Currently, the market for CBD products is expanding rapidly. The CBD consumer market is following the trend of the total legal cannabis market in the United States, which is projected to be a 23-billion-dollar business by 2025 (Statista). Many businesses have seen this trend and are eager to jump on board. However, this had led to many lawsuits about improper labeling of these products. This is mostly due to lack of specific guidelines which is not uncommon in a new market with occasionally blurry regulations. Below is a guide to making sure that your product remains State and Federally compliant.
The FDA does not currently allow the sale of ingestible CDB products so you’re going of laws set on a state-by-state basis. It’s obvious, then, to know which state you are selling in and what those specific laws may look like. At minimum, it is recommended that you follow the FDA regulation for cosmetic product labeling. This includes bans on some false or misleading claims that have landed people in hot water previously. These claims include such promises as “This product will clear your skin!” or “Digestive problems will be a thing of the past after using this product”. Keep in mind that your labels and everything included need to be legible; nothing can be hidden in unavailable small print. Your product must also abide by the 1970 Poison Prevention Act which states that prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, household chemicals, and other hazardous materials that could be considered dangerous for children must include child resistant packaging.
Things to Include in Your Label
Like all other products, your brand name should be the prominent feature. After all, this is your product and brand recognizability is important for your company. Aside from that, the list of what you should include are:
- Ingredient List
- This must be at least on the outer packaging of a product.
- If the product is sold without outer packaging, it must be included on the product itself.
- Disclosure of Material Facts
- This should include whether a product is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.
- Expiration date
- Manufacturing code
- Batch code
- Best way to take the product
- Example: “Best results if taken before bed”
- Serving size and MG of CBD per dose
- Product Identity/Description
- A brief description of what your product does
- Must be easy to locate
- Net quantity of contents
- Must appear on the bottom 30% of outer container
- Must also appear on information tab of inner container
- Warning Statement
- List potential complications for children/pregnant women
- Interactions with other medications
- Possibility of a failed drug test when consuming hemp products
- Name and place of business
- This is mostly for customer support
- Must be listed on both inner and outer containers
By following these guidelines, you can be a part of a booming industry that is on track to become even larger. CBD is looking to a future of being used medicinally as well as recreationally and, by following these guidelines, you can have a much better idea of what may be expected of your labeling in this field.