CBD Still Faces FDA Scrutiny

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While hemp production may eventually be a boon for U.S. farmers, for now, CBD may still face legal hurdles, even with the passage of the Farm Bill, says Miller, legal counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

Indeed, FDA commissioner Gottlieb emphasized that though hemp growing is now legal, the agency—under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act—still has authority to regulate the use of compounds from the plant, including CBD.

Gottlieb said that could mean regulating CBD products as prescription drugs, which would require them to first undergo rigorous studies for safety and effectiveness.

Or, Gottlieb said, the agency could issue a regulation allowing the compound to be used in foods or dietary supplements. “We are taking new steps to evaluate whether we should pursue such a process,” he said. The agency intends to hold hearings on that question “in the near future,” he said.

In the meantime, the agency noted that it will continue to go after companies that make unapproved health claims on their products.

Since 2015, the FDA has cracked down on dozens of companies selling CBD products online for making unsupported health claims. It noted in letters to the companies that CBD can’t be sold as a supplement because it was introduced into clinical trials as an investigative new drug. And the FDA recently approved a prescription drug called Epidiolex whose main ingredient is CBD.

While regulators plot their next moves, retailers and manufacturers are gearing up.

Michael DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman, says the drugstore is continuing to monitor how the legislation evolves on federal and state levels before the chain stocks CBD products.

Joseph Dowling, the CEO of CV Sciences, the manufacturer of PlusCBD Oil, says the bill’s passage should make way for more retail sales throughout the U.S. “We believe 2018 Farm Bill legislation, including the provisions pertaining to hemp and hemp-derived products, will provide the legal framework for products like PlusCBD Oil to be placed onto store shelves,” he says.

 

Continue at: https://www.consumerreports.org/cbd/will-new-farm-bill-make-cbd-legal-everywhere/

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