CBD in Foods & Beverages

THC and CBD in Iowa: What Restaurants and Bars Need to Know

In Iowa, the landscape of cannabis and hemp-related products can be difficult navigate, especially for food service establishments looking to incorporate consumable hemp products into their offerings. Please reach out to the state agencies regulating their use to better understand the dos and don’ts for your establishment.  The information below should not be construed as legal advice.

CBD oils and products, whether derived from industrial hemp or cannabis plants, are legally available for purchase by anyone in Iowa. These products can be found in various outlets, including natural food stores, vape shops, and registered dispensaries. However, it’s essential to note that products containing THC derived from cannabis plants are restricted to individuals with a medical cannabis patient ID card. These THC-containing products must contain less than 0.3% THC and are strictly regulated under Iowa’s medical cannabis program.

Food service establishments can incorporate consumable hemp products sourced from approved hemp suppliers into their offerings. Whether it’s infusing hemp into food or beverages, establishments must adhere to packaging and labeling requirements. However, it’s important to highlight that introducing consumable hemp products into alcoholic beverages at any stage of production or preparation is prohibited by law.

Restaurants and bars can source consumable hemp products from manufacturers outside of Iowa, provided these products meet specific documentation and compliance criteria. Retailers must ensure that the products they sell comply with regulations, including:

– Documentation verifying the jurisdiction of origin where the product was manufactured.

– Certificates of free sale or other identification of the jurisdiction of origin.

– Brand identification and registration documentation from the manufacturer.

– Certificates of analysis (COA) from independent accredited laboratories, demonstrating compliance with THC levels and testing limits for harmful substances.

The distinction between Delta-9 and Delta-8 THC is essential in navigating the legality of hemp-derived products. Delta-9 and Delta-8 refer to processes by which the psychoactive compound in hemp, THC, is extracted into a highly purified form. These terms are only applicable to products derived from hemp and play a significant role in ensuring compliance with regulations. Learn more about incorporating legal THC products into your menu from the following resources.