You’ve probably seen it and perhaps struggled to understand the craze. CBD, or cannabidiol, a cannabis extract, has made its way up to food, drinks and dietary supplements almost everywhere. The hype has significantly grown in the U.S. in the last five years. However, its legality and benefits remain in a gray area and debated in the country, where 33 states have legalized medical marijuana and 10 have legalized recreational pot.
Last December, a federal farm bill removed hemp-derived products like CBD from the list of controlled substances but the Food and Drug Administration still hasn’t cleared CBD for use in foods or for making health claims.
On May 31, the FDA held a hearing in which its acting commissioner, Norman Sharpless, said that “CBD and THC cannot lawfully be added to a food or marketed as a dietary supplement.” The agency has opened a public docket for people to comment on how to regulate CBD products until July 2. As of June 19, there were already 2,000 comments, which included many testimonials about CBD’s benefits.
Meanwhile, companies like Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are selling CBD products in some states and the Vermont-based company Ben and Jerry’s is looking to bring CBD-infused ice creams to the market.
Here’s what else you need to know about CBD:
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract that comes primarily from the hemp flower but can also derive from marijuana plants.
Published: June 18, 2019
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