New Poll Finds Overwhelming Public Support For FSA CBD Regulation

LONDON — Wednesday, 11 March 2020 — A new YouGov poll commissioned by The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) demonstrates overwhelming support for recent FSA guidance concerning CBD.

  • The FSA (Food Standards Agency) reviewed the evidence on CBD products and found evidence there are potential adverse health effects from consumption. 
  • They set a deadline of the 31st March 2021 for businesses that produce CBD based products to provide more information about CBD products and their contents.
  • They advised vulnerable groups (e.g. pregnant women etc.) not to take CBD products, and healthy adults to take no more than 70mg a day.

When respondents were asked how much they support or oppose the FSA’s decision the response was overwhelmingly positive. 74% had a positive reaction with only 8% of respondents opposing the guidance.

Sample size for the poll was 2065 and was weighted to represent all GB adults aged over 18.

The poll also gave insight into CBD usage and awareness in the UK population. 71% of respondents were aware of CBD with 16% of them already purchased a CBD product.

However, when it comes to consumer confidence in CBD products the results were not so positive. Only 29% of respondents declared to be confident that CBD products are labelled with the correct information and properly tested by a regulatory authority. 45% responded that they were not confident that CBD products are labelled with the correct information and properly tested by a regulatory authority.

Next week (16-17 March), The ACI will be diamond sponsor of the Global CBD Summit, in London. Steve Moore, The ACI founder, will outline The ACI’s vision for a legal and sustainable UK CBD industry which puts consumer safety first in his keynote address. Following this, Dr Parveen Bhatarah, The ACI Regulatory Lead, will hold a roundtable discussion covering work The ACI are undertaking to make this a reality.

Dr Andy Yates, The ACI Pharmacy Lead “This new poll demonstrates that the public have a clear view regarding regulation of CBD; they want more of it and the FSA can be assured that they have overwhelming support for the new measures they have introduced.” 

Dr Parveen Bhatarah, The ACI Regulatory Lead “Recently the FSA has taken a positive step by providing regulatory clarity. This will lay the foundations of a legal and trustworthy CBD industry in the UK. The public is very aware of this and their positive reaction to guidance from the FSA reinforces the need for such leadership.”

Editor notes
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2065 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th – 9th March 2020.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

See all poll questions and responses.