Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or hemp oil, is rapidly growing in popularity due to its newly discovered medicinal properties. Made from marijuana, which contains both THC and CBD, hemp oil removes THC, which is the psychoactive molecule known for giving people a high. THC has been known to help treat pain for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that scientists discovered that CBD has its own medical uses. There is now evidence that CBD is a medical substance. Sadly, media coverage and for-profit companies have manipulated much of the public into believing hemp oil is legal when it is not in most places. While there is lots of support to exclude CBD from the DEA’s list of banned substances, work must still be done to change the law.
The misconception that hemp oil is a legal substance started when a girl with epilepsy found that using cannabidiol reduced her episodes dramatically. This news story blew up, and companies took advantage by selling the substance themselves. The argument for the oil being legal was that it was only “hemp-derived” because only the mature stalks of cannabis were used. This was one of few exceptions included in Controlled Substances Act. The DEA later clarified that because CBD oil contains more than simply trace amounts of the cannabinoid, it is still federally banned. Sadly, these companies and media outlets have led to many people believing that the drug is federally allowed. While CBD may be legal on some state levels, crossing state lines is banned and this has led to many drug raids around the country. There is support to federally lift the ban on hemp oil in particular due to its lack of THC, but until this is solved, anyone is able to be arrested and charged on at least the federal level for using it.
The push for legalization has substantial support due to the medicinal properties of CBD. New research has found that the cannabinoid can treat anxiety, stress, epilepsy, chrons disease, and even Alzheimer’s. One boy found that daily doses on hemp oil reduces his seizures by over 98%. Unlike recreational marijuana, the lack of THC means that the user does not get high, which is helping the political push for legalization. While a deep understanding of how the oil works is unknown, doctors think that because it helps create biochemical pathways, that is why it has such a wide variety of uses such as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, serotonin booster, and anandamide booster. Doctors see little risk of using CBD, and have generally been supportive of it being listed as an exception on the federal level.
So, if you consume CBD in a state where medical cannabis or medical CBD is not legal, be careful. Many companies jumped on this trend and are breaking federal law. Many people still order anyway, as the law is not enforced, but if the DEA gets a hold of a customer list your name could be on there.