Italy is ready to use cannabis in its food
The doors to the use of cultivated and curative cannabis in food have been opened in Italy, with the publication in the Government Gazette of the decree setting the restrictions on the incorporation of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) into food ingredients.
Italians will now know for sure if and how much cannabis will be contained in a range of nutritional products. Such are biscuits, salty taralos (traditional Apulia bread), bread, flour, oil, and a number of other products that have increased dramatically in recent years. In fact, many are using cannabis to make ricotta, tofu and organic beer.
This decree defines the limits of tetrahydrocannabinol in foodstuffs, as explained by the Coldiretti Confederation of Agricultural Products, “providing answers to hundreds of agribusinesses that have invested in this type of crop.”
As the Confederation itself points out, THC cropland in Italy has been enhanced ten fold in the last five years, from 400 hectares in 2013 to nearly 4,000 in 2018. “
The same source estimates that by 2040 the hectares used for cannabis cultivation will exceed 100,000, as the products containing it are known to have high purchasing growth, according to Italian media.
The decree of the Ministry of Health stipulates that the maximum content of THC and its treatments (flour, etc.) will be 2 mg per kg, while for cannabis oil 5 mg per kg.