If you’ve been following cannabis’s journey from ancient remedy to wellness essential, you’re probably already aware that government agencies and health professionals are in the process of establishing some official CBD rules and regulations. For many, this is a landmark step in destigmatizing hemp-based products. For others, it’s a slow, frustrating process. No matter what side you’re on, we want you to have all the facts — so we’ve done the hard work, reading and distilling the existing guidelines so you don’t have to.
Good question. The United States has established a variety of government agencies that are responsible for making sure people are healthy and safe. They’re responsible for setting standards that ensure the efficacy of a variety of products and substances that we use every day, including vaccines, cosmetics, medical devices, and more. Once a food, drug, or other product is deemed trustworthy and effective, these organizations will issue a clear set of rules and regulations about how it can be used, sold, and marketed.
Both the general public and regulatory bodies are curious about CBD and its effects. However, no formal decisions have yet been made. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with using CBD as part of your self-care routine. It just means that research is still being done to determine exactly what the medical benefits are — one CBD-based prescription drug, intended to treat a severe form of epilepsy, has been approved so far.
From an industry perspective, formal CBD regulations and approval would help determine what claims brands can make about a product (including what terminology can be used on packaging), and establish safety and manufacturing standards. From a consumer standpoint, it would result in consistent recommendations about dosage, frequency of use, quality, and so on. This would be a win-win as it can give everyone peace of mind about using CBD to support general wellness.
While regulatory bodies are advising consumers that not enough is known about CBD, cannabis regulations, as well as public perception, are evolving — and many people are already incorporating CBD into their everyday lives to promote rest and relaxation, and to achieve a sense of calm. Until clear legislation is defined, we recommend that you research CBD laws in your state to find out what forms have been cleared for you to use.
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Regulators and healthcare professionals are primarily concerned with determining what medical conditions can be mitigated with the use of CBD, how CBD will interact with other food and drugs, and the possible side effects of using CBD. Some of the top questions include:
- How does CBD affect the body? What are the potential consequences of using CBD without medical supervision?
- What are the effects of CBD when people use it in a broad range of products (for example, consumables, inhalants, and cosmetics) on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis?
- What is an appropriate daily dosage? Does this dosage change depending on the form (e.g. capsules, tinctures, balms) of CBD used?
- How does CBD effect special populations — such as pregnant women, children and adolescents, and the elderly — and animals?
Our government agencies treat CBD like they treat every other substance, food, or drug: fairly. These regulators are open to receiving input from those who have tried CBD — and those interested in trying CBD — but they also take the public’s health and safety seriously.
Even though the road to regulating CBD seems long and winding, remember that it’s because decision makers want to ensure everyone can safely incorporate the compound into their lifestyles. It might even be navigated quicker than anticipated, thanks to the demand of those who are open to new experiences and the benefits CBD can provide. Curious about trying CBD in the meantime? Our collection of capsules, tinctures, and balms supports everyday mind and body wellness.
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