Is CBD halal?
Monday, November 9, 2020 • 4 minute read
CBD is a health supplement that 1.6 million people are taking regularly in the UK. There is a stigma surrounding CBD because it is extracted from the hemp strain of the Cannabis plant. This negativity is unfounded because CBD does not get you ‘high’ and so is not an intoxicant.
The compound in the Cannabis plant which causes the infamous ‘high’ is called THC. Some CBD products do contain very small trace amounts of THC, but these are tiny. The amount of THC varies between an isolate, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD product. CBD products sold legally must contain less than 0.2% THC, so you can’t get ‘high’ because the concentrations are so low.
If you want peace of mind and want to make sure there is absolutely no THC present, we recommend taking a broad-spectrum CBD oil which guarantees 0% THC or a CBD isolate. Also, choose a vegetarian or vegan-friendly product to avoid inadvertently having any meat products, pay close attention to capsules and gummies to make sure they don’t contain gelatine.
Are CBD products extracted using alcohol halal?
Some Muslims are worried about the use of ethanol in the extraction process. However high-quality CBD products contain no ethanol in the final product. The solvents are evaporated during extraction, leaving the Cannabinoids (of which CBD is one) behind. Theoretically, there could be trace amounts of ethanol left in the final product, the amount would be so small that it would not be considered haram.
However, if you are concerned by trace amounts of ethanol being present in the final product, then buy CBD products that are extracted using CO2 methods.
Is Vaping CBD halal?
This is a tricky one. Generally speaking, e-cigarettes are considered Haram because they contain nicotine, which makes them prohibited. However, CBD vaping products do not contain nicotine but this doesn’t mean that vaping CBD is halal. There is an argument that vaping is an imitation of a sinful act and as such is haram.
On the other hand, some people believe that vaping CBD has some benefits and there isn’t any conclusive evidence that it’s harmful. Reflect on the reasons you want to vape CBD. Are there other products you could use instead? Or is this the best method to maximise the benefits of CBD? If you’re still concerned, we recommend seeking the advice of a local scholar before vaping CBD.
It is important that taking CBD is in line with your personal beliefs, and that you feel comfortable with your decision. A common teaching in the Islamic faith is to abstain when in doubt; we recommend that you do your own personal research. Explore our website and click through to read the studies we have referenced to help you decide whether taking CBD would be beneficial to your wellbeing.
A recent survey conducted by the UK charity (Muslim Youth Helpline) revealed that 63% of over a thousand young British Muslims have struggled with anxiety. This demonstrates the potential positive impact that CBD could have on the Muslim community.