FDA: CBD still illegal in food, supplements

President Donald Trump has signed the Farm Bill into law, opening the door for research and commercial cultivation and development of hemp. With the law signed, the Food and Drug Administration reiterated its authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived ingredients.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that even with the hemp provisions, Congress preserved the agency’s oversight of hemp.

“Additionally, it’s unlawful … to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived,” Gottlieb said. He said that this restriction exists because both CBD and THC are active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs and were subject to clinical investigations before they were marketed as foods or supplements.

“It’s illegal to introduce drug ingredients like these into the food supply, or to market them as dietary supplements. This is a requirement that we apply across the board to food products that contain substances that are active ingredients in any drug,” Gottlieb said.
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