Israel to remove cannabidiol (CBD) from its Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Dangerous Drugs Ordinance), thus allowing its use and importation into Israel, the Health Ministry said Monday.
Israel had already considered removing CBD from its list of hazardous substances several times, but never implemented the measure. Last December, the country set up a committee to examine the consequences of removing CBD from the list of restricted substances.
The committee reviewed existing information regarding the safety of products for consumer use. He recommended that the Ministry of Health remove CBD from the list of dangerous drugs, provided that the maximum concentration of CBD products does not exceed 0.2% THC. However, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz adjusted the maximum concentration level to 0.3% THC.
However, CBD will not be available over the counter tomorrow in Israel. The committee recommended a 2-year period during which studies will determine the safeguards needed for the incorporation of CBD into foods and cosmetics.
In the meantime, a supervisory and enforcement system for cosmetics and food should be put in place in light of the widespread use and popularity of CBD products, including the purchase of non-CBD products. supervised on the Internet.
“There are a lot of biases for anything related to the Cannabis plant,” Horowitz said of his department’s decision. “We are starting today to release a component on which there is a broad consensus and which should not be defined as a dangerous drug: CBD. »
“For several years, Israel has lagged behind the advanced countries in the world in this regard, and it continues to criminalize and prevent the use of components that are not dangerous to public health,” he said. he declares. “We will now make up for this delay”.
Calling the decision “a required first step, and certainly not the last, in regulating the cannabis market and changing the general attitude towards its effects and benefits”, Horowitz reassured the public on the fact that Israel, like other advanced countries, will soon allow the marketing and sale of consumer products containing CBD.