Marijuana oil has been a hot topic over the last few years as many states pass medical Marijuana programs and more and more reports come filtering out of them regarding the therapeutic potentials offered by various extracts featuring high levels of Cannabinoids such as CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the main active substances contained within Cannabis. Dramatic cases featured on such noteworthy TV shows as the Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN specials that first brought strains such as Charlotte’s Web into the national spotlight have done much to raise public awareness of CBD.
2014 saw a flurry of interest in Cannabidiol in particular, with a slew of states successfully passing CBD only legislation after mounting pressure from many numbers of families with children suffering from intractable Epilepsy resulted in the fast tracking of Cannabidiol laws in more than 10 U.S. states. The Cannabidiol issue is proving to be quite popular politically as it allows politicians to get behind the “won’t get you high” side of the CBD story while temporarily dancing around the looming issues of future medical marijuana programs that are pending or have been proposed in many of these states, as well as the national movement towards approval for medicinal and recreational use on a large scale.
While these Cannabidiol laws are well intentioned, many of them are extremely exclusive as to what illnesses may qualify patients for use, and limit production of the plant—in most cases Charlotte’s Web— to a handful of licensed facilities. These laws have drawn both praise and criticism from various groups, as many feel they stop well short of where we eventually need to be in regards to Medical Marijuana Oil and Medical Cannabis, limiting the use to only a handful of patients that are on a very short list of approved conditions and in some cases, exclusively for Epilepsy.
While many states have now passed laws legalizing the production of plants bearing Cannabidiol for medicinal use, these laws will take many months if not years to be implemented while the details are ironed out as to whom will produce the plants and products for distribution in each of these states. Many patients and families in the states that have enacted these CBD laws are frustrated that they currently have no way to access CBD, in most cases assuming that Cannabidiol has to be extracted from illicit Marijuana oil. It has also been frustrating for patients and families that still find themselves in states with neither Medical Marijuana programs that provide access to Marijuana oil nor Cannabidiol laws providing access to CBD.
The irony though, is that Cannabidiol is already legal to be sold in the form of CBD Rich Hemp finishing products used in the manufacturing of nutritional supplements and has been for some time now, but many people in these states that either do not qualify for the CBD programs, or are waiting for the laws to take effect, remain unaware that it is currently possible to legally Buy CBD Hemp Oil online.
High CBD Hemp Oil
A derivative of the industrial or commercial hemp plant, CBD Rich Hemp Oil is offering a great legal alternative for those living in non medical marijuana states that would like to try CBD oil but are still waiting for the laws to catch up in their part of the country, as well as folks just seeking highly concentrated sources of Cannabidiol in general. This type of Hemp oil should not be confused with well known nutritional products that have been sold for some time now such as Hemp seed oil, which are sold for their high nutritional value and typically contain very little if any Cannabidiol or other Cannabinoids. These nutritional products are however, sold under the same laws that allow for Hemp based Cannabinoids to be sold legally.
CBD content in Hemp oil, when extracted from the proper strains, can be very high as Hemp plants are now the very strains that are being used to breed high CBD levels back into Cannabis after years of selective recreational breeding for high THC values. Well known strains such Charlotte’s Web are hybrids that were selected from crosses with High CBD Hemp varietals and those Hemp genetics are what account for the new High CBD Strains of Marijuana and commercial Hemp that have and are being developed. Industrial and commercial Hemp has been bred over decades to reduce the THC limits beyond .3%, as to meet the international guidelines for industrial hemp certification, but the CBD has remained untouched, whereas in the recreational market, the exact opposite has happened over the last 30 or 40 years of indoor growing. The money has traditionally been in high THC values, and as a result CBD was slowly selected against in favor of high THC .
CBD modulates/diminishes the effects of THC so is not a desired trait for recreational strains of cannabis for the most part, unless in very small concentrations. Strains that approach a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD have very little if any intoxicating effect and are more suitable for medicinal use where high THC doses can be uncomfortable for some. It is only with the recent surge of interest in Cannabidiol that breeders are getting the financial incentive to work with these previously abandoned hemp strains in order to bring CBD back into the Cannabis genetic pool and develope strains such as Charlotte’s Web, Cannatonic, ACDC and Harlequin, among many other high CBD variants, some of which now have low enough THC levels to qualify for industrial Hemp status. A great breakdown of some of the most well known High CBD strains being used to make Marijuana oil and extracts in Medical Marijuana states today may be found here via Synergy Wellness’s site.
How can Hemp based Cannabidiol be legal?
In 2004, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the naturally occurring Cannabinoids contained in non psychoactive varieties of Cannabis (industrial Hemp) are outside of the regulatory power of the DEA after the DEA attempted to enforce a zero tolerance policy on the trace amounts of THC contained in Hemp products being sold at the time, such as nutritional Hemp seed oil. One can view these trace amount of THC being very similar to the trace amount of morphine and codeine found within poppy seeds used for baked goods. This zero tolerance policy was challenged by the HIA (Hemp Industries Association) who won the ruling in 2004, which was subsequently left unchallenged by the Bush administration and DEA. Industrial Hemp is defined internationally as having .3% THC or less by dry weight, so that has become a defining line between what is legally considered Hemp and what is considered “Marijuana” under U.S. law after the 9th circuit court of appeals ruling that placed the Cannabinoids contained within Hemp into a separate category than those within strains of Marijuana with higher than .3% THC content.
Furthermore, Cannabidiol itself nor any of the other 80 some Cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis plant are scheduled substances in the United States, only THC and a few synthetic Cannabinoids are actually listed as scheduled substances. If CBD is derived from Marijuana, it is illegal as are all constituents of the plant. When derived from imported commercial hemp, CBD is legal as the Cannabinoids contained in non-psychoactive strains of Cannabis are exempt from regulation in the US and around 40 other countries when used in Hemp finishing products. Some countries do in fact schedule Cannabidiol, such as Canada, where CBD is listed as a Schedule 2 substance. Legal status of Cannabidiol can been seen on the wiki page here.
Strains such as Charlotte’s Web, that started out being classified as “marijuana” strains, have now been able to be reclassified as Hemp strains, due to the meeting of the .3% THC threshold. This is an important designation, as breeders are now breeding Cannabis strains down to acceptable THC levels, while still offering a plant that carries all of the other combinations of naturally occurring Cannabinoids, which provide a synergistic effect when taken together along with the plants given Terpenoid and Flavanoid profiles. This has tremendous implications for people that do not need high THC levels in their Marijuana oil and extracts as it offers a legal avenue to procure CBD Oil for Sale in all 50 states. The 2014 Farm Bill took further steps to distinctly define hemp in the U.S. to allow for early pilot farms to develope and the pending Industrial Hemp Act will sever hemp’s connection with marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act once and for all.
Hemp based nutritional supplements
Since only THC and a few synthetic Cannabinoids are scheduled substances, as long as an imported hemp plant meets the THC threshold, ALL of the Cannabinoids present in it, including the trace amounts of THC, are legal to sell in the Hemp finishing products used in producing nutritional supplements and Hemp foods. These Hemp products have been legal to sell in the US for some time now, but the growing of Hemp remained illegal until 2014 and early manufacturers of Cannabidiol products were forced to import their Hemp base from overseas. With domestic hemp programs coming online slowly in 2014, and being legally distinct under law from Marijuana via the Farm Bill, producers of High CBD Hemp Oil will now be able to switch from imported base material from Europe and China to higher quality, domestically grown medicinal Hemp strains such as Charlotte’s Web, leading to vast improvements in both potency per dollar spent and overall Cannabinoid profiles.
2104 has seen very limited growing of domestic Hemp, as new programs are set up and established, but 2015 should see a sizable increase in production as many hemp farmers will be able to use this years crop for vitally needed seed stock. The distinction between Hemp and Marijuana under law was an important hurdle that was cleared in 2014. Unfair Marijuana laws should not restrict the growth of Hemp in the U.S, which has a long and proud relationship with Hemp, until it was criminalized along with cannabis by definition of the term Marijuana which came to encompass both illicit Marijuana as well as benign Hemp under U.S. law. All though the line between Marijuana oil and Hemp oil is rather arbitrary at .3% THC, it is a clear definition none the less, allowing for legal sale of Hemp based nutraceuticals and domestic cultivation for research. Interstate shipment of products created with domestic hemp is a current grey area with regard to the new state legal hemp farms in some 19 U.S. states now.
The future of High CBD Hemp Oil
2015 and beyond will bring many exciting changes to the current High CBD Hemp oil market. The Hemp plant once again being cultivated domestically for the first time in decades, will allow for companies producing Cannabidiol Rich Hemp products to source their base material from domestic suppliers, raising the bar on many of the current offerings that are using imported Hemp base from Europe from commercial strains that just happened to have decent CBD levels rather than strains actually developed to have high CBD levels, that are grown out seedlessly like traditional Marijuana for the strongest concentrations of Cannabindoids, such as those found within Marijuana oil.
New companies are already popping up, making products from Whole Plant extracts taken from high quality domestic or European Hemp plants with more complete Cannabinoid profiles and offering concentrations of CBD in their extracts similar to what is obtainable from strains such as Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s Web itself has recently been reclassified from Marijuana by the state of CO as a Hemp variety (story here) which should allow for the sales of Hemp based finishing products derived from it in all U.S. states, the same as other legal Hemp based CBD nutritional supplements that are currently being sold. The move to Whole Plant extracts will mark an important change in the market as Whole Plant extracts derived from the flowers of the female Hemp plants are able to offer superior Cannabinoid and Terpene profiles as well as higher concentrations of base Cannabinoids, making them similar in composition/concentration to traditional Marijuana Oil extracts derived from illicit Marijuana. A look inside of one of the nations earliest whole plant CBD Hemp pilot programs may be seen here.