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THC in CBD Oil & UK Law – Why it doesn’t make sense

Many consumers have questions about the trace amounts of THC found in CBD oils and with that in mind we wanted to break it down here.

Following the recent study of the UK CBD market by the Centre for Medical Cannabis there have been various headlines about illegal levels of THC in CBD oils followed by calls for extra regulation. Food standards regulations already apply to any product sold for human consumption, so lets look at how much THC the average CBD oil user is getting into their system. The CMC study found the average THC content of 30 different CBD oils on the UK market to be 0.04%, in a 10ml bottle containing 5% CBD (500mg). This equals an average of 4mg THC per bottle. The study also found the average consumer is spending £25 per month, while those 'with a presumed medically orientated usage' spending on average £55 per month. Of the various priced products ranging from extracts to edibles on the market, you could say the average user (at £25) is consuming around 300mg CBD (and 2.4mg THC) per month, and the 'presumed medically orientated user' (at £55) is consuming around 800mg CBD (and 6.4mg THC) per month. Lets give that some perspective. When hemp seed oil was reintroduced for human consumption in the mid 90's, it was not uncommon find seed oils to contain in excess of 100ppm THC, from both European and Chinese origin. 100ppm THC in a 1 litre bottle = 100mg THC. Extra care and attention to the seed washing process have been implemented since, and washed hemp seeds can now be expected to contain around 5-10ppm THC, which can be reduced to around 3ppm when dehulled. 3ppm in 1kg = 3mg THC. Based on a review of the available studies, the Swiss government set its limit for THC in hemp seed oil at 50ppm. 50ppm in 1 litre = 50mg THC.

How Can We Protect Medical Cannabis Consumers in the UK?

This is an accompanying post to our YouTube video We need to protect medical cannabis consumers in the UK, which you can watch below or by clicking here.

At present, medical cannabis consumers in the UK are subjected to the same laws as any cannabis consumer- that means that if you are using herbal cannabis to treat your condition, you're a criminal in the eyes of our Government. The answer to this question is clear - we need to legalise cannabis and regulate access urgently for medical cannabis patients. We need our doctors to be able to prescribe cannabis to patients who would benefit.

Psychoactive Substances Act – One Year On

One year ago, the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force after months of legal wrangling, set-backs, and delays. The law has been widely ridiculed by policy experts, scientists, and even the police, but despite this the Home Office still consider it a success. Their aim was to shut down headshops and appease the Daily Mail, and they succeeded on both of those fronts; the increased strength, availability, and subsequent potential for harm of many of the substances outlawed by the Act is therefore irrelevant. The countless deaths merely collateral damage. Most of the public discourse surrounding the PSA in the year since its inception has focussed, perhaps unsurprisingly, on 'Spice,' the generic name given to Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists, or SCRAs. Spice use has become ever more visible in the last year, particularly amongst the homeless population of the UK. Countless ill-conceived news reports have painted users as 'zombies,' due to the almost catatonic state that their drug use can cause them to enter.

Spannabis Barcelona 2017

Last weekend ISMOKE travelled to Spain for Spannabis 2017 in Barcelona.

Hailed as the world’s largest Cannabis Expo, Spannabis was a chance for exhibitors and cannabis connoisseurs to come together over a weekend to show off their wares to the European cannabis market and to celebrate cannabis.

Scientists in the UK are finally warning of the dangers of mixing cannabis with tobacco

The UK needs to catch up with rest of the world on cannabis laws to make it safer for consumers.

• Researchers say that the UK needs to take steps to reduce harm from cannabis use • Cannabis combined with tobacco, mainly used by Europeans, poses the most serious health risks Following a new study, scientists are now calling for the UK Government to take a serious look at how they can make cannabis even safer than it already is.

Is the Trump administration about to jeopardise the 7-billion-dollar recreational cannabis industry?

  • Spokesman for White House Sean Spicer talks about a new crackdown on recreational cannabis
  • Trump pledged to respect states’ rights on marijuana during his campaign. This may signal a reversal on that promise.
  • Seven US States have legalised cannabis for recreational use
  • Cannabis is still illegal under Federal Law

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump's Press Secretary, finally revealed the new President’s intention for recreational cannabis, and it’s not good.

Spicer seems to have hinted that the Trump administration will be aiming to crack down on the 8 States whose citizens democratically voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Locked Up For Cannabis : Gary Youds

Gary Youds from Liverpool, was recently sentenced to nine months in prison after his venue The Chillin' Rooms was raided and cannabis seized back in 2015. #FreeGaryYouds

The arbitrary nature of the UK's approach to cannabis is highlighted painfully by the fact that across the pond in the US, and in several European countries their approach to the drug both medicinally and recreationally is improving and an ever increasing rate. Yet here we continue to see people arrested for victimless crimes as they attempt to provide safe access for cannabis users.

Ireland’s Massive Medical Cannabis Win

Medical cannabis just got another big win, and this time with a country much closer to home at the centre of the latest worldwide development.

The government in Ireland has not opposed a proposed private members bill for medical cannabis. 

Green Europe: Cannabis Laws in Germany And Poland Under Review

Europe is currently experiencing a period of change as more countries, led by Germany and Poland, begin to look at their cannabis laws. 

The European Union has a policy of leaving domestic drug laws up to its members' countries. As a result, they are free to change their cannabis laws without EU intervention. 

America is Going Green! Here’s What You Need To Know about US Cannabis Laws

As the political dust begins to settle after an election that transcended the US to be one of the craziest parts of an already crazy year (Brexit, anyone?), we can stand back and take a look at the positives to come out of all this, which are some shiny new US Cannabis Laws in 8 states.

Alongside (although also somewhat overshadowed by) the US Presidential election, there were ballots for cannabis laws to change (either medically or recreatinally) in 9 states. 8 of the 9 bills passed, making Tuesday an extraordinary day for cannabis reform.