CBD (Cannabidiol) has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. Becoming a mainstream health product – available in many health stores and grow shops. The law around CBD oil has changed weekly and is different from country to country. Finally, the EU commission has made the decision to regulate CBD products. The novel food status of Cannabidiol (CBD) extracts was confirmed in January 2019. CBD and Novel Food Licence – what does that entail for The Real CBD’s future? What is a Novel Food Licence? Let’s dig into all of that.
1. What is a Novel Food?
Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force.
‘Novel Food’ can be newly developed, innovative food, food produced using new technologies and production processes, as well as food which is or has been traditionally eaten outside of the EU.
The underlying principles of Novel Food in the European Union are that Novel Foods must be:
- Safe for consumers
- Properly labeled, so as not to mislead consumers
If novel food is intended to replace another food, it must not differ in a way that the consumption of the Novel Food would be nutritionally disadvantageous for the consumer.
4. What is the future for the CBD business?
The world of CBD and cannabis oil have long been a very grey area in many countries. People have tried to make CBD- and cannabis oils at home in their kitchen for years. It all started with Rick Simpson to cure his own cancer. The consumer never really knew what was in the bottle or if what was stated on the label, was actually in the product.
As EU-commission and the UK Food Standard Agency is taking the first steps to regulate, and make sure the consumer is guaranteed quality products, the whole CBD and cannabis Industry will be filtering all the “cowboys” and homemade products away.
The future CBD consumer will be guaranteed a regulated CBD product! No more crushed paracetamol or morphine hidden in CBD oil for better effect…..