Cannabis had been termed to be federally illegal since 1930s which is why carrying the same to the airport is considered to be a bad idea. As per the federal law-enforcement inspection, every traveller has to mandatorily undergo thorough checking before boarding the plane. The same rule also holds true in states where legalized marijuana usage for recreational purposes has been shown a green signal. Travellers who are found to carry excess legalized marijuana than the prescribed amount can be made subject to legal prosecution.
Possibilities Of CBD
Cannabidiol or CBD is derived from both marijuana and hemp plants. It has lately gained record popularity amongst American consumers who have been using the same for curing chronic ailments such as nausea, inflammation, pain, anxiety, epilepsy, nausea and even acne. The best thing about CBD is definitely its versatility in terms of usage as it can be vaped, eaten or even applied tropically. Maybe this is why FMCG giant Coca-Cola has also shown interest in the same.
THD – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana has been creating a lot of contradiction in regards to the legality of CBD. Although CBD oil is being baked into vegan brownies and squirted into lattes, its non-existent regulatory standards as well as quasi-contraband status makes it a difficult choice while deciding on your airport luggage.
Consumer confusion regarding CBD has led to skyrocketing CBD interception rates at the Dallas airport, some of which have even resulted in felony charges. Los Angeles based cannabis law specialist,Griffen Thorne, working at the firm Harris Bricken revealed that, “Until the law is very, very clear, people are going to get arrested for possession of things that aren’t explicitly illegal.” He further added that, “Federal authorities in general are much less likely to let people off the hook” compared to local law enforcement.
Travellers at Dallas airport are finding themselves at loggerheads with airport authorities especially due to lack of proper regulatory oversight. Standards on CBD purity has not been set by any governing body. Thus, CBD infused products can even contain higher THC content which can even characterise them as marijuana under the eye of law.
Thorne spoke out on this issue stating that, “It’s kind of a dangerous game when you’re walking through an airport and you’re taking a risk that something either is or is not federally illegal.” He further emphasized on the fact that travellers need to be more worried about hidden THC rather than the legality of CBD itself. “It’s sort of like speeding in a car,” said Thorne, “If you say, ‘I didn’t know I was speeding,’ you’re probably still going to get in trouble.”
2018 Farm Bill
CBD advocates were found rejoicing over the Farm Bill which was passed in December for legalizing the cultivation of hemp throughout United States. This also allowed an industrial scale production of CBD for assisting in its usage as a pharmaceutical ingredient as well as lifestyle product. However, things did not actually fall into place after the Bill’s introduction as several restrictions cropped up in regards to its derivatives.
Thorne holds the opinion that, “There’s nothing in [the Farm Bill] that explicitly protects consumers.” This leaves the ultimate interpretation entirely up to consumers which can even lead to problems in lower jurisdictions. For example, the New York City Department of Health has recently taken the call of penalizing all restaurants which infuse CBD in their menu chart. In spite of that, shops are still allowed to sale creams or oils containing the chemical. Pharmacy mega-chain CVS made an announcement earlier this year of rolling out CBD products to its 800 American stores.
Hemp, the source of CBD is kept outside the purview of products found in regulated marijuana dispensaries. But individual law-enforcement officers might not be able to immediately make out the distinction. CBD is not considered to be a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. However, Food and Drug Administration considers all CBD products to be illegal irrespective of their source.
The propensity of airport troubles shall increase further for international travellers as they need to be especially careful about the legislative guidelines of the state they are travelling to even when their home state supports the legalized usage of recreational marijuana. People trying to enter United States for example with a disputed CBD product can land in deep trouble which is more serious than a simple possession charge. Non-citizens found possessing THC while entering U.S. port can face deportation as well as felony charges.
Legal worries pertaining to CBD can prove to be exceptionally cruel for nervous fliers. Much scientific advancements have not yet been made in regards to the effect of CBD on human anatomy. In spite of that, CBD usage have proved to show positive impact on people suffering from anxiety.
While travelling thousand feet above ground level, it is only normal for people to succumb to anxiety attacks which is why they can be seen carrying CBD solutions in their travel pack. However, considering the current state of things, it is advisable to just take a deep breath and count your blessings in your next flight unless federal cannabis law comes to a clear settlement. According to Thorne, “The best thing for consumers to do is just not to bring it into any federal jurisdiction, period, especially anywhere on a plane.”
Setting A Specific Diet May Boost CBD Oil Benefits Even More
CBD or cannabidiol has elevated its popularity status in the past few years and poised to become a multi-billion enterprise due to the high number of recreational athletes claiming that this substance helps alleviate pain, grant faster recovery, improve sleep and a whole lot more.
While the general public might still be divided about the opinion on CBD, a few studies have popped up to show how CBD effects may vary depending on how an individual responds to the substance, the preparation being taken and dosage, and even genes.
A journal called Epilepsia has recently published an article that states how diet affects the way the body absorbs the compound. It also shows how food can dramatically determine the efficacy of a CBD supplement by measuring the amount of CBD supplement taken.
The small-scale study involves eight adults prescribed with the CBD-infused drug approved by the FDA to treat seizures that are related to epilepsy. Half of the volunteering subjects took the recommended dose of their CBD four hours before breakfast in the first half of the research. The remaining half had an intake of a breakfast burrito containing high-fat level, specifically 52% or 850 calories of fat in around 30 minutes of ingesting CBD oil. The two groups exchanged setup around two weeks later.
After blood works done regularly within the duration of the study, results showed that their food intake is correlated with the amount of CBD effectively absorbed by the body. The volunteers who had a breakfast burrito with their CBD increased their CBD uptake of up to 14 times on average, compared to those who ate nothing before taking CBD. The amount of cannabidiol absorbed by their system quadrupled along with eating the said high-fat breakfast.
The proponents of the study concluded that cannabidiol should be introduced with food to improve the absorbing capacity of the body for CBD. They also indicated that low-fat meals do not have the same absorptive function as that of high-fat preparations, which was shown to boost the amount of CBD in the body.
According to Angela Birnbaum, Ph.D., co-author of the study and University of Minnesota professor in the College of Pharmacy, stated that while a certain food type made a huge impact on CBD absorption, it can also foster variability. This is because not every meal has the same fat content and therefore needs to be planned out to get the optimum level for greater absorption.
Another co-author of the research, Ilo Leppik, said that an increase in the amount of CBD being absorbed by the body may lead to fewer expenses on medication and treatment.
If you think that your CBD intake isn’t as effective as others despite using the same dosage and brand, it might be time to adjust your diet and let in high-fat foods to get the most out of cannabidiol.
Colombian Law Enforcers Seize 300 Kilos of Cannabis Stored in Coffins, Hawaiian Hemp Crops Being Destroyed
Cannabis laws are a hot topic on a global scale following back-to-back legalization passed by lawmakers in some US states and a few European countries. This turn of events, however, has not stopped the black market from becoming alive. A lot of users who don’t have access to legal dispensaries or purchase from their own state turn to smuggled goods. This is why some distributors turn to smuggle for their supplies.
BBC released a report earlier about a police operation recently in Colombia, wherein 330 kilos (660 lbs.) of cannabis, which was hidden inside a coffin, was seized by authorities.
Details about the Operation
Regional Police Commander Fabian Ospina said that two coffins transported by a hearse were caught by police officers for possessing a huge amount of the illegal substance. As of writing, only the driver was detained and questioned, but no additional information has surfaced yet regarding the incident. There is also no word about the ongoing investigation of other people suspected of involvement in the said case.
Marijuana is still very much illegal for recreational use in all of America. Anyone caught possessing such substance is subjected to fines, detainment, and criminal charges. This is because marijuana is included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of controlled substances as a schedule 1 drug.
Marijuana is known to have a psychotropic effect on a user’s mind, causing a “high” to kick in, especially if the substance has a very potent amount of tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabis component responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive property.
Hawaii’s hemp crops are being wiped out
The plight of marijuana in the face of law is still largely uncertain, but it’s also unfortunate how hemp crops grown in Hawaii are set to be destroyed. Half of the cultivated crops from 2019 are in danger of being included. This is due to the fact that reports by the Hemp Industry Daily revealed that such crops have been tested and are shown to have elevated levels of THC.
The THC in Hawaiian hemp crops may have been brought about by the shortage of cultivars that can thrive on the island’s climate, which is known to be tropical.
Eighteen hemp crops were destroyed by authorities although for four have been waived from destruction because their THC contents were only a little over 0.3%. Officials from the state’s agricultural officials are convinced that Hawaii faces multiple challenges when it comes to growing local hemp crops.
Authorities expect only four hemp crops to be produced yearly in the state. Most hemp cultivars are imported from the European Union and Canada. These crops are used to long summer days and low-temperature evenings.
Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L., a plant species that is the source for marijuana, too. Hemp has been embroiled in controversy for many years because of this. However, after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed by President Donald Trump, hemp has been excluded in the federal definition of marijuana. This legalized harvesting, processing and using hemp and its derived products anywhere in the US as long as state laws also allow it.
Feds indicate CBD, hemp not qualified as controlled substances
The US Justice Department recently decided to expand its marijuana research program which earned a lot of comments from the media and the general public. Along with their press release is the information that small Nebraskan businesses have been hoping to hear for a long time.
Authorities confirm that the hemp plant and extracted cannabidiol or CBD from such variety that has less than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content does not belong to the federal list of controlled substances.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) finally cleared the air just as the law enforcement from Nebraska are marred with confusing regulations about the hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species that also produces marijuana, which is understandably included on the prohibited substances list.
Prior to the announcement from DOJ and DEA, Nebraska laws concerning hemp and its oil extract has been confusing especially for cops who are trying to uphold the law when it comes to possession, distribution, and use of the said products.
Doug Peterson, Nebraska’s Attorney General, told a news outlet during an interview at the Capitol building halls that official comments would be released but at a later date. Peterson’s office was asked about his position regarding CBD and hemp confusion.
Raids and prosecution issues
A memo from Peterson’s office authored before the state announcement from Nebraska’s lawmakers to differentiate hemp from marijuana became the basis for raiding a CBD store in Herman.
Felony drug charges were pushed by the local prosecutor thrice, but judges dismissed each attempt. However, the office of the County Attorney appealed each time a decision was made.
The biggest prosecuting office in the state says CBD is not a cause for concern because it does not cause a high unlike the related CBD extracted from marijuana.
Don Kleine, Douglas County Attorney, told the media in an interview that the people conducting the drug tests confirm that hemp CBD does not have the same impact as cannabis CBD, making it a challenge to secure a conviction regarding cases of possession. This statement was made prior to the change in statutes made by Nebraska lawmakers to align with the federal law.
The Agriculture Improvement Act
The 2018 Farm Bill is responsible for the change in state laws regarding hemp and its derived products. Signed into law by President Donald Trump in December of last year, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 states that hemp is excluded from the legal definition of marijuana.
Hemp and CBD extracted from the said Cannabis sativa L. variety is legal to grow, process and use, provided that it has no more than 0.3% THC content based on the dry weight. The THC content is an important marker for differentiating hemp from marijuana, which is the substance having a psychoactive effect on users.
The federal law is the main cause for most states in the US to legalize hemp and grant growers an official license to harvest hemp and extract CBD from it. There are specific regulations concerning the process, but laws enable growers and distributors to legally sell hemp products that users can lawfully take.
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