Is CBD legal?
CBD often has negative connotations given its association with cannabis, but in pure form it is entirely legal in the UK. All ISO CBD products are created from CBD isolate meaning that there absolutely no controlled substances or psychoactive ingredients present. In January 2019, CBD was classified with novel food status in the EU. The Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) have confirmed that from April 1st, 2021 all CBD products must be subject to a validated novel food license in the UK.
CBD as a Novel Food
The Novel Foods Catalogue is a way of recording decisions made on the novel food status of foods and food supplements. The catalogue itself has not got legal status, but the European Commission uses this tool for decision-making on novel food status and it is these decisions that have legal status. Effective 1st January 2021 (post-Brexit), the FSA has taken control of novel food applications for the UK.
Post-Brexit UK CBD Regulatory Environment
Diverging from the previous EU framework for CBD, the UK government has outlined in its Drug Licensing Factsheet on CBD that CBD products should be derived from isolated CBD to ensure no controlled substances are present in products sold in the UK. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (“MDA 1971”), cannabinoids with psychoactive effects would be defined as controlled substances. This implies that full spectrum products currently sold in the UK may not comply with the new UK regulatory framework from April 1st, 2021. In the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001 (“MDR 2001”), an ‘exempted product’ was defined subject to certain criteria being met. Under the ‘exempt product’ classification, full spectrum products will likely be subjected to regulation as medicinal. The UK Home Office and the FSA have not yet been explicit about the implications for broad spectrum products. Both the Home Office and the FSA have confirmed that isolated CBD products would comply with the new regulations as they have no controlled substances present.
Legality of THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) is listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a controlled substance. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis and is an illegal substance in the UK. CBD and THC share similarities in their chemical composition, but the main difference between the two is that THC has mind-altering effects and is illegal in the UK, whilst CBD does not affect the user on a psychoactive level and is completely legal.
ISO CBD Products
ISO CBD products are completely THC-free and are triple lab-tested at a leading ISO 17025 accredited testing facility in the UK to demonstrate absolutely no presence of any controlled substances. All of our products are isolate-based, meaning that they do not contain any psychoactive ingredients or controlled substances since the CBD compound has been isolated.