We live in a time when CBD products are widely advertised online and in magazines and even on the TV by companies with zero credibility, with a variety of different claims made by the sellers (some true, some not). There is indeed a lot to take in for those unfamiliar with it. This leaves a burning question in a lot of people's minds, "Is CBD legal in the UK or not?" This is a question we hear every day from different people looking to get started using CBD. We're going to try and answer this question once and for all. 

Are CBD Products Legal in 2022?

Historically, CBD oil was illegal in the UK for a long, long time. This was because it was considered a controlled substance, which was the same as most cannabis products. It was made legal for recreational / food supplement purposes in 2015, and well, it is still complicated.

In a nutshell, it's legal to sell, purchase, and use CBD products in the UK if they are:

  • Produced to good manufacturing practices in the UK
  • Contain less than 0.2% THC
  • Contain a maximum total of 30mg/ml across the product

These things allow the product to be legal, but it is important that the label states the amount of CBD in the product and the concentration of CBD (the percentage).

The legalities are a bit more complex than what we've just said, but this is a brief overview of the issue.

CBD Good Manufacturing Practices

We're not going to go into too much detail here, but there are strict guidelines when it comes to the production of CBD products. They must be produced in a controlled environment, with high quality standards. This ensures the final product, whatever it is (CBD gummies, CBD oil, etc.), is of high quality.

Good Manufacturing Practices are something that all CBD companies should adhere to. They are the minimum requirements that ensure the quality of your CBD products is being upheld.

The UK industry uses the UK GMP as a standard when producing CBD products. Here are some of the important points:

  • The raw materials have to have been sourced from a reputable supplier.
  • The processing and manufacturing have to be in a controlled environment.
  • All staff need to be vetted, trained and have their qualifications approved.
  • All final products need to be tested for purity and quality.

Maximum CBD Concentration Guidelines

This refers to the maximum concentration of CBD per ml, and it's in lots of places. It's written on labels, but if you're in a shop and buying it, it's essential to check the concentration of CBD.

The concentration of CBD will usually be in mg/ml. The maximum amount of CBD per ml is 30mg/ml and is across the product. This means that if the bottle contains, say, 100ml, it can contain a maximum CBD concentration of 3000mg.

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Hopefully, this article has helped you when it comes to CBD in the UK. The main thing to take away from this is that CBD is perfectly legal as long as it adheres to the strict rules and regulations that govern CBD in the UK. The laws are always changing, so it's worth keeping up to date so you can enjoy CBD products without any worries.

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