Buying and selling of CBD products in South Africa – CannaShop South Africa


“For the next 12 months at least “preparations” containing CBD will fall entirely outside the scheduling system that controls drugs in South Africa…That makes such CBD preparations legal to sell – by anyone, not just pharmacists – without prescription…

The exemption comes with two conditions: the maximum daily dose of CBD must be 20 milligrams or less, and the product can not claim to cure or treat any specific condition. It may only advertise “general health enhancement”, or “health maintenance”, or promise “relief of minor symptoms”, as long as those symptoms are not linked to a disease or disorder.

Alternatively, manufacturers and retailers can also claim the protection of the exemption for products made “from cannabis raw plant material and processed products” as long as no extra CBD is added, and the final product contains only a tiny fraction of CBD (0.0075%) and a maximum of 0.001% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive in marijuana.

Unless renewed, the exemption will expire on 15 May 2020.”

Selling CBD on CannaShop

If someone is looking to buy CDB products there is a pretty good chance that they might have an already compromised immune system, so for this reason that we require the vendors to put the testing certification documents next to the products to earn a verified badge.

What Your Cannabis Is Being Tested For

Cannabis products go through a few tests in order to meet compliance. Here’s a list…


Accurate potency labeling on cannabis products is imperative, especially when it comes to dosing. Potency tests tell how much THC and CBD exist in a given product, and these metrics can be provided in a number of ways:

Cannabinoid per weight (e.g. 20% THC)
Total cannabinoids present (e.g. 150mg THC)
A ratio of THC:CBD (e.g. 2:1 CBD:THC)


Cannabis products go through many hands during cultivation and processing before they reach the retail shelf, and contaminants can be introduced from a variety of sources.

Screening for contamination falls under three major categories:

Chemical contaminants. During cultivation, plants can be exposed to a range of pesticides and other chemicals, like artificial growth hormones, that can be dangerous for a consumer to ingest. CannaShop has lists of banned pesticides and products must be free of these in order to meet compliance and earn the verified Badge.

For some concentrates and extracts, solvents are introduced during the extraction process, so they require testing for residual solvents like butane, xylene, and ethanol. Small quantities of residual solvents are allowed in a product, but not too much.

Microbial contaminants. Water and microbial contaminants go hand in hand. The presence of mycotoxins such as fungi, mold, and mildew in cannabis can be dangerous if ingested, especially for people who suffer from existing medical conditions or have a compromised immune system.

Microbial contamination is mainly a risk during cultivation, but it can also occur during handling and packaging, due to poor hygiene practices from staff. Although mold and fungus are the main concerns, bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli can also be present and are dangerous if ingested.

Physical contaminants & heavy metals. Physical contaminants like dust, dirt, hair, and even fecal matter can make their way into cannabis products due to poor cultivation or packaging practices.

Heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and even cadmium can also make their way into cannabis products. These substances can be present in soils and nutrients and can be absorbed by plant roots, and carried through to harvesting and processing.
Comprehensive Cannabinoid and Terpene Profiling

All cannabis products can get additional tests to map their cannabinoid and terpene profiles. These tests aren’t necessary for compliance, but producers can get them to better understand the strains that they’re cultivating.

Depending on the facility, these screenings can test for the presence of major terpenes and cannabinoids like THC, THCA, THCV, CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBC, and others.