As more individual states in the US move to legalize marijuana, people still raise questions and concerns. Scientific studies have shown the benefits of medical marijuana, and it’s successfully used to treat symptoms caused by a variety of illnesses.
The data are so solid that even some who refuse to use medicinal marijuana themselves can see the benefits and accept it as a valid option for others.
Although 2018 is projected to be a successful year for the cannabis industry, opinions about recreational marijuana remain divided. Parents are concerned about their kids picking up a legal drug habit, and others simply refuse to regard it as an acceptable activity.
The concerns are understandable, given that nearly 6% of high school seniors are reported to have a daily marijuana habit, and it’s not an easy habit to break.
Cannabis is always in the news in some form
Whether the focus is on individuals who share their experiences with CBD oil, or the debate over legalization, cannabis had been constantly in the news. Though it’s usually in the form of controversy, the fact that it does turn up so often in public discussion is a good sign.
Slowly but surely, people are getting more educated and starting to understand that getting high isn’t the only purpose for cannabis. Perhaps the greatest reason marijuana is in the news so of late is due to the surge in popularity of CBD oil.
People are using the oil for a plethora of benefits, such as improving their sleep, mood and even for skin care. CBD derives from hemp, and when it’s pure, the oil contains zero THC. Pure CBD contains no psychoactive properties and won’t get anyone high. It does, however, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and reduce stress.
Some parents persist in being afraid of anything associated with the cannabis plant, though. They won’t even consider using medical cannabis or CBD oil to improve a child’s well-being.
Despite multiple studies and plenty of personal testimonies, some adults just aren’t willing to go there with their kids. That was the dilemma the Figi family faced when their young daughter, Charlotte, began suffering seizures that made it impossible for her to move, talk, or eat.
At 6 years of age, Charlotte was experiencing more than 300 epileptic episodes each week. Traditional medications didn’t help and in fact they almost killed her.
That’s when her family decided CBD was their last hope. It wasn’t easy, but the Figi family finally located a physician who was willing to prescribe Charlotte medical cannabis.
They sought the strain with the highest CBD and lowest THC. In short, it worked. Thanks to her seemingly miraculous recovery, that strain was eventually named Charlotte’s Web.
The particular type of CBD that reduced her suffering is now the most sought-after strain in the CBD oil industry. And of course, her story changed many other people’s minds about the many benefits CBD can have on the human body and mind.
Defining the terms: it’s not just splitting hairs
If you read news articles about the current controversies over marijuana, you’ll notice certain terms are used interchangeably, but it’s vital to identify the distinctions.
In 1970, the US government placed all Cannabis species under the classification of Schedule I Drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This meant that hemp – a harmless plant with over 25,000 uses – became illegal.
Since then, Americans have struggled to grasp the difference between hemp and marijuana. Most don’t even know that hemp has regained legal status once again.
Hemp and marijuana both come from the plant species Cannabis. Aside from their aesthetic differences, including height, the main distinction between them is their levels of THC.
Hemp contains just 0.3% THC. Marijuana features considerably higher amounts that range between 5 and 35%.
Most CBD is sourced from hemp, although some comes from marijuana. Most CBD oil manufacturers will source their CBD from hemp for two reasons: it has a higher concentration of CBD, and they want to make sure they don’t skirt legality.
Some manufacturers sell what they call “hemp oil,” which contains CBD but may also contain THC. Other manufacturers sell pure CBD oil. It’s the duty of consumers to read the label and discern the difference.
The misunderstanding has made its way into state laws
It’s hard to imagine a substance that was never illegal in the first place (CBD) was declared illegal by the state of Michigan simply because current law erroneously defines CBD as marijuana. The DEA has officially declared CBD oil legal as long as it’s derived from a legal plant, which is to say, hemp.
The mature stalk of the cannabis plant is excluded from the CSA’s definition of marijuana, so Michigan law could use an update. Although the topic remains controversial, as more people share their stories, legislation around the world will undoubtedly follow the trends toward more precise and forgiving definitions.