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Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal in the UK?

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While some places in the world have made the growth and sale of cannabis legal, at least to some extent, many countries still class cannabis as an illegal drug. This is the case in the UK, where cannabis is classified as a class B drug. Due to the illegal status of cannabis, many people find themselves uncertain about the legality surrounding cannabis-related products, and particularly, cannabis-related hemp oil.

Of these oils, one of the most popular is cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Despite all the confusion surrounding CBD, which is extracted from the cannabis plant, it is 100% legal in the UK when purchased from a reputable retailer.

In fact, hemp oil products are not only legal, but they are becoming incredibly popular. The amount of people looking to buy CBD oil products UK wide is on the rise, especially since some major high street retailers are beginning to see the benefits of the product, and subsequently stock it on their shelves.

While CBD hemp oil products may be legal, with a spokesperson from the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) even saying ‘We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine’, it doesn’t stop much of the confusion surrounding just how CBD has been classified as legal.

To dispel any concerns over the legality of UK CBD oil products, we have delved a little deeper into just what CBD is, so you can get to understand this wondrous product a little better.


How is CBD Oil Legal?

So, how can a product produced from a class B drug be legal?

The difference here is the strains of the plant that the CBD is extracted from. Certain strains of the plant have been selected and bred to maximise either their CBD or THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content. The legal strains contain very little THC and very high amounts of CBD. What causes certain cannabis extract products to be illegal is the presence of THC, not the highly beneficial CBD. So, in a way, it is not so much the presence of CBD that makes CBD oil products legal, but the absence of THC.



THC is what has given cannabis it’s bad reputation (and status) over the years. The vast majority of the psychological effects associated with cannabis stem from THC. Receptors in the body are able to pick up on the presence of THC (and any cannabinoid), and the brain starts to become affected. This can be noticed by changes to cognitive recall, pleasure and perception, amongst other influences on behaviour and emotion.

THC and CBD are just two of the cannabinoids to be located in the cannabis plant but are arguably two of the most well-known. In total, there are more than a hundred cannabinoids that can be extracted from different types of the cannabis plant; each of which has different benefits.

As THC plays only a small part in the overall abilities of cannabis, and an especially small part in hemp, it is very easy to extract the cannabinoids other than THC. What’s left then is a beautiful mixture of cannabinoids that can significantly improve your health and wellbeing. Those with a high concentration of CBD are especially popular.

CBD hemp oil and other products must contain a THC level of 0.2% or less to considered legal in the UK. Any level of THC above 0.2% then becomes a controlled substance classed as illegal cannabis, which, whilst legal in some countries, is illegal in the UK.

The benefits of CBD oil products seem capable of influencing a little of everything about the way that our bodies work. Once you take the lid off the benefits, it’s not difficult to see why cannabis has been used for health purpose for thousands of years.


Is CBD Oil the Only Product That’s Legal?

While CBD hemp oil products are the most popular way to enjoy the benefits that CBD has to offer, it is not the only product that contains CBD that can be legally sold. You can buy CBD UK wide in multiple forms. This includes the purchase of CBD chocolates, CBD vape liquid and even hemp CBD capsules. All these products are available for purchase and are 100% legal, just like CBD oil.

You also have the choice of whether to buy CBD isolate products or full-spectrum products. An isolate product contains only CBD, often carried by another oil, while a full-spectrum product contains a vast range of different legal cannabinoids.

If you’re considering trying out CBD products for yourself, then make sure that you purchase them from a reputable seller. For a full range of some of the best CBD oil UK products, all of which meet the regulations for legal sale in the UK, you can also take a look at our store!


Last Updated on 14/01/2022

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