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PDEA, DOH-FDA ISSUE ADVISORY AGAINST THE USE OF HEMPSEED OIL AND THEIR DERIVATIVES FROM MARIJUANA

PR390The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) joins the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) in prohibiting the purchase and use of hempseed oil products or their varieties and derivatives from cannabis or marijuana.

This is contained in the joint PDEA/DOH-FDA advisory signed by PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., and DOH Secretary and FDA Acting Director General Janette P. Loreto-Garin who was represented by Undersecretary Kenneth Hartigan-Go. The ceremonial signing was held on September 8, 2015 at the PDEA Activity Area, PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City.

The advisory orders all manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers, dealers and retailers of the consumer products to:

  1. Declare the sources of hempseed oil products, or their varieties and derivatives in their labels or in writing to FDA or PDEA for verification and investigation;
  2. Stop the importation, sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution, and transportation of hempseed oil or its varieties and derivatives from cannabis or marijuana; and
  3. Surrender immediately the hempseed oil products or their varieties and derivatives from cannabis or marijuana to the nearest FDA or PDEA Offices without prejudice to the filing of any administrative criminal sanctions under RA 9165 and RA 7394.

Hemp seed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor, while the refined hempseed oil is clear and colorless, with little flavor and lacks natural vitamins and antioxidants. The oil is manufactured from varieties of Cannabis Sativa that do not contain significant amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), or cannabinoids, the psychoactive element present in the cannabis plant.

Marijuana and Hemp are different varieties of the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa. They are scientifically different and cultivated in different ways.

Hempseed oil has been found to have some limited use in industrial and commercial production such as textiles, foods, papers, body care products, personal hygiene products/cosmetics, detergents, plastics and building materials.

“PDEA and the FDA jointly advise the public that at present, hempseed oil containing products are strictly prohibited in our country. Although the benefits of hemp outweigh the risks, it is not yet legal or authorized by FDA to distribute or offered for sale in the market,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac added that all local authorities are also enjoined to monitor and report the proliferation of hempseed oil products or their varieties and derivatives from cannabis or marijuana to the nearest FDA or PDEA Offices thru website @ www.pdea.gov.ph with telephone nos. (02) 927-9702/ (02) 928-0090 and/or email report @fda.gov.ph.            

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