Cosmetic products is a lower risk area for selling CBD enhanced products from a legal persepctive. Compliance can be assured by verifying legal THC content and using CBD that has not been extracted from the flowers or buds of the plant.
The Extract has met with the best legal teams who have profound knowledge in the laws surrounding the CBD industry in the UK and Ireland. Whether you are only in the stages of developing your cannabidiol uk brand or you are a distinguished CBD brand looking for legal advice following the clampdown on CBD. It is of the utmost importance you have the correct legal advice.
UK regulatory framework in respect of the CBD and cannabis industry is complex the belief that anything is legal below 0.2% THC is a myth. You now need Novel foods certification for edibles, novel foods does not apply to vaping CBD or cosmetics.
Novel Foods UK
The Extract has a summary of all you need to know about the UK CBD oil legislation, we will help answer the question, Is CBD legal in UK and where the UK is on the road to cannabis legalisation. Updated constantly to give you the most up to date information on CBD UK and EU laws.
UK criminal law in which THC falls is not “grey” concerning controlled substances. Any business that does not take the considerable steps to satisfy themselves that its products do not contain illegal levels of controlled substances puts itself (and its directors) at risk of serious criminal charges. When asked is CBD legal in UK we can still say yes but follow the guidelines and keep within the THC limits.
The FSA in the UK is now enforced from April 1st 2021, The EU Food Standard Agency being different will follow its own processes, it has yet to be seen whether it will begin to enforce in the same timeframe. To comply in the UK you will have needed to be selling or in the process of selling CBD prior to the announcement back in Feb 2020 and have the Novel foods application in by March 30th 2020, this will allow you to sell CBD until the application has been processed and it meets the standards set out, once validated you will be able to continue to sell CBD in the UK. If the novel foods application is rejected you must remove the products from sale in the UK regardless of THC or CBD levels, unless you have a pending legal action against the decision and have been given clarification by the FSA to indicate you can sell till it is heard.
The maximum level of THC or CBN (both controlled substances) allowed in the UK is 1mg per product. This will also include cannabis resin, the leaves and buds/flowers of the plant, in both paste and herbal. Edibles products must have started a Novel foods application, listing the official company name that is responsible for the product and the brand after March 30th 2021. From 30th March 2021 you will need proof you have submitted a Novel Foods application either as a independent company or under your suppliers application.
The number of people using CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, in the UK alone is estimated to stand at around 1.3m. As GQ magazine says, “thanks to a brand reimagining and increased medical research”, the naturally occurring compound has “gone from dangerous to desirable”.
Cannabis plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the human brain. These have different impacts on the body and are concentrated to different extents in certain parts of the plant, the BBC reports.
Cannabidiol has entered the mainstream, but effects are unclear
CBD oil can be used in various forms
However, CBD is an exception and is completely legal in the UK, “provided it has been derived from an industrial hemp strain that is EU-approved”, or comes from outside the EU.
“There isn't enough evidence to say that the oil definitely does help with these things, nor that simply cramming some in a milkshake will do the slightest bit of good, just that doctors are optimistic about their research,” says lifestyle magazine The Street.