Harvey Nichols has become the first department store in the UK to stock a cannabis-infused skincare range.

Before you start imagining skunk-infused sheet masks, let’s clarify. We are, more specifically, talking here about Cannabidiol (commonly known as CBD), a totally non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD, in short, is not the part of the plant that gets you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), the other main component of the cannabis plant, is.

The balance of these two main components depends on which type of cannabis plant the oil comes from – oil from hemp plants contains no, or very little, THC, while oil from marijuana plants can contain high levels of THC.

Medicinal cannabis products (the definition of which encompasses any cannabis oil containing more than 0.5 per cent THC) are currently illegal in the UK. However, thanks to the high profile campaigning by several CBD oil users, like the mother of 12-year-old epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell who recently had the cannabis oil he used to treat his epilepsy confiscated at Heathrow, the government last week announced they would begin a review into the medicinal benefits of cannabis products. 

Cannabis oil that contains no THC (or less than 0.5 per cent) is however totally legal in the UK, and is used by many to ease symptoms of various ailments from joint pain and multiple sclerosis to anxiety and depression. Holland and Barrett were the first UK retailer to stock a CBD oil back in January of this year, and since then a smattering of other brands have hit the shelves.

Now, Harvey Nichols has launched a luxury CBD oil-infused skincare range from a brand called MGC Derma. The brand was created by an Australian pharmaceutical company (MGC Pharma) specialising in medical cannabis (it’s legal there), who worked with an established

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