What are the UK laws on CBD and who regulates it?

What are the UK laws on CBD and who regulates it?

CBD has well and truly hit the UK market… like Zeus’ lightning bolts raining down ⚡ There are a huge range of brands and products flooding the UK market (including our own, ancient inspired, offering, see here), so they must be legal, right? 

Of course CBD oil is legal in the UK… or we wouldn't be selling it! But there are strict guidelines these products have to follow. Take a read below to become an expert on UK CBD regulation, and have full peace of mind when you purchase. 

Of course, things may change (the Greek Empire wasn’t built in a day 😉) and this article contains the legal guidelines as of May 2020. We at mellowzeus are obsessed with all things CBD and will update this page with any new regulatory developments.

[Note on our articles before you dive in... We know you’re busy, and we know there’s a myriad of information across the web about CBD. Therefore, we'll include only the key things you need to know, no unnecessary extras. If you need a little more around a topic, don’t hesitate to speak to us at hello@mellowzeus.com]

Is CBD legal in the UK?

CBD oil is fully legal in the UK, to purchase, sell and use. The agencies who regulate its safety are listed below. CBD products have to contain less than 0.2% of THC, to follow the UK guidelines, which our brands do. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in the hemp plant, which is illegal in the UK. CBD oil cannot be extracted from hemp plants within the UK, as it requires the flower and the bud to be present, which are illegal. 

Therefore there are some great suppliers across Europe who can supply the CBD extract to UK standards.

Who regulates CBD in the UK?

CBD has a status of a ‘Novel Foods’. This means that it is a relatively new product (though of course hemp is an ancient plant) for people to supplement their lifestyle with. In that way, CBD falls into the ‘food supplement’ bracket, and is not yet officially used as a medicine.. More on that later! 

A new ‘novel food’ authorisation from the FSA will come into place in March 2021, whereby every company producing CBD will need to be registered. Quality and sourcing checked will be by the UK government, to exacting standards. The FSA upholds this. See our who’s who of CBD regulation below:

FSA

The Food Standards Agency are an independent UK government agency that makes sure food is safe and what it says it is. They regulate CBD extract as it is a ‘Novel Food’.

COT

The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment conducts scientific studies to ensure the safety of products such as CBD. Their data and findings are passed onto the FSA, who advises the general population. 

 

MHRA

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are, you guessed it 😉the government body which regulates medicines. They are responsible for ensuring the safety, quality and effectiveness of medicines on the UK market.  This body would research into safety of CBD when used to treat or alleviate diseases. Current medical research has focused on combining dosages of CBD and THC (which is currently illegal in the UK) for helping treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, with some promising results. 

What dosages are advised by the government?

Up to 70mg a day is advised by the FSA, unless you’ve discussed higher dosages with your doctor.  See their official guidance here.

 

So now you are the archimedes-level expert on the UK legislation on CBD - now you just need to discover the benefits for yourself! See our best selling oils below:

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If you need a little bit more advice on how best to take CBD, check out our handy guide here.