CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, can be found in the cannabis plant. Products containing CBD are easily accessible, but regulations remain unclear on selling these products in Washoe County. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about this issue.
CBD is a chemical compound derived from hemp. CBD can be found in food, drinks, tinctures and more. Unlike the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, it’s not hallucinogenic. It is most commonly used to treat a variety of ailments.
There aren’t any clear regulations on selling products with CBD in them, so Conrad has looked into what officials are saying on the local and national level.
Federally, it is illegal to introduce ingredients like CBD into food products, according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C). FD&C also gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to oversee safety on foods and drugs.
“The FDA requires a cannabis product (hemp-derived or otherwise) that is marketed with a claim of therapeutic benefit, or with any other disease claim, to be approved by the FDA for its intended use before it may be introduced into interstate commerce,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
However, Conrad says that products containing CBD are widely available.
“I could order one on my Amazon Prime right now, I could order some CBD chocolates, or I could go to Walmart or a health food store. They’re out there,” Conrad said.
Locally, the Washoe County Health Department (WCHD) has been taking initiatives to stop the sale of CBD products.
“Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used in food, or the State of Nevada makes a determination that they are safe to use for human consumption, CBD products are