Half of the hemp food complained about THC

HThe beginning is more than just a drug, but in the opinion of the inspectors in Baden-Württemberg, it is far from being suitable as an ingredient in food in all cases. Of a total of 49 food samples examined, more than one in two was criticized as unsafe last year, as the new annual report on food surveillance shows.

“The reason was too high levels of D9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most important psychoactive substance in the hemp plant,” the report says. Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Consumer Protection Peter Hauk (CDU) presented further details on Monday in Stuttgart.

According to the report, 29 samples were classified as extracts from the hemp plant and cannabinoid-containing products derived from them. They are therefore considered to be unauthorized novel foods. The labeling was incorrect for a further 32 samples. “Only twelve samples were unobjectionable,” says the report.

The product range of hemp-containing foods ranges from bakery and pasta to confectionery and herbal teas to soft drinks, beers and food supplements. A distinction is made between THC-rich (drug hemp) and THC-low hemp varieties (fiber hemp). Hemp plants that contain less than 0.2 percent THC are considered low-THC varieties. That means hemp seeds and hemp seed oil can be obtained from them.

Tetrahydrocannabinol occurs in dried cannabis leaves, flowers and inflorescences. Early cultivated hemp varieties as well as most wild stocks have a rather low THC content, while this has been increasing for years in plants specially bred for hashish or marijuana production.

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