Another issue is the so-called "reverse embargo." Canada's hemp regulations stipulate that hemp products made from seed oil and dehulled grain must be tested for THC in the country of manufacture ? regardless of whether their hemp ingredients have already been tested in Canada, and then legally exported.
The cost of re-testing their products works against smaller manufacturers, and the Canadian testing protocols are designed only to test hemp seed oil, not for testing products like soaps, lipbalms and other bodycare products.
Health Canada's position is that it is protecting the public health by keeping a close eye on THC and how it may change composition or even be adulterated during manufacture. And they also point out that the lack of sufficient American regulations on hemp make the challenge of regulating imported hemp products very difficult.
The California-based Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps has been unable to export their hemp soap into Canada, even though its made with oil imported from Canada! Dr Bronner says that Health Canada hasn't moved on its position since last year, but he is optimistic that the regulatory review will do the right thing. Also, new research shows that absorption of THC by skin is much less than previously thought.
"The transdermal absorption would still be so insignificant that the underlying public health rationale would not apply even with [higher trace THC content] Chinese oil," says Bronner. "Health Canada should at the very least exempt bodycare products from the finished testing requirement."
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