In the last few years, products containing CBD have become extremely popular, and numerous people find CBD of great help in the treatment of their health issues. However, now, CBD infused foods are getting banned in restaurants and shops all over New York, Ohio, and Maine.
CBD is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is not psychoactive. It has been confirmed to treat depression, epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
Yet, the main issues arise from the fact that it is in a gray zone of legality, as it is still unclear whether CBD is derived from marijuana or hemp. In the past, the FDA approved the sale of a CBD prescription in the U.S., but the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) labeled CBD as an illegal drug because it comes from the cannabis plant. While all 50 states labeled it as legal, these three states took the FDA’s statement to heart that CBD cannot legally be sold as an ingredient in foods.
The Department of Health in New York enforced this statement in numerous restaurants. According to C.J. Holm, co-owner of Fat Cat Kitchen in New York City, during a routine inspection, health department officials bagged up the majority of the shop’s CBD edibles and marked them “embargoed”.
This happened in Maine too, where marijuana was legalized for recreational use, and even though Ohio has a medical marijuana program, it has seen a lot of backlash against CBD products from local and state authorities.
This causes confusion in most people since lots of them manage to fight their health conditions with the help of CBD. Yet, researchers actually explained that there is a need for additional human trials before they can prescribe the substance as medication.
“There’s no evidence that doses below 300 mg of CBD have any effect in any psychiatric measure,” Esther Blessing, a professor, and researcher at NYU who performs and reviews clinical trials on CBD’s effectiveness in treating conditions including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance addiction, told Vox in January. The standard dosage for a CBD edible, meanwhile, is around 20 mg.
That doesn’t mean CBD isn’t effective — its effects are still being studied — but that it’s least effective in edible form, which happens to be what cities and states across the country are most interested in regulating. In the same way, a rum baba won’t get you drunk despite having rum in it, a CBD-infused cookie won’t necessarily help your anxiety, though there is something to be said for the efficacy of placebo effects.”
Therefore, at least in these three states, people would not be able to enjoy these delicious goodies until officials confirm that CBD is entirely safe.