The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has amended an agency frequently asked questions (FAQ) document which effectively bans hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) in cosmetics, happi reported on 19 May.

In the move, the CDPH had noted that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered the cannabidiol compound (CBD) an unapproved additive, which was also unapproved in dietary supplements and pet food, the report said.

California’s Sherman Food and Drug Law stipulated that any food – including beverages and pet food – was adulterated if it contained an unapproved food additive, and that a cosmetic (including lotions and salves) was adulterated if it contained any poisonous or deleterious substance that could cause injury to users under the conditions of use in its labelling or advertising, or under normal conditions of use, happi wrote.

CBD-derived from hemp or any other source was currently not allowed in any of the items regulated by the FDA, including foods, drugs and cosmetics, according to the report.

The CDPH noted that the FDA was in the process of determining whether commodities such as food, cosmetics and dietary supplements could safely contain CBD, happi wrote.

However, the FDA had not currently approved the use of CBD in any of these products, the report said.