Recently, there has been quite a bit of doubt surrounding whether or not the UK has put a ban on CBD and CBD products. So, is CBD really banned in the UK? To answer this quickly and swiftly, no, CBD is not banned in the UK. All CBD products which are manufactured within the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agencies boundaries are legal within the UK. But if CBD is legal now, why was it illegal before?
CBD is a product which is derived from cannabis plants. Cannabis plants naturally produce a compound which is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, which causes psychoactive effect in humans, and due to this fact, cannabis was deemed illegal in the misuse of drugs act of 1971 throughout the UK. So, not only was Cannabis itself illegal in the UK, but any products derived from it were also banned, due to the lack of information and research into the other components of the Cannabis plants.
CBD is Legal in the UK
In November of 2018, everything changed for the UK and the laws surrounding Cannabis. On this date, cannabis-derived and hemp derived CBD were completely legalised and began to be sold widely on the high street market in the UK. It was thanks to the vast research, advancements in technology, and popular opinion, that CBD was able to be legalised in the UK. Of course, there were definitely some restrictions, the most important of these being that all CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC. This is due to the fact that this amount of THC is insufficient enough to create or produce any psychoactive effects, so it is technically not illegal.
For years there have actually been studies being made on the different compounds found in CBD. Because Cannabis itself had been used for a millennia before our time, and researchers and scientists wanted to research the plant and its components more thoroughly. Though scientists had already discovered that Cannabis made people feel "high", there was not enough information regarding all the other components of Cannabis and Hemp plants.
But now thanks to the advancement of technology and research we have been able to see the benefits of CBD and how it reacts with the body; mainly the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is the biological system in everybody that is built of receptors (cannabinoid receptors) that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD. As more and more research has been emerging on the benefits of CBD, it became apparent that because CBD does not have any psychoactive effects like THC there was no need to be controlling and regulating it as though it were an illegal substance.
Is Cannabis Derived CBD Illegal?
There is often a misconception regarding cannabis CBD and hemp CBD, and whether or not if one is legal and if the other is not. Well let me tell you that hemp derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD are the exact same thing, both scientifically and legally.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is cannabidiol, it's as simple as that. Whether it's derived from cannabis or hemp. In fact, the only difference between marijuana and hemp plants is that marijuana plants produce larger amounts of THC and hemp plants will produce insignificant amounts of THC. Because of this, many people believe that cannabis-derived CBD is illegal while hemp derived CBD is legal. But what these people don't realise is that technology allows us to separate CBD from THC, and obtain either CBD isolates, which are 99% CBD or CBD extracts which contain less than 0.2% THC. So, there really is no difference between cannabis-derived CBD and hemp derived CBD.
Now you know that CBD is not banned in the UK, regardless of whether it's derived from hemp plants or derived from cannabis plants. Thanks to the legalization of CBD and CBD products in the UK, we now have a whole new world and market to explore and expand. In fact, there are many different types of products available to suit anyone's lifestyle, needs and preferences perfectly. So please don't be shy and check out all the high-quality CBD products we have to offer here at Bloom Botanics!