FDA Officially Says Hemp and CBD Are Now Legal

Yesterday President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which included a provision that makes hemp farming legal in the United States. And just to reinforce that notion, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly stated that this is the case.

The FDA released a statement affirming that hemp and cannabis-derived products with less than 0.3 percent THC are now legal in the United States. In the statement, the FDA said that they are committed to treating hemp and other cannabis products the same as any other products on the market, which is exactly what marijuana advocates have wanted for years.

However, it also seems the FDA wants to take a hardline towards some of these products. In their press release, they mentioned that they are concerned about the many health claims made by companies that manufacture hemp and CBD products, and that they are looking to more tightly regulate them.

"We continue to be concerned at the number of drug claims being made about products not approved by the FDA that claim to contain CBD or other cannabis-derived compounds," the agency said in the statement. "We’ll take enforcement action needed to protect public health against companies illegally selling cannabis and cannabis-derived products that can put consumers at risk and are being marketed in violation of the FDA’s authorities."

The FDA also said that while cannabis products with less than 0.3 percent THC are now legal, they are not allowed in food. Since THC and CBD are ingredients in drugs that have been approved by the FDA, they cannot legally be put into food.

So while these products may be legal, they may be exposed to more regulations as well. 

(h/t FDA)


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