Are you one of the millions of people that are finally seeing Hemp and CBD products showing up on store shelves? Hemp has been slowly becoming more popular in the United States every year.
If so, you are still one of the lucky ones, because it may surprise you that hemp and CBD are still not 100% legal in all 50 states, even though it doesn’t get you high at all!
Hundreds of clinical studies and billions of dollars in research has been proven that hemp and CBD do not make you feel “high” or lead to the “stoned” feeling associated with cannabis.
Today, legislative bodies and regulatory groups are finally seeing the light that so many have seen for years, and we are now on the verge of full legalization, which has already led to industry advancements such as the ability to purchase CBD over the counter and access for merchants to acquire legal banking and merchant processing for their businesses.
Now even your beloved dog, cat, or horse, can finally enjoy the benefits of CBD for macular degeneration, glaucoma, joint issues, separation anxiety, arthritis, aggressive behavior, and overall health and well being.
You have to know your local laws though, because currently much of the new “industrial hemp” based CBD industry is operating in the absence of regulations, which also vary across the country, from state to state. A few weeks ago, senators Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Cory Gardner of Colorado introduced legislation which would allow states to regulate cannabis without interference from the federal government.
Currently, there is little to no federal or state-level enforcement of existing regulation, in most places, so the mantra that “CBD is legal in all 50 states,” has emerged. Technically, this is not true, and as we see in the case of Indiana’s new QR code regulation, the local laws are now beginning to roll in.
Recently, the State of Indiana, which has allowed CBD for a few months now, decided to add lab testing traceability utilizing a QR code 2D barcode every product sold in the state is required to have. Retailers that fail to comply risk losing licensing and face fees.
Indiana’s new QR code regulation for lab traceability is a brilliant idea because cannabis is a product that is highly susceptible to mold spoilage, and must be handled properly if it is intended to be of food or medical grade.
Furthermore, heavy metals are absorbed by the hemp plant, as well as pesticides, and these can show up in the final product. Residual solvents can also be contaminants caused by the extraction process. Indiana’s new regulations address these issues by placing lab results right on your phone, so you know what you are putting in your body.
California, Colorado, and Oregon are also proceeding with permitting their respective citizens access to the medical benefits of the cannabis through access to CBD products which have been derived from low-THC industrial hemp.
Despite not containing THC, industrial hemp still contains many medical benefits that are found in the unique molecules generated by this particular genus of plants. THC is not the only cannabinoid. In fact, there are scores of cannabinoids that cannabis plants can produce.
Generally, only THC and CBN are considered to be the “psychoactive” cannabinoid molecules, while the rest of these medicinal compounds do not cause any psychoactive effects. Some of the “non-cannabinoid” molecules contained in the plant, such as terpenes also have tremendous medicinal value.
Current work in pain research suggests that cannabinoid molecules can work synergistically with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, or NSAIDS to generate a more effective reduction in pain.
There are some very commonly occurring cannabinoids that have also been found to inhibit the COX2 enzyme, in a manner similar to ibuprofen. This means that the medical benefits of cannabis are beyond just the body’s endocannabinoid system, and in this particular case with the COX2 enzyme, these medical benefits also include pain relief conferred through the body’s prostaglandin system.
You may have heard the term, “I got it at Ross,” but it probably wasn’t associated with hemp product. Well, apparently the national department store Ross has added hemp-based products to its shelves.
As federal, and state regulators explore their options to properly regulate the emerging hemp industry, it is important to remember “what are CBD and hemp products are an alternatives to?”
Recently, many “legal” herbal blends have emerged which are laced with synthetic cannabinoids that have been altered to dodge federal regulations.
In 2010, many of these synthetic compounds now placed into the schedule I category were responsible for a 240% increase in phone calls to poison control centers. These synthetic compounds were first developed by the organic chemist John W. Huffman.
Two of these compounds hit the “legal” market in the late 2000’s. Since then, these compounds have been banned by dozens of countries. These synthetic cannabinoids have been found to increase anxiety, cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues, fainting, increased heart rate, and cardiac arrest.
On the other hand, CBD derived naturally from hemp does not have any of the side effects of synthetic cannabinoids.
Fully legalizing industrial hemp-based CBD offers the taxpaying public a safer option than what current regulations have inadvertently produced, which is synthetic cannabinoids marketed as “legal,” designed to dodge regulation rather than confer medical benefit.
It is foolish for the American public to not have the Food and Drug Administration regulating these potentially dangerous synthetic compounds that have been marketed as the brands “K2” and “Spice.”
Furthermore, these synthetic compounds have been showing up in “CBD” products. Recently a group of over 50 people became ill from a CBD product, and when lab analysis performed it was discovered the product contains synthetic cannabinoid.