By Benjie Cooper
YouTube: Lucid’s Vlog
The surge in the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products over the past several years has created a sizable market for the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, but not all of it comes from the same place. CBD-rich strains are commonly cultivated for use in a variety of products, but CBD sourced from hemp is also widely-used.
On July 6, the California Department of Public Health released a FAQ entitled Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products, which acknowledges the distinction between the two cannabis sources and explains the rules for their use in food.
California integrates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations regarding food additives, dietary use products, food labeling, and good manufacturing processes for food. Recently, the FDA decided that it is a prohibited act to produce food products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or CBD commercially.
“Therefore, although California currently allows the manufacturing and sales of cannabis products (including edibles, the use of industrial hemp as the source of CBD to be added to food products is prohibited,” states the FAQ.
“Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human consumption,” the FAQ continues. “CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement.”
According to the FAQ, products made with seeds derived from industrial hemp and industrial hemp seed oil will be allowed in food, but cannabis-derived CBD, industrial hemp-derived CBD, hemp oil not derived from industrial hemp seeds, or cannabinoid-enhanced industrial hemp seed oil will not.