Both consumers and manufacturers have been buzzing about including cannabis in food and beverage in the last several years. And with President Trump’s signature on the 2018 Farm Bill, items made from the plants known for their psychoactive and relaxation qualities are getting closer to being a part of everyday grocery carts.
Under the Farm Bill, cultivation of hemp — a plant in the cannabis family — becomes legal. And derivatives from hemp — including the cannabinoid CBD, which is known as an aid for relaxation, anxiety and pain — are no longer considered Schedule I narcotics.
And while the FDA still prohibits food and beverage containing CBD from crossing state lines, the stage is set for it to be the next big functional ingredient. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency will plan public hearings to determine the best way to consider and regulate CBD in the future,