Non – medical CBD Cannabidiol
A cannabis derivative
Enhanced regulation for CBD products
The position of CBD products available for sale in Ireland has now changed. The FSAI, in line with EC regulation has put in place a range of measures, enforceable through Environmental Health inspection, designed to ensure the integrity of CBD products both in terms of any claims made and the accurate description of contents through approved labelling. This increased level of regulation will benefit the consumer by ensuring at least a minimum standard for every CBD based product for sale in the Irish market.
Novel Food Status
CBD products now have a classification within the EU / Ireland as a “novel food”. The definition of a novel food is a food or food ingredient that was not available in the EU market to any significant degree prior to 15th May 1997. Before a novel food can be available for sale within the EU, it must be authorised through an approved application process to prove quality and accuracy of ingredients. A deadline of 31st March 2021 was established for receipt of novel food applications for CBD products already on the market. Any new products coming to market cannot avoid this process.
Reasons legislation was needed
This shift was also prompted by growing evidence that there were many shortcomings within the CBD marketplace. This had previously been highlighted by surveys carried out in 2019 on a wide selection of CBD products available for sale in the UK.
One particularly notable and very public survey carried out by the BBC’s “Trust me, I’m a Doctor” programme sampled and tested 12 CBD products obtained from various high street retailers. The tests, carried out at an accredited independent laboratory, focused on measuring the amount of CBD contained in each product against the amount described on the packaging. Tests were also made to assess the content of THC present.
The result made for interesting reading – with 25% of products containing less than 50% CBD than that stated on the label, in fact one popular Irish brand showed virtually no CBD present against a stated amount of 500mg. More worryingly, two of the products contained significantly higher amounts of THC (illegal form of cannabis that give a “high”) than the prescribed EU standard for CBD of 1mcg / kg of bodyweight based on a daily adult dosage of 70mcg.
Another independent UK survey of 30 CBD products gave more mixed results. It became apparent that due to a lack of regulation, product claims varied considerably, and the public was simply not getting what they believed they were buying.
Ask your pharmacist
If you have any questions about CBD and their benefits or any risks when taking other medication, ask our pharmacist at Whelehans Pearse St or Clonmore. Whelehans stock CBD oil from reputable sources; ask our pharmacist for more details.
To be continued…next week
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