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Recently, there has been an explosion in CBD products in California and other legal cannabis markets. People who are wary of the psychoactive effects of cannabis seem to be flocking to CBD-only products as an alternative. While it is great that these products help people explore a potentially life-saving medication, too many of the products come from questionable sources.
Now, after years of debate, the California state government is officially weighing in on the matter. The Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health recently revised its standards for infused foods and cannabis products. While the state does allow for people to infuse products with both THC and CBD, they will now have a greater interest in where people source that CBD.
Industrial hemp CBD is no longer a legal option for companies producing edibles and similar CBD-infused products in California. However, it is important to note that CBD extracts from medical or recreational cannabis plants not rated as industrial hemp will still be legal.
Industrial hemp is defined as any cannabis plant that has 3/10 of 1% THC or lower upon testing. Some activists worry about the potential for heavy metal contamination in industrial hemp crops grown in other countries. After all, cannabis is a powerful bioremediator, meaning it can remove dangerous heavy metals from the soil while it grows. Unfortunately, making cannabis concentrates of contaminated industrial hemp could leave people at risk for poisonings or severe reactions.
Capitalism absolutely rewards people who behave in unscrupulous manners. That could include reselling contaminated or sketchy CBD oil for human consumption. One of the benefits of a regulated market is that it puts protections in place for consumers.
While some people may worry about California choosing to bar cannabis processors like edible producers and extract makers from including CBD derived from industrial hemp in their products, the intention here is clearly both compliance with federal law and the protection of cannabis consumers.
For people who rely on CBD for medical purposes, there will still be CBD products available all throughout the state of California that are derived from medical cannabis plants. Some companies may need to adjust their growing practices, switch strains, or otherwise revisit how they are sourcing their materials.
This change in policy will no doubt upset some. However, it may be a positive move in the right direction. The last thing the medical cannabis community needs is a damning report that includes evidence of people ending up sickened or poisoned by contaminated industrial hemp byproducts. CBD product producers may find their sources limited, but it may actually be a good thing for consumers and the movement in the long run.
For previous Ladybud coverage about CBD laws and products, click here .