On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada.  At the same time, CBD was added to the prescription drug list (PDL) and Schedule 2 of theNatural Health Products Regulations, meaning that there is currently no way to license CBD as a natural health product (NHP).  In response, CHFA has created CBDisNatural.ca, an advocacy campaign that supports removing CBD from the PDL in order to license it as an NHP. 

On June 19, 2019, Health Canada launched a consultation on a potential regulatory pathway that would bring cannabis health products (or “CHPs”), including CBD health products, to the Canadian marketplace. This proposal would not allow CBD to be included in NHPs, and would not allow health food stores to sell CBD. In September 2019, CHFA’s President, Helen Long visited Parliament Hill in Ottawa to release our submission to Health Canada’s consultation on CHPs. Click here to view the media release.

If you want the opportunity to produce safe and regulated NHPs containing CBD, if you want to be able to sell these products in your store, or if you want better access to CBD in NHPs, send a letter to your Member of Parliament now by clicking here!

Unless you have a licence under the Cannabis Regulations, it is illegal to produce or sell products of any kind containing any phytocannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD).