As CBD oil is a cannabis-derived supplement there is a lot of confusion to its legality.
Is CBD oil legal?
The short answer is that it can be, but not in every case. The longer answer is that if you’re in the US or the UK, the legality of your CBD oil depends on how it has been manufactured and its THC content. To understand why this matters, you first need to understand what exactly CBD oil is.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is an oil made from cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of the over a hundred chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis plants and which react with receptors in the ECS (endocannabinoid system) receptors. These receptors are mainly concentrated in the brain, central nervous system and immune system. Another of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive chemical.
The legal question:
CBD alone is not illegal in the UK. CBD oil derived from Cannabis or Hemp (unlikely) may include levels of THC which exceed the permitted amount allowed in UK or US law, which therefore makes the CBD oil itself illegal. As long as the levels of THC do not exceed 0.2% in the UK and 0.3% in the US, then the CBD product will be legal.
Hemp is a member of the cannabis family of plants, however,
unlike marijuana, it features very low levels of THC (trace) while still having
high levels of CBD. With such low levels of THC in hemp products derived from
this plant aren’t considered psychoactive.