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Catering with Cannabis? FDA To Look at Legalizing CBD in Food, Drinks

The U.S. FDA will hold a hearing next month whether to legalize adding CBD to food and drinks.

Caterers might be able to include the cannabis product CBD—touted by some as a painkiller and natural tranquilizer—in their menus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a hearing next month whether to legalize CBD in food and drinks, says CNBC:

The Food and Drug Administration has set its first public hearing on legalizing CBD in food and drinks, to figure out how to regulate the newly legalized cannabis product. The hearing will take place on May 31. The agency wants data on CBD's safety in food products and feedback on how it might regulate manufacturing, marketing and labeling, according to a notice posted Tuesday in the Federal Register.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that promises to relax the body without altering the mind like THC. Congress legalized CBD derived from hemp in December.

This was supposed to lead to a surge in consumer products infused with the cannabis compound. However, the FDA's rules prohibiting the addition of CBD to food and drinks have kept most large companies on the sidelines … CNBC

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