Seeking Federal Compliance: In the absence of federal movement on using CBD in foods and beverages, cannabis companies tackle cGMPs.

The 2018 Farm Bill set the U.S. on a path toward significantly greater national exposure to cannabidiol (CBD) when it authorized cultivation of varieties of cannabis (or “industrial hemp”) bred to have minimal concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, despite some specific funding earmarked for FDA and its work with CBD, we have seen little federal movement toward establishing a pathway for using CBD in foods and beverages.

But that hasn’t stopped some companies from establishing a strong framework for development of cannabis-infused foods and beverages, including work related to compliance with FDA’s current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs).

“With the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill’s passage federally legalizing hemp production and interstate transport, consumer products containing hemp-derived compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD) have expanded, and the variety and number of CBD health, nutrition, and food products are readily accessible through a number of retail and online outlets has exploded,” says Steve Schain, Esq., senior attorney, Hoban Law Group, with offices in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, NJ.


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