Cannabis in Cosmetics

August 15, 2020
Cosmetics and Cannabis CBD
Cosmetics and Cannabis CBD

There are companies that promote and sell products, including those touting cannabis in cosmetics. In general, it’s important to note that the FDA does not get involved in the approval process of commerce related to cosmetics or food and dietary supplements. The only exception is when these products suggest health benefits. That’s when the FDA steps in.

Does the FDA Approve Cosmetic Products that contain Cannabis?

Per the FDA, A cosmetic is specified in 201( i) as “( 1) articles planned to be scrubbed, 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.

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.