A recent development in Indiana State is that of the attorney general declaring CBD as an illegal compound. The announcement has caused the state to start looking for shops that stock or sell CBD products. Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a directive to the state’s excise police to identify and hunt down retailers who are still trading in products that contain the non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Stores have been given a grace period of 60 days to either sell the products or remove them from their stores permanently.
Despite the rush to remove CBD oil from the State’s market, Mr. Holcomb believes that it is essential to educate the residents first. Having been sold in Indiana for several years, it might be problematic to exclude it from the market entirely. During the 60 days grace period, the excise police will take up the initiative of educating and issuing warnings to the retailers so that they can remove products containing THC within the stipulated time.
Differing statements and contradiction of the law
The attorney general and the governor seem to have issued contradictory reports. While the attorney general, Curtis Hill stated that no CBD product was legal, the governor implied that only the products containing psychoactive THC had been banned.
According to Mr. Hill, because marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance, cannabidiol ought to be classified similarly. His comment on the matter conforms to the federal law that has placed marijuana as well as all of its chemical components in the highest level of dangerous narcotics. Other compounds in this tier are heroin and LSD. While Hill quotes the law, his sentiments are against the 2014 state industrial hemp law that permitted the sale of products containing less than 0.3 percent THC.
Stores suffer losses following the new directive
Many stores have already suffered losses regarding hundreds of dollars worth of inventory.
The 60-day grace period was effected after the State’s excise police started confiscating products from some shops. When a conflict arose with regards to the attorney general’s order and the 2014 industrial hemp, it became necessary to put the seizures on hold. However, the Indianapolis Star reports that by the time this was happening, many stores had already lost inventory worth hundreds of dollars. It is an indication that the move could have negative implications on the state’s economy.
Order on CBD use for epileptic patients
Earlier in the year, Indiana passed a law that allowed the people living with epilepsy to legally possess and use CBD. Despite this earlier directive, neither the governor nor the attorney general has explained how the registered patients will have access to therapeutic CBD. This would seem close to impossible, especially after the order that has labeled all CBD products as illegal.
What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabidiol that is derived from marijuana. It is the second most common cannabidiol in cannabis plants. You can also find CBD in hemp plants, which is from the same species as cannabis. However, hemp is specially bred to exclude THC. Therefore, the hemp plant is used to make CBD products, as it ensures that they have low THC content as it is preferred by most individuals.
It is believed that CBD has several therapeutic properties. Research has proved its effectiveness in treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, and epilepsy among other seizure disorders. Many states have enacted laws allowing the use of CBD to treat medical conditions. It can be used in various forms such as vaping e-liquid.
Little known uses of CBD
Research has shown the effectiveness of the CBD oil on acne. It has been discovered that the CBD acts as a highly efficient sebostatic as well as an anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting the synthesis of lipids.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
When you ingest CBD, it slows down everything and consequently calms down the user. Therefore, it is a known anti-anxiety compound, a quality that helps in the management of PTSD.
Commonly used treatments for fibromyalgia are anti-inflammatory and opioid pain medications. In a research undertaken in 2011, the results on the use of CBD to treat fibromyalgia were positive and quite promising. The study involved 56 participants, half of whom were treated using CBD while the other half using traditional methods. Those who used CBD experienced a significant reduction in their pain and symptoms.
With all the known health benefits of CBD, it is important for Indiana’s attorney general to rethink his position.