With a widespread market and popular proselytizers, from high-end “aspirational” lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow to television M.D.-to-the-masses Dr. Oz, CBD oil is fast becoming a marketable goldmine. However, its efficacy exists in a gray area between snake oil and over-the-counter miracle drug, with only one CBD medicine on the market with FDA approval.
The molecule cannabidiol (CBD) is touted as a potential game-changer for numerous neurological and physical ailments, but is hindered by classification as a Schedule 1 drug, which makes clinical testing a challenge. But that hasn’t stopped hundreds of businesses from marketing products with CBD oil. A brief list of items available online, in stores, and at boutiques include: gummies, tea, bath bombs, body lotion, coffee, cold-pressed olive oil, seltzer, caramels, face serum, foot balm, pills, and even salsa. You can find several bars in New York City that serve CBD cocktails, and a dessert menu featuring poached pears….