To date, researchers have identified a number of potential health benefits linked to CBD, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and anti-seizure properties. Further, the cannabinoid has shown promise in treating numerous health conditions, including epilepsy and other seizure disorders, mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis, as well as chronic pain and much more.
In 2019, the Hawaii Department of Health explicitly clarified the state’s stance on CBD. In a statement published May 1, 2019, officials advised the public that Hawaii state laws regarding CBD adhere to all federal laws. The department has stated that it intends to regulate all cannabis-derived products in alignment with the FDA.
Most reputable CBD producers will typically include the following information on their CBD product labels:
The Hawaii Department of Health has devoted significant effort toward reminding businesses and consumers alike that CBD and CBD products have never been legal in Hawaii. Despite these warnings, it is still quite easy to find both online and in stores to purchase CBD products.
CBD oil usually comes with a dropper to allow consumers and patients to measure out their dose. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The increasing number of cannabis-derived products (including those products derived from hemp), especially cannabidiol (better known as “CBD”), that are being distributed and sold, are generating concerns with the public health community about product safety and drug interactions, truth-in-labeling, false health claims, and quality control. Hawaii law prohibits adding any cannabis-derived substances to food, beverages or cosmetics for manufacture, distribution or sale. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of CBD in over-the-counter products and does not consider these products safe.
Hawaii statutes are aligned with the FDA’s standards to protect the health of Hawaii residents, and support Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) policies that restrict the distribution of products not approved by the FDA.