FDA Kicks Off Review of CBD with 140 People Scheduled to Testify at First Public Hearing Friday | CNBC

FDA Kicks Off Review of CBD with 140 People Scheduled to Testify at First Public Hearing Friday   |   CNBC

KEY POINTS

  • The FDA is taking its first big step toward deciding whether companies can add CBD to food, beverages and dietary supplements.

  • CBD, a nonintoxicating cannabis compound, cannot be added under FDA’s current rules.

  • FDA wants feedback on how it might regulate CBD and data on how safe and effective the cannabis compound is.

The Food and Drug Administration will hear from CBD manufacturers, researchers, farmers, retailers and more on Friday as the agency holds its first public hearing looking at the sale of what’s being touted as a magical elixir that can treat everything from inflammation to epilepsy.

Congress in December legalized CBD, or cannabidiol, derived from hemp. The nonintoxicating cannabis compound is being added to just about everything, including makeup, tea, pet treats and soft drinks — even though the FDA has expressly prohibited companies from adding it to food, beverages and…

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'Gold Rush': Cannabidiol Industry Booms Amid Uncertain Regulation | NPR

'Gold Rush': Cannabidiol Industry Booms Amid Uncertain Regulation   |   NPR

Shea Castleberry works in a time capsule of sorts. He walks through the aisles of the Family Video store he manages in Murray, Ky., a small city surrounded by rolling farmland about two hours north of Nashville.

Next to the movies and popcorn, there's a new addition to his store that surprises some of his regulars.

"A lot of people are like 'a video store selling CBD?' But it really does tie into our values. Which is, we're here for the community," Castleberry said.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound that is increasingly becoming popular because…

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