US studies regulating cannabidiol in food and beverages

Medical marijuana is released to treat serious illnesses like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and schizophrenia in many places.

But the Federal Agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (FDA) intends to discuss, in late May, the possibility of using cannabidiol (derived from marijuana) also in food and beverages.

Experts still do not know what the effects of long-term consumption are, nor the safe amounts that should be applied to foods so that they do not lose their nutritional properties.

In the United States, the use of medications and some vitamin supplements can be made and, according to the authorities, the goal is not to promote the use, but to enable the products to have quality certification.

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Even if the first step is taken at this future meeting, the controversial substance will still take a long time before it is actually used in food, believe the FDA representatives.

In the United States, marijuana is legal in 28 of the 50 states. Other countries such as Canada, Israel and Chile also allow the plant to be cultivated and traded.

Cannabidiol in Brazil

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is an active ingredient in marijuana. It is usually found in the form of oil, but there is no right way to consume it.

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In 2015, this extract, which was totally prohibited in Brazil, was released by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to be used medicinally.

Despite being derived from cannabis , cannabidiol has no psychoactive effects.

Some NGOs and people are legally authorized to grow the plant for use for medicinal purposes. For this, a control is made of who produces and who buys. Consumers must have a medical report that proves the need for the herb.

It is still necessary to analyze and discuss the release of cannabidiol as part of the diet and what are the legal supports for inspection.