Sellers and customers of the product known as CBD oil are concerned that the state of Texas may soon take over the product from store shelves.
Many use oil for medical reasons, and experts say it does not stop you. But a state department is evaluating a policy that would allow food inspectors to remove oil from stores.
The number of stores that sell the product is increasing. There are several here in North Texas.
A spokesperson says the food inspectors were seeking guidance from the Texas Department of Health Services about what to do when they saw the oil, a food additive, in stores. Then the department proposed a policy. At least one local business says it would force them to close their doors.
Since opening its doors in October 2016, Chelsea DeVos has seen a steady stream of customers inside its Dallas store called & # 39; The Cherry Apothecary & # 39 ;. Inside there is a lot of health products, but its crown jewel are CBD-rich products.
"I started taking it personally because of the anxiety and physical pain," he said. "And only a difference of night and day."
The product is often added to foods or drinks as an oil, but it can be consumed in several ways. Experts say that even though it comes from a cannabis plant, it will not give you a big blow.
"I tell people that you will not feel anything when you drink it, you will not feel anything high, you will not feel any psychoactivity at all," DeVos said. "You just feel relief."
It's a relief that DeVos customers say they've felt themselves.
"It's actually been useful," said client Irwin Barnes. "I started taking CBD pills a year ago for my autoimmune intestinal problem, and it really reduced the pain and inflammation there."
But access to CBD-rich oils could change soon. The Texas Department of State Health Services weighs a proposal that the Texas Cannabis Industry Association mentions as an "unprecedented ban on hemp-CBD products in the state of Texas." They also say that "this would represent a blow to the freedom of thousands of Texans who choose hemp-CBD as a product of general well-being and depend on it for the natural treatment of serious medical conditions."
CBD oil sellers insist that the products do not have any THC, which is the chemical that causes a stop.
Meanwhile, the state insists it is a controlled substance and is treating it as such.
"The CBD and THC are compounds that the DEA considers controlled substances," said Lara Anton, spokeswoman for the state health department. "And they are adulterants for the additives, and they are not on the generally safe list as provided by the FDA for food additives."
The state currently receives public comments. Officials could decide against or modify the proposal. But if it takes place, it could change the lives of some in North Texas.
"It would completely close our store," said DeVos.
The Texas Department of Health Services is taking public comments until Monday. The commissioner would then weigh what to do next. A spokesman says it is unclear how long that will take.
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