So what exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants, and accounts for up to 40% of the plants extract (second only to THC).
CBD is now sold in many different forms with new products coming to market all the time. It is used in everything from coffee to cosmetics. Products containing CBD seem to be everywhere both in stores and online, the trick is finding top quality, accurately dosed products.
CBD sales have increased in the UK year on year, and have seen steep rises recently as CBD gets an almost uniformly positive higher profile in mainstream UK media. We are seeing changes in the law around the world, not only for Hemp derived CBD, but also major nations legalising cannabis for medical or recreational use.
It is probably worth taking a moment to explain what hemp seed oil is, as it is sometimes confused with CBD. Hemp seed oil is derived from hemp plant seeds, which contain absolutely zero CBD and THC. It is often sold as a food supplement due to its high levels of vitamins and antioxidants, and can be used in shampoos and lotions.
This is what the UK law says about CBD:
Industrial Hemp may be grown under licence in the UK. It is a strain of the cannabis plant that contains little or no THC, but does contain CBD (Cannabis oil). The Home Office says that it can contain a maximum THC content of 0.2% and that the THC must not be easily separated from it, as it is a legal cannabinoid, it can be sold in the UK.