During China’s development as a kingdom with its many dynasties, hemp was not just a commodity but a necessity.
Cannabis — both hemp and marijuana — was a multipurpose plant used by Chinese people for hundreds of centuries. This relationship with cannabis would change in the modern era, thanks to international relations demanding cooperation among nations (including the control of drugs). Cannabis became the main target of restrictive regulations.
A Brief History of Cannabis Laws in China
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The National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) recently published the finalised list of prohibited ingredients for cosmetics.
Among the 24 newly prohibited ingredients were cannabidiol (CBD), cannabis sativa fruit, cannabis sativa seed oil and cannabis sativa leaf extract. This formalises a draft proposed in March to ban cannabis-based cosmetics in China.
End of the road?
He told CosmeticsDesign-Asia that this increase also resulted in growing distrust of CBD cosmetics among the authorities.
This crackdown on cannabis cosmetics deals a huge blow to the emerging market for CBD beauty.
According to NMPA, there were only 18 CBD cosmetics filed before 2019. This increased to 413 and 1783 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
China, however, this year has approved ‘ordinary’ cosmetics to be sold in the market without conducting test on animals.
Cosmetics containing CBD made from hemp extracts and not isolated THC, and products with less than 0.3% THC are currently permitted in the Chinese market, according to Daily CBD.
From 1 May, companies will be exempt from partaking in, what has been mandatory, animal tests, as long as products are made under the Good Manufacturing Practice conditions.
According to sources, a statement published by the country’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control has drafted rules that could be put in place to ban the ingredient for use in cosmetics.
Meanwhile, in cosmetics hemp seed oil is hailed in the beauty sector, thanks to its properties which make it a very effective moisturiser, while its natural texture gives good emolliency to soften and smooth skin.
Figures in China were said to have been driven by demand for better performing products, as the country turns to western influence.
Consumers have until the 19 April to submit their feedback on the proposed plans.