Is CBD legal in EU? Services and products that we buy and use nowadays are, or at least should be, well regulated. This includes everything from booking a hotel for your vacation or business trip Order HERBLIZ CBD oil drops : ✓ 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% cannabidiol oil ✓ Free shipping ✓ Natural product ✓ High quality ➨ Order now!
Is CBD legal in EU?
Services and products that we buy and use nowadays are, or at least should be, well regulated. This includes everything from booking a hotel for your vacation or business trip to buying foodstuffs like milk, personal care products and cosmetics at your local store or online.
The legal status of the items that we buy, use and/or consume depends on several factors, such as:
- the classification of the product,
- the type and legal status of the ingredients,
- the country where the product is sold.
Sounds confusing? We will explain these factors below using concrete examples for CBD and other consumer products.
So, what is the legal status of popular CBD products?
The question of the legal status of CBD products is, besides questions about quality, certainly one of the most important and common from CBD users.
Unfortunately, the answer is not simple or straightforward. The reason for the complexity is that all three of the above-mentioned factors must be considered when we want to define the legality of a certain CBD product, as you will see in the continuation.
1. The classification of CBD products
Did you know that CBD products fall into many different categories of final products? Currently, the most popular and known are:
- Food supplements, where CBD oil is the most common
- Foodstuffs like drinks infused with CBD and other active ingredients
- Cosmetic products containing CBD, such as anti-aging topical creams and serums
- Personal care products that contain CBD are scarce, but oral hygiene products, for example, are gaining in popularity
- Medicines with an active pharmaceutical ingredient (CBD in an isolated form or as cannabis extracts)
- E-liquids with CBD for vaping
- Smoking a type of cannabis flowers with CBD (so called “tobacco” substitutes)
The legislation and legal status of these diverse forms of CBD products differ, regardless of the fact that they all contain CBD. This is quite reasonable if we consider that some are used on the skin, while others are ingested or even inhaled. Not to mention the purpose – medicines are used to cure and treat diseases, which is not the case for cosmetics and food supplements.
Below is a simple legal classification of the various CBD-related products and the applicable general EU legislation. It is important to note that besides the general legislation, additional EU and national regulations apply as well. Currently, the most “popular” and specific to the world of CBD is EU Regulation 2015/2283 on novel foods. This regulation was discussed in one of our previous blogs.
*certain forms of cannabis are used for vaporizing (flowering parts) and are classified as a medicinal product.
Are you questioning whether all these CBD products are legal? Well, this depends on other factors, i.e., the type of CBD used as an ingredient in such final products and, interestingly, where the product is sold, as you will see in continuation.
If a producer or seller of a particular product complies with the applicable EU and national legislation, then the answer is “yes” in all cases. Hence, CBD products are legal as long as they are registered and compliant with the legislation that needs to be followed.
2. The type of CBD as an ingredient
While some ingredients like caffeine can be incorporated into cosmetics, food supplements and foodstuffs as well as pharmaceuticals, there are some ingredients that are regulated and can only be used in certain types of products.
One such ingredient is vitamin D, which is a very popular ingredient in food supplements, especially these days, as it boosts the immune system and keeps viral infections away. Some studies also relate vitamin-D intake with potent antiviral properties in the case of Covid-19.
Vitamin D is also an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in medicinal products, where daily doses are typically higher than food supplements with vitamin D.
In stark contrast, vitamin D is on the list of prohibited substances in cosmetic products in the European Union. Both forms of vitamin D (ergocalciferol and cholecalciferol) are listed in Annex 2 of EU 1223/2009 – the list of substances prohibited in cosmetic products.
CBD as an ingredient in cosmetic products can occur as an isolated CBD or as hemp/cannabis extract, which typically also contains other phytocannabinoids that can be found in hemp.
Cosing, a comprehensive EU database on cosmetic ingredients, provides the following information for the keyword “cannabidiol”:
As you can see, there are no restrictions on CBD, regardless of its origin – whether it is naturally derived from hemp/cannabis or synthetically produced. The restrictions in the last column refer to the above-mentioned list of prohibited substances given in EU 1223/2009.
We see something similar if we type in Cosing the following keywords “cannabis sativa leaf extract”:
The source of the extract in the case of hemp/cannabis matters in terms of the legality of cosmetic products. For example, only extracts of certain parts, such as stems, seeds and leaves, are allowed. This relates to a rather obsolete, yet still applicable, classification of drugs from the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, signed in New York on 30 March 1961.
On the other hand, medical preparations from cannabis can be produced from any part of the plant and can contain either CBD on its own or a combination with other phytocannabinoids, including the psychoactive tetrahdydrocannabinol or THC. THC is classified as a drug according to the UN Convention from 1961, but can be legally used as a medicine under certain circumstances.
3. The legal status of CBD by countries
The legal status of CBD in Europe is defined by EU and national regulations. The legislation and people’s opinions are changing fast and continuously, so the “rules” that apply today might not be effective tomorrow.
For example, last year the European Commission’s preliminary opinion on CBD being a narcotic was withdrawn after a few months. The Commission changed their minds in November 2020, when the European Court of Justice published a judgement stating that CBD that is extracted from cannabis should not be considered as a drug under the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
A similar case at the national level happened last October in Italy, which suspended a decree, only a few days old, where CBD preparations were added to “Section B” of the Italian narcotics law’s table of medicines. Just for clarification: medicines in “Section B” require a special prescription that cannot be used multiple times in Italy.
It is clear from the above, that whether a certain CBD product can be legally sold in a certain country depends on its classification.
For example, in all the EU Member States and the UK, cosmetic products with CBD are legal if they comply with the applicable cosmetic regulations.
On the other hand, food supplements with CBD are a little more complex. In the EU, such products need to be approved by the European Commission prior to being sold legally on the market. This is not the case in the UK now, where the authorities decided that CBD products that are currently on the UK market can be sold freely if the producers/sellers have authorization for the approval of such Novel foods in process. For more details on this topic, check our previous blogs on Novel Foods in the EU and in UK.
So, you can see that the legal status of CBD products depends on many factors, such as the form of the final product, the source of the CBD and last, but not least, on country-specific regulations.
The latter are changing fast. Therefore, our advice to you is to constantly follow the news as it relates to the CBD market. At Pharmahemp, we are closely monitoring the situation in the EU and the UK and any major changes and updates to the legislation will be shared with you instantly.
For any further advice and guidance on specific legislation you can also contact us at [email protected]
The best CBD oil Buy high-quality Cannabidiol drops 5% – 10%
When you buy CBD oil, there are multiple decisions that you need to make. What strength is the right one for you? What form of application should you use? And which flavour will you enjoy most? While it might feel overwhelming at first, all these decisions are easy to make if you purchase CBD oil from a trusted supplier, like HERBLIZ.
While CBD drops are easily available for customers in most European countries, research conducted in the UK shows that not all CBD is equal. So how can you make sure that you buy the best cannabidiol drops out there? By buying CBD oil from producers who have the necessary certificates, are clear about the origin of the ingredients they use, and have their products tested by independent laboratories.
At HERBLIZ, we prioritise ensuring every product is of the highest quality. Our years of experience and devotion to superior ingredients make it easier for you to focus on selecting the CBD oil that works best for you and your body, while we take care of the rest. So, take some time, relax, and enjoy looking through our range of high-quality CBD oils available for delivery anywhere in the EU and the UK.
Questions & Answers ➤ between Myth & Truth #CBDknowledge
CBD oil helps against anxiety
Did you know that your body produces endocannabinoids that are very similar to the cannabinoids found in cannabis?
Their role is to interact with your endocannabinoid system involved in multiple processes in your body, including sleep, appetite, inflammation levels, immunity response, and the ability to handle stress.
Researchers are currently looking into the relationship between an unbalanced endocannabinoid system and various anxiety disorders.
Preclinical results are promising. They suggest CBD supplements can be very helpful in supporting and restoring the balance in the human endocannabinoid system. By doing so, CBD can potentially help manage symptoms of various types of anxiety disorders, from general anxiety to panic attacks, depression, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
CBD oil is good against pain
If you ask people around you about their personal experience with CBD, you will probably learn that many of them use it to cope with symptomes of various health issues, from arthritis to toothaches.
Researchers believe the endocannabinoid system might play a role in how our body manages inflammation and chronic pain. While we are still unsure if using CBD in pain management therapies can be beneficial, a recent clinically validated Headache Impact Test survey showed that 86% of respondents living with migraines reported feeling better after using CBD for just 30 days.
Researchers are also looking into the impact CBD can have on nerve pain and fibromyalgia. The early results are promising, and hopefully, we will soon know if CBD can help people battling these conditions.
Will CBD oil affect your medication?
If you are currently on medication that shouldn’t be mixed with other medicines or supplements, the same rule might apply to CBD.
Medications that need to be taken daily, such as blood thinners for people with a high risk of blood clotting, or hormone replacement for people with thyroid issues (including Hashimoto), should not be taken simultaneously with your CBD drops.
We advise you to speak to your doctor about taking CBD in a way that will not interact with your medication.
Is CBD oil a drug?
CBD is not a drug and is legal in almost all of Europe.
It will also not show up on a drug test and will have no impact on your ability to perform various tasks, such as driving, working, or interacting in social situations.
CBD use in Europe is growing
Are you curious about CBD oil? If so, you’re not alone. CBD oil, also known as Cannabidiol oil, contains high amounts of the CBD cannabinoid extracted from hemp – a type of cannabis plant. CBD drops can contain just CBD and a carrier oil, but they can also include other natural compounds found in the hemp plant, such as various cannabinoids and terpenes. While researchers are still trying to understand cannabinoids and their healing properties fully, more and more Europeans are incorporating CBD into their daily lives.
And it’s not surprising that CBD use in Europe is growing. As it stands, 25% of the European population suffers from either depression or anxiety. In addition, according to a study published in 2016, between one-third and one-half of the UK population suffers from chronic pain.
What makes Our high quality oil different #BornInCalifornia #MadeInBerlin
We are proud to say that all HERBLIZ CBD oils are certified, independently tested, and 100% natural products.To ensure the CBD you buy with us is of the highest quality, we promote responsible production and use hemp from growers who practice sustainable farming.
While the CBD industry is relatively new in Europe, our manufacturing facilities in Germany have been carefully designed based on years of experience gained in California.To make it easy for you to adjust your CBD oil intake, all of our CBD oils are available in different strengths, both online and in our famous HERBLIZ concept stores.
- Our 5% CBD oil is perfect for beginners and people looking for low-strength supplements.
- 10% CBD oil is excellent for those who want to up their intake a little.
- 15% and 20% CBD oil is perfect for people who require higher CBD doses to achieve the desired results. And if you are not sure what to choose, ask. Our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help.
Why is CBD oil good for you?
The list of potential benefits of CBD is never-ending. As CBD helps maintain a healthy balance of the endocannabinoid system, the results are very personal.
This is why many active people use it to help them feel relaxed and calm before going to sleep, while people who struggle with low productivity might reach for CBD drops to help increase focus and efficiency.
And as if this wasn’t good enough, early research also suggests CBD might act as an antioxidant and be a powerful anti-ageing agent.
How do you use Cannabidiol oil
Using CBD oil is very simple and can be mastered quickly, especially if appropriately packaged.
What’s the perfect Dosage?
The perfect dosage of CBD drops depends on personal needs. Your body and your endocannabinoid system are unique and might have completely different needs than your friend’s, even if you are the same age and are dealing with similar health issues.
If you take CBD drops for the first time, we suggest you “start low and go slow.” Start with small doses of low-strength CBD oil (for example, two doses of 5% CBD in the morning and two in the evening), and then see how you feel. While some people might find this to be all they need, others will keep upping their intake and only find relief with 20% taken twice a day.
Remember that a higher percentage doesn’t always mean better! Buy CBD oil with a lower strength first, and then adjust accordingly. And independently of what strength you go for, never exceed the maximum amount advised by the producer.
That’s how you keep it fresh
A high-quality CBD oil will have extraordinary durability and stay fresh for years, but incorrect storage can influence its potency and flavour.
To assure it stays fresh, always:
- Store it in a dark and cool place
- Keep it in the original packageing
- Make sure to close the lid after every use
- Purchase CBD packaged in amber bottles (to block UV rays)
Usage: The difference between drops & sprays
CBD oils are available in drops or sprays. So which one is better?
While both CBD drops and sprays act in the same way, mouth sprays with a dispenser make the application a little easier. Using a mouth spray might be more hygienic. The spray is also convenient and discreet, allowing for an easy application wherever you are. Sprays also limit the CBD’s exposure to oxygen as it is unnecessary to unscrew the bottle for application.
But you will need to decide for yourself what works best for you.
You can adjust the strength and the form of application as you please. The only non-negotiable factor is the quality of CBD oil you buy. No matter where in Europe you are and what you use your CBD for, only buy it from trusted producers who prioritise high-quality and sustainable production over anything else.
Come on in and discover our different vapes and vape cartridges. Vape the finest ingredients – 100% natural and free of paint and plastic.
Enjoy yourself with our selection of CBD Wellness products – from bath bombs and massage oil to bathing salt with lavender.
Not only from the inside also from the outside CBD & hemp will serve you best. 100% Nature and only the best for your body and soul.