Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis, which is mostly used in non-psychoactive products and is believed to possess numerous health benefits.

Though, the compound is currently been studied to determine if it aids in the treatment of several conditions including anxiety, pain, inflammatory diseases and more. 

According to a patent granted to United States Department of Human and Health Services, “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism... and is useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” [1]

“The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage such as stoke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia,” an abstract of the patent states.

Juliette Wallen, a devote user of cannobidoil products, said caramels, gummy bears, and popcorn are not mere snacks. They are her "medicine" as they all contain and amount of cannabidiol. 

"This is something I'd keep in my purse or my car in case of emergency, in case I had a seizure," said Wallen. "I use CBD for systemic swelling. I use CBD for pain and I use CBD for seizure mitigation. And the side-effect for me is just well-being."

CBD has been available in oil form for quite some time, but is now turned into numerous snack foods and are sold in stores or online at Cannabidiol Life. [2]

However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it's not legal in food, as it is considered a controlled substance. 

"It is a by-product that comes from the marijuana plant and because of that, it is still looked at from the DEA as a Schedule 1 substance," said DEA spokesperson, Melvin Patterson.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently distributed warning letters to some companies showcasing CBD-infused products claiming benefits for cancer, Alzheimer's and other chronic illnesses. [3]

Federal officials cited that claims of it being beneficial in some certain diseases are unfounded at this point. 

"We do know that it's involved in some clinical trials. If those clinical trials prove that CBD is a viable treatment for something and the FDA signs off on that, then it will be considered what everybody refers to as legal," said Patterson.

Though, some manufacturers believe that there are loopholes in the current law.
"If they have less than point zero three percent CBD or THC in that product, then that's one of the loopholes that they're able to sell it. But those products aren't supposed to be edible products," said Patterson.

However, Wallen said she would continue using her special "treats" as long as she can find them available for sale.

Published by Dawn Richard