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  1. Peter,

    Is CBD Oil required to be licenced by the MHRA, or is it legal to sell as a dietary / food supplement, in the UK ?

    Obviously it should have NO controlled substances in the product ie THC or CBN.

    Please advise your thoughts.

    Karl Spratt

    April 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    • CBD is not a ‘controlled drug’ and there are no restrictions on it in the UK.

      However, most CBD products are whole plant extracts from industrial hemp and also contain other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds found within the plant, including trace amounts of THC and CBN, the two cannbabinoids that are ‘controlled’ under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

      The law is ambiguous. As industrial hemp is grown under licence, any product derived from it is presumed legal. However, the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 states that no product can contain more than 1mg of a controlled drug but it doesn’t say 1mg in what, so it could be 1mg in a gram or 1mg in 100 kilos. Ultimately this could only be determined by a court of law.

      For all practical purposes, CBD products are legal. If you’re selling them though you cannot make any medical claims.

      Peter Reynolds

      April 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm


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