Let’s talk hemp CBD safety – podcast

Safety and tox work are setting themselves up to be mandatory practices for hemp CBD businesses.

Todd Runestad, Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com

February 4, 2020

Let’s talk hemp CBD safety – podcast

What’s the story with CBD safety? The United Nations reported it’s completely safe for human consumption. The US FDA says otherwise. INSIDER senior editor Todd Runestad sits down with Stuart Tomc, senior VP business development, for CV Sciences—the only brand to have submitted a self-GRAS dossier to the FDA. Listen up as they discuss:

  • How has the market changed from before the first farm bill in 2014 and after this second farm bill in 2018

  • Why the CV Sciences’ self-GRAS for CBD matters

  • Considerations that any CBD company needs to go through to firmly establish themselves on the right side of the law, even as the law evolves. 

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for NaturalProductsInsider.com and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for NewHope.com, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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