“They all sound bad,” said correspondent Barry Petersen.
“They are very, yes, things you do not want in your body.”
“We test for four different heavy metals: mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead,” said Cogell.
So, we decided to find out.
But when it came to dosages advertised on the label…watch out!
With CBD showing up everywhere, U.S. regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will hold a public hearing May 31 to gather more information on the science, manufacturing and sale of cannabis compounds such as CBD.
Marijuana itself is illegal under federal law. But most states that have legalized it allow marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles.
What is CBD?
CBD often comes from a cannabis plant known as hemp, which the U.S. government defines as having less than 0.3 percent THC. That’s important because THC is what causes marijuana’s mind-altering effect.
What you buy may contain much less CBD than the label states — or much more. It may include more THC than you want, and it may be contaminated with mold or pesticides. Ask to see testing reports.
CBD doesn’t get people high, although it may be calming. Keep in mind some CBD products may contain THC, regardless of what the label says. People drug-tested for work, addiction programs or because they take prescription opioids should take note: CBD products have caused people to fail urine drug screens.
It looks like pot, can be vaped like pot, even eaten like pot. But pot, it is not. It’s called CBD, short for cannabidiol, a buzzy chemical compound that’s on a real market high.
The one-time pharmacist jumped into the CBD market with both feet, trusting that the research and the regulation will soon follow.
“Yeah, and I think for some people it might be,” Olson said, “but overall, people are finding at least some relief, it’s at least taking the edge off, if not totally helping them out.”
Cowan asked, “So, you must have a pretty strong faith in what this does for you to give up your career to do this.”
Bethany Gomez has been using CBD for her chronic pain. “I mean, we’re seeing it in everything from the taffies to gummies and caramels to coffee, pet treats, shampoos, bath bombs,” she said.