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FDA may soften stance on cannabis-based CBD products

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

More and more people are giving CBD or Cannabidiol a go. The industry is projected to gain even more hype in 2019, especially after the Farm Bill legalized hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substance Act. 

Now, you could see it in sodas and snack. The Food and Drug Administration announced last week it may soften its stance on cannabis-based food and drink sales.

In July, Jennifer Diaz opened American Shaman of Lubbock, a store providing a variety of CBD products.

"You don't have the psychoactive ingredient," Diaz said. "The CBD is actually the healthy ingredient, that's going to rejuvenate the body, re-energize." 

Diaz said many customers come into her store skeptical at first, but once they learn there is no THC in it's products, many are willing to try it.

"You absolutely will not fail a drug test," Diaz said. "You're not going to be laid out, like zoned out because of the THC effect because there is no THC in our product." 

Diaz said the majority of customers use it to treat chronic pain, inflammations, migraines, or digestive issues. The FDA is paying attention. Just last week, following the Farm Bill, it announced it is looking into the possibility of legalizing interstate sales of CBD in food and drinks. 

Diaz believes this could help break down those stigmas surrounding the supplement.

"We have a lot of people come in and they're tired of taking pharmaceutical medication," Diaz said.

Aside from her growing business, Diaz wants to see farmers in our area invest in hemp production.

"It'll bring hundreds of jobs and it'll really open up for the farming community," Diaz said.

The FDA plans to hold a public meeting seeking input on how to legalize the marketing for these products and ensure the laws are efficient. 

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