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Important regulations for CBD products in the EU

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CBD products containing cannabidiol, have been exploding on markets all around the world in the past few years. CBD supplements, CBD bars, CBD oil, CBD skincare products, CBD gummies or powders – no matter in what shape or form the CBD products are the new trend among consumers.

Some more insights into CBD products

CBD is part of the Cannabinoids compound that does not have dependence potential or cause a “high”. CBD is either derived directly from the hemp plant or manufactured synthetically in a laboratory. It became popular as a safe treatment for many different health issues and offers various health benefits such as:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Helping with insomnia
  • Lowering chronic pain
  • Lowering addiction
  • Treating seizures

EU regulations for CBD products

Many brands have recognized the benefits of CBD and are selling all kinds of different CBD products. If you are also interested in launching your own CBD product line it is important to keep the following EU regulations for CBD products in mind.

CBD Food Products

CBD products

Any type of food product in the European Union needs to fulfill the general safety requirements of the Regulation on the General Principles of Food Law in the EU. If you are interested in finding out more about the general food and beverage regulations in the EU check out our blogpost on “The 7 essential Food and Beverage certifications for your private label brand”.

According to an EU regulation, food supplements containing CBD are considered a “novel food” in the European Union. Novel foods are foods that were not used for human consumption in the EU before 1997 when the regulation on novel foods was established. Novel Foods can only be sold in the EU once they have been authorized by the European Commission. The food will only be authorized if it meets certain criteria, namely to be safe, without nutritional disadvantages, and is not misleading to consumers. So far CBD products have not been authorized in the EU yet.

So is it legal to sell CBD products in the EU?

As for whether it is legal to sell products that contain CBD in the EU, the EU has allowed the cultivation of Cannabis sativa L. varieties as long as they are registered in the EU’s ‘Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species‘ and the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does not exceed a concentration of 0.2 %. Even though CBD products are legal in most European countries, every EU member state is free to adopt its own national laws and thus, the CBD regulations need to be double-checked for every country you want to sell your products in.

CBD cosmetic products

CBD products

In general cosmetic products have to follow certain safety standards which are listed in Article 3 of the Cosmetics Regulation. There are certain substances that are restricted from being used in cosmetics including cannabis. However, this only refers to certain parts of the cannabis plant and does not include the seeds and leaves of the plant. The EU, therefore, allows CBD cosmetic products that are made from seeds and leaves but not the fruiting tops of the cannabis plant. CBD cosmetic products can be legally marketed in the EU as antioxidant, anti-sebum, skin protection and skin care.

Selling your own CBD products with wonnda

As the interest of consumers in CBD products has risen immensely and you know about the regulations of CBD products, you might want to leverage this trend and sell your very own CBD products. Some of the most popular CBD products are:

  • CBD oil
  • CBD skin and hair products such as creams, face masks, serums or soaps
  • CBD vape oils
  • CBD edibles like gummies, cookies, or power bars
  • CBD pet products

It is very important to find a trustworthy and high-quality manufacturer for your CBD products. Here at wonnda, we work with top European producers for private labeling and contract manufacturing. The first step in getting your CBD products to market is probably the most crucial – finding the right production partner for your project. The great advantage of wonnda.com is that you can simply let us do the heavy lifting. Just tell us quickly about your project or product idea. We will then approach the most suitable producers for your project and connect you with them. Sounds interesting? Then just fill out the form or send us an email with your desired product.

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