DEA Clarifies That Some CBD Products Are Legal

DEA Clarifies That Some CBD Products Are Legal

It appears that some CBD products are now just as legal across the United States as over the counter medications. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently published an internal directive that essentially gives the industrial-hemp industry permission to come out of the grey market and enter into the realm of legitimate commerce. The agency says its policy is consistent with a decision handed down in 2004 by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of the Hemp Industries Association v. DEA.

“Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana (such as sterilized seeds, oil or cake made from the seeds, and mature stalks) are not controlled under the CSA,” the directive reads.

“Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA or its implementing regulations. The mere presence of cannabinoids is not itself dispositive as to whether a substance is within the scope of the CSA; the dispositive question is whether the substance falls within the CSA definition of marijuana.”

There has been a lot of confusion lately over the legality of this substance. This is because not all cannabidiol (CBD) products are created equally. In legal marijuana states, dispensaries are selling high-CBD strains of marijuana that can contain up to 30 percent CBD. These breeds also contain a measurable amount of THC, the compound that provides users with stoned effects. But in the case of the hemp-based CBD, these oils only have around 3.5 percent CBD and 0.3 percent THC – falling right in line with the law, according to the DEA.

The agency claims that as long as pot products are manufactured using parts of the cannabis plant that are not restricted under the Controlled Substances Act, they can be sold anywhere in the United States. But anything derived from parts of the plant that the DEA considers marijuana is a no-no.

But nothing has changed. The law is the same as always. The DEA is simply clarifying the law.

Still, the directive could open the national market up to higher quality CBD products. There is nothing written in the language of the directive that suggests these products must be hemp-based.

“Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA or its implementing regulations. The mere presence of cannabinoids is not itself dispositive as to whether a substance is within the scope of the CSA; the dispositive question is whether the substance falls within the CSA definition of marijuana,” the directive reads.

f the situation sounds confusing, don’t worry – it is. Legal experts say the clarification continues to equate market instability and leaves the law open to interpretation.

“The logical and scientific inconsistency puts the DEA and purveyors of CBD goods in a precarious position: how will they determine which CBD products are subject to the CSA and will people really be prosecuted for trafficking a Schedule I controlled substance where the substance is chemically indistinguishable from one that is not prohibited by the CSA?” writes attorneys Justin Hobson and Lewis Horowitz of Lane Powell. “We anticipate that at least one outcome will be buyers insisting on statements or warrantees from sellers, and buyer quality control due diligence, that their CBD products contain only excepted marihuana oil.”

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Cannabidiol reduces attentional bias to cigarette cues in nicotine addicts, study finds

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a psychoactive “high,” might help tobacco smokers kick the habit, according to new preliminary research.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, is the first to investigate the psychological effects of CBD on nicotine withdrawal.

“Cannabis, and the brain system which it acts upon, the endocannabinoid system, is highly associated with tobacco use, but I wanted to investigate if a component of cannabis, cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid could be used in a positive way, to treat withdrawal,” explained study author Chandni Hindocha, a doctoral student at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit of University College London.

“The second reason was that there was another study in 2013 that showed that a week of CBD inhaler vs placebo reduced cigarette smoking in the following week by 40%.”

“This was such a large effect, but there was no mechanism investigated. I thought that the mechanism might be through a modulation of the salience (or attentional grabbing) properties of drug cues; as we have seen this also before,” Hindocha said. “In other words, cannabis users with high CBD in their cannabis showed a lower bias to cannabis cues.”

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 30 dependent cigarette smokers found that 800mg of CBD reversed the attentional bias to cigarette cues.

The participants were initially tested amid their normal cigarette habit. They were tested two more times after having abstained from nicotine overnight (for about 9.5 to 13 hours.)

Participants who received a placebo showed a greater bias towards cigarette-related images compared to neutral images after abstaining. But participants who received CBD showed no increase in this attentional bias.

An associated study, published in Scientific Reports, examined whether CBD could improve memory and reduce impulsivity in the participants. But the researchers failed to find evidence that CBD improved cognition in cigarette smokers who were abstinent overnight.

“Cannabidiol can reduce some aspects of nicotine withdrawal in dependent cigarette smokers, which include the attentional bias to and liking of drug cues, but did not affect craving withdrawal, cognition or impulsivity associated with withdrawal,” Hindocha told PsyPost. “This is likely because we gave people a single dose of the drug.”

The study — like all research — has limitations. It is still unclear how effective CBD would be in helping someone quit tobacco use.

“Everyone who took part was a dependent cigarette smoker who had been asked to not smoke for 12 hours, and we tested for this, however, we were not able to test for nicotine use via e-cigarettes,” Hindocha said.

“Many questions still need to be addressed such as what is the efficacy of CBD in comparison to leading smoking cessation drugs? Can CBD be used as an adjunct to smoking cessation drugs? What dose of CBD is actually required for the desired effect on craving and withdrawal? Is there another mechanism by which CBD acts?”

“CBD is now the centre of a ‘neutraceutical” market such that it can be bought in health food shops — that type of CBD is nowhere near the quality or dose used in this study, therefore we are not encouraging people to treat themselves with CBD,” she added.

The study, “Cannabidiol reverses attentional bias to cigarette cues in a human experimental model of tobacco withdrawal“, was authored by C. Hindocha, T. P. Freeman, M. Grabski, J. B. Stroud, H. Crudgington, A. C. Davies, R. K. Das W. Lawn, C. J. A. Morgan, and H. V. Curran.

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Surfside Pharmacy offers CBD oil aiming to lower opioid use

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Surfside Pharmacy is selling CBD products to help reduce the use of opioid prescriptions.

They started selling CBD or canabidoil products about a year ago. It comes from the hemp plant, and Surfside Pharmacy owner, Daniel Bundrick said it’s changed his customers lives.

Horry County had more opioid prescriptions than people in 2016 with 110.7 prescriptions per 100 people.
Bundrick thinks CBD oil can change that.

“If people will give it a chance and take a strong enough dose, if they cant totally cut back on the opioid dose then at least they can cut down on the dose and start tapering it down,” said Bundrick.

He also puts this flyer in every opioid prescription bottle warning people of the dangers and hoping they try something new.

“We try to educate our people and give them alternatives to those strong medications,” said Bundrick.

Bundrick says CBD oil is most effective for chronic pain,a nd gets in your system fast. The right dosage is key. A lower dose helps with anxiety but to fight off chronic pain you need 30 to 50 milligrams.

“The safety profile is just so good. There’s no real drug interaction or it’s very few and those can be overcome,” said Bundrick.

Surfside Pharmacy gets its CBD products from companies called Hemplucid and Kannaway.
They have 16 hemp farms in Colorado and can distribute all over the country as long as the THC levels are less .3%.

You don’t have to have a prescription to get cbd products, and the amount of hemp in the palmetto state is growing. The state dept of agriculture doubled the number of hemp farms in its pilot program.

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How to Use CBD to Quit Smoking

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Supermarkets in Switzerland are selling high-CBD flower, known as “marijuana lite,” next to cigarettes as a relaxing tobacco alternative. Meanwhile, in the UK, two recent studies have shown CBD to have potential in helping people quit smoking cigarettes. But how does this work? Can you use any old CBD to quit smoking? Let’s take a close look at the research to see how you can use CBD to quit smoking cigarettes.

CBD to Quit Smoking: What The Research Says

In the past few years, there have been two very interesting studies on CBD to quit smoking, both performed by the University College London. The first study, published in 2013, gave 12 dependent smokers a CBD inhaler and another 12 smokers a placebo inhaler to use when they had a cigarette craving. Researchers found that those using the CBD inhaler reduced their cigarette intake by 40 percent, while those using the placebo had no significant change. Researchers speculated that “drugs that alter the endocannabinoid system may be an effective treatment for nicotine addiction,” but more studies were needed.

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Recently, in May 2018, another study on CBD to quit smoking came out of the UK. In this double-blind, randomized study, 30 dependent smokers were given 800mg of CBD orally or a matched placebo. Participants were then shown “pictorial tobacco cues” and were examined for withdrawal, cravings, heart rate and blood pressure. In real life, these “tobacco cues” could be situations where the chance of relapsing is highest, like parties, drinking, or friends smoking. What they found was interesting: a single 800mg dose of CBD could help to reduce the “pleasantness” of cigarette cues compared to the placebo group, especially when participants had abstained from cigarettes overnight.

“These findings are exciting as they suggest CBD may interfere with some of the underlying mechanisms behind tobacco addiction and could potentially be a treatment for people who are trying to quit,” Dr. Amir Englund at King’s College London told iNews UK.

How CBD to Quit Smoking Works

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The significance of these studies is that CBD to quit smoking might work on a few different levels. Quitting smoking is more than overcoming a physical addiction, it’s also the process of breaking a habit, which is difficult and stress-inducing. But smoking CBD-rich flower or vaping a CBD-dominant cannabis oil could both relieve anxiety as well fulfill a missing habit, the actual inhalation of a substance to relax.

How to Use CBD to Quit Smoking

If you’re looking for specific advice on CBD to quit smoking, we’ve got you covered. Remember, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. It doesn’t get you high, but it does provide a ton of medical benefits, including anxiety and pain relief. Plus, CBD products derived from hemp with 0.3 percent of THC or less, are accessible in all 50 states. There are tons of choices when shopping for CBD to quit smoking; everything from CBD oil and vaporizers to flower, dabs, and chewing gum are available online.

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Even though replacing tobacco with CBD flower might be the easiest way to quit smoking cigarettes, this technique should only be used in the first couple of weeks. That’s because, combustion, or the act of smoking, still produces carcinogens, and so is still bad for you. Many of the most successful techniques for quitting smoking involve replacing your smoking habits with new, healthier habits, like taking a walk after a meal or having a cup of tea during a time when you would normally have a cigarette. Replacing tobacco cigarettes with CBD cigarettes isn’t a long-term solution, but it can definitely help the transition.

Then, it’s healthier to opt for vaping CBD or taking it orally, as an oil or edible like gummies or chewing gum. Studies have also shown that taking a daily dose of CBD can help recovering addicts quit other substances as well, such as opioids and cocaine.

People smoking weed to help them quit cigarettes isn’t a new phenomenon, but smoking multiple joints a day isn’t practical for many. That’s how CBD to quit smoking is advantageous: it won’t get you high, but will still help you reduce stress and relieve a craving.

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