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Is CBD oil legal?
CBD oil has exploded in popularity in the last twelve months, and that is mainly down to more and more reputable retailers selling the product. The British government has laid down some very clear guidelines regarding the manufacture and sale of CBD and, provided that these guidelines are adhered to, it is perfectly legal to buy, sell and possess it. However, it is very important to recognise when a liquid might not be legal to prevent being charged with an offence.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol is extracted from regular cannabis, and it is one of 104 different compounds that can be found within this plant. CBD oil is this compound in liquid form, and users will often take it by spraying it under the tongue as this is one of the fastest entry routes into the bloodstream. It is also sold in other forms, such as chewable 'cbd gummies' and CBD vape liquids.
There is currently a great deal of debate about whether or not CBD oil has any genuine health benefits, although a number of people with chronic illnesses have claimed that their symptoms have been noticeably lower - this discussion is set to roll on for some time.
However, the main thing to remember about this compound is that it will not contain a significant amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the psychoactive substance that currently makes normal cannabis a controlled substance in the United Kingdom. THC is what leads to a 'high.'
What are the legal guidelines?
Above all else, for CBD oil to be legal for sale in the UK, it must not contain more than 0.2% THC, as this would push it into the controlled category of being a 'psychoactive substance.' This is why it is very important to check when you are purchasing CBD oil that you are not inadvertently buying a product that fails this very clear requirement, therefore breaking the law and leaving yourself at risk of arrest in the event of being searched.
You should always shop for CBD oil with a reputable supplier such as SoCBD. All of our products are clearly marked as being '<0.2% THC' or 'THC FREE,' allowing you to shop with 100% peace of mind that you are not breaking the law.
In addition to this, it is not easy to chemically separate a very small amount of THC, but again, any upstanding and law-abiding CBD retailer will follow this rule to the absolute letter. It needs to come from approved industrial hemp, and this will be clearly indicated when you purchase.
How can you protect yourself when buying CBD oil?
We've already mentioned that a reputable retailer will strictly adhere to the law in the UK, and to make sure that you do not end up buying CBD oil from an unscrupulous dealer, there are certain warning signs to look out for. A lack of positive customer feedback should raise concerns, along with vastly exaggerated claims about the health benefits.
At SoCBD, our entire reputation is built upon our customers being able to shop with absolute confidence. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by filling out our online form.