CBD in European legislation
The primary European legislation that regulates food supplements is Directive 2002/46/EC. However, the use of substances other than vitamins or minerals in food supplements may also be regulated by national or other specific EU regulations.
The European Commission has updated its position on CBD oil, stating that it is not a narcotic. This change comes after a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which said that CBD oil cannot be considered a narcotic. CBD products should be able to circulate between member states like any other legal product.
Furthermore, the European Commission declared that CBD can be considered a food. On the same day, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs reclassified cannabis.
The European Commission's and United Nations' decisions to declassify CBD oil are very important for the entire hemp industry, especially since there is still a lot of repression on the use of CBD oil in Europe.
The European position in favour of the use of the substance
On November 19, 2020, the European Court issued a ruling that declared CBD legal because it has no psychoactive or harmful effects on health. It is also made clear in the text that CBD is not addictive. This ruling changed the European view of CBD for good.
This ruling makes CBD legal in the EU, but each state can still limit its use. The ruling also clarified the rules regarding the marketing of cannabidiol. These require that the plants from which it is extracted have been grown in Europe and have a THC concentration of less than 0.2%. In addition, cannabidiol must be extracted from all parts of the plant, not just the inflorescences or leaves.
The European Court's decision was undoubtedly influenced by the fact that CBD is not addictive or harmful to the body, as well as the large number of beneficial effects it has.
Is it legal to possess and use CBD in the United Kingdom?
CBD products are legal in the UK as long as they contain no more than 0.2 percent CBD.
THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the feeling of being high. In order for a CBD product to be legal, it must contain only trace amounts of THC, if any.