According to whoever speaks, cannabidiol is either a revolutionary health treatment or a unconfirmed supplement it requires more testing. States and cities are going further and further by banning foods and beverages containing the extract.

The repression against cannabidiol, or CBD, comes in a context of rapid rise in the number of products touting this ingredient, which comes from cannabis plants but does not give high impression to users. Consumers are turning to CBD-based products as they have promised that the chemical compound could help everything from chronic pain to sleep.

The ingredient has seen renewed interest last year when an agricultural bill legalized hemp – from which the CBD is derived – allowing farmers to cultivate a once forbidden crop.

So if hemp is legal, what is the problem? New York City is one of the localities that banned the use of CBD with its health department recently. tell CBS New York that the compound has not been approved as a food additive. In Ohio, regulators earlier this month drawn food products containing CBD on the shelves, while North Carolina and Maine also suppressed foods containing cannabidiol.

United States Food and Drug Administration in December m said he is "concerned" by the health claims of certain products that have not been approved by the agency. The federal supervisory body also said that it is illegal to market CBD-based products as food supplements, even if they come from hemp.

It can hurt the mellowness of an industry that should reach $ 2.1 billion by 2020, nearly 10 times higher than in 2017.

"I would be concerned"

The reaction of regulators may be justified, say some executives who run CBD companies.

"Many restaurants and bars are buying and impregnating CBD and getting a premium," said Rick Weissman, president of High Falls Extracts, a licensed hemp producer. "If I were a health department, I'm afraid there's no real protocol to show what they say they have."

Weissman said his company, which also makes products such as tinctures and lotions, tests the CBD in the laboratory to measure its dosage and to detect the presence of heavy metals, which can be absorbed by cannabis plants. But restaurant guests may not know how much CBD is in the dish that they have just ordered, from where the compound comes from or even if a dish actually contains CBD.

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Dave Briskie, president of HempFX, echoes these concerns and sells hemp products to consumers.

"When we talk about food, it's more complicated: how much CBD is there, do we know that its THC content is less than 0.3%?" he said, referring to tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in marijuana that makes people raised. "I can see that the FDA has to do its job."

Consumers who are tempted to order CBD foods or drinks should ask their server how much cannabidiol is in the dish, as well as where it was produced and when they tested products on laboratory products, recommended Weissman and Briskie.

"It would make me feel uncomfortable to buy a product at a restaurant loaded with CBD," said Briskie. "I do not know what's in it."