Four hooded suspects broke into a CBD oil shop earlier this week. They are being sought by the police for breaking and entering into a business that sells CBD oils. The incident took place at the CBD Med Shop on Highway 146. Surveillance video shows the suspects coming in a white Jeep and pull up to the shop.
Within minutes, they had smashed a window and ran inside. They had ripped the covers from the display cases, but they didn’t take away much.
The shop targeted by the suspects is co-owned by Shaun Smith.
Smith says that when the suspects actually uncovered the display cases and looked into them, they just looked confused. It might be because they didn’t know what the products were and were not very educated about CBD.
CBD products are widely popular for treating stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, acute pain, muscle injuries, PTSD, and other ailments, said Smith. One suspect got away with a cash register, but Smith said there was no money inside it.
What is CBD?
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, non-psychoactive substance found in hemp, a cannabis genus plant. CBD or cannabidiol is known for alleviating the symptoms of severe diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, Tourettes’ and Alzheimers. Research suggests that CBD is a potent drug with strong medicinal properties that can aid patients in treating their medical health conditions.
Although there are not many studies to back up the medicinal claims of CBD, there is some research that indicates the effectiveness of cannabidiol in some cases, especially epilepsy. The Food and Drug Administration has approved only one CBD product till now – Epidiolex.
Epidiolex is an oral solution used to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy- Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome. These conditions are mostly found in children with epilepsy and they tend to suffer multiple seizures which are not only painful but also affect their overall growth and lifestyle.
Is CBD Legal To Sell?
Yes. According to the Farm Bill 2018 in December, the federal government legalized hemp for recreational purposes with a maximum concentration of 0.3% THC per unit.
The government restricted the amount of THC a product could contain because of its psychoactive nature. The hallucinations or euphoria-like feeling experienced by people while smoking weed or joint is due to the presence of THC in it.
However, CBD is a non-psychoactive substance which does not produce mind-altering chemicals, rather it helps in soothing anxiety and reducing pain.
Many companies have joined the CBD industry and offer a wide range of products- CBD gummies, topicals, oil, cream, tincture, vape pens, chocolates, isolate, and whatnot. CBD products will soon contribute to a $16 billion dollars worth industry by 2025.
While the federal government has legalized hemp, the FDA has still not created a regulatory framework that would legalize CBD products. According to the agency, most of the CBD products in the market are unregulated and not safe to consume.
The agency has started issuing warning letters to companies that promote or market their CBD infused products as an alternative to legal medication. Companies that sell CBD oil like Curaleaf, Rooted Apothecary have been warned by the FDA to restrict their marketing campaigns and support it with factually correct data.
The FDA had organized a public meeting earlier this year in May, however, there hasn’t been any concrete decision or framework released that puts the legality of CBD products in place. Despite the ambiguity of whether the currently available CBD products are safe and legal to consume, buyers are constantly investing in them.
What do you need to know about CBD?
CBD is legal to consume under federal law but you have to ensure that your state law allows you to buy and consume it as well. Also, when going through a range of different products, check if they are clinically tested or approved by a third party so that you don’t buy unregulated or unsafe products.
Check the concentration of THC in the CBD product as the maximum legal limit if 0.3% per unit. Even a slight deviation from this limit can lead to a positive result in a drug test.