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CBD Explained: Novel food applications


In January 2019 CBD was classified in the EU as a novel food. Novel food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans before 15 May 1997, when the first regulation on novel food came into force.

CBD extracts can be derived from most parts of hemp or cannabis plants. They are selectively extracted, concentrating CBD and removing or reducing other chemical components. This process means the final product is different from hemp

To continue selling CBD in the UK after 1st April 2021 CBD brands must meet 2 key criteria:

  • Products were on sale on 13th February 2020
  • Products are linked to a validated novel foods application

CBD products that don’t meet these criteria will need to be removed from sale by 1st April 2021 or be subject to enforcement action by the local authority.

Any new CBD brands wishing to enter the market will need to make a novel food application, the process takes approximately 2 years.

The FSA will be publishing a list of approved CBD suppliers who meet these criteria so consumers are able to check they are buying a brand that has submitted all the necessary reports and analysis to gain a novel food license for their products.

Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, said:

“CBD products have been widely available on the high street for some time, but we think it is really important that people who choose to buy CBD products know that they are being checked for safety.

All Golfers CBD products are covered by validated novel food applications and we welcome this move towards a properly regulated industry.

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