All my life, I thought the cannabis plant was bad news – something to be avoided at all costs. I believed this right up until my mid 40’s. I was brought up in a loving but strict household and had never dared to question anything about this plant as it was clear that it would lead me on a path to destruction. If I tried cannabis, I’d probably never recover… right?
Of course, I now know that my previous self was very misguided. My lack of education about cannabis prevented me from discovering that there are many different cannabis strains and that the cannabis variety used most office for CBD oil – usually hemp – has naturally low levels of THC. That’s unlike the more famous, or should I say infamous, cannabis strains used recreationally for their psychoactive effects that are bred to have high levels of THC.
So, What’s Legal and What Isn’t?
THC is where the legality concern lies as it is the compound that has a psychoactive effect when consumed in large quantities, and there are regulations in place to ensure your CBD oil is not produced from these strains of the plant.
The Home Office will only issue licences for the cultivation of plants from approved seed types with a THC content not exceeding 0.2%, meaning that any product you buy should contain less than 0.2% THC. It is also the view of the Home Office that the applicable unit of measure for the 1mg ‘threshold’ for THC is per container. This means that if you fill any larger-sized container with THC greater than 1mg then it’s not legal either. This makes it a bit of a problem when importing CBD into the UK in bulk! Of course, most consumers would never need a container so large and this is more of a hurdle for retailers.
THC in the trace amounts found in CBD oil can be beneficial but, rest assured, it won’t have any psychoactive effect. This is because it is only present in such low quantities. Of course, if you’re really concerned for any reason, you can always opt for a THC-free option, like our THC-Free Broad Spectrum Oils. This is why we give our customers the option of either our full spectrum CBD oils or our THC-free oils so that they can have total peace of mind.
How Do You Know Which CBD Products You Can Trust?
Sad to say that just like all businesses, there are some less than honest sellers. It took me eight years of struggle and research to finally build the courage to try CBD, but of course, it was very different then. Back then the internet seemed full of dodgy-looking CBD websites and the majority of CBD products were being sold in America. I found it hard to feel assured that I could access a quality product. Having battled chronic illness and been one of the lucky ones to win the war against cancer, it was important to me to know that I wasn’t putting any old junk into my body.
When we set up hapihemp, we wanted to create a safe place where people could learn about CBD and feel assured that they were in good hands. Now, thankfully, things have rapidly changed; CBD products are now available in many places and almost all of the traditional high-street retailers, offer a variety of brands.
CBD Lab Reports
Any CBD seller worth their salt will have full lab reports for their CBD oils readily available for you to access at any time. This is how you check the contents of your oil and how you can be confident that it is legal. THC levels should never be above 0.2% and this should be clear in the report. We recommend that you never buy your CBD oil from a seller who can’t show you a lab report for their products. Also, if you simply don’t feel right about the seller, move on until you can a company that you feel you can trust.
At hapihemp, we run tests for all of our products and ensure that our supply chain operates under the most stringent quality-first conditions. You can take a look at our lab reports on our dedicated page.
In Conclusion: Is CBD Legal?
In one word yes! This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions about CBD oil. The law requires that CBD products should contain 0.2% THC or less, but CBD and most other naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant are legal too.
A word of advice, make sure that you always purchase CBD from a reputable company that has their lab reports available online. hapihemp provides full CBD lab reports for each of our UK CBD products so you can rest assured that all of our products meet these requirements.
So, as you can see, CBD is legal in the UK. However, we understand, that you may feel hesitant to try for yourself, just like I once did. If we can help to reassure you or you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us by email at email@example.com, or telephone us at 0330 133 1871.
We also have a wonderful Facebook group called the hapihemp CBD Users UK where you can discuss and ask questions about all things CBD.