The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is under growing pressure to finally regulate products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), the cannabinoid that has had a meteoric rise to health-fad status in part because it is non-intoxicating. Hemp-derived CBD was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, but food and drug products prepared with it remain technically illegal until the FDA creates regulations.

Legislation that would further push the FDA to move on the CBD matter is even currently pending before Congress.

But there is some hope for imminent action. As Marijuana Moment noted, on July 12, the FDA’s acting chief information officer Amy Abernethy tweeted that the “FDA is expediting its work to address the many questions about cannabidiol (CBD),” describing it as “an important national issue with public health impact and an important topic for American hemp farmers and many other stakeholders.”

“We are enthusiastic about research into the therapeutic benefits of CBD products but also need to balance…

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