From doughnuts to dog treats, hemp-derived CBD is quickly becoming a multibillion dollar business with mainstream appeal.

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been gaining popularity as more and more people use it for all kinds of ailments.

While it has become popular, it’s not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal held a news conference to demand that the FDA design and implement proper safety regulations for CBD.

"Right now there are no guidelines, no rules of the road, no guidance for consumers to know what's healthy and what has side effects," Blumenthal said.

CBD is being sold just about everywhere, as some studies show it has a variety of health benefits, like reducing seizures and chronic pain.

It's also found in many different forms, like oils, bath products, and even in candies and seltzer.

Blumenthal wants the FDA to regulate CBD, to classify whether it's sold as a food or a drug. More importantly, he wants testing done to know what's in some of these products.

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Cannabidiol comes from the hemp plant, which may look identical to marijuana, but it’s not exactly the same. CBD doesn’t cause the “high effect” like THC, which is in marijuana.

"We have seen some studies where products don't have the CBD that's advertised or not tested so I think the industry would benefit from some regulation,” said Jeff Wentzel, a Connecticut hemp farmer.

"A lot of people have questions. They come in and ask what does it do, how can it help me, I have anxiety, I have pains,” said Gloria Krouch, of Bohemian High.

She sells many CBD products at her Milford store, and supports regulations.

For the past two years, she’s been educating herself and her customers.

"Regulation is a good thing. You don't always know what you're getting. We had people come in and say I bought this online and it didn't do anything. I asked do you know what strength it is, and they say I don't know,” Krouch said.

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Finally something I agree with the tricky one on. Regulation of the new "snake oil" is seriously needed. One thing we know is that Americans are weak in the knees to the most lazy marketing on the planet, and this has the potential to get out of hand quickly. What drugs might it interact with? What are the effects of those interactions? How do you recognize them?


Sounds more like Senator Stolen Valor is saying you have to pay to play.

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