However, while CBD is in wide use, its link to cannabis often prompts questions about its legality and whether users can use it as freely as they currently are.
Here, we answer the key questions around cannabis, CBD and what you can and can’t do if you are to remain on the right side of the law.
Is cannabis illegal?
Cannabis is classed as an illegal substance by The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which details that possession can result in an unlimited fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
The supply and production of cannabis carries a maximum sentence of an unlimited fine and/or up to 14 years in prison.
Since the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, anyone caught in possession of cannabis for personal use can be issued with an on-the-spot penalty notice by police.
The law was changed in November 2018 to allow expert doctors to legally prescribe cannabis for medical reasons, although it was specifically stated that this does not equate to legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.
Full legal guidance can be found on the Government website here.
Can I use CBD legally?
While there had never previously been a differentiation by the Government between the cannabis plant and some of its compounds, certain aspects are now able to be used legally, subject to stringent regulation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the components of cannabis and was confirmed as being legal to use in January 2017, providing its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content is under 0.2 per cent concentration.
As long as its content meets the legal requirements, CBD is not classed as a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or the Psychoactive Drugs Act 2016, so can be used without fear of prosecution.
Is medical CBD more acceptable than the ‘nutritional supplement’ version?
Businesses which sell CBD as a medicine need a licence and Home Office permission to do so, which can be a hugely expensive and rigorous process. For a substance to be classified as being a medicine, it would need to satisfy the legal criteria of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
As an alternative to pursuing this route, many producers instead classify their CBD products as a nutritional supplement. As long as its THC content is below 0.2 per cent, this is legal in UK law.
What is the law around cannabis oil, is it the same as CBD?
There is an important distinction to make between CBD oil and cannabis oil.
CBD oil which is sold legally in the UK has very low levels of THC and other components, to comply with legislation, and can be used without fear of prosecution.
Cannabis oil, however, is made from a concentration of all of the components of the cannabis plant.
This not only means it is likely to have higher THC levels than the 0.2 per cent legal level, but also other cannabinoids which can also have an effect on users – this is often known as the ‘entourage effect’. It has, as a result, been identified as a ‘controlled substance’.
What is the legal situation around growing cannabis?
It is illegal to grow hemp or cannabis regardless of its cannabinoid content without a licence and permission from the UK Home Office.
Unless you have such permissions, you face prosecution, regardless of the cannabinoid content of the plants, or whether it is for personal use only.
Will using cannabis be legalised in the future?
Although the law was changed in 2018 to allow patients to be prescribed cannabis for medical reasons, on the authority of an expert doctor, there was no further amendment to the existing legislation, meaning using and possessing cannabis in all other circumstances remains illegal.
While there are a number of high-profile campaigners for cannabis to be legalised, as yet there has been no movement by the Government to do so.
Meet the UK’s number one cannabis seed company
The Vault Cannabis Seeds store started out in 2012 and have taken the Cannabis Seed industry by storm ever since reflected in their #1 ranking by Google.co.uk for the search term Cannabis Seeds. Cannabis Seeds in the UK are legal to buy, sell and own but illegal to germinate.
They are officially a Spanish based business now due to more relaxed laws regarding the industry but their effective HQ in Edinburgh Scotland is still the central hub of their activities.
They ship worldwide and most countries come with guaranteed delivery, something their competitors shy away from, but The Vault are focused on removing any risks for their customers and know their stealth systems are the best and back this up with guarantees.
They disrupted the industry by introducing their unique choose your own freebies system and offer many more deals, offers and promos than any other seedbank.
They run more competitions and giveaways too so you can even win seeds for free, how cool is that? You can check out their current live offers on their Discount Cannabis Seeds page.
Their customer services team are quite simply fanatical, they operate with live chat on the website, phone, email, snail mail and have a presence on pretty much all the major cannabis seed forums so its super easy to get in touch.
More than just a business, they are a movement with a legion of loyal fans.
They sponsor and are represented at many of the 420 events but much more than just that, they are campaigners for the legalisation of marijuana and personal use of cannabis – activism runs through their DNA.
They strongly believe in educating the world to spread positive change regarding medical marijuana and its benefits and are active is their pursuit of this.
They top most of the cannabis seed review sites and of course lead the way on other more known review sites like Trust Pilot, Safebuy etc. you can view their reviews on the their cannabis seed reviews page.
So, if you’re in the market for some seeds, look no further than The Vault Cannabis Seeds Store. New customers can also get 10% off their first orders using discount code FIRST10 in the cart.
CBD firm keeps powerlifter training through lockdown
When social distancing measures were brought in by the Government in March it heralded the closure of all gyms and fitness centres…
This has spawned a huge number of online fitness routines from celebrities to your local martial arts club. But what do you do if you are a para athlete?
Alfie Wright represents Great Britain in para powerlifting and is the current World and British Disabled Strongwoman Champion, Static Monster’s Strongwoman Champion and most recently Arnold’s Disabled Strongman (seated) Champion.
When the restrictions were imposed Alfie’s local training facility in Basingstoke, Strength Base, was closed and meant she was unable to continue her training regime to the same level.
She approached local business Medivita – a CBD firm based in Hampshire – to ask for assistance in purchasing equipment she could use at home and maintain the levels of strength and fitness she had previously enjoyed.
With the company’s help, Alfie now has two barrels and an Atlas Stone which enables her to continue her seated strength training.
Medivita co-founder Mike Peates said: “When Alfie approached us we had no hesitation in deciding to help her. We first met Alfie at an event at Strength Base just before she flew out to the Arnold Weightlifting Championships in March 2020, she was suffering with a little niggle in her neck which our CBD muscle balm helped to ease within a few minutes and meant she could train to her full capacity. Alfie’s enthusiasm and positive mindset is an absolute inspiration to everyone and we are delighted to be able to help her.”
Alfie is not just relieved but also very excited saying “ this means the world to me, I thought all my previous training would be in vain but thanks to Medivita I am now able train at home and look forward towards the next Championships, whenever they may be”.
Medivita sells natural CBD products for the fitness and wellbeing market.
It was formed in 2019 by serial entrepreneurs Vincenzo Roberti and Mike Peates.
CBD and genetic material could join forces to beat COVID-19
An Israeli study is investigating whether genetic material and a cannabis compound could work together as a potential treatment for COVID-19.
The collaborative project aims to develop a “novel, revolutionary” approach to treat COVID-19 by using the non-psychoactive compound CBD.
Specifically it hopes to treat the virus using CBD-loaded exomes – small particles created when stem cells are multiplied.
Exosomes can act as “homing missiles”, targeting specific damaged organs and have an important role in cell-to-cell communication.
Revolutionary exosome-based technology has the potential to target both central nervous system (CNS) problems and the COVID-19 virus.
CBD-loaded exosomes could provide a “highly synergistic” effect of anti-inflammatory properties and help in the recovery of infected lung cells.
A new product based on this technology, which is expected to be administrated by inhalation, will be tested against a variety of lung infections.
The study is backed by Israeli firm InnoCan Pharma Ltd, which has entered a sponsored research agreement with Ramot, the technology transfer arm of Tel Aviv University.
They hope to develop a cell therapy product based on Professor Daniel Offen’s ongoing work in the field, with InnoCan contributing around US$450,000 to the first stage of the study.
The research results could lead to the development of and manufacture of a product to treat COVID-19 and, potentially, other types of lung inflammations and additional respiratory related illnesses.
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