We mentioned before that once the government allows a broader range of CBD products and their import, you’ll be able to shop for CBD in foreign countries.
Another thing the food safety authority has warned Hong Kong’s citizens about is beverages and foods. They have asked buyers to be especially careful when shopping for CBD-infused edibles and drinks due to possible traces of THC. The food authority claims that although technology has advanced, it’s very difficult to remove all THC from such products and that you should be aware of the risk.
During China’s development as a kingdom with its many dynasties, hemp was not just a commodity but a necessity.
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Currently, we don’t know what CBD brands will operate in China in 2021, but Yooya — an e-commerce marketing platform — will soon introduce brands that sell CBD products. Its focus will be companies that produce and sell CBD-infused beauty and wellness products.
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In this guide, we’ll take a brief look at the cannabis history in China, we’ll break down the current laws and take a peek into the near future of CBD in China. We’ll also share some tips on how to buy high-quality CBD, and how to shop for CBD online from foreign countries once it becomes legal.
In the past few years, a number of CBD beauty brands have penetrated the Chinese market via cross border e-commerce (CBEC) channels such as Tmall Global.
Chemlinked analyst Hedy He said this news came as a surprise considering how the regulatory landscape around cannabis product has been simplified in various markets over the years.
On March 26, the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), announced a proposal to introduce legislation that would prohibit the use of cannabis and cannabis extracts in cosmetics.
Ban would affect CBEC sales
However, He confirmed that this ban would also apply to brands coming into China through this channel, leaving no loophole for CBD beauty companies.
The ban would include raw materials such as cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabis sativa kernel fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil, as well as cannabis sativa leaf.
According to the 2019 Hemp Annual Report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), China grows nearly half of the world’s supply of hemp fibre, making it the largest producer in the world.
This proposal is currently open to public opinions till April 19.
He told CosmeticsDesign-Asia that this increase also resulted in growing distrust of CBD cosmetics among the authorities.
The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) recently published the finalised list of prohibited ingredients for cosmetics.
This crackdown on cannabis cosmetics deals a huge blow to the emerging market for CBD beauty.
End of the road?
In the past three years, more and more beauty products with cannabis ingredients like CBD have emerged in China.
The NMPA stated that cosmetic companies were not allowed to produce or import products containing prohibited ingredients stipulated in the new inventories from May 28.
“China NMPA will issue transitional measures granting a deadline for their sales. However, retailers are encouraged to pull CBD cosmetics off the shelves,” said Hedy He, regulatory analyst, Chemlinked.
Among the 24 newly prohibited ingredients were cannabidiol (CBD), cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil and cannabis sativa leaf extract. This formalises a draft proposed in March to ban cannabis-based cosmetics in China.