CBD (cannabinoid), which is the non-psychoactive portion of marijuana, is becoming increasingly popular because there are quite a few health benefits which it offers. It is known to help in relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia and pain. The best thing is that all this is done without getting high. Hence, CBD is now being extensively used in all kinds of edible and topical products, such as lattes, vitamins, cookies, moisturizers, teas, ice creams, beers, gummies, dog treats as well as massage oils.
The New Farm Bill
Congress recently voted in favor of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which will legalize hemp and this decision is most certainly a historical step. The next step in legalization is for the President to approve the bill. Many people are questioning what the legalization of Hemp will mean for CBD. CBD can be extracted from marijuana or hemp but, regardless of its origins, it continues to be on the list as a Schedule 1 substance. In other words, it is controlled as far as usage is concerned and there must be the right kind of prescription or doctor’s recommendation for its usage.
Will the Legal Status of CBD Change?
With the legalization of hemp, CBD will most certainly become even more prominent in the health industry. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to classify CBD as illegal. Hence it continues to be a highly controlled substance. However, it is not common for the government to be concerned with possession of CBD or products that contain CBD. At this time, it is unclear whether or not CBD will actually be reclassified as a non-controlled substance, regardless of the legalization of hemp. But the tide is turning toward more liberal laws for the use of CBD. The legalization of hemp is a huge step in the right direction.
Legalizing Hemp Will Give A Big Boost to the CBD Industry
Hemp has never been used as a drug because it has less than 0.3% THC. Therefore, people will not get the “high” that they would get from marijuana. Historically, hemp has been used for industrial purposes, such as use in paper and all kinds of textiles. However, since 1970 there has been a major change in the laws regarding hemp. It was classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which caused it to become illegal to grow and sell in any form.
Now that hemp has been removed from the Schedule 1 category of controlled substances, it certainly is big news! This will give a huge boost to the growth of the CBD industry also. Although this may not happen immediately, once it does happen, it could literally open the floodgates for the use of CBD. Once CBD is more freely available, the use of this substance for medical research and other health purposes will see drastic growth. However, it will require patience to change the negative views surrounding the use of CBD.
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