Cosmetic products and cannabis under the EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009

The rising trend

Nowadays, cannabis products are gaining more and more popularity around the world and the same is true for their use in cosmetic products. However, this plant has many different compounds that can be used and it is necessary to understand which of its parts can be used legally.

Distinction of compounds

Two of the most famous compounds of hemp are certainly the tetrahydrocannabinol and the cannabidiol: the THC is the psychoactive compound of the plant which is still illegal in many countries around the world, while the CBD is the non-psychoactive compound which can be safely used for many different products and purposes.

Cannabis use in cosmetics on the EU market

The EU Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng) lists the different parts of the cannabis plant, establishing in most cases a prohibition to the use of cannabis plants with a tetrahydrocannabinol content exceeding 0,2%. On the other hand, CosIng also lists the CBD as an ingredient that can be used in any cosmetic products with no restrictions established: in fact, cannabidiol can be used in cosmetic products as an antioxidant, as well as for skin protection and conditioning.

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