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As CBD Oil Flirts with Mainstream, Questions Mount

June 5, 2018 — Anxiety is a given for Jessica Singer, 25, who juggles her job at a marijuana dispensary with her nighttime gigs as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. So when it’s time for bed, “I can’t turn off my brain,” she says.

“I’m able to sleep through the night,” Singer says.

Across town, Tim Shu, DVM, is also dealing with anxiety of a different sort. His 16-year-old pit bull mix, Tye, shakes uncontrollably whenever a noisy car drives by. Fourth of July fireworks used to be a nightmare. But Shu, a Los Angeles veterinarian, says ever since he began giving the dog two daily doses of CBD tincture, an olive oil-based formula he created, ”it takes away the anxiety without causing any loopiness.”

Even better, “I am able to take her outside while the fireworks are still going on.” Shu markets the formula through his company, VetCBD.

The CBD Boom

Sales and promotions of CBD products (some combined with small amounts of THC) are exploding. Industry analysts predict the market in the U.S. will reach $1 billion a year by 2020.

CBD, one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana, is made into tinctures, elixirs, balms and other products. The products are touted for just about whatever ails you, and also for beauty, hygiene, stress reduction, and wellness. CBD skin creams promise a tingly feeling during a massage. CBD-infused mascara promises high-volume lashes with just one hit. Sleep masks with the cannabinoid have antioxidants and moisturizers. CBD is in a personal lubricant and in bath bombs. Some the oils are marketed for anxiety relief.

She says that awareness about CBD products is rising, mainly due to word of mouth. A growing public acceptance of marijuana plays into the boom, too, she says.

Yet evidence for most benefits is lacking, experts warn. The industry has set no standards. As with other products, a CBD product may not deliver what it promises on the label. Despite Internet marketing implying anyone can buy CBD products, that’s not the case legally.

CBD, Cannabis, Hemp, and the Law

While many researchers refer to CBD as a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, a better term is ”non-intoxicating,” says Martin Lee, co-founder of Project CBD, a nonprofit educational news service.

It can come from the marijuana or hemp variety of the cannabis plant.

CBD is legal in the 30 states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana and in 17 other states that have legalized some form of CBD, says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). But like marijuana, it is still not legal on the federal level.

“CBD is interpreted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, FDA, and Congress to be a Schedule I substance, and therefore it is not legal in all 50 states,” Armentano says.

The products are also illegal for use in pets, and the American Veterinary Medical Association cautions pet owners against using all marijuana products in animals. While some states allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, there “are currently no exemptions for veterinarians at any level,” says Michael San Filippo, a Veterinary Medical Association spokesman.

Shu, of VetCBD, sells his product only to California dispensaries. Customers must have a California state ID and a medical cannabis recommendation to go to the dispensary and buy products.

Despite the legal restrictions in some states, CBD products are widely sold over the Internet. Some sites ask users to confirm they are 21. There have been ”busts” in some retail stores selling CBD illegally, ”but these actions generally are occurring on behalf of state, not federal agencies,” says Armentano, who tracks those activities.

While federal law views the sale of CBD as illegal, some experts say enforcement doesn’t seem to be a priority for federal officials right now. Online sales of CBD products are “illegal in the entire U.S.,” says Barbara Carreno, a DEA spokeswoman, due to their classifications as a Schedule I drug. “The DEA can and does investigate large-scale trafficking of Schedule I substances.”

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Published: June 5, 2016

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