For a while now, we’ve
been telling you about the
threats to cheap CBD oil. One of those threats has been that the DEA includes
hemp and CBD in the definition of marijuana, which is a Schedule 1 drug—that
is, it has no recognized medical benefit. This was plainly inaccurate, and
Congress has rectified the error: the Farm Bill removes “hemp” from the
definition of marijuana. While there are still some challenges and uncertainty,
this is an important step towards ensuring consumer access to affordable CBD
The legalization of hemp means
that so long as CBD oil is extracted from hemp and has less than 0.3% THC (the
compound that gives the “high” associated with marijuana), it is no longer
considered a controlled substance.
The main hurdle that is still in
place is the FDA. After the Farm Bill was approved, FDA Commissioner Scott
Gottlieb released a statement reminding us that, while CBD may no longer be a
controlled substance, it is still subject to FDA jurisdiction. The statement
reiterates the FDA’s position that CBD is not a dietary ingredient (and thus
illegal to put in a supplement) because it is the active ingredient in an
approved drug and was the subject of clinical investigations before it was sold
in supplements. For more background on these issues, read our article on the back channel at the FDA that allows Big Pharma to turn supplements into drugs.
Write to Congress, thanking them for taking steps to protect CBD, with a copy to the FDA encouraging them to revise their current position on CBD.
Thank you for stepping in for CBD (FDA, please do more)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]