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The CBD consumer products boom – the risks considered

Posted on 07 November 2019

CBD (cannabidiol) consumer products are proliferating in a number of UK sectors, including retail, food and beverage, health & beauty, and hospitality. There is also a growing trend of athletes taking CBD as a supplement, which requires an additional consideration of anti-doping rules.   Businesses are actively exploiting the clear CBD opportunity, looking to capture any "first mover" advantage. We set out below the key issues to consider for any business planning to enter the CBD market. However, manufacturers and sellers of CBD products should exercise caution, as the regulatory position remains unclear (even more so following the UK's Food Standard Agency's recent announcement to crack down on CBD food and drinks). Notwithstanding the popularity of CBD retail products, the legality of some CBD products remains unresolved, however presented.

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