Although the recent farm bill has been signed by the president already and designates hemp as a type of agricultural crop, the FDA still considers products that contain CBD illegal. CBD is still seen as a drug ingredient and cannot be added legally to any food, supplements, or health products without the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration.
Products that contain CBD have become increasingly popular nowadays. They come in the form of consumables, oil, lotions, and more. However, their legal status in the market is still not clear. In fact, the FDA has warned the companies who are marketing their CBD products as being healthy and safe. According to the FDA, selling products that are unapproved by them while claiming to have therapeutic benefits is not only against the law but also poses risk to the consumers.
CBD as a Drug Ingredient
In a statement released a few days ago, Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner, reinstated the FDA’s stance on CBD. They believe that CBD is a drug ingredient and as such, it’s illegal to consume or add to certain foods and supplements as an ingredient.
CBD or Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp, the component of the cannabis that contains less THC. This is the part of the cannabis plant that gives users the feeling of high.
However, there are certain FDA-approved drugs that contain CBD, such as the Epidiolex, which is an effective treatment for seizures.
Some Parts of Hemp Are Safe
Despite the fact that the FDA considers CBD products illegal, the commissioner admitted that there are certain parts of hemp that can be safely used as food ingredients. Certain ingredients from hemp, such as the hemp seed protein, hulled hemp seeds, and hemp seed oil, can still be safely consumed without the need for approvals, for as long as the companies behind these products don’t make any false claims that they are effective in treating certain illnesses. Yet, the FDA is clear on its stance about CBD being illegal, which is a disappointment for various CBD advocates.
Cannabis advocates are hopeful that FDA will change its stance in the near future. They want FDA to have a greater acceptance of the CBD and to establish a clear pathway for the CBD products that were already hitting the shelves and are now circulating all over the marketplace.
Legal in Some States
Hemp, along with marijuana, has already been legal in some states in the US even before President Trump decided to sign the Farm Bill. People from these states were allowed to purchase and consume cannabis both for recreational and medical use. The only difference now that the Farm Bill was signed is that hemp farmers can purchase crop insurance and apply for grants and loans. Owners of companies that are in the cannabis business can now write off their business expenses when declaring taxes, just like any other farmer in the United States does.