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Sourcing quality CBD remains challenge—podcastSourcing quality CBD remains challenge—podcast

In this podcast at SupplySide West, representatives of BI Nutraceuticals explore farming, extraction, dosing, regulation and other aspects of the hemp-derived CBD market.

Josh Long

November 4, 2019

1 Min Read
Sourcing quality CBD remains challenge—podcast

At the recent SupplySide West 2019 in Las Vegas, representatives of BI Nutraceuticals discussed the ingredient on everyone’s mind in the natural products industry: CBD. BI Nutraceuticals’ CEO, George Pontiakos, and its director of extract manufacturing, Michael Wagner, Ph.D., sat down for a podcast interview with Josh Long, legal and regulatory editor of Natural Products INSIDER. In the podcast, Pontiakos and Wagner discussed:

  • Challenges sourcing quality CBD products

    • Few companies, Pontiakos said, “have all the controls in place to ensure that what you’re providing to the consumer is correct, safe and efficacious.”

  • Safety concerns related to farming practices and extraction

    • Said Pontiakos: “A vast majority of hemp growers are brand new to the industry. Many of them never grew a tomato in their back yard let alone had a commercial farming operation.”

    • Commenting on extraction, Wagner said companies may lack the technical expertise to eliminate residual solvents from their extracts. “That’s a serious concern that we see in other extracts. It applies exactly to this and when you have inexperienced people doing it, you run that risk.”

  • The potential for adverse reactions from the combination of CBD products and prescription drugs

  • Whether FDA should establish a dosing limitation for CBD in dietary supplements

  • The eventual maturation of the market

    • “Those that are in it today,” Pontiakos said, “may not be there tomorrow when the bigger players decide to come in.”

Got feedback? Email Josh Long at [email protected]




About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long has been a journalist since 1997, holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 2008. Josh is the legal and regulatory editor with Informa's Health and Nutrition Network, specializing on matters related to Natural Products Insider. Ping him with story ideas at [email protected].

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