Cannabis in Cosmetics

Per the FDA, A cosmetic is specified in 201( i) as “( 1) articles planned to be scrubed, poured, sprinkled, or splashed on, presented right into, or otherwise put on the human body or any kind of part thereof for cleansing, enhancing, promoting appearance, or altering the look, as well as (2) posts planned for usage as a part of any such short articles; other than that such term will not include soap.”

Currently there are no regulations regarding the use of cannabis in cosmetics. The only limitations are if the product includes purported health or wellness claims or promotes misleading advertising.

FDA and Cannabis: Research and Drug Approval Process

If the product is designed or intended to change any structure in the body it is no longer considered a cosmetic and is subject to the FDA drug approval and regulation process.

If there are adverse reactions in a product that is considered a cosmetic, and the FDA receives sufficient reporting to support the review, it can be removed as a danger to consumers. This is done through the FDA’s MedWatch reporting system, either online or by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, or by contacting your nearby FDA district workplace consumer complaint planner.


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