CBD Oil Laws In the UK: Where Do You Stand?

CBD provides medicinal relief for anxiety and depression. With how depressing this pandemic has been, I’ve been self-medicating with some CBD and have been absolutely loving it. Not much else has brought me the same peace of mind.

That being said, you might want to know about the legality of using CBD in the UK.

Read on to find out all you need to know about CBD oil laws, so you can save money and time if there do end up being complications.


First off, what is CBD oil and how does it differ from marijuana? How might CBD oil laws be different from marijuana laws?

CBD and THC are both “cannabinoids”. These are substances that affect the body and are derived from the marijuana plant. However, THC is the only cannabinoid that can get you ‘high’. CBD cannot get you high, but it has been shown to help with conditions like anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia.

People have found that CBD is very, very effective at relieving symptoms of these conditions.

Using CBD

There are many different avenues to purchase CBD as this new medicine is gaining recognition in the markets. It can come in edible form, or as an oil tincture that you can take by mouth.

If you are not sure about the legality, make sure you buy it from a reputable distiller or seller. You can also discover more on the legality of CBD in the UK.

There are tons of fake products out there; don’t be buying your CBD from a gas station.

CBD Laws

CBD is absolutely legal in the UK, and if the THC is below 0.2% (which should be the case if you’re looking for a pure CBD tincture) then you can get it at a lot of pharmacies.

You should check the contents of the bottle to make sure you are getting a good product. Many places may sell you CBD oil mixed with other things and list the active ingredient lower in the list.

It is not a controlled substance in the UK. You can even pick up CBD gummies at Holland and Barrett.

Two Main Types

If you are looking for a higher quality product, consider a full-spectrum oil that has other cannabinoids as well.

Full-spectrum oils will contain other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Taking them together is found to improve the effectiveness of all of them. Be aware that a product must have less than 0.2% THC for it to be sold legally.

If you are in a job where there are drug tests, you may want to avoid full-spectrum products as they could cause you to test positive for these tests.

The other option is to get a CBD isolate, which is 99% CBD. These will not give you any psychoactive effect and are usually cheaper (but less effective, people say). If you want to be completely safe, you may want to consider this option.

CBD in the UK

Using CBD and buying it is legal in the UK, possibly depending on what type you are buying. If it is a pure CBD isolate, you should be fine. Full-spectrum CBD might be dicier depending on the product and the seller.

Always buy from reputable sellers.

Read more about CBD in our health section!