DEA and CBD are not acronyms that play nicely together. As of December 2016, The Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) has slapped the CBD world across the face and sent patients and providers into a panic. The DEA has stated that all extracts from cannabis are now illegal because they could contain trace amounts of THC. Furthermore the DEA has stated that these extracts have no medicinal benefit. The DEA is now stating that as of January 13, 2017 all extracts will be classified as Schedule I drugs, just as marijuana and heroin. Wait a minute!
If you are new to this topic let me back up, cannabis contains more than 80 cannabinoids, the two most dominant are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The only cannabinoid that can cause you to get high is THC. All others have been proven harmless and even beneficial, despite what the DEA is stating.
So why would the DEA make this statement when CBD and other cannabinoids cannot get users high?
Here’s the most bizarre twist, the government actually owns patent 6630507 that grants exclusive rights on the use of cannabinoids for treating neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke, and diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as heart attack, Crohn’s disease, diabetes and arthritis. The patent is not new, in fact it was applied for in 1999 and granted in 2003 to the US Department of Health and Human Services. So how can any government agency make a claim that it is not medically beneficial?
Furthermore, the DEA is a law enforcement agency, not a law making agency. So this agency has no right to try and rewrite laws that already make CBD and its extracts legal. Currently hemp, which is partially defined as cannabis with less than .3% THC is legal. It is legal in all 50 states according to Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill legalized hemp cultivation in the United States. Subsequent additions to the 2015 and 2016 Congressional Appropriations Act prohibited the DEA from going after the products produced under these pilot programs mentioned in the Bill.
So what is the DEA’s motivation? Are they going to begin raiding the homes of families who are treating a child’s seizures with CBD? Or how about a man who is treating tremors caused from Parkinson’s? It is impossible to overdose and no one has ever died from CBD or marijuana for that fact. It doesn’t make sense until you begin to evaluate the financial fallout to the large pharmaceutical companies due to the success of an herbal extract that helps to treat literally dozens of medical conditions. What happens to Big Pharma when its expensive prescription medications are potentially replaced by a simple extract that doesn’t even require a prescription?
Legal experts are weighing in and stating that there are federal laws that the DEA cannot bypass, if they do they will receive legal challenges from the industry. So at CBD BioCare we are moving forward and abiding by the law set forth in 2014.