What makes CBD Legal?
One of the biggest misconceptions (in the UK especially) is that CBD is illegal, it’s the same as marijuana and it will get you high when in fact, it’s quite the opposite. CBD short for cannabidiol is one of more than 144 cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, it is one of the most well-known elements of the plant, famous for its powerful properties that people have learnt more about in recent years due to its astounding effects. People all across the globe have started incorporating the plant into their routine to help with things such as anxiety, depression, PSTD, sleep inflammation, recovery and many more. There is an abundance of research on CBD and its perceived benefits, however in the grand scheme of things - due to it being relatively new to the market there is a long way to go if we are going to be able to prove that this will help with said ailments and possess the benefits claimed by many.
Is CBD Legal in my Country?
The legality of CBD varies from country to country to country throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Even though the global CBD market is at roughly $9.6 billion with Europe being the second largest CBD market behind North America, there is still a lot of uncertainty around CBD’s legality status but the vast majority of countries within Europe have legalised CBD in some way, shape or form with a select few still prohibiting the use of CBD altogether. All countries within Europe allow for either unrestricted use of CBD for recreational use (subject to changing laws and regulations) or allow the use of CBD but under much tighter regulations apart from the following:
What are the future regulations for CBD in the UK?
The tightening of laws surrounding CBD and the cannabis plant is only a good thing. In 2019 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) designated CBD as a novel food. What is a novel food? Novel foods are foods or food ingredients which do not have a history of consumption before May 1997 must be evaluated and authorised by the food safety regulator before they can be placed on the market. CBD was confirmed as a novel food product in January of 2019 with the deadline for applications to be submitted in March 2021. This regulation under the FSA (Food Standards Agency) will hold brands, suppliers and other players in the game responsible for what they are bringing to market and allowing countries to uphold a higher standard of product. Furthermore, this will ensure a level of transparency to people buying CBD, but this is where we have gone the extra mile. When purchasing FIKA CBD products you have complete and utter transparency and have seed to shelf traceability so you can see exactly where the products are grown, the process they go through and how they are formulated so for every step of the way, we are there with you. This process allows us to confidently say that we are achieving our mission to bring the best quality products to market which is underpinned by our unrivalled attention to detail all the way from seed to shelf.
What makes CBD legal in some countries and not in others?
This can be due to one of 2 things, 1) The counties stance on CBD, whether it is allowed at all or whether it’s completely off-limits or 2) The content laws within that specific country, for example, CBD oil with 0% THC is legal in the UK and North America but CBD oil that contains more than 0.2% THC is legal in most countries in North America but illegal within the UK. Why? Whilst both allow the recreational use of CBD the rules vary in the stance on THC. North America also allows the recreational use of Marijuana which has a much higher THC content in it therefore the market is much more lenient on the content of THC whereas no products on the market are allowed more than 0.2% THC within the UK.
Is CBD Legal in the UK?
In conclusion, CBD is legal in the vast majority of countries worldwide with a select few still deeming the plant as illegal. With the ever growing demand and popularity around CBD and how it has the potential to treat things such as anxiety, depression, bad quality sleep, inflammation, arthritis, parkinson's disease and many many more, there is and continues to be studies carried out, tests done and research completed on the effectiveness of the plant. With all this coming into play paired with the rapid increase in popularity, it has recently caused for the tightening of rules and regulations and for CBD to be classed as a Novel Food. This will help deter from the stigma that CBD currently has and allow for a more transparent marketplace providing better quality and higher regulated products. We at FIKA are excited to see what comes of the next couple of years and are so excited to be a part of such a powerful movement in destigmatising CBD and bringing the best quality products to market to help you get the most out of your everyday life.