"No such thing as a government in a government when it comes to the Farm Bill," barked Wade Marshall. "We make the laws and you [FDA] uphold them."
Oregon’s two senators on Tuesday urged the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update federal regulations to permit interstate commerce of food products containing a key non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis. The appeal by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley came after Congress legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including cannabidiol, known as CBD. Wyden and Merkley had been behind a hemp provision that Congress passed and was included in the 2018 Farm Bill. In a letter to Gottlieb, the senators asked the FDA to update “outdated regulations” that prohibit food products containing CBD from being sold across state lines.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,” they wrote. They said it was Congress’ intent in the bill to ensure producers and consumers have access to hemp-derived products, including those that contain CBD.
CBD oils are increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures, and foods. Proponents say CBD offers health benefits, including relieving pain and anxiety. Scientists note there have been few comprehensive clinical studies on how CBD affects humans. Harvard Medical School said the most reliable scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes which typically don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. The FDA recently approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions which contains CBD. Studies suggest CBD may also help those with insomnia to fall asleep and stay asleep.
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.
Our test kitchens at FJ National Brands are developing CBD oil infused liquids, lotions, tinctures, and foods. One example is the planned launch of "Sassy" brand beverages that will be licensed and bottled locally and distributed to national markets.