The distinction between hemp and cannabis is a blurry one, and a subject that can spark controversy. Many will swear that hemp and cannabis are one and the same, and thus hemp and all its by-products are illegal. In fact, there are a few countries that operate their policy as such – including the United States, who have only recently begun to ease up on hemp.
HEMP AND CANNABIS: ONE AND THE SAME?
The thing is, this is technically correct. If you look back through history, cannabis was often referred to has hemp, with hemp being smoked and used for medicinal purposes in addition to its more industrial uses. Hemp was just another word for cannabis. This because, as far as nature is concerned, hemp and cannabis are pretty much the same. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa, as are many of the plants that would be considered cannabis today. In a sense, it is a cousin.
So why are hemp and CBD now considered legal in some places? Human Intervention. Selective breeding has bred out the psychoactive compounds in what we now call hemp – favouring traits that make it grow tall with think stems for industrial use, and produce large yields of seeds as a food source. As such, hemp and cannabis today are now very different beings. This brings us neatly onto exactly why hemp, and the CBD oil produced from it, are legal in the UK: the legal definition.
LEGALITY IN THE UK
In the UK, hemp is legal as long as its THC content is less than 0.2%. Thus products produced from such hemp are by association also considered legal. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it can’t get you high, and is considered safe. CBD Oil is produced from hemp well within these limits – in fact, some CBD oil contains 0% THC! It is legal, just in the same way the hemp seeds and oil you can buy from the supermarket are.
So all in all, there is no need to worry about the legality of your CBD oil in the UK. Although still viewed with a little bit of scepticism, the acceptance of hemp and its products are growing -especially as misinformation is dispelled.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural constituent of hemp and is a dietary supplement.
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