Free Shipping with Orders Over $150 (excludes orders with D8 products)
Account options
My AccountMy OrdersMy Subscriptions
Connect with us
my cart
Secure checkout
Account options
My AccountMy OrdersMy Subscriptions
Connect with us

How the Government Affects CBD Regulations

What are the government agencies that influence CBD regulations? 

How do their regulations affect and shape the rules regarding CBD products and their consumption and production?

We’ll provide a clear and concise overview of how these agencies impact the safety, classification, cultivation, and sale of CBD, ensuring you are well-informed about the rules surrounding this popular cannabinoid.

State Governments & CBD

Each state government has its own CBD regulations about the production, sale, and use of hemp products. They are in charge of both developing state-specific laws and enforcing them. 

In most states in the US, CBD regulations say that products are legal as long as they contain less than or equal to 0.3% THC, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. However, each state has its own regulations and additional rules, so definitely check them out before consuming CBD products. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & CBD Regulations

The EPA regulates the use of pesticides in hemp cultivation. They take care of environmental safety and consumer protection, but their true involvement is incredibly state-dependent. Responsibilities include:

  • Pesticide approval: Reviewing and approving pesticides safe for use on hemp crops.
  • Environmental impact: Assessing and mitigating the environmental effects of pesticide use in hemp farming.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) & CBD

The DEA oversees the classification of cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD, under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The agency's primary functions include:

  • Controlled substance classification: Determining the legal status of CBD products based on its source and THC content.
  • Enforcement: Implementing CBD regulations and taking action against violations of the CSA-related rules. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) & CBD Regulations

The FDA is one of the most well-known government entities that regulates many products for consumers. However, CBD isn’t technically regulated by the FDA, but it is regulated just like any other product on the market. So what does the FDA regulate in regards to CBD?

Safety Standards

The FDA's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of CBD products available to consumers. This involves several key aspects:

  • Product testing: The FDA requires rigorous testing of CBD products (just like any other product) to check for harmful substances, such as pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants. This makes sure that the products on the market don’t pose health risks to consumers.
  • Manufacturing practices: The FDA enforces good manufacturing practices (GMP) to ensure that CBD products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. This includes regulations on cleanliness, equipment maintenance, and staff training.

Labeling Requirements

Accurate and clear labeling is crucial for consumer safety and informed decision-making. The FDA regulates the labeling of CBD products to prevent misinformation and ensure transparency:

  • Ingredient disclosure: CBD product labels must list all ingredients, enabling consumers to know exactly what they are consuming. This includes the amount of CBD and THC, as well as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and any additives or preservatives.
  • Health claims: Manufacturers can’t make unverified claims about the therapeutic benefits of CBD, such as curing or treating diseases (then it becomes a drug, which has a completely different set of standards). Any false or misleading claims can result in warning letters or enforcement actions.
  • Dosage instructions: Every manufacturer has to provide proper dosage instructions on the label to guide consumers on safe and effective use. This helps prevent overdosing and potential adverse effects.

Marketing Claims

Marketing shifts how consumers perceive certain products, and that can be harmful when it comes to CBD. That’s why the FDA closely monitors and regulates marketing practices to make sure they are truthful and not misleading. Health claims are a major no-no here too. It is the reason we can’t use terms like anxiety, insomnia, or arthritis in our marketing, because these are actual medical conditions. We instead use terms like stress, racing thoughts, sleeplessness, or joint discomfort.

Enforcement Actions

The FDA has the authority to take enforcement actions against companies that violate its CBD regulations. This can include:

  • Warning letters: They issue a warning letter to a company that violates FDA regulations. This is the initial step in enforcement. The FDA gives companies time to correct their mistakes and comply with CBD regulations.
  • Product seizures: In cases of severe non-compliance, the FDA can seize products that are deemed unsafe or mislabeled.
  • Injunctions: The FDA can seek court orders to stop companies from continuing to violate regulations. This can include halting the production or sale of non-compliant CBD products.
  • Recalls: The FDA can initiate recalls of CBD products that pose a health risk to consumers and violate their CBD regulations.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) & CBD

In some states, the USDA plays a critical role in regulating hemp cultivation, which is the foundation for producing CBD. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill, marked a significant shift in the CBD regulations. 

One of the USDA's primary functions is to establish a licensing framework for hemp growers. This process is essential for legal cultivation and ensuring that hemp is grown in compliance with federal laws.

Each cultivator has to go through the approval process and apply for a license through the USDA. The USDA mandates rigorous testing protocols to make sure that hemp crops meet legal THC limits.

Cultivators have to test their crops before harvesting and make sure that they don’t exceed the legal limit of 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. Certified laboratories test crops with standardized methods. 

The USDA provides guidelines for sampling hemp plants, specifying the parts of the plant to be tested and the timing of sampling relative to the harvest date. This helps to ensure that the test results accurately represent the THC content of the entire crop.

The USDA's regulations are designed to create a consistent and legal supply chain for CBD products derived from hemp. By enforcing licensing, testing, and compliance measures, the USDA helps to ensure that hemp is grown and processed in accordance with federal laws. This not only protects consumers but also supports the growth of a legitimate and sustainable hemp industry. However, in Florida, the state laws are written to USDA standards, so hemp cultivators in Florida are not required to obtain a USDA license. 

Final Thoughts on CBD Regulations

Understanding the CBD regulations is important for consumers, cultivators (growers), and manufacturers alike. 

At South Tip, we pride ourselves on abiding by all CBD regulations to bring our consumers healthy, safe, and exceptional CBD products. 

Our commitment to compliance means that every product we offer meets or exceeds the standards set by federal and state authorities. 

By adhering to these regulations, we make sure that our customers can trust the quality and safety of our CBD products, empowering them to make informed choices for their wellness. 

Choose South Tip for CBD products you can rely on, backed by third-party lab tests and our unwavering dedication to regulatory compliance and consumer safety.

The Food and Drug Administration does not evaluate the products sold on this Website. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any medical conditions. Individual results may vary. Always consult with a medical health professional before using any product on this Website.