a whole is quite important for the consumer to understand. As there still remains much stigma around CBD oil since it is derived from cannabis plants. Many think CBD oil will produce psychoactive effects also known as a “high” on the body, but there is no chance that your CBD oil will produce any such effects at any time.
As you will see below, all of us here at Bloom Botanics as a whole believe in knowing all about the brands offered here, and we all make absolutely sure that the CBD oil you purchase from this site will always and forever be approved by the FDA and MHRA, and that the risk of getting THC in amounts higher than 0.2% in your CBD oil is completely out of our clients’ minds.
Sellers & Brands: Do They All Comply with These Regulations?
As you may know by now, it is absolutely necessary and indisputable that brands and companies that produce and distribute CBD oil must comply with all of these regulations and policies. It is an absolute must for companies to constantly pass tests and studies before they even begin to sell their CBD publicly. So, to answer the initial question, yes, all the main brands comply with these regulations.
But there are always things which consumers should look out for in brands, and things they should keep in mind when shopping around for CBD oil or CBD products in general.
Since the rise in CBD popularity in Scotland, there has been a number of people who think it will be a great opportunity to begin to produce and sell CBD oil under the radar. Is this a good idea? Not at all. Is it safe for consumers? Of course not.
These types of “pop up” or “home-based” CBD sellers, normally found in underground places on the internet, are things which consumers should keep a good eye out for. Because, not only do they not know if their CBD oil is legitimate, but they also have no idea if the CBD oil is safe at all or if it complies with the FDA and MHRA’s regulations which are put in place to protect consumers’ health.
We are by no means saying that all small CBD brands or businesses are bad. We know very well that various smaller businesses have the same capability of getting fully approved licenses as large companies do, and we believe that small businesses deserve a chance at sharing their high-quality CBD with the world. We are saying is just that it is so much more worth it to shop from well-known places, such as our shop, than to run any risk whatsoever regarding your health and well being.
Brands We Carry: Safe, Up to Date, and Well Known
Our clients’ health and well being is our number one priority; so much so that when we add a new brand to our store, we always make sure that all our brands have a current license, current lab test results, and a good product. We do this to make 100% sure that you will be getting genuine CBD oil, with easy to understand ingredient lists, letting you know what you are putting in your body.
The fact that there are so many wonderful and professional brands in the UK right now makes us want to share these products with our clients; and since we care so much about your comfort and well being, we always make it a point to offer only the most well known, best-established brands on the market.
We know, as you do too, that this is a new industry for Scotland and the UK, and therefore we want all our clients to begin their CBD journey by knowing exactly what’s going on legally, what to expect from CBD brands and companies and where it is best to obtain their CBD products.
We want more than anything to establish a strong trust bond between our clients and ourselves, so it is of utmost importance to us that your CBD experiences are the best they can possibly be. In order to that, as mentioned above, we always make it a point to offer well know, fully legal brands that provide the highest quality of CBD on the market today.
Additionally, if you are by any chance a new CBD user, we have much more additional information about CBD, including blogs such as what CBD is, what the most popular ways to consume CBD are, what the differences are between CBD oil derived from hemp and derived from cannabis plants, and many other informational and educational blogs which we upload to our site for your education and to build your confidence about taking CBD and incorporating it into your daily lifestyle.
As you know, this industry is very new to Scotland and the UK, and therefore many people still hesitate to use CBD as a dietary supplement, but we assure you that taking CBD as a dietary supplement in your daily life will pose absolutely no harm, and will most likely provide a boost of vitamins and minerals in your body.
So, if you are just starting out and feel a bit hesitant, please feel free to read up on our informational blogs and get more acquainted with CBD as an ingredient. Once you have established more knowledge, and feel confident about trying CBD but are unsure about how to begin taking it, please feel more than welcome to read our “How to Take CBD: Orally and Alternatives” blog, so that you may be able to find the perfect method to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle.
Of course, CBD is presented in many different forms of products, such as full spectrum CBD oil, CBD lotions, CBD sprays, CBD edibles, CBD vape juices, etc., but the FDA is sure that CBD is able to provide you at least some amount of dietary supplementation. So, by all means, educate yourself on CBD, and begin to try it out in your daily life for a more healthy and a more complete daily diet.