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 Here are the six best CBD brands on the European market. Europe’s favoured CBD Company Raw Organics is a Danish-owned and operated company with its headquarters in Spain. Our high-quality products have been meticulously tested to adhere to world-class
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]
Top 6 CBD brands in Europe
Here are the six best CBD brands on the European market.
Photo courtesy of CBD brand Canzon. More info here.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in the industrial hemp plant. Although related to the psychoactive compound THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, therefore CBD and CBD products do not affect your mindset.
What CBD can do is help you maintain your well-being. CBD products ease you into a more relaxed state of mind and help promote recovery from activity-induced inflammation and soreness. CBD is even beneficial for your pets and can help anxious dogs feel relaxed.
There are a lot of products on the European market and, if you’ve never purchased CBD products before, it can get confusing. To help mitigate that confusion, we’ve come up with a rating system to help you determine which brand is best suited to your needs.
Our testers and reviewers graded these common factors – organic certification, third-party testing, extraction processes, taste, cost, website accessibility, and customer satisfaction. We then compiled a list to help consumers differentiate between the European brands.
Here are the six best CBD brands on the European market.
Photo courtesy of Canzon. More info here.
Canzon’s primary commitment is to offer high-quality products to its European customers. Canzon sells CBD oils, e-liquids, balms, creams, and skin treatments.
Canzon only uses organic hemp sourced from ethically managed Swiss farms and works locally, manufacturing its beauty products in Italy and its skincare line in the Netherlands. With third-party lab tests, Canzon guarantees the labelling on its products, which tell the consumer the CBD and THC content of each product.
Canzon uses MCT oils, which can also be used in bulletproof coffee, salad dressings, and smoothies, to help with digestion.
As of the first of the year, Pharmahemp has a new website with a sleek, modern look. This CBD company also produces a wide range of products, including extracts, drops, skincare, and more.
PharmaHemp is GMP-certified, which means they are compliant with international expectations for compliance with ISO standards. They use organic hemp and create products with superior cannabinoids – CBD and CBG.
Their new website includes a blog that details the legality of CBD in EU countries. PharmaHemp Laboratories, a branch of the company, tests products from other companies, so you can be confident that their products adhere to the same strict guidelines.
This CBD retailer originated in the US but has recently made a move into the European market with a new subsidiary in the Netherlands. Endoca is committed to helping its customers make healthy lifestyle choices when choosing which CBD product is best for them.
Endoca derives its CBD with supercritical CO2 extraction, which produces CBD products of the highest quality. CO2 extraction is sustainable for the environment and preserves the beneficial molecules of the extract with low temperatures.
This company ensures that all their products are pure and safe to use, even for people with lowered immune system capabilities. Its mission is to make CBD a part of every healthy household.
This company is unique in that it tracks the entire life cycle of the product. As they write on their website, Reakiro follows its hemp “from seed to sale.” They produce full-spectrum products, such as oils, that include all the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids, essential oils, and flavonoids.
Reakiro excels at customer service as well, offering free EU shipping and 30-day money-back guarantee to customers. Although they are still a young company, Reakiro is an ambitious one and is growing in popularity on the European market.
Boasting products that are free from any heavy metals or pesticide contamination, Essenz uses supercritical CO2 extraction to derive its CBD for its products.
Essenz also maintains they begin their derivation process with microization, crushing the hemp molecules to a minuscule scale and increasing their products’ absorption rates.
Essenz packaging includes dark glass bottles, which helps protect their oils and other products from harmful UV rays. Their products also keep for a long time – an open bottle can last two years if stored at consistent room temperatures. If unopened, they keep for up to four years.
This company distinguishes itself from other CBD companies as it focuses on personal nutrition and not just overall well-being. Evopure’s products are full-spectrum and completely organic.
CO2 extraction decreases any chance of pesticides or heavy metals in their products, and they only produce CBD products in small batches, ensuring their products don’t sit on the shelf for too long.
Evopure claims its products benefit its customers in two ways. The first comes from the natural benefits of using an organic product, and the second is from using a product that is sustainably sourced and not harmful to the Earth. Evopure touts its “farm-to-door” mission, in which the hemp and CBD are grown, processed, and bottled on the farm.
If you want to incorporate CBD products into your daily regimen, consider Canzon’s oils, e-liquids, balms, and skin treatments. Their acne and psoriasis treatments are classified as medical devices. Canzon has a stellar reputation, excellent product quality, and a great price point. This company also uses full-spectrum CBD and ethically sourced hemp.
To make the right decisions for your health, educate yourself on the many options on the European market. With fundamental research, you can find the health and well-being solution that fits your lifestyle.
Europe’s favoured CBD Company
Raw Organics is a Danish-owned and operated company with its headquarters in Spain. Our high-quality products have been meticulously tested to adhere to world-class standards for CBD Oils. Free shipping worldwide. Our customer service is also available in English, call us today!
Our products are obtained through a precise CO2 extraction process then diluted with high-quality organic hemp oil to achieve world-class CBD products.
We guarantee shipping of your product within 24 hours after your purchase. Your order will be shipped from our warehouse in Germany with a tracking number sent to your email address after the parcel has been processed for shipping.
We execute strict measures to ensure the protection of your data. Our user-friendly and secure payment system is built with technology abiding by the GDPR Law.
Not sure on which products to choose? Let our customer service team enlighten you. Click on the ‘chat’ icon on the right corner of the page or dial +45 89 88 32 16 for assistance.
CBD & Health
We at Raw Organics manufacture world-class oil to supply to our customers and be a partner to their journey to be in the pink of health. For years, hemp has been used as a supplement for overall health. Recent scientific studies have found the correlation to the sustenance and improvement of mental, physiological, emotional and physical health through the use of CDB.
Why do people choose Raw Organics
Our organic CBD oil is of the highest quality. The CBD oil contains carefully dosed amounts of CBD (Cannabidiol), which we extract via a delicate and cost-intensive CO2 production method.
We are proud of our ISO Certification. Our production- facilities follows ISO Standards. We control the whole process: from the seeds that are planted, using only high-quality hemp, to the products that are delivered safely in our customers mailboxes.
We are here for you
Our friendly customer service is a chat or phone call away to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
This production method is known as the world’s best
Our CBD Oil is made from a European Cannabis plant, processed using a delicate CO2 extraction method. This production is the world’s best but also the most expensive way to extract CBD. This method ensures a naturally high content of Cannabidiol and preserves the full spectrum of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and other antioxidants.
Our products have undergone meticulous testing to be free of harmful chemicals, microbial organisms, and other substances that may be hazardous to health. Below 0.2% of THC is guaranteed in all the products we offer, which is the legally acceptable percentage of THC in Europe.
Raw Organics ensures a safe delivery of your orders and collaborates with Germany’s leading cargo facilities from where our products are shipped daily.
We support the environment
Through yearly donations we support projects that makes an effort to reduce the adverse effects of industrialization. Also, we always make sure that our products are 100% organic. We believe that it is our human responsibility to initiate change and act accordingly for a better environment for all.
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