FDA recently updated its QA on marijuana. In an earlier version of the QA, FDA flatly stated that CBD could not be used as a dietary supplement. The updated QA, which was released earlier this month, extends that prohibition to foods sold into interstate commerce.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the nonnarcotic fractions of the Cannabis sativa plant. The molecule has been studied for health properties including pain relief and as an antispasmodic. A big regulatory hurdle for the molecule in dietary supplement applications has been the classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration of marijuana as a Schedule 1 prohibited substance. The DEA has taken the stance that the entire plant, and all its derivatives, share this stricture. From the Federal point of view, the only ‘legal’ marijuana—and that for research only—is grown by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi.
CBD from industrial hemp