Is Buying CBD Flower Online Legal in the UK?
Published June 18, 2021.
The short answer is no; CBD flowers are not legal in the UK. You can't and shouldn't buy CBD flowers online if you plan to have them shipped to the UK -it's illegal!
However, like so many issues with CBD, it's complicated.
Why Are They Illegal In the UK?
CBD products with less than 0.2% THC are legal in the UK, and CBD flowers (hemp flowers) contain less than 0.02% THC. But the legality of CBD flowers is not about the THC content. The flowers themselves are outlawed because they are part of the cannabis plant family. And the plant as a whole is classified as a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971.
CBD flowers are from the same plant as CBD, but the plant is illegal, and its extracted compounds (cannabinoids) are permitted so long as they contain less than 0.2% THC.
Hemp, CBD, and Marijuana Flowers
Hemp and marijuana are both from the cannabis plant family, but unlike marijuana flowers, CBC flowers (also called hemp flowers) contain less than 0.2% THC. In the eyes of UK law, whole CBD flowers are considered an illegal substance.
However, when elements of the plant are extracted, such as hemp oil or CBD, the extract can be legally bought, sold, and possessed in the UK as long as it has less than 0.2% THC.
In Conclusion: The Repercussions of Possession
It is illegal to be in possession of any cannabis flowers in the UK, whether you are a buyer, seller, or user. Don't try buying CBD flowers online and getting them shipped to the UK. This could result in legal action and, depending on the number of flowers, even jail time!
Instead, why not try some of the other incredible CBD products available and legal in the UK.