CBD Oil Still Under Attack

CBD (or Hemp) oil is the hot topic in the health market and news these days. But just as William Hitler, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was tainted by his Uncle Adolf’s evil reputation, so too is cannabidiol (CBD) oil tainted by its kinship with marijuana. Yet, both William and CBD have done much good for others, so it is a shame that in the more recent case CBD oil suffers from a regulatory limbo that keeps many in pain and ill-health that they neither deserve nor should even suffer from.

Many Healthful Benefits
CBD oil can be extracted from the resin glands on cannabis (marijuana) buds and flowers (where it is legal), and from the stalks and stems of hemp. The latter source is an industrial form of cannabis with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of 0.3% or less. THC is the chemical compound that is responsible for the psychotropic effects that many people seek from marijuana. CBD oil is almost always diluted with a food oil to reduce its overall CBD content and its effects upon the CB1 receptors in the brain are 100 times weaker than those of THC. It would be extraordinary for a person to experience hallucinations or euphoria from having taken CBD. Or to experience safety issues.1 The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees.2

CBD oil possesses many health benefits. Among them are the ability to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and antipsychotic effects, relieve nausea, treat seizures and other neurological disorders, promote cardiovascular health, and even help fight cancer. The last of these benefits may be the most damning, given that it threatens a multibillion-dollar, entrenched medical business.

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The Final Rule took effect January 13, 2017, but was immediately followed up by a petition filed that same day against the Agency with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.6 In filing the action, petitioners’ attorney Bob Hoban said, “This is an action beyond the DEA’s authority. This Final Rule serves to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of growing businesses, with massive economic and industry expansion opportunities, all of which conduct lawful business compliant with existing policy as it is understood and in reliance upon the Federal Government.”