Pot or Not?

  1. Was listening to the radio recently and they were discussing CBD oil and hemp and how it was fine for "professionals who need to pass drug tests;" curious I went a littler further....

    Pot or Not?

    What is CBD oil?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the most active component of the plant and is psychoactive. However, CBD is also part of the plant and is NOT psychoactive. Hemp is the least processed part of the cannabis plant and contains the most CBD. Some growers alter their plants to produce more THC in order to make the psychoactive portion more potent.

    How does it work?

    Our bodies have receptors for CBD called CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are located in the brain and CB2 receptors are related to inflammation. It was initially thought that CBD attached itself to these receptors. However, it now appears that CBD encourages our bodies to produce more of its own CBD.

    What health benefits can CBD provide?

    In June 2018 the FDA approved the use of Eidolex in the treatment of some types of epilepsy:

    "Epidiolex's effectiveness was studied in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials involving 516 patients with either Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex, taken along with other medications, was shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures when compared with placebo."

    This medication, made in the UK is not yet available in the US due to its classification as a schedule I medication meaning it has high abuse potential and no medical benefit. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is moving forward on this, however it is unknown when it will be available in the US.

    Other uses of CBD oil include:


    Is CBD legal?

    Yes, in some states CBD is legal. However, the amount of THC usually must be less than 0.3%. For instance, in Illinois, recent legislation is going thru the House to allow sale of CBD oil over the counter. Senate bill 2298 passes unanimously. However, it is important to note that federal law still does not allow the sale of CBD oil in ALL states. Several sources I looked at though, did say that the DEA is not prosecuting people who possess CBD oil.

    Pot or Not?

    No, CBD is not pot. However, its not legal in all states either. The initial interest in this topic was because the advertisements in my area specifically target people who might be subject to drug testing including police officers, fire personnel, truck drivers, healthcare workers. This is what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website stated in November 2017:

    Many CBD oils and other marijuana-derived products are sold over the internet or at dispensaries instates allowing marijuana use, either recreationally or medically. These products are not regulatedby the Food and Drug Administration for content and may be contaminated by a host of cannabinoidchemicals, including THC and CBD. CBD is chemically distinguishable from THC and will notcause a positive drug test result under the current drug testing panel but is a Schedule I drug.However, CBD products may contain other cannabinoids such as THC, therefore, use of CBD oilsand marijuana-derived products may result in a positive urine drug test for THCA.

    So, pot or not, is it something you want to risk?

    References:

    A critical review of antipsychotic effects of cannabidiol: 30 years of translational investigation

    Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug

    Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers, preliminary findings

    DEA moving forward with reclassification of CBD ahead of Epidiolex launch

    FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy
    Senate passes Anderson legislation legallizing CBD oil

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
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  3. by   morte
    Hemp is a different plant, not the "least processed part of the plant". plants are not altered, the desired target is bred for, like any other plant breeding endeavor. if you can not et these facts correct?.......
  4. by   traumaRUs
    "According to a 1976 study published by the International Association of Plant Taxonomy concluded "both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis Sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species Cannabis Sativa.""

    Understanding The Differences Between Hemp and Cannabis

    Clarification from the DEA


    Your reference?
  5. by   Mudpinesredneck
    Nothing wrong with CBD. It is a great anxiety medication. I use it as such.

    The problem is private companies messing with what was once a natural plant.

    We don't need synthetic weed, GMO weed, none of that.

    For thousands of years man dropped a seed in the ground, watered the plant, dried it and smoked it. It needs to stay that way
  6. by   morte
    Quote from traumaRUs
    "According to a 1976 study published by the International Association of Plant Taxonomy concluded "both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis Sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species Cannabis Sativa.""

    Understanding The Differences Between Hemp and Cannabis

    Clarification from the DEA


    Your reference?
    YOUR reference makes it clear they are not the same.
  7. by   PeakRN
    Does marajuana decrease epileptiform activity on EEG or only decrease the visible features of seizures?
  8. by   klone
    Quote from morte
    YOUR reference makes it clear they are not the same.
    From the first link, it says "hemp and cannabis ultimately come from the same plant, just different parts."

    Sort of like cilantro and coriander, I guess.
  9. by   morte
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Lots of fallacies.
  11. by   klone
    My point being, if I, who is a highly intelligent individual, had a hard time finding any reference that doesn't suggest it's the same plant, then perhaps you can cut the OP a little slack. We're not all pot experts. Perhaps you should write an article?
  12. by   morte
    Quote from klone
    My point being, if I, who is a highly intelligent individual, had a hard time finding any reference that doesn't suggest it's the same plant, then perhaps you can cut the OP a little slack. We're not all pot experts. Perhaps you should write an article?
    LOL, never used, don't intend to. found references quoted in less than 1/2 hour. I like science based articles. need to be accurate.
  13. by   morte
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Lots of fallacies.
    prove it. perhaps you don't know what a Guernsey or Hereford is?
  14. by   traumaRUs
    Quote from morte
    prove it. perhaps you don't know what a Guernsey or Hereford is?
    lol - I live in central IL, I assure you I know the difference. However, they, like cannabis are of the same species which is what I stated.

    To be transparent, hemp is a species of the cannabis plant. However, it does still contain up to 0.3% THC which can make it illegal in some states.

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