Looks like it could be the end of the road for CBD-infused cosmetics in the Chinese market. The country’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control has drafted new rules that would effectively ban the use of cannabis derivatives in beauty and cosmetic products.
According to the new rules, the sale of cannabis Sativa fruit, cannabis Sativa seed oil, cannabis Sativa leaf extract, and cannabidiol (CBD) will not be permitted. Chinese consumers have until April 19 to submit their feedback.
In China, the CBD market is still in its nascent stage, with some local companies like Cannafever, Inbriz and Simpcare selling CBD-based products and a few international players such as Uncle Bud’s and Pacifica using cross-border marketplace Tmall to sell in the country, WWD reported.
“In the past two years, cannabis cosmetics [had become] undoubtedly one of the hottest products in China,” market compliance consultancy Chemlinked told WWD. “There has also been a significant increase of international brands successfully filing imported cannabidiol skincare products at the NMPA in 2020 and 2021, with the total of 15 being filed. By comparison, 2019 had zero filings. As for domestic products, the filing records have shot up to the thousands, covering almost all mainstream categories such as cleanser, lotion, essence, body care, etc.”
Despite the country’s move to crackdown on CBD-based products, China continues to be the largest global producer and exporter of the Hemp plant. The country reportedly produced half of the entire world’s supply in 2019.
As the country moves away from CBD-based products, it embraces cruelty-free products by lifting its animal testing requirements starting in May this year.