Is FDA capable of regulating hemp CBD? – podcast

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was built to support the pharmaceutical industry. It's always had a contentious relationship with dietary supplements—and as for cannabis? Please.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

June 27, 2020

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Natural Products INSIDER · Is the FDA capable of regulating hemp CBD? – podcast

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set up to assess and approve single synthetic chemical constituent pharmaceutical drugs—drug, after all, is its middle name. But food is its first name, yet the agency has a great deal of difficulty regulating dietary supplements, in particular botanicals with many different active phytochemicals in a plant, and especially hemp CBD with one ingredient in particular, THC, being a controlled substance! So it’s a challenging scenario all the way around, from the regulators to the would-be regulated. Natural Products Insider senior editor Todd Runestad digs into these important—and vexing—issues with Duffy MacKay, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for CV Sciences, a pioneering and leading brand known for its PlusCBD Oil line. Tune in and listen to the pair discuss some provocative issues, including:

  • What does regulatory compliance look like to a hemp CBD company?

  • As a longtime supplements veteran with Nordic Naturals and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, what else can MacKay tell us that looks different in the hemp CBD world compared to the larger dietary supplements business?

  • Crystal ball question: What do ultimate hemp CBD regulations might look like? Pharma only? Food allowed? Upper safe limits established? No isolate?

MacKay will be leading a discussion with many of the hemp CBD industry’s leading legal minds, in a webinar, “Legal, regulatory and market forces shaping the hemp CBD industry,” Thursday, July 2, from 2-3pm Eastern time, 11-12 Pacific. To register for this free event, CLICK HERE.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, 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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