U.S. government maintains its stand in regards to the illegality of CBD-infused food items although retailers have reported the same flying off their shelves like hot cake. This has caused various local authorities to force retailers for pulling out their products.
The California & Texas Story
Although the lawmakers of California and Texas are rarely seen advocating the same causes, they can be seen pushing bipartisan legislation for sidestepping federal law to allow the sales of hemp and marijuana compounds. Similar advances are also being placed by the Democrats and Republicans who are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to alter their standpoint. It was announced by FDA on Tuesday that a public hearing shall be held on May for gathering more information.
Standpoint Of Sellers
Jonathan Eppers is the manufacturer of Vybes, an extremely popular CBD oil-infused beverage. His Los Angeles warehouse was raided by California health inspectors in January who confiscated drinks worth $100000. About 50 Californian retailers have dropped his product since then forcing him to shift production to Texas. As per Eppers, his relocation expenses, legal costs and lost sales figure tantamount to a whopping $500000 at the very least. He added that, “What is going on is unbelievable and asinine. They put us in this state of limbo that’s costing us.”
Retailers of California and nine other states where marijuana have been legalized sell edibles which can get people high. However, pot has not yet received the legal footing under the federal law which has led to a hands-off approach on the part of the U.S. officials in states where pot is legal.
CBD serves as an active ingredient of an approved prescription drug which is used for treating two rare seizure disorders. This is why FDA is maintaining a strict oversight on the entire matter. Officials have not yet determined the safety of CBD in being sold as a dietary supplement or for being added to food for other conditions.
Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of FDA revealed to Congress last week that the enforcement shall be made applicable on sellers who present users with false health claims. Three companies who have been advertising CBD as the one-stop cure for drug addiction, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer have received warning letters recently from CBD.
He was quoted as saying that,“But there are products on the market right now that, given our enforcement priorities and our limited resources, we haven’t taken action against.”
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating molecule which can be traced in marijuana and hemp. Although both these are cannabis plants, marijuana has adequate amount of THC which can make its consumers high after usage. CBD oil is extracted during the processing of these plants. CBD oil derived from marijuana can lead to a subtle feeling of high while hemp derivatives are completely THC-free. As per the users of CBD, it can serve as an effective cure of anxiety, inflammation and pain. Although, scientific studies backing up these claims are inadequate, it can be increasingly seen in cosmetics, lotions, juices, diet pills, candy, cocktails and even drinks.
Confusion Regarding Legalization
Californian health officials had warned retailers last summer against the sale of anything edible containing CBD unless the same gets specifically legalized by the regulators and lawmakers. However, the retailers had lent a deaf ear to this warning until the beginning of this year as all local and state-level health officials pulled down products of small businesses after receiving complaints.
Raids & Confiscations
Two small operators who had been selling CBD-infused food and drink were recently barred by San Francisco health officials. The same story repeated in the rural Grass Valley where the products of a cooperatively owned grocery store was confiscated.Gus Dabais, the owner of Sidewalk Wellness said that, “It caught us way off guard.”
Veronica Vien, the spokeswoman of San Francisco Health Department revealed than 1900 businesses were sent warning letters last year. Currently the inspectors are responding to complaints with their actions rather than searching for shopkeepers violating the rules. This is how they red-tagged the products which were being sold at the Steap Tea Bar and Dabais’ business.
Authorities had ordered a Cincinnati grocery store in Ohio to remove CBD from two of its outlets in January. The New York City health inspectors took action in the following month for removing CBD products from an array of restaurants. The police raided two Texas retail shops in March after the compound was declared illegal by the local district attorney.
A handful of states in Texas completely forbid all forms of marijuana. Lawmakers are recently trying to bring about a measure which will legalize the consumption of hemp oil-infused edibles in these places. This proposal was presented in front of the first committee in the House this week. Similar CBD measures have also been presented ahead of the Full Assembly in California.
Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, a Napa-area Democrat who introduced this measure was quoted as saying that,“A number of people have been using it for years, and you can find it on retail shelves all over the place, but now people are surprised to find it’s against the law. What this bill will do is clear up the confusion.” According to her, the legislation shall stop both local and state enforcement of the FDA’s ban which will hopefully become a law within August.
Jim Gross of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable pointed out that,“This would lift a legal cloud from a legitimate California business.” Various federal lawmakers like Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Oregon are vouching for the approval of CBD. They are striving to remove hemp from the list of banned substances enlisted by the U.S. government.
McConnell and Wyden addressed FDA in February by writing that, “Hemp is a versatile crop with many uses and applications. We are hopeful that by working with you on the implementation of our legislation, we can help ensure that hemp can be a new cash crop for farmers across the country.”
FTC has decided to go after the offenders of regulation of CBD
After the legalization of the hemp plant and its derivatives by an act of law on 2018, CBD and hemp have flooded the market like never before. But, Food and Drug administration which the focal body of approval believes that a lot is still left to be understood not just about CBD but also the regulations concerning it. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act, CBD cannot under legal circumstances be added in any food product as a dietary supplement.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a popular remedy for many ailments. It is one of the few of the 100 chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is one of the main psychoactive compounds that is found in the plant although its quality of getting high is often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and also has anti-inflammatory compounds. This makes CBD as a great option who are looking to get relief from various symptoms because it does not come with the mind-altering package that marijuana has to offer.
The federal trade commission or FTC has folded its sleeve and has got stricter with its policies on CBD. Recently it had sent notices to three unnamed companies that are in the business of selling oil, tinctures, capsules and creams that contain CBD. These letters were warning letters for their over advertising their products containing CBD. In their promotional ad, they also compared CBD to a miracle drug which releases and relieves pain in a jiffy as compared to any over-the-counter drug for pain relief. The advertisement upgraded the wonders CBD to relieve the patient of the worst pains. The letters were issued to these companies by FTC in a move to warn them against advertising anything about CBD that is not proportional to the scientific evidence.
Most of the states out of the 50 states are beginning to believe that legalization is the best option, but they are doing so with wavering restrictions. Federal authorities treat it at par with marijuana but do not have enforced against its usage the way it does for marijuana. In December 2015 it did ease some regulations by allowing for CBD trials to take place. The stand of government concerning CBD is confusing but more clarity is required because CBD trend is fast catching on.
Many studies on rodents have been done to strengthen the argument of CBD, but anything major coming out of it does not imply that it will work on humans too. New research studies have been undertaken to establish the benefits of CBD on humans, but there is a long way to go.
CBD is gaining momentum in the health care and wellness industry. These scientific studies conducted have partly established how CBD can help recover and ease chronic pains and anxieties. It reduces chronic pain thereby reducing inflammation and improves interaction with neurotransmitters. CBD also has been found effective in treating disorders like stress, anxiety, cancer, Alzheimer’s, injury pain and bruise and much more.
The warning letters so sent were done on the premise that it is not right to mislead people into buying their products without proof. Earlier this year also, FTC & FDA had sent them notices concerning the same issue. These advertisements showed that the product was effective in treating pains as compared to other products.
FTC and FDA have decided to step up their vigilance on products that have CBD because coming from the same plant which produces marijuana, it is important to have clarity on what CBD stands for in reality. It only expects the companies to be truthful about their products and to advertise truthfully about the products. By advertising them without scientific evidence meant that they were misleading the users to use it for their pain.
The bottom line is that CBD is now studied for its role in easing symptoms of many issues that have been discussed. Research on its potential benefits is still ongoing and much is yet to be learnt about the efficiency and the safety of CBD. Marijuana driver CBD products are illegal under the federal law but many states have deemed it legal.
Hemp-Derived CBD products have CBD below 0.3% but before any action can be taken it will be better to research well and check your relevant state laws to start using the product.
Kim Kardashian keeps aside Xanax to give way to CBD for her condition
Kim Kardashian is one of the most celebrities in America. Her fame to popularity came with her tryst with reality shows. Apart from being a huge star, she is also a doting mother of 4 kids. Life is a continuous run for this huge star that along with her stardom also has to raise her kids. For anyone her place some supplements are taken on prescription will do her good to tackle the regular pressures.
Kim Kardashian has an effective way to deal it like a super mom and celebrity. She uses cannabidiol or CBD which is found in the cannabis Sativa plant. In her recent interview to one of the famed magazines, she told about the secret which helps her relax and deal with the entire day. She gracefully answered the questions posed to her and gave all credit to CBD that has taken her through every challenge in the best frame of mind. She also clarified that she is not a weed smoker and neither intends to do. CBD being the genetic brother of marijuana is completely different in characteristics. She believes CBD is the key to her enduring a life that she is leading now. Although she has been taking it for a few months CBD has transformed her life a great deal.
CBD or cannabidiol is a hemp-derived chemical compound that is anti-inflammatory. It is completely different from marijuana because of the THC level in it. The psychoactive compound is found in marijuana which is found in high levels, enough to give one a high on addictive consumption. On the other hand, CBD does not have any such effects which it was believed to have back then when people did not have precise information. As is believed in the case of marijuana which presents mind-altering effects on the taker, CBD is just the opposite because, upon consumption, CBD enables you to feel better about yourself rather than feeling high.
Kim’s reliance on CBD has increased manifold over the months she has taken it. She also uses it a bit when she wants to sleep by consuming gummies. She also now is aware that she is free from prescription drugs for her condition. She had been taking Xanax and Ambien and she is delighted that she does not have to take them again. CBD has entered the medical and wellness sector with a bang. Although still under study, the benefits of CBD are already known and people have become reliant on CBD now for their pains and sufferings.
On the front of the medical world, CBD has been found effective in treating various problems like seizures, cancer, injury pains, joint pains, mental trauma’s, depression, stress and anxiety. Many studies so conducted of the effectiveness of CBD have proven to be successful in rats. Most of the states in America have also made it legal to use CBD yet the federal government is taking one step at a time.
Ever since the passing of the farm bill in 2018 has indicated towards the legality of CBD, it has caught on the popularity charts of people throughout the country. Big personalities like Kim Kardashian are now switching to CBD to relieve themselves of their conditions that comes with the stress of being a part of the entertainment line. In her reality show, Kim broke down when she mentioned that she suffered from an auto-immune condition called lupus.
People are now desperate to know more about what CBD has to offer. The government stand on CBD is a bit confusing because of the lack of scientific evidence. Till the evidence is strong enough to pin it for good or bad, the government is doing its best to keep CBD under wraps and use it to the minimum. Despite the laws being in place, there is still enough to be done to get straight and precise the regulations.
Many people like Kim Kardashian have felt immense relief in their conditions after taking CBD. Her sleep has improved immensely and she has been able to handle all the pressures with a fresh start after CBD. Till then she was suffering and now she has asserted that she will never leave the side of the wonder CBD.
CBD makes Audra fail her employment drug test
Audra Dieffenbach is a woman in great pain. She has been suffering from pain due to her condition of endometriosis. This is an ailment which refers to the abnormal growth of tissues on the pelvic organs cause excruciating pain. But, little did Audra know that she will be asked to leave her current organizational opportunity because of the supplements she has been taking for the cause.
Audra was hitherto working in a temporary job at Maine Health, but when she planned to go for a permanent one, she had to undergo medical tests for it. She was taken aback when the tests for drug came positive with traces of THC found in her bloodstream. Her decision to go permanent was based on the recommendations of her direct manager. She loved her job and loved interacting with her patients which is what strengthened her decision. Maine Health is a federal owned medical centre and any test done has to confirm under the standards set by the federal laws. Her shock and disbelief are understandable.
Audra consumes a supplement called Amethyst Elixir manufactured and distributed by Freeport Company. The supplement taken by Audra is to ease her from pain and contains the legal and acceptable limit of THC under the federal law. She started taking the supplement about two years ago that helped her battle the pain. She did her research and found that the acceptable levels of THC will see no trouble in future. The supplement containing CBD oil has been a blessing for her because she can lead a life without enduring the pain.
CBD is known to be an extract of the cannabis plant from which hemp is also derived. CBD characteristically has very little traces of THC which is an active ingredient in Marijuana. CBD, unlike Marijuana, is touted to be heredity brother yet does not active THC level to the extent that marijuana has. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a friendly ingredient in many applications all used well within the federal boundaries. CBD industry has taken the entire world by storm and the US in particular especially after the hemp plant was regarded legal. People also have been seeing a transformation in the world of medicine with CBD being used to treat many a disease. The boom has to be regulated yet, many are taking opportunities in the right direction to take full advantage.
Audra’s supplement only contains traces of THC but the continual intakes might have clogged in her body to render the result. Maine Health is very firm in its policies of drug intake and is funded by the federal government. It then becomes mandatory for them to get all their potential employees tested for hard drugs like marijuana.
The President of Maine Health Mr Jon Porter issued a statement on behalf of Maine Health explaining their cause of action. He was quoted saying that Maine health is an extremely dedicated health care centre that only wants all their patients to get the best of health. The mission to keep patients happy is achievable only when the staff is fit to do the job. Hence the requirement to undergo tests becomes mandatory, especially for controlled substances. The protocols of the Maine Health applicant drug-testing system are following federal drug-free workplace act. These tests comply with the rules and regulations of both state and federal laws.
The initial enzyme for marijuana and its metabolites is tested with a doorsill limit of 50ng/ml. When there are backing gas chromatography tests done then the standard figure is 15ng/ml. Audrey is shocked but holds no grudges against Maine Health because she has the utmost respect for them. She mentioned in her quotes that she loves working there as Maine health is dedicated to patient care. Her tiff is with the employment laws that are not upgraded according to current trends.
Her appeals were rejected even though CBD is now an accepted ingredient. It has become very popular even in medical circles with the miracle portion working wonders for patients suffering from seizures, joint pains, injury pain, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Apart from being effective for physical ailments, it is considered equally effective for psychological issues like depression, stress and anxiety.
What Audrey suffered was unfortunate but laws are strict. There is both a good and bad side of looking at these laws. Audrey is now actively pursuing other opportunities.