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The state of EU regulations for CBD food and oil

For the past few years the CBD market in Europe has been largely overlooked. Recently, things have changed. European legislators are warming up to CBD and other cannabis products and a huge market is opening up. The results of research conducted by market experts indicate the growth of the European CBD market in the near future. Regulators in Europe are now taking a close look at the food market.



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In 2016 there was a watershed moment for CBD in Europe. In a meeting of the Commision on New Food Products in Brussels, it was announced that CBD products would be considered a type of food. This change wasn’t really noticed at the time but it has opened the door for a massive new market in Europe.

More recently in January 2019, it was announced that the European Food Safety Association (EFSA) would include CBD oil and some other CBD products in its new food catalog. Soon this decision was implemented.

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Evolution from medicine to food additive

It is necessary to know that the appearance of Kanavape medicine in 2015 was the reason for doubts about the suitability and legitimacy of CBD products. In 2016, it gained popularity and availability on the Internet, especially in the UK. The Medicines and Medical Manufacturing Administration reported that before advertising a CBD-based product as a remedy for spasms and chronic pain, it must be licensed.

Being unable to meet the licensing requirements, the CBD market began to define its product as a food additive. Shortly after these supplements came to market, the British Food Standards Authority (FSA) initiated and announced a change in the control of new food products.

The FSA has made it clear that unless satisfactory consumer demand for these additives is proven before May 1997, they must be reassessed before they can be delivered to customers. The New Food Catalogue Division reported that CBD was originated from Sativa cannabis, which, of course, was not in demand until May 1997. Therefore, CBD products, including oil, had to undergo safety assessment and certification.

Progress in the availability of CBD products

The EU Food Standards Authority is not against the status of CBD products. However, it recommends that consumers consult the list of new food products whenever they wish to purchase new food. The World Health Organization has recently conducted an analysis of DPC for abuse and drug dependence.

The organization reported that the consumption of CBD food products posed no threat to public health. In conclusion, it should be noted that despite the approval of WHO and the EU Food Standards Authority, the CBD market still needs to be presale tested.


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Olivia McCall is passionate about education, women and children’s rights, and the environment. A long-time investor, she covers news about the latest stocks (lately marijuana and tech), IPOs and indices, and is always on the lookout for socially responsible startups. She also writes about the food sector, and has a keen interest on cryptocurrencies.