Cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive, hemp-derived ingredient, is having a moment. The product, which is used in creams, supplements, tinctures and edibles, has seen increased consumer interest as manufacturers tout its benefits.
With more and more CBD infused products emerging, here are a few important guidelines health and wellness professionals must adhere to, when choosing products to introduce to their patients.
First, it’s important to distinguish between oral products with CBD derived from hemp, such as tinctures, pills or edibles, and topicals, such as creams, ointments and gels. Oral products may be considered dietary supplements and are governed by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The OTC has authority over DSHEA and restricts claims that can be made for such products. Only a topical made in an OTC compliant manufacturing facility that adheres to OTC labeling requirements can make medical claims.
It’s important for retailers to select CBD-infused products where:
A) the CBD is derived from hemp plants grown in conformance with USDA requirements — no more than 0.3% THC.
B) the CBD is produced in facilities with audited quality systems to ensure consistent product quality from batch to batch.
C) manufacturers can make legal claims on its label so customers understand the products’ intended benefits, and can logically be placed in a store location where customers expect to find solutions for their specific needs, such as the external analgesics section.
D) if the product is making medical claims, such as “muscle and joint pain relief,” it must be OTC registered to be sold legally.
CBD CLINIC’s products meet all of the above criteria.