CBD

The Food and Drug Administration is holding its first public hearing on CBD, the cannabis extract that has quickly grown into a billion-dollar industry. Today's hearing will help officials determine how to regulate CBD products.

The compound can be extracted from marijuana or from hemp. It's promoted as a way to ease anxiety and inflammation – and it doesn't get people high because it doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

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Murray State officials on Wednesday ceremonially introduced five foundational partners that have made major contributions to the new Hutson School of Agriculture Center for Agricultural Hemp.  

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  Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story -- a story of a family’s struggle.

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Hemp company Vertical celebrated the opening of their new facility in Trigg County on Friday. The $5 million investment in the 90,000 square foot facility on 14 acres will also bring more than 100 jobs, according to company officials.

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 The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has passed it’s version of the Farm Bill with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s provisions to remove hemp from a list of Schedule 1 controlled substances.

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A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn't come with a high.

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD.

It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too.

Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD doesn't have the same mind-altering effects as marijuana, since it does not contain THC, the psychoactive component of the plant.

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U.S. Congressman James Comer says his bill to loosen hemp regulations will likely get more attention in the House now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to file a companion bill in the Senate.

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Construction is underway on a nearly $40 million, 75,000 square-foot hemp processing facility in Carlisle County. California-based company Kings Royal Biotech and Chinese partners Hemp Investment Group (HMI Group) joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon. 

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A California-based company is breaking ground next week on a $30 million hemp CBD extraction factory in far west Kentucky.