But now this unregulated Wild West of sorts in the North American CBD industry, estimated to be worth $16 billion by 2025, could be coming to an end, as the US Food and Drug Administration will hold its first public hearing this Friday on how it should regulate cannabis and CBD.
This welcome change to the formerly restrictive rules announced Sunday is good news for users of medical marijuana. For example, regulators could bar all CBD products, rule that cookies and creams can only contain a certain amount of of the compound, or allow the products to exist legally so long as they're derived from hemp.
The agency recently updated its guidance to passengers on what can be brought aboard aircraft, indicating that - subject to "special instructions" - there are forms of medical marijuana that can be brought on board or placed in checked luggage.
"Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law", the TSA warned. It is not clear how the TSA intends to check whether a product contains THC; a TSA spokesperson said that if there were questions of whether a substance was illegal under federal law, the issue would be referred to law enforcement for further adjudication, but that TSA would not do the testing. CBD derived from cannabis plants has been touted for its therapeutic properties. How the FDA will choose to regulate CBD remains uncertain.More news: Microsoft announces major PC gaming changes
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"TSA was made aware of an FDA-approved drug that contains CBD oil for children who experience seizures from pediatric epilepsy", the organization confirmed in a statement to Fox News. Hemp-derived CBD is legal per the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.
And since at least one of the most popular field tests used by authorities can't tell the difference between CBD and THC products, we're guessing that flying with them is still a bit risky.
Oils containing CBD (Cannabidiol) are seen in a shop in Paris on June 14, 2018.