Last month, China’s Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) announced a proposed ban on cannabidiol (CBD), cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa leaf extract, and cannabis sativa seed oil from use in cosmetics. The NIFDC has opened a public consultation and stakeholders can submit comments by email at [email protected] before April 19, 2021.
Currently, cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa leaf extract and cannabis sativa seed oil are permitted, and CBD products can be purchased through cross-border e-commerce platforms. That will change if the proposed ban goes into effect.
The proposed ban is in line with the measures taken in other Asian countries, where the oversight of CBD products is still restricted.
Though hemp has been grown in China for thousands of years for use in clothing and traditional medicine and is currently one the world’s largest hemp producers, it still classifies marijuana as a dangerous narcotic drug and possession of hemp seeds is criminalized.