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The Status and Risks of Unregulated Cannabinoid Products in the Marketplace

The cannabis plant contains more than a hundred chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, including the more commonly known cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly referred to as THC). In recent years, increasing numbers of cannabinoid-containing products have become available in the United States. This activity has been spurred in large part by the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 “Farm Bill”), which removed hemp from the federal Controlled Substances schedules and catalyzed the marketing of products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids. (Hemp is a cannabis plant or derivative with no more than 0.3% THC.) Cannabis with THC concentrations exceeding 0.3% remains a federally controlled substance.

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