Cosmetic products is a lower risk area for selling CBD enhanced products from a legal persepctive. Compliance can be assured by verifying legal THC content and using CBD that has not been extracted from the flowers or buds of the plant.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a controlled substance in the UK and is legal to possess and sell. It can be imported into the UK but products must be clearly labelled, they must have 3 rd party laboratory reports prove that they do not contain illegal levels of controlled substances.
UK criminal law in which THC falls is not “grey” concerning controlled substances. Any business that does not take the considerable steps to satisfy themselves that its products do not contain illegal levels of controlled substances puts itself (and its directors) at risk of serious criminal charges. When asked is CBD legal in UK we can still say yes but follow the guidelines and keep within the THC limits.
Novel Foods UK
UK regulatory framework in respect of the CBD and cannabis industry is complex the belief that anything is legal below 0.2% THC is a myth. You now need Novel foods certification for edibles, novel foods does not apply to vaping CBD or cosmetics.
The Extract has a summary of all you need to know about the UK CBD oil legislation, we will help answer the question, Is CBD legal in UK and where the UK is on the road to cannabis legalisation. Updated constantly to give you the most up to date information on CBD UK and EU laws.
The FSA in the UK is now enforced from April 1st 2021, The EU Food Standard Agency being different will follow its own processes, it has yet to be seen whether it will begin to enforce in the same timeframe. To comply in the UK you will have needed to be selling or in the process of selling CBD prior to the announcement back in Feb 2020 and have the Novel foods application in by March 30th 2020, this will allow you to sell CBD until the application has been processed and it meets the standards set out, once validated you will be able to continue to sell CBD in the UK. If the novel foods application is rejected you must remove the products from sale in the UK regardless of THC or CBD levels, unless you have a pending legal action against the decision and have been given clarification by the FSA to indicate you can sell till it is heard.
Growing hemp must be at under 0.2% THC but this only applies to farming hemp and not the finished products, here the max 1mg is the important item.
This seems fairly simple, although once you scratch the surface there are many more details to consider.
CBD is a compound that comes from the Sativa cannabis plant. Here are two main classifications of cannabis plants depending on their compound contents, these are called Hemp and Marijuana.
To lift the confusion surrounding CBD and its laws, it’s helpful to understand exactly what CBD is:
CBD Regulations in the UK
Our company founders Dom and George incorporated CBD into their daily routine during their high flying rugby careers, both playing premiership and international rugby. They used CBD to manage the symptoms caused by their physical rugby careers. Just like Dom and George, lots of our customers are adding CBD into their lifestyle with amazing results.
The fact CBD is non intoxicating, doesn’t produce any euphoric effects and make you ‘high’ in the same way as THC are big reasons why it is legal in the UK.
CBD is still a new topic for a lot of people and it can be often overlooked. CBD is from the cannabis plant and is often wrongly associated with its brother THC, which is illegal in the UK and the part of the plant that gets you ‘high’. With a bit of clarification around the topic you will understand more about CBD and its laws in the UK.
This has led to people believing they can grow their own cannabis/hemp for CBD use. It’s actually illegal to grow your own cannabis/hemp in the UK and there are a few strict regulations:
By the early 18 th century, many medical formulations contained cannabis. At this point science had yet to catch up, but thousands of years of successful use was enough for almost all physicians to feel confident in readily prescribing it. Unfortunately, this was also along with morphine – a highly addictive and potentially lethal drug which, by the 19 th century, many people had developed a serious problem with.
During this transition period no new CBD products for consumption are allowed to come on the market without a fully authorised application (not just validated, but fully completed, a process which can take over a year) – meaning that from 1st April 2021 consumable CBD products which launched in the UK after 13th February 2020 are not able to remain on the market.
So, where does CBD come in?
Despite growing evidence to support the astounding ways in which the cannabis plant (and the CBD derived from it) interacts with and supports the human body, full legalisation of this particular wonder of nature is not even vaguely on the horizon in the UK. Yet.
Those CBD products available before this date, which are linked to a validated application (like KLORIS) are able to remain for sale while the authorisation process takes place.
Selling CBD which has been processed and imported from other countries where cultivation and harvesting is legal is approved. Which is why you’ll find most CBD brands working with farmers in France, Guernsey, Switzerland, Croatia, Portugal, certain states in the US and a few other select places.