Why doesn't the Federal Drug Administration regulate herbs?

In short, the Federal Drug Administration does not regulate herbs because the herbal ingredients found in supplements which are available on the market have not been classified as drugs. They are considered to be dietary supplements.

There are some naturally occurring plants, such as marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, that are classified as drugs. These plants, however, are defined as illicit drugs rather than medicinal drugs, and are therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency instead of the FDA.

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