Recent years have seen a significant increase in the popularity of CBD, hemp and cannabis in the UK. In light of this, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you understand what they are, what their differences are, and their legal status in the UK.
What is CBD?
CBD, known as cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant. It does not possess psychoactive abilities like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis. The cannabis plant naturally contains several unique compounds called cannabinoids, one of which is CBD. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits and is used in products such as oils, capsules, creams, and gummies.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant that contains high levels of THC, the psychoactive component that induces the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use. It is illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and its possession, production, and supply is prohibited in the UK. However, cannabis can be lawfully prescribed by specialists in certain circumstances, such as the management of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy-induced nausea.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a variant of the cannabis plant that is naturally high in non-psychoactive cannabinoids, particularly CBD. It is legal to grow hemp in the UK with a license issued by the Home Office, and it has a wide range of commercial applications, including textiles, building materials, and beauty products. Hemp-derived CBD products are legal in the UK provided they contain less than 0.2% THC.
What’s the Legal Status of CBD in the UK?
CBD products derived from hemp containing less than 0.2% THC are legal in the UK, and you can purchase them from high street stores and online. However, the legal situation regarding CBD products derived from other strains of cannabis is more complicated. CBD oils and other preparations derived from cannabis require a prescription from a specialist, and you should only obtain these products from licensed suppliers.
We hope that this comprehensive guide has given you a better understanding of CBD, cannabis, and hemp. While the UK’s legal framework surrounding these products can be complex, we hope that our guide has cleared up any confusion. Remember, when purchasing products online or in-store, always read the labels, check the THC content, and ensure you are purchasing from licensed and reputable sources. When in doubt, it’s wise to seek professional advice to ensure that you are buying and using these products legally and safely.
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