Thursday, 17 January 2019

Third cannabidiol retailer sets up shop in Columbia – Columbia Missourian

Your CBD Store will become the third store exclusively offering CBD products when it opens Thursday at 1208 I-70 Drive SW.

The new store joins Sacred Leaf and CBD American Shaman in selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent of the cannabis plant.

Your CBD Store’s products include water soluble oils, lotions, bath bombs and chapstick that all promote mental and physical health benefits. Co-owner Tyler Ramker said CBD has helped people with mental conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety as well as physical ailments such as back pain and arthritis.

“You name it, and we’ve got someone whose gotten some relief from our products,” Ramker said.

Your CBD has 127 stores across the United States.

Whether CBD products offer any proven health benefits remains unclear.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine compiled a report detailing scientific evidence of the health effects and potential benefits of cannabis and its derivatives. It found insufficient evidence and several research gaps in determining the effectiveness of CBD in treating PTSD, epilepsy and social anxiety.

Ramker said Your CBD Store’s products are organically grown and manufactured in the U.S.

Still, it’s not always entirely clear what ingredients CBD products contain. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 found that only 30.95 percent of CBD products tested were accurately labeled. Of the 84 products tested, 42.85 percent were underlabeled and 26.19 percent were overlabeled with respect to the amount of CBD they contained.

Most CBD products claim to have little or no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. The study published in the medical association journal, however, detected THC in 18 of the 84 products tested.

Marijuana for medical or recreational use remains illegal in Missouri for now, despite voters’ approval in November of Amendment 2, which sets the stage for legal medical uses later this year.

Ramker said his store will be able to operate regardless because Congress approved the federal 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the farm bill. The bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, meaning the substance will no longer be illegal.

Hemp is defined as cannabis and any of its derivatives with a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a news release that any cannabis or cannabis-derived product claiming any therapeutic or disease benefit remains subject to review and approval by the FDA before it can be marketed in the United States.

“Cannabis and cannabis-derived products claiming in their marketing and promotional materials that they’re intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases are considered new drugs or new animal drugs and must go through the FDA drug approval process for human or animal use before they are marketed in the U.S.,” Gottlieb said.


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