CBD Oil Legal in Bulgaria?
As of late May 2019, Bulgaria has issued its first full authorization for a private company to sell hemp extracted CBD, also known as cannabidiol, in the general consumer market.
The recent move was a combination of public will and inter-organizational cooperation. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Food Safety Agency came together to issue free certificates of sale for a wide variety of industrially certified hemp products. With the new regulations, Bulgaria has become one of the most open CBD markets out of all of the European Union member countries.
CBD Oil Is On The Rise In Bulgaria
Although the EU is friendly towards open trade policies concerning CBD, there have been repeated back and forth legal movements restricting the supplement’s legality within the international organization.
Some officials are pushing for hemp extracted CBD oil to be labelled a “novelty food”, which undergoes more strict regulation than regular foods or health supplements. Bulgarian officials have essentially lifted the lingering restrictions around CBD sales for publicly traded hemp industries.
In the country, CBD products now fall under the traditional food category, which finally allows a greater diversity of highly concentrated products to percolate through cafes, restaurants, retailers, and specialty stores than ever before. Bulgaria’s position clarifies the ambiguous position of the EU into a predictable market signal for businesses.
Experts are hopeful that Bulgaria’s new regulations will cause other EU nations to follow suit as international officials start to realize the positive economic and societal impact of CBD.
In Bulgaria, interested consumers over the age of eighteen are allowed to purchase industrially certified CBD products from any vendor that sells them. Currently, brick-and-mortar locations are supplied by publicly integrated companies. As of May, only one company, dubbed Kannaway, has been granted full access to the domestic and export markets.
So, what does this mean for the average CBD enthusiast? Users can expect that more CBD products from a wider range of companies will be hitting store shelves near them. Legal hemp is now considered any organic plant with a high concentration of cannabinoids and less than 0.3 percent THC content, the psychoactive substance in controlled substances. Bulgaria adheres to international definitions of legal hemp in order to market to the most broad market as possible.
What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?
Researchers have studied the potentially positive role of CBD oil in supporting the mental and physical health of some users. Unlike tinctures, CBD oils are a specific product with a high concentration of cannabidiol, which provides the most therapeutic effect. Users report many benefits, including:
- Decreased chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis
- Improved ability to cope with depression and social anxiety
- Reduced severity of seizure disorders and cluster migraines
- Neuroprotective benefits
- Improved skin condition