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Where is CBD oil produced?

In the UK, CBD oil consumers have increased rapidly over the last few years. Sales have skyrocketed since CBD products arrived in high street stores, and it is fast becoming a popular mainstream health supplement. There are still people who have questions about its legality in the UK, and it is important to have an understanding of where legal CBD oil is produced to ensure you are purchasing a product that is safe and of high quality.

Cannabis in the UK

In the UK, cannabis is a controlled substance through the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and as such it is currently not possible to produce CBD oil in the UK. It is not permitted for anyone to be in possession of cannabis plants, so British laboratories are unable to produce CBD oil domestically. It has to be produced in other EU countries where the production is legal under certain conditions, and then imported into the UK.

Currently, British legislation states that marijuana has no medicinal value, though this status is under review. CBD is not specifically referred to, so the ban is a blanket one. But the cannabis sativa plant actually splits into two categories: the aforementioned marijuana and hemp. The former has a high concentration of THC, which is a psychoactive cannabinoid that produces the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, contains next to no THC and a very high concentration of CBD which is not intoxicating and can legally be consumed in the UK.

The plant with many uses

Industrial hemp has a number of uses, from consumption to the production of building materials and clothing. It is technically possible to grow industrial hemp under licence in the UK, but this licence is notoriously difficult to obtain and most companies opt to import from overseas. If a CBD product is made from industrial hemp, and the company producing it can verify that the THC content of the product is less than 0.2%, then you have a legal CBD product that can enter the UK market.

It is important to be wary of companies selling CBD products in the UK that aren’t using reputable retailers, because if the product does not meet legislative guidelines then it could be illegal. The THC percentage should be clearly stated on the packaging, it should be marketed as a food supplement, and all ingredients should be listed. It must also state that it was extracted from industrial hemp. If a product doesn’t meet these requirements, there is no way of determining where and how it was produced, so you should give it a wide berth.