Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 31st, 2019
Recently there is lots of squabble over Cannabidiol (CBD) products. In reality this substance has been around forever. This substance which is also known as phytocannabinoid was discovered sometime in the 1940’s. It is one of the 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants that accounts for 40% of the plant’s extract.
On Tuesday July 30th, 2019 the excited Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that decriminalizing hemp and CBD products thus paving the way for the development of a new hemp industry in the state.
Reportedly Ohio Senate Bill 57 will allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and legalizes the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD.
To fully comprehend the movement of this new law. It must be understood that Hemp-derived CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, is unlike most medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol. Presently, cannabidiol is just one of the well over 85 cannabinoids that is identified in the (marijuana) cannabis plant.
Senate Bill 57 provide for The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to administer the newly created hemp program. This legislation allows for cultivation of hemp as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. It will be enormously regulated by the state. Thusly, for those who are singing the Hallelujah Chorus thinking you’ll be getting high, think again!
Moreover, CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC, and may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present. Still, as of 2018, the mechanism of action for its biological effects has not been determined. What is the meaning of this?
Nevertheless, officials with the department had this to say; the hemp program will sets-up licensure process for farmers who are interested in growing the crop and those interested in its processing. As well, it will allows for universities to grow and cultivate the crop for research purposes. Also, ODA will be testing CBD and hemp products for safety and accurate labeling to protect Ohio consumers.
Interestingly, Ohio has become the 47th state to regulate hemp. As predicted by The Ohio Farm Bureau it will become the state’s third-largest crop, behind corn and soybeans. Hemp is a cannabis plant that does not produce intoxicating effects, grown for its many industrial uses. Hemp contains a fiber, a grain and oil that can be extracted for CBD, which is now being used in food and dietary supplements.
Therefore, all this squabble over Cannabidiol (CBD) products has very little to do with people’s health. It’s about making money.
Accordingly it may be supplied as CBD oil which contains only CBD as the active ingredient (no included tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), or a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid solution.
As recent as this year, 2019 in the United States, CBD is a Schedule I controlled substance that is illegal for use in human foods, dietary supplements, other consumer products, or pet foods. I remember catching a glimpse of this on WLWT5 News. Now, it’s going to the dogs! The entire presupposition around this squabble is completely about money and nothing else..