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Ben & Jerry's CBD-Infused Ice Cream Is Ready To Launch As Soon As It's Legal

Amy Pilkington 31 May 2019

CBD- and cannabis-infused foods are super trendy right now — even though they still aren't legal.

Cannabinoids are a big messy legal knot, with the two most common types, CBD and THC at the forefront.

That's hardly surprising, since both are the main cannabinoid components of marijuana.

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While almost chemically identical, THC is entirely illegal in the US, due to the fact that it's the one that gets you high.

CBD is in more of a grey area. When derived from hemp, CBD is legal at a federal level, but still illegal when derived from cannabis. However, the federal law doesn't overrule state laws, so it all gets really messy.

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However, regardless of how it's derived, it's still illegal to add CBD to food or beverages.

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That could change soon, though, because the FDA is currently looking into the option of legalizing CBD in foods, with a public hearing scheduled for May 31 and an open comment period lasting until July 2, 2019.

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And if things go their way, Ben & Jerry's is already ready to capitalize on the trend.

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On May 30, the day before the public hearing, they released a statement assuring their fans that they are "committed to bringing CBD-infused ice cream to your freezer as soon as it’s legalized at the federal level."

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As their fans know, they are "fans of all things groovy."

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They've submitted a comment to the FDA in support of the legalization of CBD in food and drink.

Ben & Jerry's also states that they intend to use sustainably-sourced CBD from Vermont.

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Of course, this still all depends on the FDA.

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If fans of CBD and Ben & Jerry's want to help, they can submit their own opinion to the FDA during the open comment period until July 2.

h/t: Ben & Jerry's

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