CBD is a substance extracted out of cannabis, which has medicinal uses. It has already caught the health and wellness world by storm, but there are some gray areas of CBD law that perplex users.
Is CBD legal at a federal level? The answer is yes, as long as the product is sourced from industrial hemp, and it has 0.3% THC content. However, the FDA is yet to approve the practice of mixing this substance with drinks.
So is adding CBD in a beverage legal federally? The short answer is no. Until the agency adds CBD to its list of additives generally considered safe, it will be illegal to sell and market cannabidiol products in the form of drinks. This is the topic we are discussing here – just to clarify, you cannot add it to foods, ingestible oils, capsules and other forms of consumable goods either.
Last year, the FDA warned over 20 companies retailing CBD goods for making claims about cannabidiol’s medical and health benefits. A business is not allowed to highlight those benefits of cannabidiol as part of marketing, branding, PR or any such form of communication. This means you can only sell your CBD product without explicitly communicating those benefits of it. The good thing from a brand’s perspective is that many customers are already aware of the benefits CBD brings to their health.
Maybe that is why they are looking for such a different way to consume CBD, and wish to know whether it is safe to try it.
So What Is Holding Back the FDA?
Many studies have shown that CBD has medicinal values, and that it can be used to treat a wide range of health issues. Why then is the Food and Drinks Administration not regarding it to be safe to mix CBD with the aforesaid items? This is the agency’s stance on cannabidiol’s potential use as an additive because there lacks scientific evidence to support the notion that consuming CBD is safe. Remember, this is as far as the FDA is concerned, and we are not saying whether it is a good stance or bad stance.
The FDA may be looking for a ‘clear and obvious’ sign, which makes it worthy enough to be considered an additive. The agency specifics that it has seen just limited data, which “point to real risks that need to be considered before taking CBD for any reason.”