UK Government’s Swift Response to
ACMD’s CBD Recommendations

The UK Government has responded to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) advice on Consumer Cannabidiol (CBD) products. Here’s the lowdown on their actions:

  1. Controlled Dose Limits: The ACMD suggested capping the dose of certain cannabinoids in consumer CBD products to 50 micrograms per unit. The Government not only accepted this but is gearing up to implement it through new legislation, pending parliamentary approval.
  2. Stringent Regulation: To ensure your safety, regulatory authorities will monitor and restrict the content of controlled phytocannabinoids in CBD products so that the dose of delta-9-THC (including its precursor delta-9-THCA) and each of the other controlled phytocannabinoids does not exceed 50 micrograms per unit of consumption. The Government is teaming up with law enforcement to ensure strict compliance and market integrity.
  3. Further Testing Capabilities: A further inter-laboratory comparison trial (ring trial) should be commissioned specifically to support the capability of testing laboratories to detect controlled phytocannabinoids below the recommended maximum levels in a representative range of consumer CBD products. The government accepts this recommendation in principle, subject to funding being found.
  4. Redefining Exempt Product Definition: In a bid to facilitate research, the Government is open to amending the definition of Exempt Product. The suggested tweak involves specifying that products containing controlled drugs are meant for approved scientific research, as defined in the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

Last month we saw that The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued new precautionary advice on CBD, recommending healthy adults should limit their consumption of CBD from food to 10mg per day – a drastic decrease from the previous limit of 70mg.

The future landscape of CBD product regulation is undergoing significant changes with updates from bodies like the FDA, FSA, and the UK Government. As regulations continue to evolve, it’s crucial for businesses marketing CBD-containing products to stay informed and adapt to the latest guidelines.

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