Cannabis as an ingredient in food or supplements (South Africa)

Cannabis may not be an ingredient in a foodstuff. If used in a supplement the THC levels must be below 0.001% and CBD levels need to be limited as well as the max-imum daily consumption must be below 20 mg/day as indicated on the packaging. Where raw cannabis is used in a supplement it may not be enriched and the native CBD levels must be present but the THC levels must still be below 0.001% which implies it should be hemp that is being used.

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.

Janusz F. Luterek

South Africa