The CBD (cannabidiol) market in France has been booming in recent years, but the legality of this product still raises questions and confusion among consumers.
IS CBD LEGAL IN FRANCE?
CBD itself is not considered an illegal substance, but its legality depends on its provenance, composition, and marketing.
CBD can be extracted from the hemp plant, which contains very little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive substance in cannabis.
Hemp is authorized in France and the production of CBD from this plant is legal, provided that the THC level is below 0.2%.
In addition, the marketing of products containing CBD is authorized in France, provided that their THC level is less than 0.2%.
CBD-derived products, such as oils, capsules, creams and e-liquids, are also allowed, but they must be labeled with the CBD and THC content and must be sold as cosmetics or food products.
CAN PRODUCTS CONTAINING CBD BE SOLD FREELY IN FRANCE?
No, products containing CBD cannot be freely sold in France.
Their marketing is subject to strict regulations.
Companies must obtain a marketing authorization (analysis of products by an independent laboratory) before marketing their products and must comply with the rules on labelling, packaging and advertising.
The French authorities can also carry out checks to verify the compliance of products containing CBD.