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Lidl Ireland recalls hemp tea and oils due to concerns over high levels of THC

It comes just weeks after a German Lidl was raided by Bavarian police over CBD cookies and energy drinks



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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued a recall notice for all Vita D’ or Bio-Organic Hemp Seed Oil and all Mogota Hemp Tea sold at Lidl with a best before of December 31st 2022.

Customers are being asked not to consume the products but bring them into the stores for a full refund.

Lidl has also warned about the recall in shops across Ireland. It has 160 stores across the republic with 40 in Northern Ireland. However, the message is not being shared across their social media.

The notice reads: “Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland are recalling the above two products ‘Vita D’or Hemp Oil’ and ‘Magota Hemp Tea’ as an increased level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected.”

“If you have purchased the above products, we advise you not to consume them. Instead, return the products to a Lidl store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”

This is not the first recall of products in Ireland by the FSAI after tests showed they contained high levels of THC.

Lidl Germany

Earlier this month, Lidl recalled products across their German stores after a raid in a Bavarian store.

German police raided the Rosenheim branch of the Lidl over CBD cookies and other products including cannabis energy drinks and brownies.

The cookies, brownies and chocolate bars from the brand are available in other shops. They are made with cannabis seeds and leaves. The company also makes cookies, muffins and other products as also offer vodka made from cocaine leaves and absinthe.

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Reaction to Lidl raid

In a statement concerning the German Lidl raid, the EIHA said hemp seed oil is safe without any intoxicating effects.

Daniel Kruse, president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), stated: “Hemp seed oil is a safe and popular oil among consumers containing valuable omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The review will show that this hemp seed oil is marketable and does not have any intoxicating effects. Moreover, it should be clarified that, when talking about THC, only a high intake of delta-9 THC can have intoxicating effects, while the so-called THCA, the THC acid, has no intoxicating effect at all.”

In Germany, there is currently no defined limit value for THC consumption from food.  The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has given unnecessarily low guideline values for ready-to-eat products. Although the Lidl products are thought to have no THC or CBD in them.

The EIHA are advocating that the EU adopted a harmonised and scientifically-based approach on THC levels in food. They expect that by 2021, the European Commission will introduce binding limits for THC in food products including a 7.5 mg/kg total THC for hemp seed oil. This would bring it in line with the levels available in North America, Australia and other countries.

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Cannabis and alcohol: What effects does CBD have when mixed with alcohol?



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How Rebel Wine is starting a conversation about CBD

At the end of festival season the Rebel Wine team reflects on changing attitudes towards CBD



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Rebel Wine has been spreading the word about CBD this summer

The team at Rebel Wine have been at festivals up and down the country this summer, starting conversations about the benefits of CBD products.


Team Rebel have just come back from our last festival for the season and whilst we are celebrating with a 15 percent discount on all our products, we are also reflecting on the conversations we had in the last few weeks.

We were pleasantly surprised. We know the CBD movement is gathering momentum. We also know that CBD is good for you. What we didn’t know when we set out for our first event was that in general people are CBD aware and intrigued by its beneficial properties.

Some of our conversations have been with people taking CBD to manage conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. One conversation was immediately followed by another with an NHS nurse who recognised the benefits. Although they can’t openly recommend it, they were delighted to see us having frank and open discussions about CBD.

Other conversations were with those who want to try it, but perhaps feel a little too shy to ask, or those who think they will become addicted, which of course you won’t. We are thrilled to have those conversations, to reassure, affirm and gather more CBD followers.

We had chats with serving armed forces personnel, a tube driver working for Transport For London (who have a zero tolerance on CBD products) and police officers who are all aware of the benefits but unsure how this will translate when regular drug testing is carried out. Will it appear or not?

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We know that CBD is legal, but could you lose your job if you take it as part of a holistic lifestyle choice rather than conventional medicines? This of course will be down to each individual employer, we can’t comment and this topic certainly needs more in-depth work.

Then there are those who enjoy a glass of wine and are curious about the CBD element and how this affects the taste – it doesn’t in any way. Why put CBD in wine? Our wine is delicious, while CBD can taste bitter and earthy.

In summary, CBD chat is great and it’s clear that we need more to support the growth of the industry, to remove the myths and reassure the public.

CBD will become a more standard solution to everyday aches and pains for longer sustained periods of time. It’s a natural product used for thousands of years and its gathering momentum. The public are curious, let’s all continue those chats and stay informed to be informative.

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How to make the most of your CBD gummies

Gummies are a great quick and easy way to consume CBD.



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Leading CBD company, Browns CBD shows us how to get the most out of your gummies.

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For those looking to improve overall health and wellbeing, CBD gummies may not be the best option available. They commonly contain added sugar, which should really be avoided if optimal health is your number one goal.

Products such as CBD oils, capsules, patches, or water-soluble CBD tend to be much healthier options.

But for those who love sweets, eating them with the added benefits of CBD is clearly an attractive option.

Besides, as long as they are not seen as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle no harm should come from consuming them in moderation. As the saying goes “a little of what you fancy does you good.”

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However, if you want to make the most of your CBD sweets, it’s worth considering that the bioavailability of CBD ingested on an empty stomach has been found to be as low as 6 percent.

This means that only a shocking 6 percent of the CBD can be used by the body.

How To Increase Bioavailability

But fear not, one simple hack can allow you to benefit from a fourfold increase in bioavailability – eating your CBD gummies for dessert.

A study from the University of Minnesota found that CBD absorption levels increased dramatically when consumed with a high-fat meal. Bioavailability was found to be 4 times higher, and even up to 14 times higher than CBD consumed in a fasted state.

So, by including a decent source of fat into your meal, such as avocados, nuts, or salmon, and having your gummies as a treat for dessert, you can rest assured that your body will have everything it needs to absorb the CBD as efficiently as possible.

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If you’re looking to buy CBD gummies in the UK, at BROWN’S CBD we offer an affordable, vegan-friendly, and delicious option for those with a sweet tooth.

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