Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Buzz-less weed craze

Close-up of Lazarus Naturals products advertising bottles of Cannabidiol or CBD
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Gummy candies, soft drinks, dog treats, body lotions — these days, everything under the sun is available with CBD, or cannabidoil, an ingredient derived from a non-psychotropic part of the marijuana plant.

The big picture: While everyone from Kim Kardashian to Gwyneth Paltrow relishes the supposedly relaxing qualities of CBD, the FDA is still evaluating the therapeutic claims of the industry.

Ted Cruz and AOC could form an alliance on over-the-counter birth control

This image is a split screen of Ted Cruz speaking on the left and AOC listening on the right.
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photos: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appear to agree that birth control should be available over the counter.

Reality check: Experts say this would be the FDA's call. And the thornier issue is whether insurance would cover it if such a change is made.