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Health food and hemp in­dus­try groups are call­ing on the feds to change the reg­u­la­tions for CBD to treat the cannabi­noid as a nat­u­ral health prod­uct rather than a drug. The Cana­dian Health Food As­so­ci­a­tion and the Cana­dian Hemp Trade Al­liance say CBD, a non-in­tox­i­cat­ing com­pound that can be de­rived from cannabis and hemp, should be re­moved from the pre­scrip­tion drug list. The groups also asked in a joint paper for a reg­u­la­tory path­way to al­low for CBD de­rived from in­dus­trial hemp to be in­cluded in nat­u­ral health prod­ucts and sup­ple­mented foods, with the ap­pro­pri­ate ther­a­peu­tic and well­ness claims. Since Canada le­gal­ized pot for re­cre­ational use in Oc­to­ber, CBD is reg­u­lated sim­i­larly to cannabis prod­ucts and must be pur­chased through a le­gal re­cre­ational re­tailer or, for med­i­cal pa­tients, through a li­censed pro­ducer or seller.

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