Since the legalization of industrial hemp cultivation with the US Farm Act of 2018, more farmers began harvesting this cannabidiol-rich plant. Due to the purported health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), products made using it are used by people for treating the symptoms of many common day ailments. Also, CBD oil is consumed as a supplement for improving overall health because it is believed that this cannabinoid can improve blood circulation, neurological functioning, bone health, and so on due to its positive effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Read on to know whether CBD is a food, drug, or supplement.
CBD Laws And Regulations
While CBD is legal at the federal level, it is illegal or partially legal in most states, and in a few states, it is fully legal. Also, the cannabidiol market in the US grew rapidly, and because of this, there are few strict regulations, which vary from state to state. For example, in states like North Carolina, companies that produce cannabidiol products are not strictly monitored, but in New York, the manufacturing standard is very high, i.e. CBD products must be tested for contaminants.
Also, there is a discrepancy between the CBD laws at the federal and state levels. This creates confusion for customers as well as sellers. To avoid this, many states are beginning to amend their CBD or marijuana laws. Furthermore, the FDA does not approve the sale and purchase of CBD as supplements, edibles, and beverages. This is because the therapeutic effects and health benefits of this cannabinoid are not well understood.
CBD Regulations In States
In some states, cannabidiol manufacturers must maintain the same standard that food producers must maintain. For example, in Kentucky and Colorado manufactures of this cannabinoid must follow food safety rules like maintaining a clean manufacturing facility and refrigeration.
Both in Kentucky and Colorado, the THC content of CBD products must not be over 0.3%. Besides, in Kentucky, manufacturers are required to test their products for pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria. However, in Colorado regulators do not ask for such strict measures. That said, manufacturers are encouraged to perform additional tests on their products.
Other Approaches To CBD Regulations
Lawmakers in several states are considering introducing bills that would ensure that hemp extracts and products are strictly tested and labeled according to federal requirements. For example, in California, a bill would require cannabidiol (CBD) products to be tested for the presence of toxic chemicals. Likewise, according to the North Carolina annual farm bill, the NC Department of Agriculture and Customer Services can regulate the CBD manufacturing process.
On a final note, there is no clear consensus on whether CBD is a food, drug, or supplement, and we hope that the details shared above clarified your doubts.