In recent reports, we have learned that Canada is looking to classify CBD as a health supplement. This makes perfect sense considering the potential medical benefits of CBD. However, when it comes to the legality of CBD it may seem absurd. Especially if this were occurring in the United States. Before recreational cannabis legalization took effect this past October, this may have sounded a little crazy in Canada as well.
Canadian Health Food Associations Wants CBD Redefined
According to Health Canada, products containing CBD were illegal until legalization. This was unless you had a medical cannabis license. This was until legalization occurred. Since retail cannabis became legal however these products are the same as any other cannabis product. Just recently the Canadian Health Food Association reached out to the Canadian government to open dialogue surrounding CBD. This included the potential of lessening the restrictions around it.
In the US the Food and Drug Administration recently made a very strong negative stance towards CBD products and made it clear that they could not be advertised as a natural health or nutritional product. As you can see the viewpoints of these two regulatory agencies are night and day.
A Great Push for THC Edibles as Well
The Canadian Health Food Association isn’t discussing cannabis edibles for recreational enjoyment. However, they are very curious about the health and medical benefits that CBD food products could offer. This curiosity and focus can be a very big benefit for those hoping to one-day purchase THC infused edibles in Canada as well. Many people attribute CBD for providing them with a higher quality of health and a better sense of well-being.
With this consideration, it is easy to see how many believe CBD should be just like a dietary supplement or vitamin. Even though the World Health Organization has deemed CBD to be an extremely safe substance the FDA can’t seem to stop spending money and wasting resources on trying to eliminate their existence. Hopefully one day the United States will catch up with the rest of the world and stop holding on to their draconian ways.
The Possibility and Requirements
For a product to be a natural health product in Canada, it must meet two requirements. One is that it must be safe to consume as an over-the-counter product. The World Health Organization has already said CBD is exceptionally safe. Up until October of last year however the second requirement had not and could not be met. This requirement states that no prescription must be acquired for the product to be purchased. With legalization, this requirement can be met. So, the timing of this dialogue with the Canadian Health Food Association couldn’t be better.