There is much confusion around this topic so let’s put the record straight 23/08/18. The MHRA (medicines and healthcare regulatory agency) made it clear in October 2016 that all companies selling cbd as a medicine must be licensed and gave them until December 2016 to sell out of their products.
No wonder the legal status of cbd in the UK is unclear, at the moment it is legal to purchase cbd products produced in the USA and Europe but the home office won’t grant UK licences to grow the same plants.??????
No medical claims can be made around cbd or even hinted at, no advertising of how it can treat said ailment or advice on dosage for certain ills. But let’s be honest about this everyone knows their own reasons for purchasing cbd and it’s usually to help fix a medical issue !!!
Fortunately cbd does not attract the stigma that cannabis does, mainly due to the fact that cbd is administered via drops underneath the tongue rather than smoked in a joint.
Because of the confusion and archaic way the UK system deals with cannabis/hemp derived products the responsible suppliers of CBD in the UK banded together to form a trade association the CTA cannabis trade association and is governed by its members, who have established a set of standards for labelling and marketing. These standards are designed to inform and protect the consumers and ensure that all CTA UK members are compliant with the law.
To remain within the law cbd must be sold as a food supplement (that’s what it is anyway) and not a medicine and the most can be said about it is that it helps regulate health and well-being. Therefore cbd must also comply to the legislation laid down by the FSA (food standards agency) . The CTA are in constant dialogue with the (E)FSA and MHRA and regular meetings are held to discuss standards and regulation.
When being supplied by a CTA registered company consumers can be sure that all products are 100% legal and accurately labelled and described. CBD is not a controlled drug and does not appear in any of classifications or schedules to the Misuse of drugs act 1971.