CBD is a chemical found naturally in cannabis that can be removed and sold as an extract used in a range of foods such as oils, sweets, baked goods, and drinks.CBD products often claim to promote sleep, boost appetite, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and to have skincare benefits.
But as this is such a new concept, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants to authorize all CBD food and drink products before they can be sold. The containing the cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) products had to be registered by March 2021 or they would be pulled.
In the meantime, all CBD-infused products will have to be clearly labeled, safe to eat, and not contain substances that fall under separate drug rules in order to stay on shelves.
Deadline of March 2021 for CBD manufacturers to prove their products are safe for human consumption, in a move that is expected to kill off a huge chunk of the industry because of the cost of conducting the necessary tests.
In its first-ever safety advice to consumers on CBD, the FSA said pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and people taking medication should not eat foods containing the ingredient derived from the cannabis plant, and also cautioned others who might eat such foods not to have more than 70mg a day(about 28 drops of 5 percent CBD – unless under medical orders).
An estimated six million Britons have taken cannabidiol (CBD), the legal and non-psychotropic extract of the cannabis plant, over the past year, making the product more popular than Vitamin C.
The FSA’s advice will apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland which is covered by a separate regulator. Scotland has its own separate rules as devised by Food Standards Scotland.
It does not cover CBD cosmetics and vaping products, or cannabis used for medicinal purposes, which are also subject to different rules.
CBD or Cannabidiol
Extracts of CBD, a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant, are contained in a range of products including oils, confectionery, and drinks.
Cannabidiol is derived from cannabis but does not have any psychoactive properties. It is sold in some pharmacies and health food shops as a supplement and used to treat conditions such as pain or insomnia.
THC is the cannabis plant’s psychoactive ingredient but there are more than 100 other chemical compounds in the plant. CBD is extracted by soaking the plant in alcohol and then evaporating the liquid and does not make people high.
Possession of cannabis and THC (not CBD) – defined as class B drugs – can result in five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, while supply and production can lead to up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
FSA chief executive Emily Miles said while such products are “widely available on the high street” they are not properly authorized.
“The CBD industry must provide more information about the safety and contents of these products to the regulator before 31 March 2021, or the products will be taken off the shelves.”Emily Miles
Professor Alan Boobis, chairman of the committee on toxicity – which advises the FSA and department of health, said while the risk from CBD is not certain, the agency’s approach is a “sensible and pragmatic” one.
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