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Jun 13, 2019

From a macro perspective, industrial cannabis extracts or processed extracts are currently used in the international market for daily chemicals, materials, energy, medical, food and alternative petroleum. In contrast, the application of industrial cannabis and its extracts in China is relatively limited, focusing more on scientific research and materials based on fiber and textiles, and its important processing extract, cannabisdiol (CBD). The practical application in China is still subject to strict legal supervision. For this, we will discuss the four aspects of medicine, food, health products and cosmetics:


1. Drugs: Through the search, we found that in addition to narcotic drugs or psychotropic drugs, cannabisdiol has not been added as a main active ingredient of drugs to drugs already listed in China. In an interview with the former "China Anti-Drug" reporter, the relevant person in charge also made it clear that China has not approved any medical use of cannabis cultivation until now. In addition, the use of cannabidiol in the product introduction of related companies also clearly excludes clinical use.


2. Food: Through the search of food additives and health foods, we believe that cannabisdiol has not been used in the food industry, as follows:


2.1. Food Additives — According to China's National Food Safety Standards - Standards for the Use of Food Additives (GB2760-2014), cannabisdiol is not a permitted food additive. If the unit or individual involved in the production, operation, use or import plans to use cannabisdiol as a food additive, it is necessary to first apply for approval according to the “Administrative Measures for New Varieties of Food Additives” and submit the proof including the technical necessity. Information on the use of performance data/documents, safety assessment materials, and other countries (regions), international organizations that allow for production and use, and which contribute to safety assessments. Considering that cannabinol as a food additive has not been widely used internationally and even controversial, we expect that the possibility of cannabinol in China being approved as a food additive in food is still low in the short term.


2.2. Health Foods — According to the National Food Safety Standards - Health Foods (GB16740-2014), health foods are mainly composed of raw materials, auxiliary materials, food additives and nutritional supplements. At present, cannabinol is not listed in the health food raw materials catalogue of China. Its so-called health care function is not in the list of health functions claimed by health foods in China, and there is no food standard or specification for cannabisdiol in China. Therefore, for the moment, cannabidiol has not been allowed to be used in health foods in China.


3. Cosmetics: According to the “Catalogue of Names of Used Cosmetic Materials” issued by the State Food and Drug Administration (No. 105, 2015), cannabis leaf extract has been clearly used as a legal raw material for cosmetics, but is it for cannabis extracts? The percentage of cannabidiol that can be included and its inclusion is not expressly limited. At the same time, we are not sure whether the cannabis extract must be extracted for industrial cannabis processing or can be derived from recreational cannabis in countries where entertainment cannabis is legalized.


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