Watchdogs are moving to ban the sale of the popular wellness supplement CBD oil which has been derived from cannabis. The number of people using CBD which is being sold legally online and from high street retailers. Which claims to help with anxiety, insomnia, and joint pain. Although a decision by the British and European food watchdogs to classify cannabidiol as a novel food means it now needs to through an approval process.
The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) has portrayed that they will be asking local council trading standards officers to begin removing the products from sale until this approval process has been complete; which could take anywhere between 12-18 months. Under the new systems sellers would have to show that the oil, which can be used in capsule of liquid formula is safe and has the effects as claimed. Oils prices range from £15-199 and can be found within the vape industry from specialist CBD shops and vape stores UK. CBD does not contain harmful psychoactive chemicals compared with cannabis and reclassification will be a commercial diester for producers and is bad news for the legal cannabis farms established to meet the growing demand of CBD users.
Yesterday on the 28thJanuary 2019 the Cannabis Trades Association began to warn producers that “Trading Standards have the right to enter your premises and inspect stock to determine its novel status. Sarah Brewer a medical director of Health Span initiated a statement “Cannabidiol has the direct effects on the endocannabinoid system within the brain which enhances the effects of brain chemicals to reduce pain perception, relieve anxiety and stress which therefore improves sleep and lifts moods. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant which begins to supress inflammation. However, a product can be defined as a novel food if it cannot be shown that it has been in long term and safe use before 1997. The FSA say that they will now take action to block sales. This process will continue after Brexit as Britain now intends to transfer the EU rules into UK law.
This latest news will affect the sale of CBD within vape stores and could prove a significant problem to both manufactures, retailers, and the end user. CBD can be ingested in many ways for example CBD edibles, E-Juice oils, CBD Flowers, CBD energy drinks, Pre-filled tanks, body butter. CBD can also be used in a range of devices that include and are not limited to, MTL vape kits, sub ohm, pre-filled CBD atomisers E-Liquid.