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The Week in Review: FDA Public Hearing on CBD, TSA Relaxing Their Policies, Ancient Origins of the Cannabis Plant, and more

Written by Alexandra Hicks
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It’s been a busy week in terms of CBD regulation, with the TSA now allowing hemp-derived CBD on flights and the FDA holding its first public hearing to discuss how to approach the topic of CBD supplements and food additives.

Additionally, we learned whether it can be taken into a hotel or not and that patients in Colorado can now choose cannabis as an alternative medication to pain killers. Also, did you know that cannabis is said to date back 28 million years to ancient Tibet? All that and more in this edition of the Weekly Review.

BUSINESS: The FDA held its first public hearing to discuss CBD regulations

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On Friday, May 31st, the FDA met with hundreds of CBD industry stakeholders to discuss how they should proceed with regulations. This historic meeting lasted nearly 10 hours and included testimony from regulators, health professionals, advocates, opponents, and consumers – most of which encouraged the FDA to speed up their pace in creating appropriate regulatory framework for CBD products. Click here to read the full story.  

BUSINESS: TSA updates policy to allow hemp-derived CBD on flights

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Until now, CBD has been banned from American airports due to the strict Schedule 1 status. But recently, the TSA amended their policy to allow hemp-derived CBD products on all domestic and international flights. It’s great news for people who need CBD for medical reasons and were fearful to travel with it. However, unless TSA agents can differentiate between hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD, how will this be enforced? Click here to read the full story.

HEALTH: Patients in Colorado can now choose cannabis as alternative medication

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The Colorado Assembly just passed the bi-partisan, Senate Bill 13 which allows patients to choose medical cannabis as an alternative option to pharmaceutical drugs. This comes in the wake of the opioid epidemic, which has reached epic proportions. It’s believed cannabis can help manage pain and keep people off prescription pills, and Colorado isn’t the first state to draft this type of legislation. Click here to read the full story.

HEALTH: Are there any negative side-effects from using CBD?

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CBD has been known to help people find relief when they need it most. It’s used regularly to treat a huge range of conditions including anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis, insomnia, and even rare forms of childhood epilepsy. It’s said to be abundant, effective, and completely natural. By and far, CBD has been working well for the majority of people who use it. But are there any negative side effects from using it regularly? Click here to read the full story.

RECREATIONAL: Can you take cannabis to hotels in legal states?

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Cannabis has been under prohibition for decades, and as such, the newfound legalization has raised many questions. For example, how do vacations work? Can you bring cannabis in a hotel room in a legal state? Typically, cannabis can only be consumed on private property, but as more states and countries continue to legalize, accommodations need to be made for those who have to travel regularly. Click here to read the full story.

RECREATIONAL: 5 best cannabis strains for beginners revealed

If you ask for “beginner strains” at a local dispensary, you may be directed towards the selection on their bottom shelf. But cannabis these days is so strong with THC levels nearing 30 percent, that it makes sense people who have never tried it would prefer something milder. As many people know all too well, getting too “stoned” can lead to paranoia and confusion, not exactly conducive to relaxation which is what most people are seeking when they use cannabis. Click here to read the full story.

LIFESTYLE: New study traces cannabis back 28 million years to Tibet

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A new study published in the Journal of Vegetation and Archaeobotany traced the cannabis plant back to its proverbial roots to find its most ancient descendant. Their research led them all the way to a specific area of the Tibetan Plateau 28 million years ago. The paper is titled “Cannabis in Asia: Its center of origin and early cultivation, based on a synthesis of subfossil pollen and archaeobotanical studies.” Click here to read the full story.

LIFESTYLE: Start your morning off right with a hot cup of CBD coffee

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For millions of people out there, the day doesn’t even begin until they’ve had their cup of coffee in the morning. And now that CBD has become so popular for its various medical benefits, it makes perfect sense that these two amazing compounds have joined forces. Nowadays you can find CBD-infused coffee beans and cafes that offer a few drops of CBD oil in their cappuccinos, or you can get some tincture and make some at home every morning! Click here to read more.

PETS: More pet owners are turning to CBD to treat their furry friends’ ailments

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With the numerous health benefits touted by CBD, it’s no surprise that people are inclined to give it to their struggling pets. Although studies are limited, the few available indicate that CBD could be good for dogs, cats and horses because, just like humans, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. You can even find some veterinarian-certified products on the market if you know where to look. Click here to read the full story.

PETS: Why you should never give THC to your pets

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Although CBD has been taking the veterinary industry by storm, THC is an entirely different story. Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component in the cannabis plant, is said to produce some extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effects in animals, especially cats and dogs. The end result is referred to by some as “marijuana toxicity” and experts say it’s on the rise. Click here to read the full story.

About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Alexandra is the managing editor at CBD Testers. She has always been interested in alternative and natural remedies, and the versatility of cannabis as a healing plant is something that greatly appeals to her. It's for this reason that she decided to work as a cannabis industry journalist and editor, to help spread accurate information about the benefits of this plant.

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