Announcement on CBD extracts may have huge consequences

The European Commission has reached a preliminary view on this question and have announced their plans to reject novel food applications for (food) products derived from the hemp flower. The position taken by the Commission, although not yet final, could have huge implications for CBD related stakeholders and the industry itself.

Over the past few months, the European Commission (Commission) has been involved in extensive discussions over novel food applications. In particular, the Commission has been debating whether CBD extracts derived from the ‘hemp flower’ meets the definition of a narcotic for the purpose of novel food applications.