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New York City Cracks Down On Restaurant CBD

While legal, the FDA has not approved CBD as a safe additive for food and drinks

By Emily ClouseStaff Writer
3:15PM 02/06/19

This is why so many places have easily disposable paper menus. New York City has embargoed restaurants from adding CBD to their food and drinks, according to an article by CNBC.

Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is a compound from the cannabis plant that purports to provide the calming effects of marijuana while skipping the high. According to the article, New York City’s health department began the embargo last month. The article adds that while the city has ordered restaurants to stop using CBD, it is not currently removing CBD or asking operators to throw out or destroy it.

The FDA prohibits adding active ingredients that are drug products to food and drinks. As the main ingredient in Epidiolex, an FDA-approved childhood epilepsy drug, CBD falls into this category, according to the article. Most CBD was legalized in December upon the signing of the farm bill, according to the article.

Read the full report on CNBC here.