The legalization of industrial hemp has created a yearning for products that contain Cannabidiol (CBD). This chemical compound, which is increasingly popular, is extracted from industrial hemp. Although CBD does not have any psychoactive effect, it has many medicinal benefits.
CBD oil is said to be helpful for people suffering from many illnesses including chronic pain. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for more scientific research into the effects of CBD. Late last year, the FDA approved the first drug made from CBD. The drug, which is called Epidiolex, is used for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy affecting children. Epidiolex is produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, a firm in the UK which has an outfit in California called Greenwich Biosciences.
Many people who have found relief from CBD for their ailments do not understand why authorities don’t want to make CBD products completely legal.
“If you suffered in pain like we probably did and you tried it and you liked it, and it worked, why wouldn’t you use it,” says Dennis Schwartz, a user of CBD oil.
Schwartz, who reportedly suffered from back pain, said he unsuccessfully tried many over-the-counter drugs that were prescribed. However, Schwartz said he began using CBD after hearing about it from some friends.
According to Schwartz, he and his wife who have diabetes eagerly tried it, and to their surprise it brought relief.
“It just makes it easier in a sense because you don’t have to go to the doctor and get a prescription and all that kind of stuff. You can just use it at your own free will,” Schwartz said.
Schwartz, who lives in Rapid City, South Dakota says he no longer has access to CBD oil since it officials took it off the shelves. Schwartz says him and his wife are having a hard time since they can no longer use CBD oil.
“It’s affecting her … big time. I would say to the people that think it’s so bad if they would have known how she was then and how she was after she took it and now back to the other way again, they would see the difference,” Schwartz said.
CBD shop owners in Rapid City are also worried about their businesses. CBD products were legal in South Dakota until last September when the Senate Bill 22 was passed. Supporters of medical marijuana are calling for SB 22 to be rewritten so people who need CBD products can have access to them.
The debate about CBD products is intensified last year after the Farm Bill was passed into law. President Donald Trump signed the Farm Bill, which legalized the growing of industrial hemp and manufacturing of hemp products across the country. The Farm Bill also removed industrial hemp from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA). As per the new law, industrial hemp is under the domain of federal agricultural authorities.