CBD Product Legislation

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have initiated legislation to remove all unregistered CBD products from shop shelves by March 2021. CBD stands for cannabidiol which is an active chemical found in marijuana. Some health organisations suggest that use can improve certain aspects of health and act as treatment for some medical conditions.

Usage guidelines

Although the sales of CBD products have seen a rapid increase, few of these products have officially been approved for safety in the UK as of yet. Despite this, the FSA recommends that no more than 70mg a day should be consumed by the average adult. Although cannabidiol derives from the cannabis plant, it does not contain any psychoactive properties and has been claimed to help conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Muscle inflammatory
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Nerve-related pain

Illegitimate products

The legislation has been put in place to prevent bogus goods from reaching misled consumers. Trials have found CBD products that contain potentially harmful ingredients, as well as some with illegal levels of psychoactive ingredients. Furthermore, some products were even found to have very little or none of the extract, despite their marketing claims.

With the benefits of CBD products in mind, they can also have downsides:

  • High prices
  • Overconsumption can lower the effectiveness of the drug over time
  • Inconsistency – it affects everybody differently so is not guaranteed to have positive health benefits.
  • Legalisation in other countries – people using CBD products are advised not to travel abroad with it as possession can be incriminating in some jurisdictions where the substance is not legal.

Taking a stand

The FSA had originally taken a laid-back approach, encouraging companies to voluntarily come forward with product information. However, a lack of documentation given by sellers triggered the regulator to demand appropriate information stating the full list of ingredients in their products.

It is also advised that CBD products are not used in conjunction with other medicines as the effects of this can be potentially harmful. Products can come in the form of:

  • Oil Concentrates
  • Isolate
  • Capsules
  • Edibles
  • Vape oil
  • Skin products
  • Hair products

Benefits for consumers

For consumers, the new legislation will allow for safer products, as well as clarity when purchasing them over the counter. As all documentation is required to be submitted to the FSA, any misleading or potentially dangerous products will be removed from the market to allow for the safety of consumers and punishment of illegitimate sellers.


If you require any information or advice, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/medical-cannabis/

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