After many businesses invested heavily to pushed into this newly-formed lucrative market, business owners have been left high and dry with stockrooms full of products they now cannot sell.
So, what has caused lawmakers in to pull the plug on this burgeoning and potentially tax-generating industry?
CBD is a chemical compound which is extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant which is often wrongly associated with marijuana.
However, unlike marijuana, hemp only has a minuscule amount of the psychoactive compound, THC (0.3% to be precise), which is responsible for the “high” feeling that users of marijuana experience.
Bizarrely, the psychoactive marijuana is currently available from licensed retailers in Massachusetts.
But legislators have asked for CBD products such as CBD oil and CBD flowers to be pulled off the shelves while they catch up with the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which made it legal to grow and sell hemp.
However, while it’s uses and claims surrounding CBD’s effectiveness have soared, the research has not kept pace, with very few clinical trials using CBD products-completed so far.
The FDA has already begun to clamp down on sellers making unsupported claims.
So, is this the reason state lawmakers have reacted in the way they have?
According to Massachusetts public health director Merridith O’Leary, “CBD has taken us by surprise, my inspectors were coming to me saying that our retail stores were saturated with CBD products, and I didn’t even know what CBD was.”
According to her, the warning letters asking retailers to remove their CBD-infused products abide by federal law and follows official advice given by the FDA which is adamant that adding CBD to foodstuffs is unlawful.
It seems therefore that this move by state lawmakers is a bid to buy them time to investigate CBD further, rather than to ban it outright.
The approach to Massachusetts’ ban on CBD has been far from uniform with some cities deciding against sending out warning letters to retailers.
Some cities have asked retailers to sell all remaining stock within a year, while others are not actively enforcing the ban at all.
Even O’Leary herself admits that her inspectors “Aren’t going to be looking for it, we’re not going to be targeting anyone."
There is also some hope on the horizon for CBD sellers, with a bill for the legalization of CBD and CBD-derived products already submitted to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
This is a decision that can’t come soon enough for many involved in the CBD industry.
Hemp farmers are keen to know the outcome before the next growing season so they can be certain of whether they’ll recoup the investment into growing their crops and retailers want to know whether they’ll need to alter their business model moving forward.
Only time will tell what the lawmakers of Massachusetts decide.
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The motivation for this write up came from one of the questions I receive regularly from readers. The person asked; “Can I cook with CBD oil?”
At first, I laughed really hard but on second thought, I reasoned that not only is the question a valid one, but there are plenty of others who might be thinking the same. I needed to write about it!
You see CBD oil is quite unlike most oils you must have tried in your cooking experiments. While it is possible to cook with CBD, there are a few rules to follow to achieve the best results and I have outlined them below.
Increasing awareness about CBD’s relatively safe profile has dropped off the long-held stigma on hemp and its products. The growing CBD-based researches and related legal barriers seem a good win for athletes.
Quickly, let’s discuss some benefits of CBD in sports:
CBD contains high-potent properties that help fortify your immunity, leaving your body infection- and stress-resistant. This translates to better functioning of body organs – a great benefit for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Exercises and training before competitions can leave you stressed and, in turn, anxious about your performance on the big day. Thankfully, CBD offers anti-anxiety and anti-stress hormones, which help you manage stress from your workouts.
Before hemp’s recent scientific research breakthrough, the plant had been the mainstay of ancient medicine.
While ancient testimonies were basically anecdotal, modern research has unveiled the individual compounds responsible for the effect cannabis users derive. Among the many compounds, one stands out – namely, CBD.
Research authors and firsthand CBD users support CBD’s ability to boost health and, in turn, improve life. This accounts for the increasing number of daily CBD users.
Quickly, this article discusses how you can experience improvement in your life from using CBD.