Key ways the law treats cannabis and CBD differently

June 5, 2023

When you want to benefit from the health and wellness kicks that CBD has to offer, you might be tempted to smoke cannabis instead. Or maybe you already take cannabis and you’re thinking about switching to CBD. There’s no shortage of health and wellness guides out there that will tell you about the differences between them, but how about the legal side of things?

If you want to be able to take your substance of choice with true peace of mind, you need to know where you stand within the confines of the law. The good news is that CBD is 100% legal to sell and possess, and it’s something that will allow you to feel calmer and more at ease than without it. But how about cannabis?

There’s plenty of people who will write online that cannabis is as good as legal right now, but that doesn’t mean it will play out that way if you follow their advice. The problem is that you can all too easily fall into the trap of believing something that’s convincingly written and take action that will get you in hot water before you know it. To make sure you never fall into this trap, we’re going to spell a few key things so you always have a trustworthy resource you can refer to whenever you need to clear things up. 

#1 Cannabis hasnt been legalised in the UK…yet

No matter what you read online, or how many people you hear saying that now cannabis is legalised, don’t listen to them. If you buy street cannabis with the aim of working on your health and wellness, you’re running the risk of falling foul of the law. 

Cannabis legalisation remains a hot topic for many in the UK, but you cannot currently buy  cannabis online in a legal way. This means that anyone who claims they can are either lying, mistaken or trying to circumvent the law in a way that will get you into potentially serious trouble. It’s always advisable to steer well clear of those types of online discussions and offers so that you can focus on what really matters: legal health and wellness. 

CBD is a fully legal, safe, and highly regulated product that can offer you the same health and wellness benefits as cannabis but without any of the psychoactive effects. It will also ensure that you never have to look over your shoulder or stress out because you know that you’re doing something wrong that could put you at risk of legal ramifications further down the line.


#2 Cannabis can be prescribed in the UK but CBD cant

This might sound like all you need to do to legally smoke cannabis is get a cannabis prescription UK doctors are prepared to sign. While cannabis UK legalisation has made a degree of progress in recent years with the NHS legally allowed to prescribe it, instances of it happening are still incredibly rare. 

The main reason for this is that cannabis is something that many doctors have a low opinion of because it’s seen as a gateway drug to harder substances. You can also get an idea about why doctors don’t prescribe it by reading our recent in-depth look on this exact issue on our blog. You’ll find plenty of detailed arguments there that will show you why you’ll probably struggle to get a prescription. 

That said, the chances of getting a CBD prescription are currently zero as there’s no legal mechanism for the NHS to do so. This is despite the fact that CBD is legal to buy and sell in the UK whilst cannabis is not. An interesting difference for those of you who want to make sure you understand all of the key grey areas out there when it comes to this particular health and wellness area. 

#3 A key way cannabis and CBD are treated the same 

This may not be a country where cannabis is legal, and it’s also the case that no one knows when will cannabis be legal in the UK, but there’s a key similarity between cannabis and CBD. If you want to know what it is, the good news is you’ve come to the experts who are about to tell you!

There’s no legal mechanism that forces sellers to test and certify the quality of what they sell. In the case of cannabis, this is because it’s illegal so there will obviously be no regulatory oversight that covers the quality and purity of what you’re buying on the street. And in the case of CBD, one of the main reasons no oversight exists is because it’s still an industry that’s very much in its infancy. 

This means that, while there are plenty of good CBD products out there, finding out which category your brand of choice fits into is difficult. This means that if you want to avoid unstated additives, low efficacy and impure products, you need to come to a brand like our Londonderry CBD range

To ensure that nothing is left to chance, we independently test everything we put our name to. And more than that, our handy little QR codes give you the peace of mind that you know exactly what you’re holding in your hand. Simply scan them on your phone and you’ll get data specific to the exact packet or product you have in front of you. Ideal for the peace of mind that sets you free to really focus on your own personal health and wellness journey.

#4 What happens if you take CBD and cannabis at the same time?

The law simply won’t care if you’re supplementing illegal cannabis use with fully legal CBD use. That’s because law enforcement will still take a dim view of buying street cannabis, irrespective of what you want to achieve. They will view trying to improve your athletic performance or mental health in exactly the same way it would if you were trying to get high. The problem with this is that it will mean you are still facing legal issues, even if you are buying cannabis with the best of intentions. 

What we advise is that you put thoughts of achieving your health and wellness goals from cannabis to one side and instead focus on CBD. With our Londonderry CBD products you can rest and relax knowing that you’re buying a safe, legal, ethical and highly effective wellness product that really works. Exactly what you want to hear when it’s all about finding a way to put yourself on the fast-track to success the natural way.

Now that we’ve covered all the basics of the finer legal points of the cannabis vs CBD debate, you’ll probably guess what your next step needs to be. Shop our range, reach out with any questions you may have, and then take your time to make the changes that really will make the world of difference.  Good luck and please feel free to get in touch if there’s anything you need to know about any part of our Londonderry CBD range.

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