In May 2017, two U.S. Senators, Feinstein and Grassley, introduced the #Cannabidiol
Research Expansion Act S.1276, to the Senate. The act suggests that the #government
allows research on the medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) using Schedule II registration.
The #Controlled #Substances
Act current lists cannabis and its CBD #chemical
components as Schedule I substances. This is the same categorization as #cocaine
Moving marijuana and CBD off #Schedule
I seems like a move in the right direction. The main goal of proposed act is to remove unnecessary barriers to studying CBD’s potential #benefits
and risks. At least, this is the perspective of Senator Thom Tillis, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.
Yet, there is a much bigger impact that this #law
would have on the industrial hemp industry. Furthermore, it may give #BigPharma
more control over the #medicalmarijuana
The Threat to Industrial Hemp
First, let’s consider #industrial
hemp. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 allows U.S. states to establish industrial hemp research or pilot programs. It also authorizes the study of the potential for the hemp industry. Because CBD can be found in high concentrations in hemp, there are many medical applications.
Such a pilot program is currently underway in North Carolina. Participating farmers have expressed concern about reclassifying CBD. They believe it would #threaten
to obtains #seeds
and continue their study of hemp. Brian Morris, owner of Carolina Hemp Co. in Asheville, revealed.
Hemp and medical marijuana are essentially the same plant, Cannabis Sativa. Hemp contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical THC. Therefore, farmers grow hemp mainly for industrial uses. Medical marijuana is different because growers breed it for its resinous glands. These glands contain high amounts of THC.
Regardless of their THC content, both types of Cannabis Sativa plant contain CBD. Therefore, CBD law would affect both hemp and medical marijuana initiatives.
Big Pharma Looks to Gain
The Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act states: …the term “authorized medical research” means medical research that is — (B) conducted by.