David Heldreth, Chief Science Officer for True Terpenes, will represent the expanding hemp and terpene markets at the Food and Drug Administration hearing on hemp May 31, 2019.
Terpenes are the compounds responsible for the scent and taste of plants such as lavender (linalool), rosemary (alpha-pinene) and hops (myrcene) and even cannabis. True Terpenes is a Portland, Oregon based company focused on utilizing botanically-derived terpenes to replicate the aroma, flavor and effects of cannabis. The lack of any actual cannabis allows their products to be food grade and utilized in food, drink and related products. This is because currently even hemp-derived terpenes are not technically allowed in food products.
The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production on the federal level and removed the plant and its derivatives from the controlled substances act. The farm bill also created a lot of unanswered questions, especially those related to human consumption of hemp products. The bill legalized cultivation, processing and possession of hemp, but left the FDA to regulate it as it does other food items.
Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) and the 1992 Supplement Act it is against the law for a food or supplement to contain an item that was approved as a drug before it was available as a food item. Due to GW Pharmaceuticals’ approval for Epidiolex the FDA is