As of January 1, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission banned both CBD and THC from alcoholic drinks, according to the New York Daily News. The Commission’s spokesman, Mark Pettinger said that they are looking to jump ahead of problems, because while people may be taking CBD for its wellness benefits, there is little to no evidence that show how it interacts with other substances like alcohol.
“We’ve wanted to address the issue of CBD getting into alcohol and because there are a lot of unknown unknowns about the effect of taking CBDs,” Pettinger said. He concedes that they may reverse this decision if the federal government released definite guidelines for hemp use that address alcohol. While not outright banning it, the OLCC is strongly warning cocktail establishments to be cautious about adding CBD to their mixes.
This comes as a blow to alcoholic beverage producers who were already working on or producing beverages that showcased CBD. Companies that will have to recall any of these beverages include California-based Lagunitas Brewing Company, Black Hammer Brewing, Oregon-based Coalition Brewing, Vermont’s Long Trail Brewing Company, Green Empire Brewing and others.
Oregon isn’t the only state to make a stand on the mixing of these substances, with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission shutting down Down the Road Beer Co from releasing their Goopmassta Session IPA, which was supposed to contain CBD. The beer was released, but without the cannabinoids as an ingredient.