THE lifting of a ban on the use of CBD in creams and cosmetics will be a major boost for smaller European businesses.
In early 2019 the European Commission (EC) introduced new non-legally binding provisions which outlawed the use of natural CBD in cosmetics in favour of synthetic CBD.
However, the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) has successfully overturned the decision following an intensive lobbying campaign, led by its Managing Director Lorenza Romanese.
Ms Romanese said: “The initial change only suited a few cosmetic companies as synthetics are extremely expensive. The process involved also produces a lot of chemical waste, which needs to be recycled at a later stage.
“But, the European Commission have changed the catalog and we can now use leaves in cream and other cosmetics. This is a massive boost for the wider European industry and the smaller hemp and CBD business we represent.”
The EC’s decision to outlaw natural CBD is rooted in the confusing legal position of cannabis and hemp, not just in Europe, but across the whole world.
European cosmetic regulators chose to create a new classification for CBD, based on a strict interpretation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (SCND).
The Cosing database – the Inventory of Cosmetic Ingredients – was thus updated to outlaw CBD ‘derived from extract or tincture or resin of cannabis’ whilst it surprisingly approved ‘synthetically-produced CBD’.
However, the EIHA pointed out that industrial hemp is clearly excluded from the SCND’s banned ingredients list, which, also does not include ‘cannabis seeds or leaves without fruiting tops’.
And, it highlighted how CBD, derived from these parts of the cannabis plant, is not outlawed in Europe. Ms Romanese said: “The decision last April was based on the view CBD was a narcotic, but we proved to them that industrial hemp is excluded from the SCND as it is not a drug, and does not have psychotropic effects.”
This comes as the global demand for CBD Skincare and beauty products is growing rapidly.
A new report from Prohibition Partners ‘Disrupting Beauty’ says CBD products could account for 10% of global skin-care sales, and values the global CBD skincare market at nearly $1bn, within five years.