The popularity of CBD in the United Kingdom has soared even in the last three years. The number of consumers has shot up from 125,000 in 2017 to 250,000 in 2018. Today, in 2020, the number is closer to 1.3 million in the UK alone. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that CBD may help treat symptoms for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, and just regular old pain. Despite the immense popularity, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding CBD oil in UK law, as most cannabinoids are listed as controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act. CBD oil, however, comes as the exception and is completely legal in the UK, as it is not considered a controlled substance when isolated.
There are certain requirements that the CBD oil must pass in order to fall under this category of legality. It has to be derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved, or comes from outside of the EU. It must also be free of THC; the only exception of this is a 50-50 mix of THC and CBD produced in a lab that is used for treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Medical cannibas oil can be prescribed by a doctor in England, Scotland, and Wales; this means doctors will no longer need to seek approval from an expert panel. However, you cannot fly into the UK with CBD oil without this prescription from a doctor.Back to blog