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Is CBD Halal or Haram? A 2024 Guide

“Halal” and “haram” are used in Islamic law (Sharia) to categorise actions, behaviours, and items as permissible (halal) or forbidden (haram). Halal dietary guidelines, in particular, are intended to make sure all food and beverages consumed are in accordance with the Quran and Islamic law. Determining what is halal or haram is often guided by Islamic scholars interpreting the Quran and the Hadith. However, there are differences of opinion amongst Islamic scholars and within different religious groups and sects, which can sometimes influence interpretations of what is halal or haram in specific contexts.

Determining whether Cannabidiol (CBD) is halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden) involves examining various factors, including the extraction method, potential intoxicating effects, and specific ingredients of the product in question. In this article, we’ll explain whether CBD is halal, which products are haram, and how to ensure you are purchasing a halal product.

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and does not induce the “high” often associated with cannabis. Instead, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and influences its CB1 and CB2 receptors, which can help to regulate several of our cognitive and physical functions, such as pain, mood, appetite and stress. This makes it a promising solution for several conditions and symptoms, such as migraines, seizures, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and various mental health conditions.

Indeed, a report on CBD from the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence at the World Health Organization (WHO) found that CBD does not induce major side effects or physical dependence, does not get you high, and is not associated with abuse potential. In fact, to date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD, and their report found that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans.

CBD is also legal to purchase in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC. It is available in several different forms, including but not limited to oils, capsules, food, drinks, patches, balms, gels and creams.

Under Islamic law, any substances that ‘curtain the mind’ are deemed Haram, meaning THC fits under the definition of a Haram intoxicant. Despite the fact that the compounds are from the same plant, UK-sold CBD products must contain no more than 0.2% THC which is not enough to produce psychoactive effects (or get you “high”) or to be detectable. Thus, CBD is often considered to be halal as it is not an intoxicant.

While CBD itself is often considered halal, not all CBD products are. Here’s what you should look out for to ensure your CBD is halal —

For some, CBD’s status as haram depends on the plant it came from. Legally, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC. CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants, but in the UK, most companies use hemp and the THC content in the products must not exceed 0.2% in accordance with the law.

Full-spectrum CBD contains minute traces of THC, which some Muslims find acceptable because the quantities are so small and aren’t detectable.

On the other hand, if you want avoid consuming THC at all, you should choose broad-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum products undergo additional refinement to remove any trace of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBN and Delta-8/9 THC. This means the products contain 0% THC but still provide the therapeutic benefits associated with CBD.

Diagram showing the different types of CBD. Isolate CBD - isolate CBD is only CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD is everything except THC, and full-spectrum CBD is everything from the source plant.

Learn more about Full vs Broad vs Isolate CBD here.

Despite the fact that the vast majority of CBD products available to buy online and in shops will have safe and legal levels of THC, keep in mind that there is always the risk of a product being incorrectly labelled as low THC. To ensure the product is safe, confirm the contents with a certificate of analysis or lab report which should be available on the company’s website.

If a product is labelled as a tincture, this often means that the hemp plant has been dissolved by an alcoholic solvent. Although the amount of alcohol will be undetectable, alcohol is a Haram intoxicant, so Muslims might prefer to choose CBD made with another extraction method.

Considered the gold standard in CBD extraction, the CO2 extraction method uses carbon dioxide in its liquid and gas states to extract CBD from the hemp plant. This method doesn’t use alcohol and preserves the integrity of the natural compounds, resulting in a pure and high-quality CBD extract that is halal.

Gelatine is made from pig skin, and pork is a Haram meat. Thus, CBD gummies or capsules that contain gelatine would not be considered Halal. To avoid this, choose products made with bovine gelatine where the cow was killed in accordance to Halal standards, or vegetarian/vegan edibles which don’t contain gelatine at all.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vape pens often contain nicotine and other toxic substances which are haram. Even if you use a vape for CBD and not tobacco products, vaping is not considered halal by many scholars. However, according to Islam Question & Answer which is supervised by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, if vaping contains natural flavourings and does not contain any haram substances and is not harmful to the users or others, then it is not haram to use it, which would permit a nicotine and THC-free CBD vape. That said, others believe that ‘imitating the actions of sinners’ is Haram, even if the vape is not harmful to the user.

At present, halal-certified CBD is difficult to find, so you often have to check existing products yourself to guarantee that they are halal. To ensure that any CBD you consume is halal, you can:

  • Find a company you can trust by looking at customer reviews.
  • Look for proof of third-party certification lab testing so you can analyse each product’s contents and confirm the THC levels are either zero or an undetectable amount.
  • If a product is labelled as a tincture, this means it has been dissolved in alcohol. Only purchase products where the CBD was extracted using CO2 extraction and not alcohol-based extraction.
  • Products that are vegan will contain no animal products, which will prevent you from consuming haram ingredients such as pork gelatine. You should also check for additives, fillers and flavours that may not be halal.

If it is proven that CBD does not contain THC, or that it contains a small amount that is completely absorbed and no trace of it can be detected, then it is halal to use. However, just because a product is THC-free, it doesn’t mean it is halal. You should check for other factors, such as additional ingredients and the extraction method, to ensure the product is 100% halal. It might take some time, but it’s worth it to experience the potential health benefits of CBD.

Please note that it’s important to consult with knowledgeable Islamic scholars or authorities for specific guidance if you’re not sure even after reading this guide, as interpretations of Sharia may differ. 

Need additional help? Take our CBD Quiz for product recommendations in minutes, or read our full guides on How to Choose the Right CBD Product and The Different Types of CBD. Want to learn more? Read our blog post on CBD Instead of Alcohol: Why CBD Mocktails Will Replace Alcohol.

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