US Hemp Supplement Market Could Go Up In Smoke, Cast Cloud On Cannabis Without Regulation
Market's direction depends on different influences, according to witnesses testifying at recent House hearing looking at FDA’s position on using hemp ingredients in food and dietary supplements. Rising costs and plummeting prices hit marketers as acreage for hemp and amount harvested shrink.
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AHPA, CHPA and UNPA say “current statutory definitions already apply to hemp and its extracts and naturally occurring constituents” and “there is no need for a new regulatory pathway to include these ingredients in dietary supplements.” CRN and USHR also assert FDA currently has regulatory tools to allow hemp ingredients’ use in food and supplements.
All legislation introduced in Congress on establishing hemp as lawful dietary ingredient also would extend change to food ingredients. Two hemp derivatives among 12 ingredients on FDA’s first list of food ingredients unsafe for use in food.
States’ histories with legalizing cannabis aren’t good models for an hemp regulatory pathway, says FDA hemp and cannabis policy chief Norman Birenbaum. Influence from those models already seen in US with ingredients including delta-8 THC marketed as hemp as defined in federal law de-scheduling it as a controlled substance.