After a wave of unregulated CBD products in local dispensaries, markets, and restaurants, NC politicians are now starting to crack down on practices that violate Food and Drug Administration rules.
The compound CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa. CBD does not alter the consciousness of the user or make them feel ‘high’, as THC does. Many health professionals are saying that CBD can help with a wide variety of ailments, including; Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and more.
According to the FDA, the following are considered ‘prohibited acts’ when it comes to CBD; adding CBD to food products, adding CBD to nutritional supplements, and unregulated health claims about CBD.
Many restaurants, bars, and food trucks around Charlotte have been featuring the drug on their menus recently;
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Starting next week, North Carolina regulators plan on sending warning letters to businesses who are violating one or more of the FDA’s ‘prohibited acts’.
Companies receiving the warning letters won’t face any immediate penalty or fines, but fines could start to be issued if repeated non-compliance occurs.
“We treat products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds as we do any other FDA-regulated products — meaning they’re subject to the same authorities and requirements as FDA-regulated products containing any other substance,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a Dec. 20th statement.
“It’s unlawful under the FD&C Act to introduce food containing added CBD or THC into interstate commerce, or to market CBD or THC products as, or in, dietary supplements, regardless of whether the substances are hemp-derived,” noted Gottlieb.
Other hemp products will continue to be sold in a relatively unrestricted manner, including hemp seeds, hemp seed protein, and hemp seed oil.