South African Regulations on CBD and THC


In 2019, acting on recommendations of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), South Africa’s health minister down-scheduled cannabidiol (CBD) to a Schedule 4 substance and fully descheduled specific CBD-containing preparations and products.  

A year later, in May 2020, the health minister, again acting on the recommendations of SAHPRA, published what is potentially South Africa’s first true roadmap on cannabis legislation in Government Gazette 43347 (Notice R586).

Notice R586 maintains CBD at a Schedule 4 status and completely removes the cannabis plant from the Schedules to the Medicines Act.  The notice also down-schedules THC to a Schedule 6 substance, and completely deschedules THC when: 

  • contained in raw plant material and processed products manufactured from such material, where intended for industrial purposes and not for human or animal ingestion, and containing 0.2% or less of THC. 
  • contained in processed products made from cannabis containing at most 0.001% THC; or 
  • raw plant material is cultivated, possessed, and consumed by an adult, in private for personal consumption. 

Specifically focusing on CBD, Notice R586 allows for the sale of specific CBD products, namely as:

  • complementary medicines containing no more than 600mg cannabidiol per sales pack, providing a maximum daily dose of 20mg of cannabidiol and making a general health enhancement, health maintenance or relief of minor symptoms (low-risk) claim or
  • processed products made from cannabis raw plant material intended for ingestion containing at most 0.0075% CBD where only the naturally occurring quantity of cannabinoids found in the source material is contained in the product. 

If you’d like to check out the full government gazette regarding Notice R586, click here.

These latest regulations have been welcomed by many, as they hopefully show the government’s interest and understanding of the cannabis sector and all of its potential upsides;   job creation, foreign investment and growing a desperate economy  to name just a few. abides by all South African regulations and actively makes sure that all of their products meet the strict government guidelines


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