European regulators, activists join calls for CBD oversight

Europe’s booming CBD market needs better regulation and safety protocols, according to two reports out this week from both government regulators and nonprofit activists.

First, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), an agency of the European Union, said there is an “urgent need” to get a handle on the potency of CBD products derived both from marijuana and hemp.

“These products are often available as some sort of ‘health supplement’ or wellness product, although it is often unclear on what basis these claims are made,” the authors concluded.

And in the United Kingdom, the nonprofit Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) released a report this week that 8%-11% of U.K. adults have tried CBD products and the sector’s growth is happening without much understanding of what’s in the products.

The group tested 30 CBD oil products and found:

  • Only 38% were within 10% of the advertised CBD content.
  • More than a third of the products contained less than 50% of the advertised CBD content.
  • Almost half (45%) of the selected products had measurable levels of THC.

“The industry as a whole must use these results to understand the areas of weakness in producing a quality product that consumers can trust,” the CMC concluded.

The warnings mirror similar alarms in the United States, where the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether CBD can be safely added to food and dietary supplements.

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One comment on “European regulators, activists join calls for CBD oversight
  1. Christopher Conlan on

    WOW! If you read this carefully the real message is this, how can we figure out how to tax this so we can justify our non-productive, drain on society, couldn’t get a job in the public sector position! Another imaginary problem for government to “solve”. Rule of thumb, when the Government says anything like “It’s about protecting children” or “the environment” or “your health” — hold on to your wallet and run like hell in the direction of whatever it is they are “solving”.

    And could someone please tell me how this .3% myth was created, because there is no science behind it. .3% has no bearing on the difference between Marijuana and Hemp. Who randomly made up this number that all of the lemmings in government and the media have lazily followed?

    Was is the same guy that keeps seeing Elvis at the 7-Eleven when he’s picking up some glumpy isolate or broad spectrum foo foo juice?

    Does anyone understand the concept of the “entourage effect”, or the fact that the true scientists in specialty areas that have actually STUDIED CBD and levels such as the America Academy of Neurology suggests that a ONE to ONE ratio of THC to CBD was the most effective with the least amount of side effects in a study of Seniors with an average age of 81.

    And the side effects were 13% experienced sleepiness, 7% experienced balance problems, and 7% had gastrointestinal disturbances. — WOW! What if they just did a study of 81 year old Seniors to find out if they were sleepy, had balance problems and possibly has problems one way or the other when they need to “go” — Pretty sure that the numbers would be like 90% across the board!

    Seems to me like CBD and THC at a one to one ratio should be handed out like candy to Seniors!

    Bad Government, Bad Science = Bad for Human Beings! And really, does anyone know which clueless person made up this .3% and got it into the Farm Bill? Because I’ve written legislation before, the elected officials don’t read them, they are written by someone with access who TELLS the College Intern Staffer on the Committee what to put in the bill and just HANDS them the pre-written copy! Ridiculous! We comply with this non-sensical number and do it Full Spectrum and it rocks! Imagine how much better products we could all produce if they would just get out of the way!

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