Hemp products are increasing in popularity and CBD is one such product made from it. Everyone wants a healthier way to live. Consumers want to use healthier products and ingredients and are constantly looking at hemp to improve their lives and wellbeing. It’s easy to understand why hemp products and ingredients are so popular, but there are real concerns over the use of these things. So, what does the food and beverage industry needs to know about CBD?
Farm Bill 2018
In late 2018, a Farm Bill was passed into law which made hemp products, including cannabidiol legal at the federal level. However, THC levels in these products had to be no more than 0.3% and that made the biggest difference of all. The reason why only .3% is allowed is that anything over that could cause the psychoactive component of the illegal drug to impact the user. Marijuana is still very much illegal through the many US states and that means how it’s used in products can be limited. The Bill didn’t legalize CBD or any marijuana products either and remains a controlled substance.
Limitations over How Hemp Can Be Used In Food and Drinks
The Farm Bill also failed to legalize the use of hemp or any product derived from it, including hemp seed oil and CBD, from being used in food or drinks. Any product which requires approval from the FDA, including health products, supplements, and food additives cannot contain hemp seed oil. It’s prohibited, by the FDA, to add any CBD to drinks, supplements, or food products. Also, food manufacturers can’t claim their products offer therapeutic values because of the CBD. Ingesting CBD isn’t recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and that’s why they want to avoid such things being used in foods and drinks being sold to the public. That doesn’t stop companies using such ingredients, however.
Since the FDA hasn’t approved the use of hemp seed oil or cannabidiol in food and drink products, it could be dangerous to do so. Of course, there will be arguments for and against this subject; but the truth is that it isn’t entirely known what these products can do to an individual. While most people will be able to use CBD and have no reactions from it, there may be others who are completely the opposite. Also, THC levels might be unintentionally over the 0.3% mark and that could impact an individual’s reactions and abilities.
The Grey Area of Cannabidiol
CBD and hemp-related laws are stricter in some regions than in others. It all depends on the use of the product, how it was manufactured, and the THC contents. Laws over the use of CBD and hemp products are constantly evolving and changing. There may be some states that only allow the use of CBD if it has been entirely manufactured and sold in that state. Then again, others will outlaw the sale completely. The truth is that this is a fast-moving topic and it’s difficult to know where it’ll lead to next. CBD does have some advantages but the FDA doesn’t recommend ingesting it so you have to be wary and careful how it’s used.