In recent years, there have been an increasing number of reports from individuals claiming that CBD oil has aided their health and recovery from a range of conditions. However, since the 1950s, any subject matter related to marijuana, such as the use of hemp in its different forms has been considered relatively taboo due to the stigma of ‘reefer madness’.

Of course, we now know that a number of non-psychoactive chemical compounds can be derived from the marijuana plant, and these extracts are used in a large range of industries including the manufacture of paper, textiles, paint and animal feed.

When was CBD first discovered?

In the 1940s, a Harvard graduate named Roger Adams discovered a way to extract one of these non-psychoactive compounds from the cannabis sativa strain of marijuana which came to be known as cannabidiol – or CBD. In the time since, there has been a great amount of research into the benefits of CBD, and today, there are many within the scientific community who believe that it could be the key to a range of medical conditions, but is CBD oil legal?

In the UK, the use of marijuana as a medical treatment on prescription was legalised in late 2018. CBD oil, on the other hand, is 100% legal in the UK as long as it is derived from one of the strains approved by the EU, and has a THC content of less than 0.2%.

However, despite the positive benefits of CBD oil, including its use for therapeutic use as far back as the 1960s, there are many who still hold on to the stigma associated with the product who have repeatedly attempted to push back legislation that legalises its use for treatment – believing it is a slippery slope towards full legalisation of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Why is CBD oil legal, but marijuana isn’t?

Out of all the active ingredients in cannabis sativa, those with the highest concentrations are cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

When cannabis is grown with the purpose of getting somebody ‘high’, it will contain high levels of THC, which is a psychoactive compound that suppresses the release of neurotransmitters, leading to a state of euphoria. CBD oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, and therefore contains almost zero THC, but plenty of cannabidiol.

While most of the evidence for the benefits of cannabidiol has been anecdotal, there have been a number of studies carried out where those who suffer from conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and those who suffer from intense pain on a daily basis have reported vast improvements in their conditions.

Of course, as time passes, more studies are likely to take place to further examine the advantages of CBD oil to corroborate these claims.

Is CBD oil legal in other countries?

Different countries around the world have different laws regarding the use of marijuana, as well as its derivatives. In the US alone, there are 10 states that have fully legalised its use for medical and recreational purposes, and a further 23 states that allow it to be used for medicinal purposes. However, while many believe that all 50 states have legalised CBD oil, different states have different laws regarding the production and use of CBD oil, and due to differences between federal and state legislations, it is important to research its status based on your location. Moreover, if you are visiting any other countries and intend to use CBD oil, it is advisable to ask an expert “is CBD oil legal at my destination?” before you leave.

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