Is CBD Legal in the UK?

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When buying CBD in the UK, the first question you should ask is always “is this CBD oil legal?”. There are a number of rules and regulations in place meaning some products may be considered illegal, depending on how they were produced. We spoke with Robert Jappie – partner at London law firm Ince – who specialises exclusively within cannabis regulation – about whether this cannabinoid was actually against UK law; his response was that CBD is legal, providing the correct regulations have been adhered to. These include The Medical Device Regulations which contain 3 criteria for exemption. Some product types also require Novel Food authorisation from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The Legal Criteria – UK When purchasing CBD, one might get the impression that their legality depends only on it having low levels of THC. In reality, more than just how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is present will determine if they are legally available. To be considered “legal” in the UK, CBD needs to meet specific criteria: It must not be sold as a medicine or with medicinal claims. The container must include less than 1mg of the controlled cannabinoids THC, THCV or CBN. The product must not be packaged in a way that makes it easy to separate the controlled cannabinoids (THC, THCV and CBN). All edible types of CBD must receive Novel Foods authorisation. This includes oils, gummies, and capsules.   CBD balms and e-liquids do not require Novel Foods authorisation to be sold legally, but they must meet criteria one through three.   What is Novel Foods Regulation? The European Union has updated its novel food regulations to require all foods without a significant history of consumption before May 1997 be classified as ‘novel’. In January 2019, the commission declared that they had not received enough…

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