The latest CBD Oil UK Law of 2020 has brought with it a lot of questions. Those who have been following the development of the law know that there is plenty of grey area that has raised eyebrows. What we do know is that hemp-derived CBD is completely legal and that it has been recognized as a medicine. Also, advisors acknowledged that CBD has therapeutic benefits.
What they didn’t say, however, was whether or not there was a minimum age for purchasing CBD or if anyone could get it. So what does that mean? Can an 18 year old purchase CBD? Will you get in trouble if you purchase CBD to give it to your children?
We have the answer.
Current Laws About CBD in the UK
Under the law, CBD oil products from the UK are legal and must contain less than 0.2% THC. Anything over that amount is illegal and considered a class B drug in regards to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Furthermore, the amount of CBD present in a product has no impact on its legality. So something with 3 mg of CBD is just as legal as something with 400 mg CBD.
In other words, as long as the product is produced from industrial hemp, which is naturally lower in THC, the product will contain little to no THC. Therefore, even if it has some THC, the CBD oil or CBD-related product cannot make you high.
What About Cannabis Oil?
In the UK, you might hear the terms “cannabis oil” and “CBD oil” used interchangeably, because CBD is derived from hemp and THC cannot always be easily extracted from the plant.
CBD, however, under the provision of the new CBD law, is a legal cannabinoid. So, even if you see something labelled as cannabis oil, it will only contain the legal amount of THC and CBD.
What Is The Minimum Age Required To Buy CBD?
You may have found that there are many studies looking at the effects of CBD on younger children, such as those with rare forms of epilepsy or with autism. One study look children between the ages of 15 and 18, for example . You may be wondering if there is an age limit imposed, or if CBD can be given to kids without any criminal offence.
Since there is no noted age restriction within the current UK cannabis laws for CBD, a lot is left up to interpretation. Here is what we know:
• There is currently no need for a prescription to purchase CBD products in the UK
• There is no set age restriction imposed by the government
• There is no age limit for using CBD products
Can Parents Purchase CBD to Give Their Children?
Yes, parents in the UK can purchase CBD for their children and face no ramifications. Since some companies will set their own minimum age for the purchase and use of CBD products, some parents may opt to buy the products for their children. However, you will find that many products available online or on store shelves will not have an age restriction.
How Do You Purchase CBD in the UK
Purchasing CBD in the UK was once difficult. The latest amendments to the laws has made some things slightly easier, and you can now find CBD oils and other CBD products in popular stores around the country being sold as “nutrition supplements.”
The stores can do this because they are not allowed to advertise any purported health benefits of CBD.
A quick note: When purchasing CBD in the UK online or in a pharmacy, you should always check the ingredient list. Many companies are not using CBD extract but hemp seed oil, which is not the same thing. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD.
The laws in the UK about THC and CBD can be confusing, but once you do some research, you will realise that it is not that difficult. Cannabis alone is not illegal in the UK, only the psychoactive cannabinoid THC is illegal. However, since CBD is not like medical cannabis and does not require a prescription, anyone can purchase CBD, as long as the product has less than 0.2% THC.
And by “anyone,” we mean that there is no set age restriction within the CBD laws. That said, many CBD manufacturers do set their own age limits. Some hemp-derived products have an age limit of 18, but most do not have age restrictions.
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