The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making progress when it comes to CBD. While the jury is still out on some elements of the industry, regulations are coming into place – slowly. Right now, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) is working on approving proposed regulations for individual state hemp production programs. Here we’ll take a look at what’s happening with the FDA and CBD.
Why are CBD Regulations taking so long to Establish?
Consumers and CBD industry professionals are all waiting on regulations for this industry to be finalized. What’s taking so long? The CBD industry is huge. There are many different facets of this industry and regulations must be created for each sector. Standards need to be set for just CBD oil products as well as CBD edibles (including beverages), labeling CBD as a dietary supplement, CBD skincare products, topicals, CBD pet care items and every other category of item that CBD can be utilized in.
This is a huge task and is something that the FDA is working on, but we are more likely to see small rollouts of regulations for a sector at a time. It would seem that the first set of regulations would be for standardizing CBD oil itself. This would include testing regulations, pesticide/herbicide guidelines, labeling and packaging guidelines as well as a seed-to-sale tracking system. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The FDA also needs to determine safe servings (doses) of CBD – at least what they deem safe. Some people are okay with 25 – 50 mg a day of CBD while others may need 300 mg or more. It’s difficult to regulate since needs vary from individual to individual.
The FDA has said that it wants to use science to help create its CBD policy. This is fine and dandy, but the industry needs standards and regulations sooner rather than later. Canna Trading Co. is already testing our oil to ensure that it is clean, pure and safe. We are already using guidelines for labeling and packaging that are likely to be what the FDA decides on going forward. We are compliant with current regulations and pay attention to regulations that every state in the U.S. adopts. We want to make sure that, no matter where you are in the U.S., you can still use our products legally. Yes, there are still a couple of states that aren’t CBD-friendly, but they aren’t taking any action against those that are purchasing CBD products from outside their home states.
When it comes to science, restrictions need to be lifted swiftly so that clinical trials, multi-phase studies and other multi-phase research programs can take place. If the FDA wants to create their CBD policy based on science, it’ll be a little while.
There are ample studies from around the world, and some here in the U.S., that can provide baseline information for this agency to utilize. Regulations can be updated, amended and changed as industries/standards change.
For CBD to be taken seriously as having therapeutic benefit, it has to be regulated the same way that pharmaceuticals are. Dietary supplements and foods that are sold/marketed as dietary supplements have a different set of regulations. This all requires science to give the FDA the answers it needs.
The FDA has acknowledged that it recognizes that CBD does have potential benefits. At the same time, they’re questioning whether it’s safe or not. There are concerns about consumers stopping the use of their prescribed medications and utilizing CBD instead. CBD manufacturers and suppliers cannot make any type of medical claim. We cannot say that any product that you take that is made by our company will remedy, cure, treat or otherwise ameliorate any symptom or health condition. Will that day ever come – maybe years in the future.
The FDA and CBD Food Products
For the time being, you cannot purchase food items, beverages or candies that include CBD via interstate sales. This means that you cannot order CBD coffee from an out-of-state company and have it shipped to you. It is not legal, per FDA recent guidelines, to sell or market CBD food items via interstate commerce. Some of this has to do with each state having separate regulations.
All food items, however, must be compliant with the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. This does put a big damper on CBD brands that do make infused water, beverages, candies, coffee and other food items. However, most states are well on their way to establishing proper CBD and hemp regulations. When those regulations are put in place it will be much easier for CBD brands to expand to more states.
For now, we suggest purchasing CBD edibles and such from state-licensed dispensaries and trusted sources only.
Canna Trading Co. has dozens of guides with recipes to make your own infused beverages, desserts, side dishes and recipe for just about any occasion. You can use these guides to make your own CBD edibles. Search our blog for recipes, beverages, desserts and more DIY options to get more use out of your Canna Trading Co. CBD products.
What can be expected for CBD Regulations?
The FDA and federal government have been so up and down when it comes to CBD regulation that it’s difficult to speculate what direction these agencies will take.
Here is a short list of what we are expecting to see happen:
- Standardized dosages
- Standardized packaging and labeling requirements
- Standardized testing requirements
- Determination of CBD’s use in food, cosmetics, skincare products and pet products
- Seed-to-sale tracking system
- Increase in multi-phase clinical trials and studies
- More CBD used in pharmaceutical applications
For now, this is what we can see happening and what needs to happen. Canna Trading Co. works hard to make sure that we’re compliant with new developments, the FD&C Act, FDA guidelines and individual state guidelines.
The FDA hasn’t disclosed much information regarding the path it is taking with regulating and standardizing the CBD industry. The USDA is making more headway in approving proposed state regulations and rules. It may still be a few years until every inch of the industry has been assigned specific regulatory structures simply due to the multiple facets of the fast-evolving industry.