In an announcement made last week, the Food Standards Agency has said that products containing CBD Oil should be registered. It is giving manufacturers a year to register them, but says that products not registered by March 2021 will be pulled from the shelves.
CBD oil is an increasingly popular ingredient in products from health supplements to hand creams, but no product containing the oil has been approved for use in the UK. CBD oil is the short name for cannabidiol, and is derived from cannabis. It is sold in some places as a treatment for pain, insomnia and other conditions, but does not have the psychoactive properties of cannabis.
Trials have found CBD products on sale that contain unlisted and potentially hazardous ingredients, or illegal levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Many may contain little or none of the extract itself, contrary to their marketing claims and despite their high prices.
The FSA has recommended that users do not mix CBD oil with other drugs, and that it is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. They also recommend that even healthy adults do not take more than 70mg per day – this equates to around 28 drops of 5% strength CBD oil.
The FSA’s advice will apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland which is covered by a separate regulator.
It does not cover CBD cosmetics and vaping products, or cannabis used for medicinal purposes, which are also subject to different rules.