Some people swear by products with cannabadiol, more commonly known as CBD oil, to relieve a variety of ailments. However, the Alaska Department of Law is warning people to be careful about what they're buying, according to a Thursday news release.

CBD is a derivative of the industrial hemp plant. CBD oil may also be derived from marijuana, resulting in oil which exceeds the legal limit of 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) threshold expected in an industrial hemp derived product, the release stated.

Right now, products with CBD oil are not tested or regulated in Alaska, but that could change. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working on regulatory framework to provide extra safeguards, but there are none in place yet.

"Alaskans should be careful about what they ingest," says Assistant Attorney General Cindy Franklin. "Before putting anything in or on your body that claims it will help you, think carefully. Don't assume that something is safe or will work just because it is trendy."

She says that products like oils, lotions, and even pet treats that claim to have CBD oil are not an FDA-approved food source. She says just because the products claim to have CBD oil in them, doesn't mean they do. And there's no guarantee they work.

"Claiming that a product provides pain or anxiety relief or some other health benefit without side effects is a sure way to sell a lot of product."

In the same release, the Department of Law said a new law authorizes DNR to create an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to research the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp. DNR is in the process of creating the program, which will include the testing of products, but has not yet registered any grower, processor, or marketer of industrial hemp in Alaska.

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