EU CBD Market Under Threat With Narcotic Classification Favored
Leaning towards classifying CBD as a narcotic, the European Commission could dash hopes of a regulated EU market for dietary supplements containing the cannabinoid.
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Legal experts say the EU already prohibits cosmetic use of CBD sourced from hemp flowers, and it now appears that food supplement use could be held to the same standard. The World Health Organization has recommended changes to the half-century-old international treaty governing narcotic controls, which could help to resolve the situation, but there are reports of UN pushback.
HBW Insight speaks to EU regulatory expert Amanda Isom of Bloom Regulatory Ltd about the current state of play in Europe’s CBD cosmetics market, reflecting on how it compares with the situation in US, and the EU market for CBD food supplements.
Czech firm CBDepot has filed a novel food application for synthetically made CBD in Europe, which it hopes regulators will find more palatable than those for supplements derived from the cannabis plant.