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Is CBD Legal in the UK?

CBD can be used for a whole range of things, and it also comes in a whole variety of different forms as well. It’s able to reduce things like cancer cells and swelling. Many other countries across the world have legalised it for medical use, as it has a whole range of benefits. Looking at the laws can be quite confusing, so we’ve put together everything that you need to know about using CBD substances in the UK, so you don’t have to worry about researching it all yourself.

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What is CBD?

It’s important for you to know that CBD is completely different from marijuana. They are similar, but they are different at the same time, a way to look at it is as if they’re cousins. CBD is unable to make you high because it’s not psychoactive, whereas, marijuana is psychoactive because it contains THC; therefore it means when you take it, you will get high.


CBD is a type of cannabinoid, and it is able to interact with your receptors in your brain. You’d be surprised to hear that THC and CBD actually have the same chemical formula the only difference between them is that they have a different arrangement. There are many medical benefits that CBD has, for instance, they can help you with the following things: epilepsy, pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, acne, inflammation, psoriasis, dyskinesia, broken bones, depression, mad cow disease, bacterial infections, diabetes, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, ADHD, Substance abuse, schizophrenia, IBS and heart disease. Just from this list, you can clearly see that it will be very beneficial for you.

What forms does CBD come in?

There is a whole range of different forms that you can purchase CBD in so you can try entire different methods until you find one that suits you the best. You can purchase CBD in the following: oils, waxes, lotions, sprays, gels, capsules and transdermal patches.

Before you do consider buying a CBD product, it’s worth comparing them, this is because the concentration in each product can vary, as well as the dosage. Not only this, but each different form of CBD may actually make you feel slightly different effects. This is why it’s best to try them to see which one you prefer.

The legal laws around CBD:

The laws can be quite confusing but quite straightforward as well. One thing you do need to watch out for is that you don’t break the laws on THC, because this is illegal in the UK, and you will get arrested if you’re found in possession of a high dosage of it. Just because high amounts of THC is illegal doesn’t mean that CBD is, in fact, CBD is legal in the UK. Not only this, but there aren’t any laws over the use of it either, and this is because it’s not classed as a controlled substance.

It’s was only recently that CBD was made legal in the UK, as it only came into effect back in 2017, and the reason that the laws were changed is that it started to get recognised as a form of medicine. Therefore the government decided to legalise it for medical purposes. One thing you must remember is that cannabis oil is illegal in the UK, so if you’re caught buying or selling it in the UK then you will be breaking the law. There are some rules that you need to consider before you purchase CBD and that’s the fact that it does contain a very small amount of THC content, and in the British law, this must not exceed 0.2%. If it does then, it will be classed as illegal and you could face consequences if it’s found in your possession.

Why did the UK decide to legalise CBD?

This was all down to the number of benefits that it can have for people and the conditions that it can help treat. Not only this, but it’s also able to relieve certain symptoms like pain and inflammation. Therefore many people found that it has strong medical benefits and didn’t have many side effects, like getting high. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid passed the law back in November 2018 under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Where can you purchase CBD?

There is a whole range of different places that you’re able to purchase CBD products from. For instance, you can purchase it online and get it delivered to your door, or you can even go into many specialist shops that will also happen to sell it. Sometimes it can be difficult find the right CBD product that is right for you, this is why we recommend that you try a variety to find your favourite one and that you also check out the reviews online and see what other people have to say about it.


CBD products can have many benefits for you and your health, and they won’t have the same effects that THC has, because CBD is not psychoactive. In fact, there are so many benefits to CBD that there are many countries that have started legalising it and this includes the UK. You can purchase CBD in different forms from gels to sprays, and you should be able to pick it up from quite a variety of shops, one example would be Holland and Barrett. It may be worth seeing if you can get it prescribed to you by the doctor first though, as this way you won’t have to pay as much.

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