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CBD in Europe: Law and Regulations

Tuesday 14th Jun 2022 |

Before pointing out how Cannabidiol (hereinafter CBD) is regulated in Europe, it is necessary to clarify its origin and list the different benefits attributed to it.

But first, we must remind you that CBD is now legal throughout the UK and Europe and that you can easily order the best CBD products online and fully enjoy the many benefits of the best natural products available for delivery to your doorstep.

So, let’s now look at the laws and regulations about CBD in the UK and Europe, before purchasing high-quality CBD products at Justbob, the most certified CBD product in the market.

Background and origin of Cannabidiol

In this sense, CBD is a component of the more than 100 types of cannabinoids present in the Cannabis plant. According to the scientific community, the component gives this plant a robust therapeutic profile.

However, CBD products generate specific legal challenges mainly because CBD is closely related to another compound in the Cannabis plant, Tetrahydrocannabinol (hereinafter THC), this active ingredient being the one that causes the psychoactivity for which cannabis is known. It should be noted that both components are found in the plant, so CBD will always have traces of THC, which will have a greater or lesser presence depending on the strain or variety of plant grown.

In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined in a CBD review report that it does not create any addiction or produce harmful effects on health and certifies that it offers a large number of medicinal benefits, such as, for example, the relief of pain and anxiety, the improvement of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis, helps prevent conditions and/or skin disorders, etc.

In addition, the WHO has proposed to the United Nations Organization (UN) to lower the international control of Cannabis and remove it from the list of the most dangerous substances without medicinal value (List IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs) to pass it to List I of substances to which therapeutic properties and less control are recognized.

CBD regulation in the UK

In the UK, the cultivation of Industrial Hemp is now allowed only if the CBD seeds are a variety of the Cannabis plant resulting from selective cultivation that contains a THC composition of less than 0.2% (therefore, it does not generate psychoactive effects) – as stated in article 32.6 of Regulation (EU) 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of December 17, 2013 – and provided that the mandatory license has been obtained from the Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) for cultivation for scientific, medical or research purposes.

Therefore, CBD in the UK can be obtained from industrial hemp as long as the presence of THC in the plant is less than 0.2%.

However, CBD has not been registered as a food supplement, so it is not included in the list of food supplements authorized by the AEMPS for human consumption according to Royal Decree 1487/2009 

In this sense, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), through the corresponding, Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN), have withdrawn from the market all those products classified as food supplements that contain CBD until they are duly regulated. This is because CBD can only be used legally as a cosmetic product for topical use.

In accordance with the previous and given that cosmetic products for topical use that contain CBD are legal in the UK, all manufacturing, distribution and import procedures related to a cosmetic product are regulated at the local level in Royal Decree 85/2018, of February 23 and at a European level by Regulation 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of November 30, 2009. 

Article 14 of Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products specifies that cosmetic products may not contain the substances listed in annexes II and III of said Regulation. In addition, Annex II mentions the prohibition of using any substance mentioned in Schedules I and II of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, including Cannabis.

However, CBD extracted from any part of the plant that is not obtained from the cannabis flower can legally be used in cosmetics and marketed in the European Union.

CBD regulation in Europe

As in the UK, the Regulation applies at the European level and establishes that CBD products must not exceed 0.2% THC. This requirement applies to all European countries, meaning that CBD-containing products have to be made from high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains.

However, taking into account that there are countries of the European Union in which any derivative of cannabis can be prohibited, regardless of its THC content, alleging reasons of public order, morality and public security, protection of the health and life of people and animals, preservation of plants, protection of national artistic, historical or archaeological heritage or protection of industrial and commercial property, in accordance with article 36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, it will be necessary to comply with what provided by each local authority on a case-by-case basis. 

And to fully enjoy the best CDB products, you can now legally order your CBD flowers, oils and other CBD hash online at Justbob.shop. As the leading CBD online retailer in Europe, you are sure only to enjoy the best CBD at the best price.

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