Cannabis as an ingredient in food or supplements (Belgium)

Until December 2023, the marketing of Cannabis Sativa as a foodstuff was prohibited in all circumstances in Bel-gium, as the plant was considered dangerous. Since an amendment to the royal decree on plant adopted on 12 De-cember 2023, the use of hemp seeds and derived products may be authorised if the foodstuff complies with the pro-visions of section 2. 6 (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol equivalents) of the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/915 of 25 April 2023 on the maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs (see Royal Decree of 12 December 2023 amending the Royal Decree of 31 August 2021 on the manufacture of and trade in foodstuffs com-posed of or containing plants or plant preparations.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Jens Karsten