A bill that would protect hemp-derived CBD from the FDA needs our support. Action Alert!
For a while now, we’ve been telling you about the FDA’s attack on CBD oil, a natural, safe, and non-addictive alternative to dangerous opioid drugs. The agency is on the verge of completing its enforcement policies for CBD. We must support a bill that would protect hemp-derived CBD supplements from the federal government.
The bill is simple. It amends the law to provide an exemption for hemp-derived CBD from rules that apply to dietary supplements when there is an approved drug with that ingredient or if that ingredient is being investigated as a new drug.
Note that the other provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 still apply to CBD. Given that the FDA’s position seems to be that CBD is a “new supplement” (in FDA lingo, a new dietary ingredient, or NDI), this means that before companies sell CBD they will need to submit information to the FDA demonstrating that the CBD supplement can be reasonably expected to be safe.
The regulation of CBD has become a fraught and confusing process. We sifted through the details in previous coverage. The FDA can’t be expected to allow affordable CBD without a fight. Recall that the agency approved a CBD drug, Epidolex, for the treatment of seizures from two rare forms of epilepsy. The drug costs $32,500 per year.
History and experience demonstrate that the FDA will, when left to its own devices, do what it can to protect the approved drug and eliminate all other forms of CBD. We see the same thing happening with bioidentical hormones. As we reported previously, the FDA and its cronies are interested in protecting the marketplace for FDA-approved hormones and have an innate distrust of medicines, like compounded bioidentical estriol, that they do not control.
This bill will help take the issue out of the FDA’s hands, since the existence of an approved drug will no longer be relevant.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and urge them to support this measure to protect CBD. Please send your message immediately.