We’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. CBD infused energy bars, chocolate, coffee, water, and even wine. But is it safe? Or better yet, are CBD edibles even legal?
While it’s still largely a grey area in most places, there are a few regions that have recently taken the route of officially banning any CBD-based food products. The first to make headlines about this was California last month, and now, the Spain challenged CBD edibles and declared that CBD is allowed for “external-use only”.
So, what’s with this shift in gears? And why is it coming so late after many food related CBD businesses have already been established? In case you are wondering, no, there have been no reported sickness from these products, so CBD edibles are most likely safe. But nevertheless, in both of these scenarios, governing bodies decided it’s best to wait until the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) – or in Spain, the AESAN – establish some laws regarding these products.
Since cannabis has been illegal for so long in the United States, it’s always been under control of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). But with laws changing regarding not only the flowers themselves, but all the extracts as well, these products are now becoming the responsibility of other government agencies.
The situation is very similar in Spain, with a lack of definitive laws causing mass confusion. Until now, CBD based food products in Spain have been marketed as food supplements, but under Spanish law food supplements can only contain added vitamins and minerals, not plant matter.
Are CBD Edibles Illegal?
It definitely sounds strange, but that’s just how it is when it comes down to the technicalities of a law. What seems like a fairly simple solution (i.e. to regulate CBD as a regular food product instead of a supplement) might take years and years of litigation to come by. But it’s definitely on the horizon and a few countries have already seen the benefit in regulated CBD as a food product or supplement. The Czech Republic was first, followed by Germany, Holland, and Italy.
The United States still has no official laws on this matter, aside from the recent changes in California.