Skip to Main Content
Contribute Try STAT+ Today

WASHINGTON — Online reviews proclaim CBD a “life changer,” “the best thing ever,” and “truly incredible.” It’s a $390 million industry, expected to grow to at least $1.3 billion by 2022. Montel Williams has his own designer line of CBD products; so do Tommy Chong and Mike Tyson.

Despite the rave reviews, CBD is giving Washington a major headache. The Food and Drug Administration has different rules for regulating medicines and dietary supplements like vitamins — and it isn’t perfectly clear yet which category CBD, or cannabidiol, an extract of cannabis used as a home remedy for everything from anxiety to back pain, falls into. Congress, too, has struggled. Lawmakers passed a bill last year that officially legalized hemp, the plant from which CBD is extracted, but left the FDA with little guidance on how to regulate CBD.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!


What is it?

STAT+ is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • STAT+ Conversations
  • Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.
  • The US paranoia about CBD is a hilarious slap-stick in its awkward and archaeic stance towards CBD from cannabis plants – while hemp has a greater CBD component yet has been approved. The un-will or snail-pace of the US to change is stiffling, and leads to its self-inflicted out-dating compared to the rest of modern civilization (another example being the return to pre-historic anti-abortion laws). In its tardiness and backwards choices the US is loosing its claim as “the land of the free” and stimulating an underground Wild West.

  • The cat is out of the bag, and the FDA will never get it back in. I have links to studies that show CBD can treat psychosis. It will be a better mood stabilizer than lithium, more antidepressant, more anti-anxiety, and safe both in psychiatric hospitals and after discharge. It will prove to be a better mood stabilizer than lithium. And it will prevent dementia better than low-dose lithium.

    We get highly purified CBD from cbdMD in KY, and there are other sources. It has cured my migraine.

    I assume you have read the NYT article on CBD, or will find it soon. CBD will cause a worldwide revolution in health care. Unfortunately, it will not cure global warming. We should stash some hemp seeds in time capsules in case any humans survive the extinction.

    • I would like to help get the word out about CBD and its incredible ability to help asthma sufferers. Using it in a vape 3 times a time has brought my breathing issues to a halt. After 15 years years of using a Nebulizer, Albuterol, Advair, Symbicort, Singulair, Prednisone etc and all with negative side effects, I finally have relief that lasts and doesn’t make me feel gittery, sick, hungry etc.

Comments are closed.