CBD flower legality in the UK is a complicated area. With CBD oil, CBD capsules, CBD edibles, CBD topicals, and even CBD bath bombs are legal, many people would assume that CBD flower would be legal to use as long as it remained compliant with EU regulatory standards. Many people would be wrong, though. When it comes to whether or not CBD weed is legal in the UK, there is one answer, and that answer is no, CBD weed is not legal in the UK. CBD weed is against the law in the UK, as stated by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. According to this Act, "cannabis" (except in the expression "cannabis resin") means any plant of the genus Cannabis or any part of any such plant (by whatever name designated) except that it does not include cannabis resin or any of the following products after separation from the rest of the plant, namely:
“cannabis resin” means the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from any plant of the genus Cannabis.
A, B, and C paint a clear picture that CBD flower is not legal in the UK as of yet. This is not particularly the answer that many people in the UK are looking for. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the legality of CBD flowers in the UK, and it understandably comes from multiple sources of information and points of view. Sellers of CBD flower claim that the flower is legal because it contains less than 0.2% THC and comes from EU-approved hemp cultivars. Even hemp rich in CBD can be cultivated in the UK.
However, laws state that even a licensed processor with proper paperwork from the home office cultivating EU-approved hemp cultivars with less than 0.2% THC can only keep seeds and fibers and must destroy the rest of the plant. This means that the CBD-rich producing flowers and buds of the EU-approved hemp produced in the UK cannot be processed. This is a law that particularly hurts UK farmers. With an industry reaching financial achievements of an estimated $100 billion by as early as 2025, farmers across the UK are not getting the chance to participate in this lucrative industry thanks to outdated language pertaining to the description or definition of cannabis.
CBD flowers or buds are commonly used to produce CBD oil or isolate. These products currently must be manufactured outside of the UK. A large portion of the CBD available in the UK comes from the United States from places such as Colorado, Kentucky, California, and Washington. These states produce EU hemp cultivars containing 0.2% THC or less. They have all of their product tested by multiple independent certified labs before ever shipping it to the UK. Should something be found wrong with one product, the entire batch could be banned from entering the country or even destroyed as the legality of cannabis in the UK is very clear in regard to THC.
The popularity of CBD has increased across the UK since 2019 and has shown no signs of slowing down. People all across the UK are adding CBD to their daily routines as part of smart lifestyle decisions. From everyday people to amateur and professional athletes, actors, actresses, musicians, and individuals of all walks of life, it seems everyone loves CBD. The market for CBD is so impressive that its value is greater than that of the market for vitamin c and vitamin d combined. A change in law and the language and definition of cannabis would be an epic turn of events for the UK. Just imagine if farmers in the UK could participate in this lucrative market instead of watching hundreds of millions worth of CBD being imported to the UK.
If consumers across the UK had legal access to purchase CBD flower online and in high store markets or pharmacies, they would also be able to produce CBD oil from these flowers at home themselves. A simple process of decarboxylation of these flowers followed by an infusion of MCT or avocado oil can produce a high-quality CBD oil. The problem with this is that people would have a hard time determining the strength of what they're taking. For this reason, it is suggested to leave this process to the professionals. Let them create the CBD products and have them tested; this way, you know exactly what you're getting, and there is no guessing game when it comes to CBD. When it comes to growing hemp, many different variances can cause the THC level to become higher than acceptable in the UK. Until issues regarding the language and definition of cannabis are addressed in the UK, CBD weed will remain illegal.
This article is authored by Dr Casey Abrahamsmen. Dr Abrahamsmen is a board certified physician with over 13 years of experience in internal medicine and pain management. He practises Palliative care at a hospital in Venezuela and is a strong advocative for CBD and believes CBD has a major role to play towards healthy non addictive pain management habits. You can read more about Dr Abrahamsmen here.
This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.
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