What are the Legalities Surrounding CBD-infused Products?

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is one of the 113 naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It has become a popularly-used substance in recent years, with hundreds of CBD-infused products hitting the shelves to promote its anxiety-relieving qualities.


Why have CBD-infused products become so popular?


Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t have any mind-altering effects. In fact, research has shown that CBD is able to stop the breakdown of chemicals associated with psychotic effects and symptoms, and is therefore linked to anxiety relief and reduced occurrences of panic attacks.


For this reason, the cannabidiol industry has exploded in recent years, with beauty products, edible goods, oil diffusers and much more using CBD extracts to allow their customers to reap the compound’s benefits.


However, as the majority of cannabinoids, such as THC, are considered to be controlled substances, this begs the question: what are the legalities surrounding the production and sale of CBD-infused products in the UK? 

Is it legal to sell CBD-infused products in the UK?


Put simply, it depends. 


According to the Home Office, CBD sold ‘in its pure form’ will not be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971 or 2001. This is due to the fact that CBD as a pure substance should not contain any controlled cannabinoids, such as THC. So, CBD that has been extracted from hemp strains grown with a UK-approved licence is, in fact, legal for sale in the UK. 


However, if a product contains CBD alongside other cannabinoids, its legal status may change. If the CBD-infused product contains traces of THC, for instance, then it will need to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and 2001. 


CBD-containing products that claim to offer medicinal benefits will also need to meet any regulations set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 


How do Little Rick drinks meet UK regulations?


Little Rick drinks are infused with cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabigerol (CBG), which are all non-psychoactive cannabinoids. This means that our drinks do not provide any mind-altering effects; they are blended with legal limits of EU-approved cannabinoids to help you simply relax and rewind. 


Cannabichromene and cannabigerol are both considered to be legal for use in the UK, as long as they are extracted from EU-approved hemp sources. At Little Rick, we ensure that the cannabinoids used to infuse our delicious sparkling drinks are completely EU compliant and that our end products are considered to be free of THC. 


Our drinks come in three fruity flavours, so choose between Mint & Lime, Raspberry Coconut or Piña to tantalise your tastebuds. For more information about Little Rick drinks, or to order your first pack from our online shop, visit our website today. 

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