The Hodges Review gauges public support for the UK’s ‘accidental’ cannabis sector

The main objective of the Hodges Review was to examine the current cannabis sector landscape and outline how best to support the safe and responsible growth – economic and social – of a sizeable and dynamic legal sector that is already established in the UK.  Despite the growth potential and dedication within the industry, the report […]

EFSA reveals several areas of concern in novel food applications

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found several key areas of concern in novel food submissions it has received for CBD.   Among the areas of primary concern are missing information on applications and data gaps, which would support the evaluation of safety profiles, according to information shared during an EFSA-led webinar on 29 June.  […]

EFSA suspends novel food applications due to ‘data gaps and uncertainties’ 

lab tests

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ‘stopped the clock’ on 19 novel food applications for CBD, pending new data. The EU authority says its scientists cannot currently establish the safety of CBD as a novel food due to data gaps and uncertainties about potential hazards related to CBD intake. The news follows the submission […]

4.20 | The international day of cannabis explained

a cannabis plant on 4.20

You’ll see it written in a variety of ways – 4.20, 4:20, 4/20 and even four-twenty. What does the phrase mean in cannabis terms and how did it originate? 4.20 has long been associated with cannabis, thanks to a group of friends who would meet outside their high school in California at twenty past four […]

Beyond the CBD list: Frequently asked questions.

A big question mark

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) published a list of permitted CBD products, and their manufacturers, on 31 March 2022. The emergence of the long awaited list has presented more questions to answer. We asked Laura Williamson, Technical Advisor to the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry, to clear up some of the biggest issues.  What led […]

The CBD list in numbers

the CBD list in numbers

Cannabinoid Insight has monitored the various numbers and statements made since the publication of the CBD list by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in March. Here is how things stand in April 2022, in the weeks after the list went live. Since 1 January 2021, the FSA has received over 900 novel food applications for CBD […]

An introduction to terpenes

What are terpenes? Where do they come from? What are the main types and why are they important? In this introduction to terpenes, we look at some of the research behind these minor phytochemicals with big potential, and we get the opinion of a hemp cultivator in the Channel Islands. What are terpenes? These are […]

How safe is CBD?

Widely available in an array of formats across the wellness category, the rise of this hemp extract in consumer products begs the question – how safe is CBD? Years of consumption of CBD have provided a wealth of information about safety. – Toxicology expert, Dr Paul Duffy Skincare and cosmetics When it comes to applying […]