Academy Announces Stance on CBD in Food and Beverage Products

09/24/2019 - The Academy recommends that consumers use caution when purchasing and consuming products and food items that contain cannabidiol, given the lack of rigorous scientific trails and data regarding dosing, effectiveness, and safety. Consumer demand and an increase in marketplace supply has occurred following the legalization of hemp (from which CBD is derived), in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Academy recently adopted a neutral stance regarding the introduction or the use of CBD in food and beverage products.

The stance outlined the Academy's intent to:

  • Support advocacy efforts to secure funding to close the research gap regarding CBD or tetrahydrocannabinol as food additives, specifically including research on differential effects across the lifecycle.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory initiatives related to CBD and marijuana as the evidence base is further established and review and update policy stances and recommendations accordingly.
  • Communicate the potential for misuse, consumer confusion and a lack of sufficient scientific substantiation in the marketing of CBD in food products and the use of associated health claims.

In July 2019, the Academy submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration supporting a "science-based, public health-driven approach to the regulation of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol."