The CHFA said the industry wants to be able to apply to Health Canada to sell CBD products in natural health food stores, but won't invest in research on the subject until the federal government opens up that possibility.
Each product would have to be individually regulated by Health Canada and manufacturers would need to provide proof of any specific health claims.
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"At the end of the day, CBD is a natural health product. It should be regulated as a natural health product. It should be available to Canadians," said Dan Demers, vice-president of regulatory affairs at the CHFA.
CBD is a cannabinoid chemical derived from the cannabis plant. It has gained popularity as an over-the-counter treatment for everything from aches and pains to insomnia, though some health professionals caution that claims of its effectiveness are not always backed by research.
"She feels comfortable going in those stores for the most part, but I can assure you that she would probably much rather come to a health food store than go downtown to these dispensaries," Manser said.
Canadians should have over the counter access to cannabidiol (CBD) as a natural health product, according to a new campaign from the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).
“I’m frustrated by the fact that I’m essentially handcuffed from providing products that my customers want and can access through other channels.”
“Quite frankly in many ways it’s easier to get high and harder to get well. That doesn’t make sense,” Dan Demers, vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs at the CFHA, said during a press conference Tuesday.
“My customers are forced to try to meet their health needs through either purchasing products through the black market, over the internet through the United States, or through recreational cannabis stores,” Robert Assaf, co-owner of Ottawa-based Kardish Health Food Centre, said during the press conference.
Under the current regulation, CBD products are only available from authorized recreational cannabis retailers, or through medical access with a doctor’s note.