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On Thursday (23 May), the Department of Health published an update on regulations surrounding cannabis in South Africa, effectively deregulating certain components of the plant. The cannabis plant comprises two main compounds – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is considered to be the psychoactive component of cannabis, whereas CBD is not associated with psychoactive outcomes. According to Helen Michael – a director in the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice at Werksmans – before the publication of the gazette THC and CBD (which are not intended for therapeutic purposes) were all listed as Schedule 7 substances in term of the Medicines Act. Schedule 7 substances – which also include substances such as heroin – are considered highly regulated drugs, which may only be supplied or used pursuant to a permit issued by the director-general of Health and under specific circumscribed circumstances. “The effect of the government notice is to remove CBD (that is not intended for therapeutic purposes) from Schedule 7 and to include it under Schedule 4 of the Medicines Act,” said Michael. “Schedule 4 substances are, in turn, those substances that may be sold by pharmacists when presented with a written prescription.” Completely excluded Michael said that the government notice goes further in that entirely excludes certain preparations containing CBD from the schedules to the Medicines Act. These include: CBD preparations that contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams and which do not claim to treat or cure any medical condition – but instead, contain a ‘low risk claim or health claim’, including reference to ‘general health enhancement without any reference to specific diseases’, ‘health maintenance’ or ‘relief of minor symptoms’ which are not related to a disease or disorder; Products ‘made from the raw plant material and processed products’ which contain a very small amount of THC (not more than 0.0001%) and CBD (not more than 0.0075%). “Notably, the exception contained in the exclusion notice is only valid for a period of 12 months from the date of signature of the notice (15 May 2019),” said Michael. “The exception will, therefore, expire on 15 May 2020 unless the notice is renewed by the Minister of Health.” What does this mean for South Africa’s broader cannabis industry? The notices considerably alter the regulatory framework applicable to the sale and purchase of CBD (or cannabis) related products in South Africa, said Michael. “The changes have the potential to give rise to a significant expansion in the sphere of commercialization of CBD related products – which commercialization has, to date, been severely curtailed by the strict requirements applicable to schedule 7 substances. “Whilst cannabis itself, as well as THC related products, continue to be strictly regulated, the notices arguably represent a shift in the perception on the role of cannabis-based substances in South Africa, particularly with reference to the medical relevance of such substances,” she said. It is with excitement and relief that we bring youth latest info on the scheduling of CBD. As some of you are aware this is a process we started last year January and have been in engagement with SAPHRA over this period via our lawyers and the team at the TNHA that we asked with moving this agenda forward. This has been a momentous effort and to all those involved with us during this time a big hearty congratulations on achieving this milestone. Well done to all in making hemp based extracts available to the public.
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In general CBD oils distillate on 40%-50% CBD, therefore 1ml. will be 400-500mg. of CBD.



Milagro CBD oil labels are calculated after 50% CBD distillate.

This why a 5% (500mg. CBD) 10ml. has to be noted as 1ml. hemp oil extract.



5% (500mg. CBD) 10ml.

Serving size: 1 drop = 2.08mg.

9ml. Organic Hemp seed oil 1ml. Hemp oil extract



10% (1000mg.CBD) 10ml.

Serving size: 1 drop = 4.16mg.

8ml. Organic Hemp seed oil 2ml. Hemp oil extract



30% (2000mg.CBD) 10ml.

Serving size: 1 drop = 8.32mg.

6ml. Organic Hemp seed oil 4ml. Hemp oil extract



1% (100mg.CBD) 10ml.

Serving size: 1 drop = 0.42mg.

9.8ml. Organic Hemp seed oil 0.2ml. Hemp oil extract



3% (300mg.CBD) 10ml.

Serving size: 1 drop = 1.25mg.

9.4ml. Organic Hemp seed oil 0.6ml. Hemp oil extract