Chemists and pharmacists have asked for better regulation when it comes to CBD products, or items that claim to be contain cannabidiol. This request has come after a reported rise in demand for products over the past year, according to manufacturers.
As we’ve previously reported, not all CBD products are created equal, with some items containing little to no CBD whatsoever, and the UK regulatory body is now working hard to ensure a set of standards. The National Pharmacy Association agrees that things need to change, and wants clearer checks around product content, as well as the products being better labelled.
Sales of CBD products in the UK currently generate somewhere in the region of £300m, and it’s important both for customer safety and legality that a better selection process is put into place.
Jasmine Shah from the National Pharmacy Association, which represents hundreds of independent pharmacies, says an increasing number of pharmacists are stocking CBD products, despite the fact that, “at the moment there is very limited research on the safety and efficacy of these products”. She says pharmacists would like “clear authoritative guidance which makes it easy for healthcare professions, consumers and patients to make informed choices”.
Currently CBD is classed as a food supplement and governed by the Food Standards Agency, so there’s a bit of a grey area around whether or not it should be stocked by chemists. “It’s for each pharmacist to decide whether its suitable to stock a CBD product or not, but in terms of the safety and efficacy of it more research is required,” says Jasmine.