What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid which can be extracted from the cannabis plant and added to foods and has no psychoactive properties.
It doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other key compound in cannabis which causes users to get high.
During the past few years there has been significant growth in the number of products sold that contain CBD. These food products are classed as ‘novel foods’.
Safety of CBD
Like all new products and ingredients, food containing CBD must be safety evaluated, authorised and approved as a novel food before they can be sold.
At Food Standards Scotland we are working closely with local authorities to keep the safety of CBD food products under review and to ensure that products labelled as containing CBD do so.
As with other food products, if you have any concerns about food products containing CBD that are sold in your area, please contact your local authority.
Who is responsible for the regulation of CBD?
Food Standards Scotland has regulatory responsibility for CBD used in food products.
Products containing the psychoactive substance Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with limited exemptions, are classed as controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act and for Police Scotland and the Home Office.
Medicinal use of CBD is the remit of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and most other uses of CBD such as for vaping are for Trading Standards.