Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found naturally in marijuana sativa, a plant species that includes both cannabis and hemp. It has been studied for its potential to mitigate symptoms of depression and anxiety, relieve pain, and protect against some neurological diseases. Even within states that allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD, there can be complications locally. The FDA has several resources available that address cannabis and cannabis-derived products, such as CBD, and the agency wants to ensure that consumers and other interested parties have access to these resources in a centralized place.
The regulations surrounding the legality of CBD vary from state to state. At the federal level, cannabis-derived CBD is considered a Schedule 1 substance and is illegal. However, hemp-based CBD could be legal at the federal level. If the FDA prohibits all forms of CBD without a prescription, there is a risk of opening up an illegal market that would result in an unlicensed, untested and unregulated criminal trade in CBD.
With respect to products labeled to contain hemp that may also contain THC or CBD, it is prohibited under Article 301 (ll) of Act FD%26C to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food of animal origin to which THC or CBD has been added.In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has gone from being marginal to being common in the world of wellness. Federal authorities are no longer dedicated to arresting people for growing hemp, extracting CBD, or possessing either. The regulations surrounding the legality of CBD are likely to continue to evolve and fluctuate over time.