The cannabis community is making greater and greater strides across the nation and at the federal level. While progress is moving much too slow for those that have understood the truth about cannabis, it is still rather remarkable where we have come, when back in 1996, not that long ago for an old man like me as I graduated high school that year, there weren’t any states with a medical marijuana program. Each state that moves forward and every federal development moves us closer to ending federal prohibition, and that includes success with hemp legislation and the rise of CBD.
Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, is now advocating for the FDA to implement regulations on CBD products. The sooner that CBD is fully recognized by Uncle Sam, the closer we will be to implementing a sane federal cannabis policy. Marijuana Moment reported on Gottlieb’s call for regulatory oversight:
To start, Gottlieb recommended targeting regulations at CBD supplements, which are not currently allowed to be marketed because FDA has yet to issue rules—but at the same time, they’ve become widely available since hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Regulators could “put burden on producers to prove CBD safety at very low levels while ensuring manufacturing standards, purity, minimum levels of active ingredient during a transition period of enforcement discretion—and sweep market of non compliant products,” he said.
Multiple lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have implored FDA to use enforcement discretion when it comes to CBD and only go after those making especially exaggerated claims about their products or neglecting safety standards.
What exactly is CBD? Here’s a brief description from Dr. Lester Grinspoon, blogging over at the Harvard Health Blog:
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
With hemp legislation recently passing, along with the SAFE banking Act on the move, we’re seeing real progress in Congress. As more states improve their laws, we’ll be seeing more and more elected officials and policymakers understand that legalization and regulation is a much better policy than prohibition. It can be frustrating waiting on those in power to catch up to the people, but know that we are winning and the truth will eventually set the cannabis plant free.