Update on the regulatory status of CBD in food in Europe

In January 2019, the Cannabis sativa L. and Cannabidiol / Cannabinoids entries were clarified in the Novel Food catalogue available on the European Commission website.

With regard to the plant for any use, it is recalled that in the European Union, the cultivation of Cannabis sativa L. varieties is permitted provided they are registered in the EU’s Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species and the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content does not exceed 0.2 % (w/w).

According to the Novel Food catalogue, some products derived from the Cannabis sativa plant or plant parts such as seeds, seed oil, hemp seed flour, defatted hemp seed have a history of consumption in the EU and therefore, are not novel. However, other specific national legislation may restrict the placing on the market of this product as a food or food ingredient in some Member States.

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Posted on 11 February 2021