Why is Melatonin Banned in the UK

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Why is Melatonin Banned in the UK?

For those of you who don’t know, Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the brain to regulate the bodies internal body clock and has been a treatment used for jet-lag or insomnia. For regular travelers, or those who work strange hours at work, it can be horrendous trying to keep up with sleep – some days you wake up in the middle of the night and need to be in deep sleep after breakfast. But Melatonin seems to be banned in the UK, so is there an alternative? Have you tried CBD?

If you travel for business, you will know the routine of drinking an unhealthy amount of coffee during a meeting just to keep up! You may actually be one of those who have a sleep strategy before you leave to try and get yourself on the timezone. Personally, I often try to stay awake as long as possible before getting on the plane so I can sleep, or staying up on the plane to sleep when I arrive.

More recently mindfulness has been key to my healthy sleeping routine. It would actually be very handy to have something that could make this process easier! So why is Melatonin banned in the UK? 

Melatonin UK wide isn’t technically banned- but it is classed as a medicine, and while it can be prescribed, it is only in a 2mg dose and is only for those over 55 who suffer from a short term sleep disorder. So, therefore, it cannot be purchased over the counter and a medical professional is required to allow use. In the US, Melatonin is available in up to 10mg does as a dietary supplement and is used by over 3.1 million people.

What are the Benefits?

Melatonin has a famous precursor that we all know and love, Serotonin. This is the primary neurotransmitters that modulate mood balance and other functions. In the body, Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland (Cannabis conspiracy people will know a lot about this one) which is part of the way your brain can regulate day and night cycles. The gland, situated in the middle of the brain, transmits a signal that is triggered by exposure/lack of exposure to sunlight and therefore regulates/promotes Melatonin production. Therefore, the body will signal your brain to sleep when it is dark!

So taking a dose of Melatonin will help you fall asleep, although some studies have found that it may actually induce insomnia if it is taken an hour and a half before bed. So it is safe to say that it should be considered as a short term solution to adjusting your body clock. You may be thinking the same as me- it doesn’t make sense why Melatonin is banned in the UK!


CBD is the new, up and coming well-being supplement that is gaining a lot of popularity down to its ability to support/maintain the Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is a network of receptors found in our body that is responsible for the perfect balance of all things inside of us; this is called Homeostasis. It is the job of the ECS to return your body to a happy medium and help to regulate your body functions and improve your well-being.

CBD Vs Melatonin?

Melatonin does not help to induce sleep, however, it simply instructs the body about what it should be doing and helps the body to prepare for sleep- which is how a lot of natural remedies work. This is why it is so useful for jet lag.

CBD is a natural compound that is derived from Hemp. There is still research being made into CBD (& CBG) so in the meantime try out our 500mg, 1000mg, 1500mg and 2000mg oils or CBD paste  (Available for Wholesale too)