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All you need to know about CBD in Europe
In recent years, CBD has grown in popularity with more people using it than ever before. But while there has been a surge in the number of people using it, do we really know what the real benefits are? In addition, is CBD actually even legal in the UK? In a nutshell, as long as CBD oil has a THC content of below 0.2%, it’s legal for use within in the UK. This is because THC is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
What Exactly is CBD?
Let’s go back to basics…Part of the help and cannabis plant, CBD is known as a cannabinoid. Even though it's derived from cannabis, it’s non-psychoactive and doesn’t get you high or ‘stoned’. It's THC that's responsible for the getting high aspect. As THC is not present, the CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your body and can help with a range of pains and illnesses.
In order for CBD to be legal within the UK, it has to have a THC content of no more than 0.2%. This is vitally important as THC is what can cause hallucinations, paranoia, and in some more extreme cases, addiction. Due to these factors, the UK government ensures that the small levels of THC present in CBD oils cannot be easily separated from it.
CBD Oil UK Regulations: What to Look Out For
Cannabis is listed as a Class B drug in the UK, under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, CBD is not registered as a controlled substance under this act. The downside of this is that this has led to people thinking that it's legal and acceptable for them to grow their own cannabis or hemp. But this couldn't be further from the truth. It is, in fact, illegal to grow your own cannabis or hemp in the UK. With this in mind, CBD producers in the UK must receive a licence and permission from the UK Home Office to do so.
Similarly, to sell CBD oil, you either need to be a licenced medical distributor or sell the product as a nutritional supplement. If sold this way, the CBD product must be appropriately labelled in accordance with The Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003.
European Laws Around CBD
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for a CBD enthusiast to overcome in Europe is the degree in which laws vary from country to country. There is currently no European consensus on whether CBD should be legal or not, and therefore laws can differ significantly, even between countries that share a border.
For example, people can freely enjoy THC-rich marijuana in coffeeshops in The Netherlands, while members can enjoy the cannabis social clubs in Spain. In the Czech Republic, cannabis has been decriminalized for personal use and possession. But when it comes to CBD, what’s important to note is that it’s legal everywhere except Slovakia.
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