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FDA’s Head Wants New Regulation For Kratom And CBD




The head of the food and drug administration says its agency required Congress’s new authority to regulate kratom and CBD’s natural substances. Many Americans use these two natural substances to treat their pain and different medical conditions.

On Thursday, 19 May 2022, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf testified in front of a House Appropriations subcommittee. The subcommittee asked why the agency was slow in making new CBD regulations and why the FDA remains opposed to the use of kratom products. The head of the FDA said his agency needs new regulation pathways for kratom and CBD because both the products fall between the cracks of existing law and gives the broad authority to regulate food and drug to the FDA.

The U.S senate recently confirmed Cliff as FDA commissioner, and he has done this job since Obama was a president. He noticed a little bit of progress by the FDA in regulating CBD and cannabis products since he left.

He said, “ You know when you come six years later to the job you had before and nothing has really changed, that’s telling you that you can’t just keep trying to do the same thing over and over,”

FDA Concerns Regarding Kratom And CBD

The u.s food and drug administration warns consumers to avoid mitragyna speciosa, called kratom. It’s a plant that grows naturally in South Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. At the same time, the FDA has recognized the potential use of cannabis products or CBD. But the FDA said some companies in the market violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), and they may put the consumer’s health at risk, which is why the FDA needs to regulate cannabis more efficiently.

FDA has not approved the kratom because the agency has reported concerns about its safety. FDA is actively evaluating all the available concern cases. The FDA is also concerned that kratom has the same binding property as opioids, which may lead to addiction and dependence.

CBD regulating difficulties come due to the legalization of hemp under federal law 2018 farm bill. Because at that time, believed that hemp had no or least psychoactive property and had no harmful effect. But after the PNN reported, some cannabis companies concentrated delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8 THC) derived from hemp and used it in edibles that give consumers a mildly intoxicating effect.

The FDA’s Head Suggests Congress Do More For Both Products

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf said to the House Appropriations subcommittee, “It looks pretty much the same in terms of where we are now,”

During the hearing, he told the committee, “We just know more because we’ve done more research.” for both the regulation of CBD and therapeutic use of the Kratom.

The FDA has spent lots of funds on cannabidiol to determine its use in other things and its risk. cliff also adds that

“The amazing plethora of derivatives of the cannabis plant [are] surely quite profound and astounding and already in widespread use for a variety of means.”

Now Cliff wants the FDA to move forwards, and his agency needs more regulatory power from congress to move ahead.

Cliff said the current authorities do not give us the necessary power to go on the right pathway. The FDA head said, “We’re going to have to come up with something new. I’m very committed to doing that.”

FDA’s Position On Kratom “Extremely Antiquated

In the new updated online fact sheet, the FDA agency mentioned kratom’s effects on the brain. The agency said that kratom has the properties that may cause addiction, abuse, and dependence.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who supports the kratom legality effort, said that the FDA’s position on kratom “is extremely antiquated.”

Pocan told the FDA’s head, “Honestly, there are not only arguable conclusions (in the update), but you are linking to outdated, incomplete, and inaccurate information.“ he said That update was not much of an update, and I think it’s being very unfair to the consumers who are legally consuming kratom in this country,”

Now kratom is banned in many states. The worldwide banning efforts of Kratom in 2016 have failed because of the public outcry. The inadequate evidence and lack of data failed the request to schedule Kratom by the FDA.

Jonathan Miller, Remarks On FDA’s Head Statement

Jonathan Miller, the general council for the U.S and Hemp Roundtable of an industry group, said to Marijuana Moment in a statement that he likes Cliff’s responses on the 19 may 2022 hearing.

“I’m quite encouraged by the tone of Commissioner Califf’s remarks—his frustration that nothing has been accomplished by the agency in the six years since he last served in that position, as well as his repeated commitment to identify pathways for CBD,”

Miller also said he is looking for a creative approach and the U.S. Hemp Roundtable also wants to work with the FDA on this research.


Millions of Americans use kratom and CBD. The user wants the FDA and Congress to take steps to correct the issues of adding other contamination. The main concern is that the companies add other harmful substances and mislabel the kratom and CBD products, making both products toxic compounds. While the user always supports both the products and says they are helpful in the treatment of many medical conditions like pain, anxiety, depression, and mood enhancement.

Now the FDA congress has decided to work and support each other to find the right path for regulating kratom and CBD. and perform more research that will be helpful to make the right decision.

Cliff said He would continue to work with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for kratom products. Still, for cannabis, we need some different pathways because cannabis is not a traditional food nor a drug. So we need to do something to regulate them.


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