Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1393 “amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) in hemp seeds and products derived thereof” was published in the Official Journal of the European Commission. 

The maximum levels refer to the sum of Δ9-THC and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), expressed as Δ9-THC. According to the regulation the following maximum levels are set:

  • for hemp seeds: 3.0 mg/kg Δ9-THC;
  • for ground hemp seed, (partially) defatted hemp seed and other hemp seed derived/processed products: 3.0 mg/kg Δ9-THC;
  • for hemp seed oil: 7.5 mg/kg Δ9-THC.

The draft was thus adopted without changes. The regulation will enter into force on 1 September 2022 and will apply from 1 January 2023. Food placed on the market before 1 January 2023, may remain on the market until its date of minimum durability or use-by date.