Some countries treat all varieties of cannabis-based products as a banned substance, so it’s worth checking before you travel. As research into CBD is ongoing, legislation is working hard to keep up. If you plan to travel with CBD oil , check the country you are travelling to permits it, and also that any countries you pass through in transit.
In a bid to combat the poor quality products that were flooding the market during CBD’s early days, the EU decided to list CBD as a novel food in 2019, with the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) announcing that businesses selling CBD in the UK would need to submit a valid application before the 31st of March 2021 to continue selling their products.
THC is the compound that is illegal under the Misuse of Drugs act, so provided your CBD oil meets the legal requirement of containing less than 1mg of THC then it is perfectly safe to drive after using CBD oil.
CBD is widely available in shops throughout the UK, but the rise of gimmicky, untrustworthy and ineffective products has led some people to be sceptical about its efficacy and legality.
Can You Drive After Taking CBD Oil?
After this date, anyone selling or importing CBD products in the UK needs to apply for a Novel Food license, which dictates that novel food products must:
CBD supplements are different to a lot of medicinal cannabis products. Some of these (i.e. Sativex) contain higher levels of THC and have been through clinical trials. THC is a controlled substance that is only available with a prescription. It is rare for doctors in the UK to prescribe any cannabis-based products. As CBD doesn’t get you high, there are no restrictions to using it when you are driving, for example.
Because CBD isn’t intoxicating like THC, it is now legal in many countries, including the UK, provided it’s made from an approved strain of industrial hemp that is naturally low in THC (less than 0.2%).
Novel Food Regulations
Like THC, CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining balance within the body. The endocannabinoid system is a network of millions of receptor pathways in the body.
The CBD industry has seen many changes over the last few years, and it’s good to see the regulations are finally catching up to put in place rules and guidelines that will help to keep consumers safe.
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CBD as a Novel Food
The rest of the plant including the bud and flower must be destroyed. None can leave the site. On this basis, the bud and flower cannot be made for sale in shops. The flower and bud effectively fall under the generic term of ‘cannabis’ and so fall in scope of the Misuse of Drug Act along with other controlled substances.