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Cannabis industry hails DEA’s clarification on CBD

BY Antoinette Alexander

The Drug Enforcement Administration has further clarified its stance on the legality of cannabidiol and confirmed that some CBD products are legal to distribute freely throughout the United States and do not fall under the regulations of the Controlled Substances Act, a move that has drawn praise from CBD retailers.

According to a statement recently posted on the DEA web site: “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana (such as sterilized seeds, oil or cake made from the seeds, and mature stalks) are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA or its implementing regulations. The mere presence of cannabinoids is not itself dispositive as to whether a substance is within the scope of the CSA; the dispositive question is whether the substance falls within the CSA definition of marijuana.”

The DEA also stated, “Any product that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection determines to be made from the cannabis plant but which falls outside the CSA definition of marijuana may be imported into the United States without restriction under the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act. The same considerations apply to exports of such products from the United States, provided further that it is lawful to import such products under the laws of the country of destination.”

The clarification marks a victory for CBD retailers, as it makes clear the difference between CBD and the psychoactive compound, THC — a distinction that CBD retailers have been fighting to bring to light.

“This is incredible news and confirmation for the millions of CBD users nationwide who have now gained yet another layer of legitimacy to their usage of cannabidiol,” said CBD retailer CBDfx.

Also commenting on the news, Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, a publicly traded cannabis company, said, “This is great news for the cannabis industry, especially for those who are complying with the decision made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We urge Congress to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, which would permanently remove hemp and hemp products from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act.”

 

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Bausch + Lomb tackles dry eye with new preservative-free eye drops

BY Antoinette Alexander

Bausch + Lomb, a global eye health company and subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, announced on Thursday the introduction of Soothe Xtra Protection (XP) Preservative Free lubricant eye drops, expanding its portfolio of eye health products to meet the growing demand of dry eye symptom relief.

One of the most common eye conditions in the United States, dry eye affects more than 140 million Americans, many of whom report sensitivity to preservatives in eye drops, the company stated.

Up to 86 percent of dry eye cases are caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a condition that compromises the lipid layer in the eye and affects the eye’s ability to produce oils that coat natural tears. Soothe XP eye drops use a combination of Restoryl mineral oils as active ingredients, which work to restore the lipid layer, seal in moisture, and protect against further irritation, the company stated.

Soothe XP Preservative Free eye drops will be available at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Meijer, by the end of June. The suggested retail price is $13.99.

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New protein bar for kids to hit shelves

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ThinkKIDS, a new brand of protein bars for kids, is debuting at retailers this summer to help solve the daily tug-of-war parents face with their kids when choosing between snacks that are nutritious versus delicious.

According to the manufacturer, thinkKIDS contain 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, while limiting sugar to 4 grams per serving. Each bar is gluten free, GMO-free and made with no artificial flavors or colors.

“Snack and granola bars are a $3 billion dollar category. We saw a hole in the marketplace because many kids bars don’t contain a lot of protein and can often be loaded with sugar,” said Cherry Joh, senior marketing director for thinkKIDS. “Our challenge was to make a bar with the right nutritional profile and that also tastes great. That’s why we taste-tested our bars with kids 6 to 12 years old and only their favorite bars made the final cut.”

The bars are available in five flavors:

  • Chocolate Chip – mini chocolate chips in a soft, doughy center and covered in chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Cup – a combination of a peanut butter center and creamy chocolate
  • Cookies & Creme – cocoa crisps and creme drops with a white creme coating
  • Cinnamon Sugar Cookie – cinnamon in a soft center and just a hint of sugar
  • Vanilla Cupcake – a classic cupcake flavor with real vanilla

ThinkKIDS will debut in retailers nationwide this summer, starting with Target and Kroger.

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