Hemp Flower for Sale in United Kingdom

HEMP flower for sale in United Kingdom


Hemp growing licence

You need a licence from the  Home Office  to grow hemp in the UK.

You must apply using the online application form on the Home Office Drugs Licensing website.
You must  register with the Home Office  and submit the MD 29 application form electronically.

You must provide your contact details and:

-field location numbers, names or grid references
-hectarage details
-farm map with a marked growing area
-seed type, THC content and confirmation of whether this is a European Union approved seed

You must pay a fee with your application. New licences usually cost £580, with licence renewals
costing £326.

You must also undergo a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check to be eligible for a licence.
Your application may be subject to a compliance visit, although this is rare. Generally
applications are considered by assessing your electronic application only.


As of 8 June 2013, cannabis derivatives can be used in France for the The Home Office may impose restrictions on where you plant the crop. They may also request
that you screen your crop or locate your crop sensitively, eg not in the vicinity of schools or
areas of public access.

You must inform the Home Office of any changes to your growing season or planting location.
You must send full details of your changes and your application reference or licence number.
Your licence will not need to be amended.
You should also tell your local police where you’ll be growing hemp.
You must hold the licence before you can begin to grow hemp.

Licences last for a growing season, and you must renew your licence before you can begin to
grow for the next season.


CBD is legal in the UK. But the picture is more complicated than that – here, we look at all the
UK laws and regulations surrounding this remarkable compound.

CBD as a Novel Food

Some food and health authorities in Europe regard a food product with CBD as a “novel food”. A
key regulation of novel foods is premarket authorisation, which means any manufacturer
intending to put CBD into food are required to apply to the European Commission via an  online

What is a Novel Food?

As defined by the European Commission:

“Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans
in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force.”

The Novel Food Regulation

Like with most EU regulations including GDPR,  Novel Food Regulation EU 2015/2283  was
developed to harmonise national laws across Europe. Without harmonisation, you have a
diverse and complex patchwork of regulation with each Member State having their own laws.
This can hinder development of the single market.

The Novel Food Regulation has to be applied directly to all Member States without deviation
from its laws. In this way it is unlike a Directive, for example the  Tobacco Products Directive , in
which States can deviate from the rules to some extent.

Status of Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids:

“The hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.) contains a number of cannabinoids and the most common
ones are as follows: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), its precursor in hemp, delta-9-
tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (Δ9-THCA-A), delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid B (Δ9-THCA-
B), delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), cannabidiol (CBD), its precursor in hemp
cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC),
and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (Δ9-THCV). Without prejudice to the information provided in
the novel food catalogue for the entry relating to Cannabis sativa L., extracts of Cannabis sativa
L. and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered novel foods as a history of
consumption has not been demonstrated. This applies to both the extracts themselves and any
products to which they are added as an ingredient (such as hemp seed oil). This also applies to
extracts of other plants containing cannabinoids. Synthetically obtained cannabinoids are
considered as novel”

What does this mean?

The entry for CBD in the catalogue confirms that CBD foods are by definition a Novel Food and
should be subject to  Novel food regulation whereby a novel food application  is required.

EU laws of Industrial hemp cultivation

For a productive and efficient hemp market, the rules in the EU on industrial hemp cultivation
have been harmonised.  EU and non-EU farmers that wish to market industrial hemp in the EU
must meet the regulations laid down in a number of Directives.

The particular strain of industrial hemp permitted for cultivation in the EU differs to other strains
of cannabis in that it contains low quantities of THC – or tetrahydrocannabinol – the compound
that causes euphoria and sedative effects. For this precise reason, industrial hemp has been
allowed to be grown unlike other intoxicating strains.

The Directives

Industrial hemp falls within a number of EU Directives including:
Council Directive 2002/53/EC on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species
Council Directive 2002/57/EC on the marketing of seed of oil and fibre plants

Directive 2002/53/EC

Directive 2002/53/EC lays down the broad scope rules for the types of crops that can be
cultivated.  The list includes:

  • beet seed
  • fodder plant seed
  • cereal seed
  • seed potatoes
  • seed of oil and fibre plants


Of the five types of crop that can be grown industrial hemp fits into the last: 5. seed of oil and
fibre plants.

Each type of crop has its own dedicated set of rules by which farmers must abide. For industrial
hemp and other seed of oil and fibre plants such as rapeseed and caraway the laws in Directive
2002/57/EC apply.

Directive 2002/57/EC

Directive 2002/57/EC requires farmers to abide by certain standards of quality relating to purity
and germination. Farmers must also abide by strict cultivation conditions including crop
placement. Crops must be a certain distance from neighbouring sources of pollen which may
result in undesirable foreign pollination (the minimum distance for industrial hemp is 400m

Growing industrial hemp in the UK

Strict rules and fees apply to the cultivation of industrial hemp. One of the conditions for the
cultivation of industrial hemp in the UK is a licence from the Home Office which can be applied
for via an online portal. Also, only certain varieties of cannabis sativa can be grown. Permitted
varieties are listed in a EU database (see Resource section).