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The DEA and CBD – New Drug Code for CBD

Is CBD Finally Legal?

If you’ve ever wondered where my animus for certain federal agencies originates, here’s a perfect example.  I can't help but find it fascinating the ongoing relationship between the DEA and CBD.  It remains very important to inform my fellow Americans of the alarming fact that the Cannabis plant remains a controlled substance in one form or another.  And depending upon which state you live in, you may be subject to fines and imprisonment even now in 2021.

According to an announcement as far back as n September 2018, the DEA announced that drugs including CBD products containing a range from zero to 0.1% THC content are considered "Schedule 5" controlled substances and dangerous drugs forthwith.

This announcement is the first time the agency has lowered any type of Cannabis-derived cannabinoid or any part of the plant from "Schedule 1" designation on the list of Controlled Substances.

Meanwhile, white-collar profit-seekers and animal spirits ignore federal laws while we watch their general stock prices rise year after year.  As such, investments are deemed to be of extremely high risk and clearly exhibit volatile price sensitivity.

 

DEA Schedule of Dangerous Drugs

I Thought CBD Was Already Legal

The U.S. Federal Government has even patented marijuana in pill form many years ago, yet clinical trials are claimed to be lacking in support of various "medical claims" deemed by federal regulators and enforcement officials.  Systematically, the FDA approved its first all-natural, Cannabis-derived CBD medicine specifically (and limited to) rare types of epilepsy. The drug, Epidiolex, is made from Cannabis originally in the United Kingdom and now grown here in the U.S.

Epidiolex for child epilepsy

This new DEA code is also designed to clear up any legal grey area that may be perceived to have been created by yet another piece of legislation called the 2014 Farm Bill allowing “pilot projects” for farmers where growing hemp was permitted.  The clear intent here was to protect farmers from the DEA’s actions.

So What About All The CBD Patients?

According to the new scheduling of CBD, both patient and caregiver will no longer be criminally liable for possessing, purchasing, or being under the influence of a non-psychoactive substance like CBD.

Any other substance extracted from the plant genus Cannabis, like Delta 9 THC or arguably even Delta 8 THC and related medications for patients suffering from Parkinson's, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Autism, and hundreds more diseases and illnesses will continue to be in violation of Federal law and therefore subject to arrest.  Clearly, the government regulators and Justice Department agencies like the DEA remain unconvinced of the medical value of Cannabis.

The DEA further proclaims, “For practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. However, if it were possible to produce from the Cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code”.

dea and cbd

Summary

So, Is CBD finally legal?  No.  Not really.  It has only been re-classified from "Schedule 1" inclusion as among the most dangerous "class" of drugs to Schedule 5.  Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.

And did this long-awaited reclassification have any effect on the medical community?

No.  Not really.  You'll find that physicians are generally unwilling to give advice about CBD or any other cannabinoid for that matter.

And physicians are still not allowed to prescribe the aforementioned pharmaceutical CBD product, Epidiolex, for treatment of any other medical conditions regardless of its effectiveness and patient demand.

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