Washington state has banned the commercial sale of food and beverages containing CBD, sticking closely to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy.
The FDA currently holds that the cannabinoid can’t be an ingredient in the food supply. The Washington Department of Agriculture posted similar restrictions this month.
“To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law,” he agency wrote.
Washington agriculture officials said other hemp products are OK in food. Hemp ingredients the FDA has determined to be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) based on federal requirements include hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein powder and hemp seed oil.
Washington agriculture officials said food manufacturers must remove CBD ingredients from their products and discontinue distribution of food products that contain them.
“If the FDA approves food ingredient uses for hemp extracts like CBD, those uses would be allowed under state law,” the agriculture department stated.
FDA executive Lowell Schiller said at an industry event earlier this month that CBD treatments are promising, but that far more research needs to be done before federal authorities can allow them in foods and dietary supplements.