Maine health authorities have ordered the removal of edible products containing the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant from stores due to the fact that the product is not a federally approved food additive.

The Bangor Daily News reports that The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says CBD is an unapproved food additive that federal authorities do not recognize as safe. The newspaper stated per the Portland Press Herald that last week environmental health inspectors began telling businesses that they must remove all foods, tinctures and capsules that contain the compound known as CBD from their shelves.

Maine business owners were told that they can still sell CBD products that can be smoked, vaped, worn as a patch or applied as a lotion. Medical marijuana patients can still buy oral CBDs from licensed caregivers or dispensaries.

CBD oil has many health benefits without the side effects of smoking marijuana, according to Some of the benefits of taking CBD oil include pain reliever, anxiety reducer, may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain. The article also lists that CBD oil has been known to reduce acne, and recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

Medical marijuana card holders can still buy oral CBDs from licensed caregivers or dispensaries in Maine, according to the BDN.

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