Authorities in New York and Ohio have been cracking down on foods containing CBD or Cannabidiol which is derived from industrial hemp. CBD is one of the most popular compounds found in the hemp plant. This chemical compound gained its popularity after many reports of its many health benefits.
Recently, authorities in New York have been removing foods containing CBD from the stores. The state of Ohio has also banned sales of all food products containing CBD. There are reports that North Carolina is set to follow New York and Ohio in banning CBD-infused foods.
Officials in New York and Ohio ’embargoed’ CBD-infused food and drinks in their jurisdiction. ‘Embargoed’ means that these products were not seized but cannot be sold to customers. Authorities also warned business owners selling these products to stop or face more severe penalties.
Many users and enthusiasts of CBD have been shocked and confused by the crackdown. However, public health officials in New York have said their crackdown is legal and supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“There is ongoing communication with state and local officials to answer questions about the requirements under the FD & C Act, to better understand the landscape at the state level, and to otherwise engage without state/local regulatory partners,” an FDA spokesperson told Inverse.
“FDA will continue to closely scrutinize products that could pose risks to consumers,” the FDA said. “Where we believe consumers are being put at risk, the FDA will warn consumers and take enforcement actions. In particular, the agency continues to be concerned at the number of drug claims being made about products not approved by the FDA that claim to contain CBD or other cannabis-derived compounds.”
CBD-infused foods and drinks have been gaining popularity since last year when the Farm Bill was made law. The 2018 Farm Bill which President Donald Trump signed into law legalizes the growing of industrial hemp in the US. However, many manufacturers began producing and selling CBD-infused foods after the Farm Bill was passed. CBD is normally sold as oils and extracts. CBD gummies, chocolate, cookie, and different drinks have been hitting the market. Many interpreted the Farm Bill as legalization of all CBD products. However, that is not the position of the FDA.
The FDA has always maintained that there needs to be more research on CBD-infused food products. According to US health authorities, CBD has some health benefits, but scientifically proven studies need to be conducted to be sure how CBD-infused foods will affect human health. Till date, the FDA has only approved one drug made from CBD. Epidiolex, the first CBD-based drug created for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy affecting children.
There are many reports of the health benefits that CBD provides. CBD is known to have relaxing qualities that help reducing pain and giving relief
CBD is an active ingredient in cannabis just like THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. Besides the US, many other countries have begun making CBD legal for health purposes.