What You Need to Know About FDA Regulations and Rules on CBD

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These days, there is more and more buzz around the topic of CBD. People claim it cures chronic pain, eases anxiety, promotes better sleep, and all manner of other wonders. But what does the FDA say about CBD products?

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for overseeing all drug and supplement products in the U.S.

Read on to learn more about FDA regulations on CBD and what research they’re doing into these products.

FDA Regulations on Drugs

As of October 2019, the FDA has only approved one drug containing CBD for human use. The drug is called Epidiolex, and it’s a seizure medication. It contains a purified form of CBD and has been approved for use in epilepsy patients 2 years and older.

At this point, there are no other drugs containing CBD approved for use in humans. According to the FDA, a drug is “any product intended to have a therapeutic or medical use, and any product (other than a food) that is intended to affect the structure or function of the body of humans or animals.” The FDA is continuing to investigate the possible health benefits of CBD and will continue to approve new drugs if they are proved safe and effective.

FDA Regulations on Supplements

Aside from drug products, the FDA also regulates dietary supplements. According to the FDA, “The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines a dietary ingredient as a vitamin; mineral; herb or other botanical; amino acid; dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake; or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of the preceding substances.” 

There is a rule that says that a product cannot be a dietary supplement if it contains an active drug ingredient that has been approved for use or is under investigation. So, for instance, you can’t mix up a powder made from crushed Tylenol and matcha and claim it’s a dietary supplement that cures pain. Because of this rule, THC and CBD cannot be considered dietary supplements and so cannot be sold as such.

Reason for Concern

You may be wondering why you should care if the FDA regulates CBD or not. A lot of people swear by it for pain, anxiety, and more. But the problem is without FDA regulation, you don’t know if what you’re buying really is CBD and what quality it is if so.

Part of what FDA regulation does is ensure there are quality checks on a product. So Bayer can’t make aspirin that accidentally contains cyanide or is just powdered sugar packed into a pill. Because there’s no regulation currently on CBD products, if you’re not buying from a reputable vendor, you could be getting any number of things in that oil or any level of quality assuming it is CBD.

Learn More About CBD

The FDA is continuing to look into the medical uses of CBD, and we can all hope that they find it is good for all the things we hope it is. But until that point, FDA regulations still say drugs and dietary supplements that use CBD are not approved legal sale. 

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