Is CBD Oil Halal?
Is CBD Halal or is it Haram? Is CBD safe and allowed for consumption for the Muslim community? Let’s examine the facts.
According to Wikipedia, Halal is any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. While Haram is something that is forbidden or proscribed from the Islamic law.
In Islam, one aspect of "haram" is to consume anything that will cause the mind to become intoxicated. So is CBD halal and safe for consumption or is it haram?
We know that CBD or Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is also from the cannabis plant and has many similar health benefits as CBD, but THC has psychoactive effects which is the ability to cause intoxication or alter the state of mind while CBD is non-intoxicating and has no psychoactive effects. CBD is not additive and there is no withdrawal symptom associated with CBD.
When CBD is non-psychoactive and is free from THC then it is permissible to consume. But there is a lot of controversy concerning whether a CBD product is halal or not in the Muslim community based on its origin and the effects it has on the body.
As CBD is gaining popularity worldwide and today it is quickly becoming accessible to millions of consumers looking for a natural holistic approach to enhance the body and mental health. CBD is highlighted for its ability to reduce pain, anti-inflammatory properties, improve sleep, treat insomnia, reduce stress and anxiety, have anti-nausea properties, treat motion sickness, help reduce epilepsy symptoms, improve skin health and strengthen the immune system. These are just some of its benefits and we believe it's enough to make you curious to try cbd for yourself.
CBD is available as topicals or balms like Mellow CBD Soothing Balm, tincture/oil like Mellow 900 mg CBD Oil and Mellow 1,800 mg Full Spectrum CBD OIl, edibles like gummies, tea, vaping oil, isolates or capsules. There are three types of CBD widely available in the market: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD usually consists of high CBD potency and will include up to 0.3% THC and other cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, CBN, CBDa and THCa. Full Spectrum also has all the terpenes, flavonoids and healthy fatty acids.
Broad Spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum except it does not include THC even though there may be some residue left after it has been processed.
CBD Isolate is considered the purest form of cbd as it has been distilled and extracted to consist of just cbd and no other cannabinoids like THC. CBD Isolate is ideal for people looking for a THC-free CBD option.
What is Halal CBD?
For a CBD to be halal it has to be completely free from THC. In the market most cbd products will include up to 0.3% THC. You will need to find cbd products that are made from CBD Isolate as explained above. It is the purest form of CBD which is free from THC or any other cannabinoids.
There is also an argument in the Islamic community that even if CBD contains 0.3% , the amount is not enough to cause intoxication therefore by default it should be halal.
It's difficult to distinguish whether the CBD product is halal or Haram. To do so you would have to study the ingredients and another way is to ask for a lab test and Certificate of Analysis (COA) to know the makeup of the products.
Ideally a halal CBD product should not include any intoxicating substances like THC.
CBD oil made from CBD Isolate can pass as halal while CBD edible as gummies is haram as they contain gelatin which is made from animal products. Vaping CBD oil is also haram as vaping resembles smoking and smoking is haram.
To make it more simple, using CBD without THC is halal. Yet there are still other compounds or cannabinoids from the plant as they have multiple benefits and does not cause any intoxication.
Benefits of using halal CBD:
No intoxication from THC
Ability to continue to daily activities without having to worry about intoxication
Pain relief and treat inflammation
Treat muscle soreness and stiffness
Reduce stress and anxiety
Treat mental disorder and depression
Have anti-seizures properties
Improves skin health and acne
CBD has neuroprotective properties
Improves heart health
Can help reduce discomfort from cancer treatment
Helps to sleep and treat insomnia
Checklist to help make sure that your CBD product is halal:
Make sure that CBD product is lab tested for THC from an independent third party lab.
Consider the ingredients.
Consider how the CBD product has been extracted
Choose products made from CBD isolate or broad spectrum.
Make sure that CBD is vegan or vegetarian and is gluten and lactose free.
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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit
Special thanks to:
The Halal Foundation