How to Start a CBD Business in the UK

The popularity of CBD is increasing at a faster pace. New business is coming on the surface with their products. In the CBD business, there are two types of people

  • CBD passionate who want their product in the market but have no expertise

  • Experts of CBD business know how to handle business but they don’t understand the CBD audience.

So Do You Want to Start a CBD Business?

This global green rush is started. Many countries around the globe have started to be flexible in CBD laws which created various CBD business opportunities to generate profitable revenue.

Let’s look into starting a CBD business in the UK 

CBD Laws in The UK

The UK regulations regarding cannabis are

  • In UK CBD oil derived from hemp plant containing less than 0.2% THC content is legal except if they claim to be medicine and not a nutritional supplement.

  • Cannabis with THC amount more than 0.2% was made for prescription only in the UK as accepted in the year 2019

  • Legal CBD or hemp oil supplement therapeutic effectiveness can be miss or hit

  • CBD oil sold as a medicine must have a medical license from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

  • The maximum allowable limit of THC is 1mg per product including cannabis in paste or herbal forms like CBD resins, flower, or buds.

  • In cosmetics, the use of CBD is legal if assured compliance with the laws.

  • Any business which fails to provide proof of their product not containing an illegal amount of THC put the business at risk of criminal charges. 

  • CBD does not fall under the controlled substances list in the UK which makes CBD legal to possess and sale.

Checking For a Market Loophole

When you are planning to start a CBD business in the UK then you must familiarize yourself with CBD regulations of the UK. As in the UK market, CBD and its products can be sold by giving them as a nutritional supplement but cannot make a claim for therapeutic use by defining as medicine. CBD advertising as medicine and associating it with any medical condition is illegal. You can pave the direction of your business by keeping in view of the areas which are legal and illegal to conduct business or business under restrictions.

Business Licenses

  • For Hemp Growers

If you are wished to have a business for hemp growing then you need to have a license from the home office. The application is submitted online from the drug licensing website and submits MD 29 application electronically. The requirements for the application are

  • Location of the field for growing hemp

  • Total acres use for growing

  • Type of seed used along with THC content and approved seed from the European Union.

  • The fee for the application is £580.

  • The license renewals fee is £326.

  • You also need to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service in order to get a license. 

  • You must prepare the facility for a compliance visit. 

  • License is valid for 3 years

  • For Selling CBD Products

The selling of CBD product and their permit depends on the category of CBD business in the UK in which you are planning to start like for example 

Currently, hemp licenses are not required for selling CBD products containing low or no THC in the UK 

  • Marketing CBD Food

Another area of CBD business is the CBD food, for this, a regulation is made under EU Regulation 2015/2283 for manufacturers of CBD to apply for market authorization to the European Union. The novel food laws make manufacturers mandatory to submit product details including its manufacturing to the European Union for approval and review. Even though the UK is not part of the European Union now but still Food standard Agency requires the application of Novel food for CBD products in the market. After approval of the application, the product details are uploaded on the union list and CBD food is approved to be marketed.

You must prepare yourself well as much as you can to fulfilling the requirement when starting a CBD business in the UK. You need to make the strategies and obviously changes and modifications with that of changing CBD laws within the UK. Proper knowledge and the current situation of CBD business is the key to get you to the ultimate destination. Over the past few years, the cannabis market of the UK has bloomed a lot and generating millions of pounds. This represents the business opportunities CBD has and the profits it can generate. CBD is a gamer changer so try your luck and enter into the fastest growing business of the UK.

Author - Noah Nicholls

Noah Nicholls is a full-time Writer, Traveler, and Marketing Expert who is Currently Working for CBD-Boxes. Noah Nicholls writing relates to a range of subjects such as CBD and health.


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