According to the AP Press out of Salem, Oregon. It has been learned that the two Senators from Oregon urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to update the United States federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products that contain a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. That non-psychoactive ingredient is mainly referring to CBD.
The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after Congress had legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including cannabidiol aka CBD. Wyden and Merkley had been behind a hemp provision that Congress passed and was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
The problem was, that after President Donald Trump signed the bill in December, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb restated the agency’s stance that CBD is considered a “drug ingredient” and therefore it is illegal to add to food or health products without his agency’s approval. The FDA has gone ahead and sent warning letters to companies that have made health claims for CBD.
In a letter to Commissioner Gottlieb, Senators Wyden & Merkley asked the FDA to update its “outdated regulations” that are prohibiting food products that contain CBD from being sold across state lines.
“Farmers in Oregon and nationwide are poised to make real economic gains for their communities once these regulations are updated.”
Wyden and Merkley said it was Congress’ intent in the bill to ensure producers and consumers have access to hemp-derived products, including those that contain CBD.
The Oregon Democrats have asked the agency to clarify to the public several issues. Those include its authority in the production and marketing of hemp and its derivatives. And also whether the FDA will consider issuing a regulation to allow hemp derivatives in food, beverages or dietary supplements that cross state lines.
As you know already before even reading this, and those who shop at this website are quite familiar with, CBD oils are increasingly getting more and more popular. You can get CBD in lotions, tinctures, and foods and drinks. Many proponents say CBD offers health benefits. Those benefits include, but are not limited to relieving pain and anxiety.
Scientists note there have been few comprehensive clinical studies on how CBD affects humans. Which may be true, but it is a very new product to market. Harvard Medical School has said that the strongest scientific evidence for CBD is for its effectiveness in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes, which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications.
Just recently, the FDA approved the first-ever cannabis-derived medicine for those conditions which contains CBD. Studies suggest CBD may also help those with insomnia to fall asleep and to stay asleep.
Hemp looks like marijuana but it contains less than 0.3 percent of THC aka tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that gives pot its euphoric feelings. Basically known as “getting high”. Both hemp and marijuana are species of cannabis plants.
Merkley and Wyden noted that the FDA is operating with limited staff due to the partial federal government shutdown and requested a response within 30 calendar days of the government reopening.
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