In the European Union, natural full-spectrum CBD has also been approved as a cosmetic ingredient since the beginning of March 2021. Whereas previously only synthetic CBD was explicitly permitted, the formulation was extended to include herbal products as part of a revision of “CosIng”. The CosIng is a database of the EU, which contains cosmetic regulations for various legal and illegal substances, and defines their respective function. This change is clearly another step towards greater acceptance of the benefits and uses of natural CBD products.
Even though this CosIng database is not legally binding, it influences the individual EU states in their specific legislation. Such uniform regulations of the cannabis market are urgently needed, as the current differences between the various circulations in different states make free trade in CBD products almost impossible.
Overall, the concrete impact of this adjustment is probably not very strong. However, the recent revision of the guidelines is significant in that it follows the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that CBD is not a narcotic. Hopefully, this is only a first step towards a coherently regulated market.