Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has gained a tremendous amount of support for it’s safe, effective, and non-intoxicating medical benefits. This popularity has led many people to ask, “Why is CBD illegal if it’s non-psychoactive?”
The answer is actually quite simple. The DEA still classifies CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. This puts it in the same category as heroin, cocaine, etc… This scheduling makes it nearly impossible to conduct the medical studies needed to reschedule the drug and make it legal.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, right behind THC. It is capable of treating a plethora of different illnesses and symptoms, including and related to anxiety, depression, epilepsy, inflammation, pain, and more! Perhaps one of the biggest explanations for CBD’s rise to popularity is that it can treat these conditions, without getting you high.
While the CBD market has grown considerably in the last several years, many hemp-based CBD products that can be found in stores are technically still considered illegal in the eyes of the government. It’s important to note that it is highly unlikely that these agencies would pursue individual consumers. They are much more interested in pursuing producers and retailers.
How did it Become Illegal?
CBD became illegal with the marijuana prohibition, back in the 1930’s. This prohibition, however, was built on a mountain of lies and misunderstanding.
During the Nixon presidency, politicians told all sorts of lies about the plant. This was an effort to gain support for the movement, by creating fear and misunderstanding. They also used it as a way to make it easier to arrest people of color and anti-war activists. One of Nixon’s top advisors, John Ehrlichman, said, “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Why is CBD Illegal if it’s Non-Psychoactive?
The fears and misconceptions brought about during the Nixon era, are issues that we’re still dealing with today. The fact that CBD is still illegal is largely due to ignorance at the federal level. Many lawmakers still buy into the lies and misconceptions.
Another big part of the issue, is the cost and barriers that researchers have to deal with to even get the product to the FDA for approval. It’s a very long and very expensive road. Perhaps the most frustrating part about it, is the fact that we’re stuck in this vicious circle of the DEA saying it’s illegal, which creates barriers for researchers. The drug cannot be rescheduled without in-depth research proving it has medical potential, but because it’s illegal, the research can’t be done.
A shining light on this whole situation is the fact that one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, used to treat Epilepsy, has passed FDA approval. CBD has been proven to offer medicinal benefits. This may force the DEA’s hand to reschedule the drug once and for all.
The takeaway? Keep the faith. It’s only a matter of time before medical (and recreational) marijuana is available to every adult in the United States.
Luckily for us, medical marijuana (including CBD) is legal in the state of Florida. If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, today.
On Tuesday night, the medical marijuana initiative expanded a bit more, with two more states hopping on board! As each day passes, it seems as though more people are finally understanding the incredible, medical benefits that cannabis has to offer!
Missouri became the 31st state to legalize medical marijuana. The amendment passed by a 66% vote. Under this new law, qualifying patients will receive identification cards that allow either them or their caregivers to grow up to 6 plants, and purchase at least 4 ounces from a dispensary on a monthly basis. Unlike other states, qualified physicians in Missouri can approve patients for any condition they see fit; there are no specified qualifying conditions.
Surprisingly enough, the conservative state of Utah became the 32nd state to legalize medical marijuana, late Tuesday night. While the details of this proposition are subject to compromise and change, patients granted a medical marijuana card will be allowed to purchase up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana or products containing 10 grams of CBD or THC from a dispensary during any two-week period. Patients (or designated caregivers) that live 100+ miles from a licensed dispensary, will be permitted to grow up to 6 plants at home. Under this new law, patients will not be allowed to smoke marijuana.
As stated above, these details are subject to change before the law goes into effect. Opponents to the proposition, want to keep at-home cultivation illegal and take edibles off of the table. As far as Utah goes, the details are still up in the air. The important thing, however, is that people from both sides have come together to push this integral legislation through!
Michigan became the first midwestern state to legalize recreational pot, on Tuesday, and the 10th overall state to do so. The state of Michigan legalized medical marijuana way back in 2008. The new bill will allow adults 21 years and older, to purchase, possess, and use marijuana and marijuana-infused products. It will also allow said people to grow up to 12 plants for personal use. Each residence can have up to 10-ounces of marijuana at one time. Municipalities have the option to ban marijuana businesses.
Voters approved medical marijuana use back in 2016. Legislation for recreational marijuana, however, was struck-down by voters on Tuesday. 41% of voters supported the measure, while 59% did not. The new law would have been the most permissive law to date, by allowing no limit to the growth, possession, and consumption of marijuana.
While we can’t win them all, Tuesday was a huge success for the medical marijuana initiative in the grand scheme of things. More people will now have access to medical marijuana, than they did last week. That’s a win! Through education, we will continue to work towards a nation where medical marijuana is available to anyone who needs it!
If you’re a Florida resident, and believe that you’d be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us a (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online. Don’t wait a moment longer! Get relief from your symptoms, now!