February 11, 2019
Last year, Americans bought $264 million worth of hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) products—from oils and tinctures, to serums and creams, to gummies and brownies, to CBD infused drinks that include smoothies, quenchers and more, according to the Hemp Business Journal.
But that doesn’t mean it’s legal everywhere. In fact, last week, New York City’s Department of Health embargoed cookies and other pastries containing the cannabis compound that had been on sale at restaurants and health food emporiums around the Big Apple.
And according to Eater New York, other cities also prohibiting the sale of CBD-infused foods and drinks.. During the first week of this month, Maine’s health officials announced a ban on CBD edibles, saying that the food additive has not been approved yet by the FDA.
Indeed, according to the Food and Drug Administration, CBD-infused products cannot be sold yet as dietary supplements or food additives.
However, the popularity of CBD continues to increase—largely based on word-of mouth about its nonaddictive calming properties, as well as its therapeutic uses in the alleviation of epileptic attacks and other disorders; including migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, glaucoma, and PTSD.
What exactly is CBD? It’s a non-psychoactive chemical compound (which means it doesn’t get you high) that is derived from cannabis. It’s also a different compound than THC, so it won’t show up on a drug test.
And consumers are sold on it, even if the FDA isn’t on-board yet. In fact, a report released last September by the Brightfield Group, predicts that the hemp-derived CBD market will reach sales of $22 billion by 2022—outpacing the market for cannabis.
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