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 (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today.
If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you probably have quite a few questions floating around in your head. The most common question among new patients is what is the difference between THC and CBD? There are 4 main differences between THC and CBD, which we will address below in order to help you understand which of the two may be a better option for you.
1. Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive
We have built-in receptors all throughout our body. These are cannabinoid receptors, more easily referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in practically every major organ in the body. CB2 receptors are specifically related to the immune system.
THC is psychoactive, meaning that it affects the body and the mind. This cannabinoid is what gives marijuana it’s classic “high” or feeling of euphoria. It accomplishes this by binding directly to the Cannabinoid receptors. THC is better used at night, or when you know you’re going to be home for a while.
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it has the capabilities to heal, without the euphoric high. CBD binds indirectly to the Cannabinoid receptors. This is an excellent choice for those that need relief during the day. It will allow you to reap the medical benefits while maintaining a clear head.
2. Found In:
THC is only found in Cannabis plants. Generally, marijuana needs to be grown in warm, humid climates. The typical cannabis flower contains 10-14% THC. This cannabinoid is still illegal in some states.
CBD is not only found in cannabis plants, but hemp plants as well. Hemp can be grown in a wide variety of environments, and contains less than 1% THC. While CBD is found in marijuana, hemp plants actually contain a higher concentration of CBD than cannabis plants do. CBD is legal in some form in all 50 states.
3. Helps Treat:
THC can treat pain, stress, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, Glaucoma, muscle spasms, and more!
CBD is capable of treating inflammation, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines, arthritis, epilepsy, paranoia, digestive problems, and more!
It’s apparent that THC and CBD can treat several of the same symptoms. It accomplishes this because they share some of the same properties. The main difference is that THC is associated with a high, so if you’re looking to stay clear-headed, you should choose CBD. If you’re seeking that euphoric, enlightening feeling, consider trying THC.
4. Possible Side Effects
THC can produce side effects such as anxiety, paranoia, memory impairment, changes in appetite and/or weight, etc… It’s important to note that THC does not cause anxiety or paranoia in everyone, however, it’s difficult to know how you will react until you give it a try. If you’ve never used THC before, do so in the comfort of your own home around a trusted, sober friend or family member.
CBD can cause you to experience drowsiness, changes in appetite and/or weight, and sometimes, though rarely, diarrhea. It is extremely uncommon to experience any negative side effects when using CBD, but if it’s your first time use caution. Start out slow and progress from there.
We hope that we’ve cleared a few things up for you so that you can better understand the main differences between THC and CBD.
If you feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation ONLINE to speak with a certified physician who can answer any questions that you may have.