In December 2016, the DEA specifically classified CBD oil and all other cannabinoid extracts as Schedule I drugs, the same level as Heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs are said to have no useful purpose, which we know is not the case with hemp and CBD oil (and arguably Marijuana in general). This overreach by the DEA is alarming but not the end of the world for CBD and hemp.
CBD is a non-psychoactive (ie. it doesn’t get you high) oil that is extracted from hemp. Although from the same plant as marijuana, hemp is classified as having less than 0.3% THC and has myriad uses from fiber and paper to fuel and plastic substitutes.
This specifying of CBD oil as Schedule I has left producers and consumers understandably wary about the future of the CBD industry. Here are a few things to know to stay informed:
Legal Hemp and CBD Oil
After the 2014 farm bill was passed in congress CBD oil entered a legal ‘grey area.’ This bill allowed certain states to grow hemp and prohibited federal law enforcement agencies from interfering with state agencies, hemp farmers, and researchers. Since the passage of this bill many farms and business have started selling CBD oil at dispensaries and over the internet under the assumption that as long as the oil is extracted from hemp it is legal.
With this explicit classification of all extracts as the same as Marijuana (and heroin!) the DEA is essentially making the claim that while hemp may be congressionally protected CBD oil is not. According to Robert Hoban, managing partner of the Hoban Law Group, such moves by the DEA may not be legal.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the 80+ cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. THC is the compound that imparts that ‘high’ feeling, and also has many medicinal qualities. CBD has most if not more of the medicinal attributes of THC while lacking THC’s psychoactive properties. In fact, CBD works to regulate these properties in the body.
Not only does CBD come from a legal classification of Cannabis sativa (hemp), it lacks the negative psychoactive attributes and other side effects of THC. Therefore putting it into the same category as marijuana is profoundly misguided.
The Wonders of CBD Oil
The healthful benefits of CBD oil are vast and bountiful. The most notable of these is the positive outcomes of epileptic patients when all other pharmaceutical medications have failed. CBD oil has also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, reduce anxiety, and is a natural pain killer.
The oil can be used in lotions and salves as a treatment for dry skin, rashes, and eczema. It can be taken in tincture form as a treatment for anxiety and used by cancer patients for its pain relieving and anti-nausea properties.
There are promising surveys and studies that suggest CBD oil could be helpful for chronic migraines, acne, and fibromyalgia. All the ways CBD could be beneficial are just beginning to be discovered.
CBD oil has many uses, not least of which is providing some relief to patients with severe intractable epilepsy and other diseases and ailments. Although the classification as a Schedule I drug is worrisome there is plenty of evidence and hope that science and law will prevail in helping the federal government make the responsible choice of recognizing the safety of CBD oil and encouraging its continued research.
If you would like to protect your right to utilize the medicinal powers of CBD oil contact your congressman to let them know the importance of this issue to you.