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Federal Government Cracks Down on CBD Oil

Federal Government Cracks Down on CBD Oil

There has been a lot of good press on how CBD oil can help manage pain and many with fibromyalgia have been excited to try it out.  Pharmaceuticals just haven’t done a good job and many are looking for more natural alternatives, that actually work.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinois that is found in the cannabis plant.  Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t cause you to get ‘high.’  This property makes it a good alternative for those who don’t want to feel the effects smoking marijuana.

But CBD oil may be difficult to come by soon.  Though CBD oil sellers have popped up all over the place, the federal government just passed a ruling that makes the extraction and possession of CBD oil, illegal.

Hemp plantThe US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made CBD oil a little more federally illegal in a little-noticed bureaucratic maneuver this morning.

Today’s Federal Register (Dec. 14, 2016) contains an item (21 CFR Part 1308) that establishes a new drug code for “marihuana extract.”

“This code,” wrote DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana.” The move, the Register entry explained, is meant to bring the US into compliance with international drug-control treaties.

There is no major change in law brought about by the Register item. Rather, it serves to clarify and reinforce the DEA’s position on all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil. That position is: They are all federally illegal Schedule I substances. “Extracts of marihuana will continue to be treated as Schedule I controlled substances,” the notice says.

CBD oil derived from hemp is now commonly available nationwide via web sites and mail order services. Those operations survive on the assumption that cannabidiol products below the legal threshold for THC percentage in hemp (0.3 percent or less) are technically legal.

Not so, says the DEA.

Next page: Is your CBD derived from hemp?

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