On May 31st, the Food and Drug Administration will be holding a public hearing about regulating CBD from industrial hemp. Current FDA regulations do not allow CBD from industrial hemp to be in food and beverage products. You may notice that major pharmaceutical companies such as CVS and Walgreens are beginning to offer CBD products on store shelves.
This is because they are catering to the demand for CBD infused health and wellness products. The products they offer will be CBD lotions, roll-ons, creams, sprays, and salves. Thousands of stores across many different states will give consumers access to CBD infused health and wellness products.
In 2018, Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill which in the process removed industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It’s opening doors for a booming green industry in the U.S. for hemp. This doesn’t mean that CBD from industrial hemp can be in everything though.
Waiting For Approval
The issue is that the FDA has approved the prescription drug, Epidiolex which contains CBD; however, they have not approved CBD into America’s food supply. The meeting scheduled for May 31st is a public hearing in which the FDA will be addressing potential regulatory implementations.
A concern with the FDA is that companies are making claims they cannot support about CBD. The FDA sent warning letters out to three companies that offer CBD products to consumers. Warning letters were sent to these companies because they were claiming that CBD can help treat conditions like Alzheimer’s and cancer.
The Conversation Needs To Happen Now
The outgoing commissioner of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb was quoted saying, “It’s critical that we address these unanswered questions about CBD and other cannabis and cannabis-derived products to help inform the FDA’s regulatory oversight of these products. Especially as the agency considers whether it could be appropriate to exercise its authority to allow the use of CBD and dietary supplements and other foods.”
Scott also said, “The FDA continues to be concerned about the proliferation of egregious medical claims being made about products asserting to contain CBD that hasn’t been approved by the FDA.”
The FDA is also welcoming public comments regarding the CBD regulatory process. Don’t expect CBD for the food and beverage industry to be legal overnight. It will most likely be a bumpy road for CBD, but the future of this fantastic phytocannabinoid is looking good.