The Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has finally admitted that banning CBD products would be a fools game. Stephen Hahn [Commissioner, FDA], said on Wednesday, “People are using these products. We’re not going to be able to say you can’t use these products. It’s a fool’s game to try to even approach that.”
Hahn, a cancer doctor, spoke about the use of CBD for the first time in a public speech since he took office as commissioner in December. He openly admits the need for CBD and that banning CBD products would be a foolish move.
CBD and its derivatives were made legal in the U.S with the 2018 Far Bill. However, the legalities around the manufacturing and selling of CBD have been dark waters. The FDA is still working on the policies that govern the CBD market and the ways and forms in which CBD is sold. Hahn stated that it could be years before these legalities stele down, unless congressional action were to be taken.
The FDA is openly displeased with the way in which CBD has captured the market and is now seen as a cure-all for a variety of mental health problems. But to try and stop the manufacturing and selling of CBD products would be a very unwise move. “We have to be open to the fact that there might be some value in these products,” said Hanh. “Certainly, Americans think that’s the case.” What the FDA would like to introduce is educational content and policies to ensure that people are aware of the effects of CBD and that it is taken in a healthy way. The response by U.S states has been mostly positive. Kentucky, in particularly, has openly advocated the benefits of commercial crop production.
The priority is now on establishing protocol to regulate CBD products.
CBD has found its way into popularity alongside the wellness movement and the burgeoning popularity of meditation and yoga. It is very commonly used by yoga enthusiasts pre-workout, and many people use it as a tool for accessing the meditative state. This, and other benefits of combining CBD, meditation and yoga, have made it a very popular product in our niche.
That said, many people are yet to understand the potential side effects of CBD, which include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness. The fact that CBD can cause light headedness and drowsiness does beg questions of whether CBD should be used before yoga class. The possibility of a fall or other accident increases with light-headedness and drowsiness, so there certainly are some risks specifically of using CBD prior to yoga.
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