What is CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural extract from the hemp plant.
Because it's oil soluble, it's often mixed with hemp, coconut or olive oil to enhance its absorption. This CBD plus oil mixture is known as CBD oil.
As CBD comes from cannabis there is a common assumption that CBD oil makes you 'high' but this is not the case.
That's because it's extracted from non-marijuana strains of the cannabis plant known as hemp.
The marijuana plant and the hemp plant are both from the 'cannabis' family, but the latter does not contain sufficient amounts of an ingredient known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
THC is the ingredient in cannabis that has 'psychoactive' effects and it's particularly prevalent in the marijuana cannabis plant.
Hemp cannabis, on the other hand, does not contain enough THC to cause these 'psychoactive' effects.
Is CBD legal
CBD is legal within the United Kingdom and is not considered a controlled substance. Hemp cultivation is legal within the UK, in alignment with EU regulations. Therefore, any CBD oil with THC values of over 0.2% is considered medical marijuana, and is illegal.