WHO Declares CBD to be SafeBack In November 2017, proponents of Cannabis legalization received a major boost when the WHO (World Health Organisation) declared that CBD does indeed have health benefits and recommended that it should not be subjected to government restrictions.The global body’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence specifically examined the potential risks of CBD and their conclusion was that CBD could potentially treat a variety of conditions, while also indicating it was unlikely to be addictive or misused.The WHO stated: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that CBD use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions” and that it “is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids”.However, despite these important revelations from the WHO, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) still lists CBD extracts as a Schedule 1 drug; the same classification as other cannabis products, meaning that CBD is still considered illegal under Federal law.
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CBD LegalityDespite almost half of the US now decriminalizing cannabis, a befuddling and frustrating situation has arisen regarding the true legality of both CBD and cannabis. A result that has left many people being denied the necessary access and information to CBD and its oil form.However, the most important thing to remember is that hemp-derived CBD (like our products) are legal in most part of the US, because they contain virtually no THC (less than 0.1%), while CBD derived from mature cannabis plants are not considered legal.Sadly, the differences between CBD derived from hemp and cannabis are not common facts. With such a lack of information and knowledge available, many people are finding themselves the victim of some incredibly confusing laws both at state and federal level.When you actually consider that cannabis is still considered more dangerous than cocaine (currently a Schedule 2 drug), it demonstrates just how archaic the laws are at a Federal level.
Misunderstanding and StigmasStigmas can be hard to shake. How many of you that use CBD have been asked if it gets you high?So many people remain uneducated about CBD or indeed about the recent changes in the legality of cannabis and CBD at state level. Despite recent improvements, there still continues to be a real lack of information and support for those using CBD, or for those wishing to use CBD or CBD oil.The recent case of a mother being reported to the CPS (Child Protective Services) for giving her daughter CBD to treat her epilepsy illustrates the misunderstanding and misinformation that still permeates the medical community today.After initially being encouraged to use CBD by her physicians, the same physicians eventually called CPS to report them for “medically neglecting” their child.The CBD used in this particular instance was free of THC and had been approved in the mother's home state of Indiana, but, as she was to discover later, had not been approved for treating her daughter's condition.This is just one example, where no clear guidelines have been established for medical practitioners or indeed patients.In this instance, we have a mother who only wants what is best for her sick child, but ends up being potentially criminalized for using a completely safe product that was actually recommended to her while also being legal to use in her own state!The absurdity of situations like this is hard to comprehend. Not only has the woman not broken any laws, but she is clearly trying to do what she feels is best for her child. And yet she still finds herself the victim of a visit from the CPA, because of the complexities surrounding CBD usage and its legality as a medical treatment.With the law so confused, scenarios like these will surely continue until there is a change in the classification of both cannabis and CBD at Federal level.
Mitch McConnell’s Farm BillThankfully, political attitudes towards both cannabis and hemp are beginning to evolve. Just earlier this month, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced his new hemp legalization bill, which would remove non-psychoactive cannabis varieties (like hemp and CBD) from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill is expected to advance in Congress in May or June of this year and has to be greatly welcomed.As well as legalizing hemp under federal law, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would remove restrictions on banking access, agronomy research, water rights, and other obstructions that farmers and processors currently endure.Crucially, the new law would also remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from the list of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances, thus making it an ordinary agricultural commodity while also allowing users of CBD to be free of any concerns they may have surrounding the legality of CBD.Indeed, with this change in the law, the possibility of so much more research and a deeper understanding of CBD, including all its potential benefits, will surely ensue. Given the current misunderstandings and stigmas, as well as the lack of information and appropriate medical support, this can only be a good thing for CBD users.So many of us are now learning about the benefits of CBD, but with more clinical testing and a deeper understanding of how CBD can be used as a treatment for specific illnesses, we can surely move towards a time when CBD will lose its stigma and obtain full acceptance in the medical community as a legitimate and potentially life-changing treatment.
What Can I Do?If history has taught us anything, it is that the power of people is a strong force. When we unite against the wrongs of our societies, we can actually affect a long-lasting and meaningful change. With so many people coming together in online communities to reveal their experiences of CBD and CBD oil, as well as more and more celebrities and sports stars going public about their use, CBD is now moving towards an era of acceptance and greater understanding.Still, the process remains slow. But you have the power to affect that. You really can help.If you have any experience of CBD, either as a user or a provider to your child, we encourage you to share that information. Help to educate your friends, your family, and your colleagues. Don’t be afraid to speak out about what you have learned and, more importantly, what you have experienced.It is through this sharing of information that we can hope to one day completely eliminate the stigmas that continue to confuse both the medical community and the wider public.Remember, knowledge is power and sharing is caring!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).