CBD Laws In The UK

As a relatively new phenomenon, cannabidiol is subject to changing laws and public perception. Whilst vaping and heated tobacco like the IQOS Heets Sienna have their own set of regulations under the TPRD laws of 2016, cannabidiol, which was only formally legalised in 2020, is still going through changes in the way it is regulated.

From Vype CBD to CBD edibles, there are many forms of cannabidiol now on the market, and this means that there are different laws that surround them. Below is an outline of how each type of cannabidiol product is governed or restricted under UK law, and how the face of legal cannabis manufacturing has changed in recent years. 

Can I grow Cannabis In The UK? 

grow Cannabis

Unfortunately, it’s illegal to grow both hemp and cannabis plants at home, but if you take the necessary steps, you could gain an industrial license to grow and produce CBD products. Cannabidiol producing plants are extremely hard to gain a commercial licence for, but it isn’t impossible. First off, potential growers must be DBS checked and pay an application fee of almost £600. After this, there are a variety of rules that must be adhered to, including the location of the crop facility, which must be away from schools, hospitals and areas of public access. Furthermore, all seeds used must be EU approved and not produce THC leaning strains of cannabis, which are prohibited in the UK. You must also provide detailed information into the area and hectarage of your crop base to the Home Office before a license is even considered for approval. 

Age Restrictions

All CBD products are restricted to those who are over 18’s. Whilst CBD products are free for use for recreation and health, they are still mood-enhancing and come from a plant that is prohibited and still illegal in many countries. 



Many industrial hemp businesses are growing their product to produce medicinal marijuana. These flower buds and oils are cultivated to help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of ailments including cancer, psoriasis, epilepsy and arthritis. Medicinal marijuana was the first type of cannabidiol that was permitted to be sold legally in the UK but is only prescribed by the NHS for specific illnesses and chronic conditions.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

CBD oil is completely legal in health and hemp shops. Whilst they’re becoming ever more abundant in shops, manufacturers must be compliant with UK laws surrounding the selling of CBD. This means that much of the oil itself is sourced from outside of the UK, where it is still rather hard to grow hemp commercially. All oil must display the batch number of their source on the bottle as evidence of its compliance. 


As with oil, CBD edibles can be bought from all hemp selling shops in the UK and can even be found in cafes and bars. CBD shots in coffee and beer are becoming increasingly popular in the independent brewing scene. You can make your own edibles at home using legally bought tinctures of CBD oil. 

Vape Oil

Vape Oil

CBD vape oil for sale has become widely accepted in the UK. Whilst it is a little more expensive than your average vape liquid, CBD vape liquids such as Nasty CBD are casually used by those who seek it’s relaxing properties and sweet herby taste.