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Current State Of CBD and Cosmetics in the USA

Although the current state of regulation for CBD is in-flux for supplement and food products,

the outlook is pretty good for beauty, as long as companies are careful about where they source the CBD,

otherwise adhere to the regulations governing the marketing of cosmetic products,

and limit sales to states where the sale of such products is legal.

While CBD Infused Beverages and Food Remains with the FDA. Cosmetic Use Is An Open Market Soon To Be Saturated.


CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids found in the plant species Cannabis sativa L.,

which, surprising to many, includes marijuana and hemp.

December 2018 – The Farm Bill Legalized Hemp

The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as any part of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis,

and removes hemp and hemp derivatives from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

CBD derived from a marijuana plant,

or from a hemp plant with a THC concentration of greater than 0.3%,

fall outside the statutory definition of hemp and therefore remain controlled substances.

In order to legally market beauty products containing CBD,

companies must be able to establish that the ingredient is derived from a hemp plant,

grown by a licensed grower, and contains 0.3% or less THC.

The United States Department of Agriculture,

the regulatory agency responsible for implementing the 2018 Farm Bill,

issued a legal opinion confirming that states may not prohibit the interstate transportation

of hemp or hemp derived products that satisfy these requirements.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Farm Bill does not, however, supplant the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (“Act”).

Under the Act, companies that want to market beauty products containing CBD cannot claim the products,

or the CBD, is intended to affect the structure or function of the body, or otherwise treat, mitigate, or prevent a disease.

In addition to these Federal regulatory requirements,

companies must also adhere to the laws of individual states,

which have the right to restrict or limit the sale of CBD products within their jurisdictions.

Thus, before shipping a CBD beauty product,

companies should confirm the sale of such products is legal in the target state.

Nikki Fried -Florida Agriculture Commissioner 2021


Why is it crucial for CBD brands and ingredients providers to be completely up to date on the fast-changing regulations?

The fast-changing regulations really have to do with growing and licensing requirements for hemp growers.

The regulation of what constitutes legal hemp is pretty much set by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Since CBD derived from hemp is the only ingredient that has been legalized by the Bill,

it is critical for companies and ingredient suppliers to be sure

(1) the hemp is sourced from a licensed grower, and

(2) the THC content is 0.3% or lower.

3rd Party Certificates Of Analysis (COA) determine what is in the sample tested. Look for the Good and the Bad. *Pesticides, Heavy Metal or Added Toxins. COA’s are a necessity.


Products that fail to meet these two requirements fall outside the statutory definition of hemp,

fall within the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act,

and are thus illegal.

Florida Hemp

Companies interested in marketing and selling CBD cosmetic products will gain insights into the regulatory landscape surrounding the marketing of such products, and in particular,

have an understanding of the FDA’s and FTC’s current thinking and approach to regulating the products.

Research strategies companies can follow to avoid attracting the attention of regulators and consumer lawyers.


What is the number one question that CBD beauty professionals have?

There are really two questions to answer.

The first is can we legally sell cosmetics containing CBD?

The second question is what can I do to protect the company from claims arising from the sale of CBD beauty products.

As noted in response to question

1) above, the question of legality is somewhat straightforward.

The question of protection is more complex,

and involves the need contract with vendors,

secure insurance coverage,

and consider a myriad of other business considerations.

“Misunderstood”   The Hemp Story


House Appropriations Committee to Consider Hemp Guidelines this Summer.

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