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The FDA sent a warning letter to a major CBD brand this week, telling them to stop making unsubstantiated health claims about their products. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

Stock prices for Curaleaf, a major CBD brand, fell this week after the FDA sent the company a warning letter for “illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety, among other conditions or diseases.”

In addition, the agency admonished Curaleaf for marketing CBD as a dietary supplement.

Curaleaf must respond to the FDA in writing within 15 days to communicate the specific steps they are taking to correct these violations.

Earlier this year, Curaleaf struck a deal to sell their CBD-infused lotion and transdermal…

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A new hemp law in Texas is having an unintended impact on how marijuana possession cases are prosecuted. Photo by Enrique Macias on Unsplash.

A new hemp law is having an unexpected impact on marijuana prosecutions in Texas.

That’s because the law, which went into effect on June 10, legalized hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

In the past, law enforcement only had to prove that THC was present in a sample in order to pursue a possession charge. Under the new law, more precise testing is necessary to prove that the substance in question falls under the state’s definition of “marijuana.”

But most labs aren’t equipped to determine the exact amount of THC in a sample, and third-party testing is costly…

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Ohio, Idaho, and Florida advanced hemp agriculture bills this week. Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash.

CBD advocates in Ohio are following the progress of a bill that would establish and regulate hemp cultivation and processing in the state, while also clearly legalizing CBD.

If the bill is signed into law, Ohio will join 41 other states that have already implemented hemp agriculture, including its neighbors Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, the state’s Senate passed the bill unanimously. Next, the House must consider the bill.

If you live in a CBD-friendly state, you might already be seeing CBD products in your local shopping malls and drugstores.

On Wednesday, Walgreens announced its plans to…

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South Dakota won’t be getting its industrial hemp program. Photo by Stephen Oliver on Unsplash.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem dashed the hopes of hemp advocates this week when she vetoed a bill that would have created an industrial hemp program in the state.

The state’s House of Representatives attempted to override the veto, but were unable to get the votes necessary to do so.

One of the bill’s main sponsors, Rep. Oren Lesmeister, argued that the veto will only benefit neighboring states. “While our surrounding states will be glad to have less competition, we are letting our farmers down,” he said.

A recent poll found that 78 percent of Iowans want an expanded medical…

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CBD flower looks just like other forms of cannabis, and that’s causing confusion. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

Twelve members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the FDA this week, asking for the agency to release updated guidance on CBD for food, drugs, and cosmetics.

The lawmakers demanded a response by the end of the week, but as of this writing, the FDA has not yet issued new guidelines.

The increasing popularity of high-CBD hemp flower is causing confusion for law enforcement. Because hemp flower looks and smells like higher-THC varieties of cannabis, officials typically can’t confirm that a product is really hemp without a laboratory analysis.

In Indiana’s Hancock County, law enforcement is asking…

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Is CBD coming to a mall near you? Photo by Dieter de Vroomen on Unsplash.

This week, the US Hemp Roundtable launched an online State Action Center. This interactive tool will make it easier for hemp and CBD advocates to keep up to date on hemp-related issues, and helps visitors to contact their state legislators directly.

Thanks to a newly announced deal between Simon Property Group and Green Growth Brands, CBD stores are coming to more than 100 Simon malls nationwide.

The first shop is planned for Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana. CBD was legalized in the state in March 2018.


CBD for Inflammation Inflammation is a routine healing response within the human body…

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Terpenes are aromatic compounds that occur in cannabis and other plants. Photo by Lisa Hobbs on Unsplash.

If you’ve dipped your toes into researching CBD or medical cannabis, you’ve surely heard the term terpenes. It’s among the buzziest of cannabis industry buzzwords at the moment.

But just what are these plant-derived compounds, and why is everybody suddenly talking about them? After all, it’s complicated enough to wrap our heads around the latest data on CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Now there are more terms to master?

While it seems like a lot to learn, understanding terpenes (a.k.a. terpenoids) could be key to choosing the CBD product that is right for you. That’s because terpenes are aromatic compounds…

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A hemp entrepreneur was detained and fined for hemp products at a US airport. Photo by E T T T O on Unsplash.

Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley sent a letter to the head of the FDA this week. They requested that the agency immediately begin updating “outdated” regulations that are standing in the way of interstate commerce for CBD-infused foods.

The senators contributed to authoring the Hemp Farming Act, which became a provision of the 2018 Farm Bill, and they made it clear that the law was meant to provide increased access to CBD:

We will be closely engaged in the ongoing implementation of our legislation, as it was Congress’ intent to ensure that both US producers and consumers have…

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Does CBD give you the munchies? Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash.

Last week, the New York Times caused an uproar among cannabis advocates by publishing an op-ed which asserted a causal relationship between cannabis, psychosis, and violent crime.

So, has cannabis really caused an increase in violent crime in states where it’s legal?

An analysis from Intelligencer characterizes the editorial as “pointlessly misleading scaremongering,” while urging proponents of cannabis to take seriously public health questions related to cannabis use.

On Monday, Facebook admitted that it made a mistake in removing a number of CBD and hemp company’s pages from the platform.

A few weeks ago, CBD companies began to notice that…

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Get the key to common CBD industry terms. Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash.

Have you ever found yourself puzzling over the description of a CBD product, trying to figure out what in the world the words in the description meant?

You’re not alone. And as CBD becomes more and more mainstream, it seems like consumers are only getting more confused.

That’s partly because the CBD industry is so new that it’s creating new ways to describe itself as it goes along. But it’s also because there are no regulations or widely accepted standards regarding how to describe products or ingredients.

At CBD Hacker, our mission is to demystify the CBD industry.

That’s why we created this infographic. It’s the first in a series that will help explain the meanings behind common CBD terms.


Click to download the infographic.

Meg Kramer

Meg Kramer is the Managing Editor of CBD Hacker. She’s a writer and editor who has covered topics in science, health, and education.

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