Headline after news headline will discuss CBD and marijuana in the same breath, even calling it “medical marijuana” or “pot”. This brings about confusion, but makes for sensational headlines, particularly when children are dosed with it by their parents. Cannabis, it seems, isn’t necessarily pot – at least not in the sense that most people regard it. The blog “Civilized Life” recently attempted to clarify the differences.
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The author observes that most people are relatively familiar with the mind-altering ingredient found in high concentrations in marijuana. They know a little about THC, including the fact that it does make its users high and is widely regarded as a potentially addictive drug. What less people understand, is the other ingredients in cannabis, and the fact that not all strains of the plant are rich in THC.
CBD, says “Civilized Life”, is used to relieve pain, nausea, and arthritis. It’s also believed to be helpful for those suffering from a long list of serious illnesses. This may make it sound a lot like THC, but the big difference is that it does not make you high.
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Most people are cautious about anything that has to be smoked, after all, we all know tobacco’s history, and most of us wouldn’t want to go around reeking pf pot even if it didn’t make us high. But CBD can be consumed in a number of ways, and isn’t generally smoked. CBD oil is usually taken orally, either as is, or in capsule format. There are also CBD chewing gums and even suppositories available.
Should CBD oil be part of pot legalization drives?
Although CBD oil often features in state medical marijuana legislation, there are legal experts who say it can’t actually be illegal to begin with. Hemp isn’t pot, and its’ arguable whether the DEA can say that it is. After all, it isn’t really a drug either. Even the plants from which it is extracted are considered to be “industrial hemp” plants rather than marijuana.
Already, the DEA has lost court battles against the US Hemp Industries Council. In one, the court found that “…the DEA does not have jurisdiction to regulate products made from hemp, and it affirmed the hemp industry’s argument that the position held by the DEA on hemp products was never justified.”
By making CBD part of medical marijuana legislation, the court’s finding on hemp is being ignored. The fact that the DEA continues to include hemp and CBD in its marijuana law enforcement activities also shows its contempt for the legal finding. Could it be that the DEA believes no-one else will dare stand up for their legal rights as set out in this precedent? Because of marijuana / hemp confusion, many CBD oil users don’t even know what their rights are with regard to CBD.
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Should hemp be part of the medical cannabis legalization process, or should it be considered as a harmless herb that is already technically legal?