Authorities have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing its line of beers infused with cannabidiol (CBD). Black Hammer Brewing, in the city’s SoMa district, began brewing CBD-infused beer last year. The brewer also includes terpenes commonly found in cannabis in its recipes to add the herb’s distinctive flavors.
So far, Black Hammer has released eight CBD beers. But it’s remaining brews in the series will have to be the last.
Recently the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ordered Black Hammer to cease production. But interestingly, it’s not because of the status of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act. Instead, it’s because of the bureau’s regulations requiring any non-standard beer ingredients to gain prior approval.
The bureau maintains a list of ingredients that it allows in the production of beers. Breweries that wish to brew with other ingredients must first gain approval from the bureau. CBD, terpenes, and hemp