CBD & the FDA: Where Does CBD Legally Stand?
It seems that the letters CBD are just about everywhere. CBD stands for cannabinol, and the news and media can’t get enough of it. Every day something new is happening in the world of CBD.
There are many factors surrounding that make it such an interesting topic such as the legalities, , how it’s made, what CBD actually is and what it’s not, and the list goes on.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, it allowed for the production of hemp-derived CBD products in the US. This ushered in a plethora of CBD products to the mainstream. The bill also brought in a wave of work for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is in charge of deeming CBD to be safe or not for the general public. However, products and companies are entering the market faster than the FDA can keep up with.
Even with the passing of the Farm Bill, the FDA needs to approve and deem CBD products as safe, which seems a little backward.
As of now, the FDA doesn’t allow CBD to be infused with foods or dietary supplements. The main basis for the FDA’s decision is based on the first approved CBD drug, Epidiolex.
Some companies like CVS and Walgreens decided to take matters into their own hands and have begun the process of selling CBD topicals like lotions. These actions caught the attention of Dr. Scott Gotteib, the head of the FDA. He stated the following on Twitter once CVS announced the news:
“I was also concerned to hear recently that several national pharmacy chains and other major retailers have begun to sell or will soon begin to sell cannabidiol (CBD) products in several states.
We’ll be contacting them to remind them of #FDA obligations and our commitment to protect consumers against products that can put them at risk.”
However, cosmetic based CBD hemp products are somewhat of a different story. The FDA defines cosmetics as “Articles intended to be rubbed poured, sprinkled or sprayed on or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering appearance.”
Cosmetics are not subjected to pre-market approval. When new products enter the market, the FDA has to reply on consumer reports and complaints to monitor the industry and certain products.
However, even though there is some grey area with CBD-infused cosmetics, the FDA still has authority over these products. For instance, food coloring dies that are incorporated in cosmetic products are subject to pre-market approval.
To be fair, the FDA is being hit with a lot, a ton of products and brands entering the market at a fast pace.
The FDA recently held a hearing on May 31st, 2019 and received reports from stakeholders of large CBD companies and lawmakers. Regulating CBD is a huge task and a task that could take a while.
All we can do is wait and see what happens next.
CBD in San Antonio, Texas
Recently, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing CBD derived from hemp. Texas has had one of the strictest cannabis programs in the US. This new bill has helped determine what’s legal and what’s not regarding CBD. The crafting of CBD regulations is taking place and will be a few months until completion.
CBD Products in San Antonio, Texas
There is already a wave of CBD brands and products entering the San Antonio area. Remember that just because a product is on a shelf in a store, doesn’t mean always mean that the label information is accurate. Potential CBD consumers should research brands and products before purchasing. You want to make sure you are receiving high-quality CBD and other ingredients.