The use of cannabinoid hemp or "CBD" products has been on the rise in recent years. Consumers are using these products for a range of purposes but not all cannabinoid hemp products available on the market today are manufactured equally. Some products have been found to contain contaminants and harmful pesticides, while others may not even contain any cannabinoids.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is the same genus and species of plant as adult-use or medical cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), that contains low levels of delta-9 tetra-hydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant which makes users feel “high”. Hemp is a versatile crop with uses across a variety of sectors including food, building materials, textiles, beauty products, dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the 150+ naturally occurring phytocannabinoids found in hemp and in all cannabis plant strains. CBD is being marketed for its general health and wellness properties in a wide array of products and delivery mechanisms. It is important for consumers to know where their CBD came from and it is safe to use.
The list below can help to serve as a checklist. Does the product label or packaging contain the following information?
· The amount of cannabinoids or CBD per serving;
· Nutritional or Supplement Fact Panel, including other ingredients in the product;
· Net weight;
· Manufacturer or distributor name;
· Suggested use, recommended dose or serving size;
· Information whether the product contains THC or tetrahydrocannabinol: and
· Batch or lot number.
To report an adverse reaction to a product containing cannabinoid hemp or "CBD", please contact the New York Regional Poison Control Centers toll free at 1-800-222-1222 or find more information at the New York Health Department's website.
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Contact Hemp Program
Visit the Department of Health Cannabinoid Hemp Program website: https://health.ny.gov/regulations/hemp/