Why is Cannabidiol (CBD) a Schedule 1 Drug?
Cannabis. It doesn’t sound harmful or deadly, does it?
Unfortunately, many people don’t believe that cannabis is harmless. In fact, just as many people argue that cannabis is not helpful for some medical conditions. And of course those same people believe that concentrates are like crack also. Obviously, they’re wrong. Marijuana extract, Cannabidiol (CBD) is still marijuana and, as of 2016, it is treated the same way. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cannabis and Cannabidiol are both considered Schedule 1 drugs, which puts it in the same category as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
Recently, there have been a lot of articles addressing the DEA’s 2016 memo about CBD. Regardless of what people are saying about the reasons behind it being a Schedule 1 drug, the fact is that it is still a Schedule 1. End of story. The question is “Why?” This is the arguable point for some people, so lets dive into it.
The simple answer to why marijuana and CBD are on the same level as those other drugs is because it was placed there before positive medical research could begin. However, there is an abundance of research being conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many medical establishments that has caused cannabis activist groups to question why it remains a Schedule 1 drug. According to the DEA, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” (dea.gov, 2017).
Although the DEA had deemed marijuana a Schedule 1 drug back in the 1930s or 40s, they recently had to issue a statement about marijuana extract since they didn’t have a code for it in their system. Besides, it probably popped up on their radar since it became popular after recreational marijuana use was legalized in several states. In December 2016, the DEA released a statement basically saying that their giving CBD a code and classifying it along with Marijuana.
Read the DEA memo here: Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract
This is where the FDA has come to help the cause. They have the sole responsibility to “support and regulate scientific research on potential therapeutic uses of marijuana” (FDA.gov, 2016). Through further research and understanding of the medical application of marijuana, marijuana lobbyists seem to have a reason to push the DEA to reevaluate marijuana and CBD as a Schedule 1 drug.
Why is this a big deal?
Marijuana and marijuana extract both have tremendous positions in the treatment of several conditions, but as a Schedule 1 drug there are more restrictions on the type and amount of research that can be conducted. The primary difference between Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 drugs is that Schedule 2 has a medical application and Schedule 1 drugs are not considered to have any medical purpose. That’s why it’s a big deal to many cannabis activists.
Schedule 2 drugs may be addictive but they are considered to have a medical purpose, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Ritalin and Cocaine among others (dea.gov, 2017). Wait. What? Cocaine is a Schedule 2 drug? Yup! You read correctly. Cocaine is a schedule 2 drug and marijuana isn’t.
Now that medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are legal in California, the use of CBD is only going to increase, and as other states move into the same direction with legalizing marijuana, the DEA will then again be forced to reconsider its labeling of marijuana and CBD.
Can I Still Use CBD?
Yes. Although CBD is considered a Schedule 1 drug and is still illegal on the federal level like marijuana, it is legal in states that allow the use of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Keep in mind that you still must follow certain guidelines for the possession and usage of CBD in each state. For instance, in California, a person is legally allowed to possess eight grams of concentrated marijuana and one ounce of marijuana. Other than that, the rules for marijuana also apply to CBD.
With the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, having a medical marijuana card will still be valid and allow users certain privileges that have remained active since 2003 under SB420. Read more about Prop 64 and marijuana use in 2018 at MMJDoctor.com.
If you are over 21, the first step is finding a doctor that will recommend medical marijuana. For that, visit www.ZenMD.net to get your marijuana card online or www.mmjdoctor.com and schedule an appointment with the MMJ doctor near you.
For more information on how to get a medical marijuana card in San Jose or San Francisco, visit the nearest MMJ Doctor, 420 Evaluations, or ZenMD online office near you. You can also visit www.zenmd.net or download the mobile app ZenMD on your smartphone.