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In this editorial, I make the case that the loopholes that allow THC compounds to be sold as hemp ought to be closed and provide a brief case study of one state that has done an exceptional job in closing such loopholes.
In this manuscript we show that interest in delta-8-THC increased in 2020 and 2021, particularly in US states with stricter cannabis use policies.
This analysis indicated that over a third of Google search results indicative of shopping for vaping products directed to retailers who sold CBD products with many resembling tobacco products. The abundance and placement of CBD products in online vape shops suggests a growing demand and appeal of these among e-cigarette users.
These findings indicated that interest in CBD across the United States has increased considerably and is accelerating across all 50 US states. Searches for CBD during April 2019 eclipsed many other health topics including veganism, vaccination and exercise.
Selected News Coverage: STAT News | Washington Post
These findings suggested despite CBD only being approved for a narrow range of applications, the public is using CBD to treat a broad range of medical conditions, many with known therapies.
Selected News Coverage: US News & World Report
Also read NIDA deputy director Dr. Wilson Compton and Science Policy Branch Chief Dr. Emily Einstein's invited commentary on this publication.
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