• FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

    By: CARLA K. JOHNSON , AP Medical Writer

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    SEATTLE - The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil.

    The head of the Food and Drug Administration says adding CBD to food or dietary supplements is still illegal.

    President Donald Trump signed a farm bill Thursday designating hemp as an agricultural crop.

    The same day, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement saying CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or supplements without approval from his agency.

    Courtney Moran, a lobbyist for Oregon hemp farmers, says she plans to work with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, to nudge the FDA toward greater acceptance of CBD.

    CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, a type of cannabis plant.


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