Is CBD Safe? What Does the FDA Say About CBD Products?

By: Guest
May 28 2020

Millions of people around the country are jumping in on the CBD train. That is to say, CBD products have been flying off the shelves in the last few years as potential sources of pain relief, calm, and relaxation. One product, in particular, stands out — CBD oils online has taken the wellness world by storm.

With the market for CBD still red hot and getting hotter, you might be wondering what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to say about CBD and cannabis-derived products. Let’s take a closer look.

What is CBD? Can it get you high?

CBD is one of the 100+ natural compounds that you can find in a cannabis plant, which includes hemp and marijuana. The thing is, many people still confuse cannabidiol (CBD) with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – a cannabinoid infamous for its psychoactive effects.

To address the elephant in the room – does CBD get you high? Well, the short answer is NO.

While CBD and THC come from the same plant species – Cannabis Sativa, CBD is naturally non-intoxicating.

CBD products contain little to no THC. Using CBD-infused oils, tinctures, edibles, etc. may provide you with a deep sense of calm and relaxation, but they will not create a high, euphoric effect or change your spatial and sensory perception like THC does.

What does the FDA have to do with CBD?

The U.S. FDA is a government-run organization that protects the public by ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics, and like-products are safe for use and consumption.

In line with their role of providing consumers with the safest and most effective products, the FDA also has to conduct proper research to ensure that CBD products adhere to quality standards, laws, and regulations before concluding that they are generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

So, what is FDA’s current stand on CBD products?

Despite the rapidly growing popularity of CBD in the wellness industry, the FDA stands firm in its position that the agency needs to probe further into the nature and science of CBD, as well as the safety, quality, and potential side effects of cannabis-derived products.

That being said, the FDA’s stance on the CBD issue isn’t surprising. It takes time, money, and extensive research to meet the agency’s approval standards. Hemp-derived CBD is a relatively new product in the market, and manufacturers have yet to conduct additional studies to support their claims.

To date, only one CBD product has obtained the FDA’s approval – a prescription drug called Epidiolex that can be used to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Still, the fact that the FDA has approved a drug with CBD as a main active ingredient means CBD’s therapeutic properties are not unfounded. It may be a while, but things are looking up for the CBD industry.

Is it illegal to market and use CBD products in the U.S.?

While cannabis is still classified as a “controlled substance” by U.S. federal laws, the 2018 Farm Bill has de-scheduled hemp plants. This makes hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC legal in the country unless outlawed by the states. Marijuana-derived CBD, on the other hand, is illegal on the federal level, but medical or recreational marijuana may be legal in some areas.

What’s illegal, though, is adding CBD to food and marketing/labeling CBD products as dietary supplements or with medical claims.

Are CBD products safe for use?

Until the FDA identifies CBD as GRAS or specific products get pre approval, it is hard to tell for sure if all CBD products uphold the standard safety and quality requirements. With that in mind, consumers are encouraged to be meticulous and selective about the products that they buy and use.

Here, research is key. Make sure to look up the company and check for reviews on third-party sites before purchasing any of their products. The most reputable CBD companies have their products independently tested and allow consumers to access the results.

Also, to avoid getting in trouble with the authorities, always check the cannabis laws of your state or whatever state you’re traveling to.

About the Author

Lauren Klesser is the Content Marketing Strategist for Half Day CBD, a thoughtfully-curated brand of organic hemp-derived products like CBD oils, CBD vape and CBD gummies, which are designed to help manage pain, anxiety, stress and sleep issues. In her spare time, she plays axe throwing and escape games with her family and friends.


This is a guest post by Lauren Klesser of Half Day CBD. This post has been edited for syntax and grammar. The Law offices of Jay Leiderman is not responsible for the accuracy of the content herein or any opinions or ideas expressed herein.  This post is for entertainment and literary value and is not intended as legal advice.  This post does not establish an attorney-client relationship of any sort.  If you have legal questions about ideas presented herein please contact a lawyer knowledgeable in this field of practice.

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