CBD, Marijuana and the Future of Medicinal Cannabis
By Space Coast Daily // July 1, 2021
In recent years, more states across the U.S. are getting behind the movement for legalizing marijuana, specifically for medicinal purposes. The breaking away from the stigma of the “devil’s lettuce” has led several people to find the benefits of marijuana use.
From either rolling up a blunt to even exploring products containing the compounds of hemp that are known for relaxation, there are more ways than ever to get in on the benefits of medical use of marijuana.
One of the greatest developments in the recreational use of marijuana is the isolation of the compound, cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound found in hemp plants that are linked to the calming properties associated with marijuana use.
In recent years, some CBD users have found that a litany of products, from oils to gummies, have had an impact on their betterment. Some users have found success in reducing inflammation as related to chronic conditions, while others have found CBD helped curb stress and anxiety.
These CBD products have been legalized throughout most of the United States with some stipulations. CBD products can be divided into full-spectrum and broad-spectrum sectors. Full-spectrum CBD contains small amounts of all aspects of the cannabis plant, including THC, the compound behind the “high” associated with marijuana use. Broad-spectrum CBD filters out all facets of hemp, leaving the psychoactive agents out.
Marijuana smokers and cannabis activists, including outlets like American Marijuana, have sought to normalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Researchers are studying the effects of marijuana use in treating several ailments and conditions, including:
■ Alzheimer’s disease
■ Seizures or epilepsy
■ Mental health conditions
Cannabinoids, the active chemicals in medicinal marijuana, mimic the chemicals in the body that are involved in appetite, movement, and pain.
This has led to the development of medical marijuana as a possible way to curb seizures. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. recently approved Epidiolex, a medication made from CBD. Epidiolex has been used to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
The FDA has also approved dronabinol and nabilone to treat nausea and vomiting for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Whether it’s smoking medical marijuana or eating it in edible form, paving the way for legal marijuana has led to the cultivation of new ideas in treating ailments. While some states are still fighting against the push for recreational marijuana, other states have moved full speed ahead with medical marijuana legalization.
Legalizing Marijuana Use
Marijuana remains banned by federal law in the U.S., with cannabis classified as a Schedule I substance, and past legislation deeming hemp as having high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. At the state level, there are conflicts in legality. Medical marijuana use is legal, with a doctor’s recommendation, in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
Twelve other states have legislation limiting THC content, which paves the way for the use of CBD products. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug, but there is a law prohibiting prosecution at the federal level for individuals complying with state marijuana laws.
The recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia. While greater strides have clearly been made in smoking, oils, and edibles for medicinal purposes, top marijuana stocks are attracting interest, as cannabis companies embrace the recent embracing of marijuana nationwide.
With rapid revenue growth and more developments made in research, medical marijuana is breaking down walls to the full legalization of marijuana. There is still work for activists in the cannabis industry to do, but progress is being made almost daily.