Given the interest by consumers and industry participants the FDA has finally given an update to congress regarding their priorities and ongoing research and policy developments.
The following is a direct excerpt from an article on Marijuana Moment outlining the FDA’s recent update:
“Any enforcement policy would need to balance the goals of protecting the public and providing more clarity to industry and the public regarding FDA’s enforcement priorities based on the known risks to public health. As we move forward, FDA intends to continue taking action to address violations we identify that put the public at risk.”
There are a number of questions that FDA is considering as it continues to develop regulations for CBD products.
“1. What happens if you use CBD daily for sustained periods of time?
2. What level of intake triggers the known risks associated with CBD?
3. How do different methods of exposure affect intake (e.g., oral consumption, topical, smoking or vaping)?
4. What is the effect of CBD on the developing brain (such as children who take CBD)?
5. What are the effects of CBD on an unborn child or breastfed newborn?
6. How does CBD interact with herbs and botanicals?
7. Does CBD cause male reproductive toxicity in humans, as has been reported in studies of animals?
8. Are there differing safety concerns for use in certain animal species, breeds, or classes?
9. Are any residues formed in edible tissues of food producing animals?”
While CBD is not currently allowed to be marketed as a dietary supplement, FDA wrote that it “has the authority to remove this exclusion through rulemaking.”’
In short the FDA’s main concerns are revolving around the safety of use of CBD by different groups of people over extended periods of time. We can’t wait to see what they find out. In the meantime congress has submitted a bill HR 5587 to amend the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act to regulate CBD like a dietary supplement.
We’re sure this is going to be a very busy sector in the upcoming months. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!