Will a recipe for HEMP soup eaten by the Pope in the 14th century affect legal regulations in the 21st century? Europe’s leading hemp trade group is due to make a significant move that could free much of the continent’s CBD industry from the shackles of the novel food regime.
The European Industrial Association (EIHA) has spent many months scanning centuries-old historical cases to illustrate the widespread use of hemp extracts in foods and foods. The union has now amassed nearly 30 such examples, including a recipe for the soup of 14th-century Pope Martin V’s personal chef – hemp flower soup and spices.
This Roman dish includes juices from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, mixed with spices, including saffron, breadcrumbs and onions. Also in Italy, from the 19th century, evidence was uncovered by the EIHA showing hemp flowers cooked with bacon for making tortellini. Sweden, Lithuania, Ireland, Germany and others also document the widespread use of hemp extracts in food and drink
Now this case will be handed over to the Slovakian authorities by a partnership of the Hemp and local CBD businesses with the assistance of EIHA. EIHA CEO Lorenza Romanesa believes that the evidence in this case could provide a significant boost in the continent’s Hemp and CBD market – according to the Section 4 track of Europe’s New Food Rules. “People have eaten hemp for centuries without finding out if it’s food, new food or medicine.”
Naturally, levels of extracts that are eaten as food for many centuries and if so, if successful, natural extract products can be sold as traditional food in Europe.
“This will be legal, and therefore opens up a lot of possibilities for small and large businesses; Everybody’s going to make a profit. It’s a gift for business.”
New food regulations apply to foods that were not available in the European union (EU) before may 1997, when these regulations first came into force. CBD has been declared a new food in 2019 and European rules on CBD products were changed in 2019 when the European Commission (EC) determined they were derived from processes developed since 1997 – and therefore they are new. Ms. Romanza says that the section 4 challenge will be submitted in the coming weeks, and she outlined the process.
“If a food business operator doubts whether his food product is new, they can contact their national authorities by submitting Article 4 of the new EU Food Regulations. The authorities in the country have a maximum of four months to decide on this, and then all other members of the commission, the EU offices and the European Commission must be sent. The authorities in Slovakia showed signs of openness that Hemp was not narcotic prior to the court’s ruling on KanaVape.”
Romanes stressed that the challenge in Section 4 relates solely to hemp and CBD extracts containing only natural levels of CBD (pool spectrum) and in the future it will be necessary to also fight for the molecule in its pure and isolated form.