It’s legal. It isn’t. It works. It doesn’t. What’s the deal with CBD? There has been some sort of CBD green rush for the last 2 years and now … roadblocks. Will it crash?
Grandmother’s are being arrested at airports for having it. Then released without reason. Nonetheless, CBD derived from industrial hemp should be legal as the 2018 Farm Bill made it so. The USDA enforced this legality by making it illegal to stop the transport of industrial hemp across states lines. However, some states require a prescription to have CBD in your possession. (i.e. Virginia.)
The FDA got involved earlier this year at the request of legislators who support the industry. They are hands-off when it comes to supplements and such. For the most part, this is how the “natural” market likes it. But, CBD is a different animal.
In the 1930’s cannabis was made illegal. Cannabis includes both hemp and marijuana. This was unfortunate for many reasons. Hemp has long been a very profitable crop across the globe, including the U.S. Making it illegal to grow or use has cost us greatly. But the greatest injustice may be the benefits of CBD for our overall health and well-being. Hence, the CBD green rush in the first place!
Last year the FDA approved Epidiolex. This is a form of medication with CBD that has been greatly effective for debilitating forms of epilepsy. As a result of this approval, the medical industry hoped that more CBD options would follow. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The FDA has been slow to implement any sort of “across the board” approval. In fact, they are claiming it will take 3 to 5 years to enact CBD regulations.
Current green rush situation
So, where does that leave us in the meantime? Can we purchase? What happens if we use it? Can we be fired from our jobs if we are drug tested?
All of these questions are relevant and important depending on your personal situation. If you work for the government, they tend to test for cannabis. And they aren’t the only employer that does so. Industrial hemp has less than .03 percent THC. But over time, if you take a lot, you could test positive, even though you weren’t high at any time. As a result, you could lose your job.
We are all hoping that the FDA steps up to bat sooner rather than later on this one. Too many people have had and continue to have, success with CBD. Whether battling anxiety or chronic pain, there are people whose lives have improved with CBD. As we continue to fight opioid addiction in this country, studies have shown that CBD can aid in relieving withdrawal symptoms as well as help keep relapsing at bay.
There is a gamble with CBD. Depending on where you are and the political climate therein, you may have some trouble. Worse still, is we are at the mercy of the FDA until they decide what they are going to do and when. The good news is there are other options. Some say, a better option. More on that later. The best we can hope for in the interim is that the FDA will act swiftly. Oh me, oh my … (insert heavy sigh)!