Source: Denver Post
…”The invention is a non-psychoactive oil made from marijuana plants that is used to treat children with severe seizure disorders. The oil is rich in a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD, but is low in THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Spurred by parents of epileptic children, legislatures in at least a dozen states so far this year have or will consider bills about the marijuana oil. Last week, the governor of Utah signed into law a bill legalizing possession of the oil. A bill in Alabama has passed the Legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature. Lawmakers in Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin and other states have or will consider CBD bills this year.” … Read more:via Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer – The Denver Post.
Really good story there from the Denver Post, that kind of nutshells the current quandary surrounding CBD, and the law surrounding its manufacture and distribution. While you can currently purchase CBD derived from Hemp, such as the oils listed on this website, CBD oils derived from floral Cannabis remain unlawful in much of the country still. The story on CBD is so compelling that there are multiple legislations pending in various states without access to medical marijuana programs, trying to come up with a solution for a substance that shows remarkable potential for healing, but is mired up in the murky water of current Cannabis law in the U.S.
While these laws are well intentioned, as the article points out, there is a worry that they, if adopted, could hinder overall efforts towards medical marijuana and legalization for the entire country. And the point is valid, it is a real worry that that kind of thing could pave the way for big pharma, or big money to come in and say, ok…..we have an exclusive process, that meets all federal criteria, and we can make this stuff without any need for medicinal marijuana. And that would completely miss the point that CBD is but one of dozens of cannabinoids present in Cannabis, and that ultimately , we need to ease restrictions on ALL of them, not just the one’s that can’t “get you high”, or god forbid……make you feel “good”. But it is having the effect of pushing the issue to the forefront when you have parents with sick children demanding safe access to something.
It is interesting that the Stanley’s mentioned in the story, are also looking at Hemp based CBD as a current way around the laws. For those that have not seen the various news stories on the Stanley’s and their operation, they have been instrumental in raising the profile of CBD recently with the Charlotte’s Web strain profiled on CNN, that they developed from floral Cannabis and is showing such promise for folks. Similar breeding programs are being carried out by various breeders as well, breeding CBD back into a plant that it has been selectively bred out of in favor of THC. The pending Medicine Sativex is based on a 1:1 CBD/THC ratio, that is very similar to tinctures and medications sold prior to prohibition, and many breeders are also working with this 1:1 ratio.
What they find with a 1:1 ratio, is that the CBD takes all the edge off of the THC and basically produces a very centered feeling in effect, rather different to strains higher in THC and lower in balancing cannabinoids such as CBD. So ultimately, we will understand that these substances work in concert together, the way nature intended. It is when man gets involved and seeks to patent a process whom mother nature already has exclusive rights to, that things get dicey. Overall, we must continue to push for legalization for the entire country, and world for that matter, but in the meantime, stopgap measures such as Hemp based CBD are ways to at least get this medicine into the hands of people that need access to it.