Laying CBD into ice cream can only be the best idea since you add dough bits in plain old vanilla. At least it is the idea behind Ben & Jerry's latest (non-named) taste, which blends the non-psychoactive, THC-free element of the cannabis plant into its legendary pints. However, the opportunity to see the ingredient country in your local freezer is up for debate. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now belongs to the foundations of 120 cannabis companies confirming that the ingredients are to be legitimized as both dietary and food supplements.
The purpose of today's FDA consultation for cannabis-led businesses and advocates to produce scientific data and information on safety, production, product quality, marketing, labeling and sales of products containing cannabis or derived compounds, tells an official statement from the agency. As the The New York Times points out, the FDA tends to overlook the inclusion of CBD in some edible products (CBD chocolate and gummy bears are both on the market).
Nevertheless, the FDA's seal of approval matters to consumers seeking for safe, state-supported products. The agency gives legitimacy – one that members of the FDA are not willing to give to the buzzy ingredient. "I don't think the CBD does anything that approximates what people say is its magical quality," said Scott Gottlieb, MD, a former FDA commissioner, earlier this year. "There is a real security issue here. There is a risk of cumulative effects. It is not a completely benign connection."
The judgment on the CBD is still pretty good, TBD and there is no definitive timeline on FDA's decision. That means companies interested in smearing their foods with cannabinoids like Ben & Jerry and Mondelez (makers of Oreos and Chips Ahoy) can keep production long before the FDA reaches its verdict. "We're getting ready, but we'll obviously stay within what is legal and play it the right way," said Dirk Van De Put, CEO of Mondelez, formerly CNBC.
For now, Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Major Second Commander and CIO in the FDA, tweeted a reminder that the only CBD-containing product currently approved by the FDA is an epilepsy medication. "In view of the rapid expansion of the market, timely clarification of the road ahead is crucial, but it is our responsibility to ensure that the regulatory pathway is scientifically justified and in the interests of public health," she wrote.
Other than a prescription drug product to treat rare, serious forms of epilepsy, the FDA has not approved other CBD-containing products. We want consumers to be aware that only limited information on CBD is available, including its effects on the body.
– Dr. Amy Abernethy (@DrAbernethyFDA) May 23, 2019
Until the FDA banner The aforementioned path of legalization (or stricter regulation) with intel gleaned form CBD business owners today, we all just have to stick with the classics. Bring on Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Phish Food. For now, ice cream melts with names like Sugar High, Baked Like a Birthday Cake and Puff, Puff, Pistachio just have to wait.
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