A follow-up to this law, the Misuse of Drugs Regulations Act 2001, placed it under Schedule 1, which is the category for substances with no medicinal value. And this is the schedule being considered by the review.
In 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that CBD products, if advertised for these medical purposes, needed to be licensed.
While almost all cannabinoids are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act, CBD – or cannabidiol as it is also known – is not.
However, in 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which issues guidance to NHS doctors, gave the medicine "do not recommend" status, saying it was not cost-effective.
Holland and Barrett sells some CBD oils as food supplements.
Our company founders Dom and George incorporated CBD into their daily routine during their high flying rugby careers, both playing premiership and international rugby. They used CBD to manage the symptoms caused by their physical rugby careers. Just like Dom and George, lots of our customers are adding CBD into their lifestyle with amazing results.
This seems fairly simple, although once you scratch the surface there are many more details to consider.
CBD Explained? (A quick explanation)
Hemp – Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains less than 0.2% of the compound THC. This low level of the psychotropic compound THC makes hemp safe for commercial use. Hemp has many different applications , but in this context it’s harvested for the compound CBD.
Example of CBD Novel Foods:
This has led to people believing they can grow their own cannabis/hemp for CBD use. It’s actually illegal to grow your own cannabis/hemp in the UK and there are a few strict regulations:
Like with many rules for CBD there is some confusion. Claims of legality of CBD flower and bud made by retailers are commonly based on the fact that they have been sourced from ‘EU approved varieties’ and contain ‘less than 0.2% THC’.
The Novel Food Regulation has to be applied directly to all Member States without deviation from its laws. In this way it is unlike a Directive, for example the Tobacco Products Directive, in which States can deviate from the rules to some extent.
In fact, the status has only recently been updated after a review by the EU authorities (read Update January 2019) below.
CBD as a food supplement
Note: In August 2019 we updated our guidance on the limit of THC from “1 mg per pack” to “No THC (recommended limit of detection: 0.01%). The change in advice was made in order to provide a ‘best practice’ to businesses which takes into account the ‘exempt product’ laws, the corresponding Home Office guidance and the fact that many labs offering CBD testing services may not reliably detect 1 mg of THC. More information is provided below.
However, the authorities did not find ‘a history of consumption’ of cannabinoids before May 15, 1997 and so, according to novel food regulation, a novel food application is required.
Excluded from novel food regulations are CBD foods where the CBD is derived from cold pressed hemp seed oil or flour.
Authorities in EU member states now regard food, drink and food supplements with CBD as a “novel food”. A key regulation of novel foods is premarket authorisation which means any manufacturer intending to put CBD into food are required to apply to the European Commission via an online application.