CBD oils and products will be under the spotlight when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds its first public hearing on legalizing CBD in food and drinks on May 31, according to CNBC.
The FDA is specifically looking toward regulating manufacturing, marketing and labeling.
“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 in dietary supplements and other foods,” outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Tuesday.
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp that relieves pain and other maladies without altering the mind like THC. In December 2018 the U.S. Congress legalized CBD derived from hemp in the Farm Bill.
CBD stores are popping up in towns across the U.S., and large drug store chains such as Walgreens and CVS have announced plans to sell non-food and non-drink CBD products.
“This is a complicated topic and we expect that it could take some time to resolve fully,” Gottlieb said. “Nevertheless, we’re deeply focused on this issue and committed to continuing to engage relevant stakeholders as we consider potential paths forward.”
The FDA has already been proactive along with the Federal Trade Commission on clamping down on companies making outrageous CBD claims, issuing warning letters to three companies for unproven allegations, including treating cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
“The FDA continues to be concerned about the proliferation of egregious medical claims being made about products asserting to contain CBD that haven’t been approved by the FDA, such as the products and companies receiving warning letters today,” Gottlieb said.
Consumers have been flocking to the product, but consumer education lags behind on what some are terming a “miracle drug.” CBD potency in products can vary greatly depending if they are derived from full-spectrum hemp oil, broad-spectrum hemp oil or CBD isolate.
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