This Week in CBD: February 8, 2019
In several states across the country, authorities are targeting CBD-infused food and beverages. That’s because the FDA has not approved CBD as a food additive, putting CBD edibles on shaky legal ground.
For example, in Maine the Department of Health and Human Services has ordered stores to stop carrying edible CBD products.
New York’s Department of Health has demanded that restaurants stop serving CBD products.
North Carolina is expected to send warning letters out to businesses that serve CBD products next week.
And in Ohio, the Department of Agriculture is working with health departments and police to demand that stores remove all CBD products from their shelves, and is targeting manufacturers based in the state.
Meanwhile, Colorado is doubling its hemp production capacity in response to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
And that’s largely due to the demand for CBD products. According to The Colorado Sun, experts expect CBD sales to grow to $1.2 billion in the next year.
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Bloomberg reports that the next frontier in cannabinoids will be manufacturing them without growing plants at all.
Using yeast to create cannabinoids through fermentation, some companies are hoping to generate CBD sustainably, without the pesticides associated with conventional agricultural practices.
Agpro declared 2019 the year of hemp jubilee this week, reporting that more than one million acres will be devoted to hemp cultivation.
But even with this rapid growth, farmers still have a lot to learn about hemp.
According to Tony Brannon, dean of agriculture at Murray State University:
It’s critical to know there has been no research, no USDA funding, for this crop. Where would soybeans be if since the 1960s there was no new research for varieties, pest control, diseases? Well, that is where hemp is.
The article goes on to say that farmers are turning to materials written in the 1930s and 1940s to get the most recent information on cultivating hemp.
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