CBD’s many benefits began to be recognized by the scientific community long ago. CBD oil has often been recognized for its ability to treat seizures, and CBD has even become the base for the FDA-approved epilepsy drug Epidiolex.
CBD isn’t only useful for treating seizures, though; advocates believe it could help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, increase appetite, and promote a sense of well-being. As of now, however, CBD’s approved medical applications remain relegated to seizure activity.
Typically derived from hemp, CBD has spent years in the closet of beneficial compounds due to regulations and restrictions placed on marijuana. Based almost entirely on propaganda, the corporate drug companies’ push to criminalize cannabis in the last century was largely effective, labeling hemp users as dangerous and subversive addicts.
After nearly a century of criminalization, hemp was finally declared federally legal in 2018 following the passage of the Hemp Farming Act. The Act stated that hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC would no longer be considered a controlled substance and would be regulated by the USDA and FDA rather than the DEA. This included extracts of these plants, such as CBD oils and products.
The Hemp Farming Act also carried with it the caveat that states would determine for themselves the regulations surrounding cannabis, including hemp. Unfortunately, this has added to the confusion, with some states refusing to recognize the federal government’s new mandate.
Hemp farmers have, for years, touted the possibilities of hemp cultivation, and it seems the federal government is finally recognizing the truth in what they’ve been saying all along. A resilient and robust plant, hemp grows faster than nearly any other cash crop, making it not just a natural purveyor of medicine but also perfect for the production of goods such as fiber, clothing, and paper.