CBD Laws: Dazed And Confused
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CBD is short for cannabidiol, a kind of chemical compound that occurs naturally in hemp and marijuana plants, but does not contain psychoactive properties that gives the user a euphoric high. Instead, the CBD oil that is extracted from the plant is used to treat various ailments in the forms of oils, lotions, lip balms, and salves, to name a few. Recently, it has become so ubiquitous that it can be found almost anywhere, including stores like Family Video.
As Todd VanSickle writes in this week’s Northern Express, sister publication of The Ticker, many people praise CBD for its purported health benefits and share various success stories, but others are calling for more research and oversight as the product floods the market. Meanwhile, confusion between state laws and the federal government has created a gray area when it comes to regulation and enforcing the law. The inconsistency with labeling and lack of testing has raised concerns from people like Grand Traverse County Environmental Health Director Daniel Thorell.
“I don’t think CBD has any dosages labeled,” Thorell says. “The questions in my mind are: Are these products tested or regulated by anybody? Do we really know what is in them? Who is testing it to make sure it doesn’t have anything harmful in it?”
The environmental health director says…
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