A notice for the cannabis ingredient CBD has now been issued by the Federation of German Drug Organizations. According to the warning, CBD products in Germany as well as cannabis-based food supplements are trendy and popular these days but are not healthy for consumers. Even though CBD does not have an intoxicating effect like THC, the organization reports negative results such as dizziness.
The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBZ) has now spoken out and issued a warning about CBD in Germany.
According to the consumer advice center, edibles containing CBD as well as cannabis-based supplements are trendy but are not without danger for consumers. The political organization, supported by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, advises against the consumption of CBD in Germany.
Read the latest industry news on CBD products with the Hemp.im mobile app. This app is the leading source of legal, medical, and B2B news for the cannabis and CBD industry.
VZBZ expresses concern about the difference between THC and CBD in Germany
“A real hype has developed around CBD in Germany, but it is not clear how risky CBD-containing foods are,” the organization explained. “Thus, it should be regarded with skepticism if some manufacturers advertise their products as help for menstrual problems, sleep disorders or depression. These products may contain harmful amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is psychoactive.”
The consumer advice center continues to explain that in contrast to THC, CBD has no intoxicating (psychoactive) effect.
“However, numerous undesirable effects are known. For example, CBD can cause drowsiness and dizziness for one in 10 users. In addition, questions about dosage, safety and interactions have not yet been clarified,” the organization states.
Products with CBD in Germany could have misleading labels
Moreover, the Consumer Center believes that CBD products in Germany are traded illegally.
“Foods containing CBD are not approved as novel food and should therefore not be sold as food,” the organization refers in this context to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL.)
In the view of the BVL, suppliers “must submit either an application for approval of a medical product or an application for approval as a “Novel Food” before placing products containing CBD in Germany on the market. This also applies to food supplements.
“It is not acceptable that, for example, chewing gums containing CBD in Germany are on sale even though they have no approval. Sensitive target groups such as children and young people must be protected. Sweets, chocolate or soft drinks often contain questionable cannabis ingredients of unclear origin,” said the agency.
The organization also states that the suppliers of CBD in Germany use images of cannabis leaves and terms such as “intoxicating,” “high” or “addictive” for advertising.
“We believe this is a dangerous trivialization of cannabis,” the VZBZ states.
Laws get in the way of better CBD in Germany
Finally, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations complains about the authorities which are responsible for the approval of CBD in Germany in the individual federal states, thereby unnecessarily complicating and lengthening the testing procedure for the approval of cannabis products.
With this warning, the political umbrella organization of the consumer centers, which sees itself as the “strong voice of all consumers in Germany,” is completely in line with those players who want to restrict free trade in cannabis products and regulate it in their favor.
DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Hemp.im, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.
This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.
First published in Hanf Journal, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.
Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Hemp.im assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Hemp.im is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.