Cannabidiol (CBD): Noun.
Pronounced, canna-bid-EYE-ol, it is one of 85 identified cannabinoids, or chemical compounds that affect neurotransmitters in the brain found in cannabis, and one of two most prevalent cannabinoids, the other being the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and one of the three most studied cannabinoids including THC and Cannabinol (CBN) also psychoactive, but less prevalent. While THC and CBN creates a "high," CBD calms the mind.
Why is it Important to Know?
This November, Amendment 2 will be on the ballot in Florida. It is an amendment to Article X of the Florida Constitution, adding Section 29, which will legalize medical marijuana (MMJ) in a highly regulated way. Read the full text of Amendment 2 here.
Yes or No on 2 is a position about whether or not you agree with CBD as a medicine. If you don't know what it is, or what is does, how can you be an informed voter?
Brief History of Marijuana.
The first documentation of cannabis came around 440 BCE from the Greek historian, Herodotus who mentioned Eruasian Scythians taking cannabis steam baths. Butrica, James L. (2002), "The Medical Use of Cannabis Among the Greeks and Romans", Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, 2.2, p. 51. For nearly a century, the US Federal government has considered medical marijuana very dangerous without little evidence. (Which is ironic considering they have a patent on the non-psychoactive ingredients, and they have their own, small medical marijuana (MMJ) dispensary program.) Under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), Schedule I is the only category of controlled substances that may not be prescribed by a physician. Under 21 U.S.C. § 812b, drugs must meet three criteria in order to be placed in Schedule I: (1) the drug has a high potential for abuse; (2) the drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and (3) there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. Obviously, that is not all true of marijuana. In 1970, Assistant Secretary of Health, Roger Egeberg suggested that Schedule I and Schedule II may be too high of a classification (pun intended). However, nothing has been done to decriminalize MMJ federally.
MMJ that is high in CBD is already legal in Florida. That's right. Our ultra-Conservative Governor Scott passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act earlier this year to legalize "Charlotte's Web," a specific strain of MMJ targeted at treating seizure-disorders in children. It is highly regulated and very hard to obtain the oil extract that help cure the constant seizures of Charlotte Figi, for whom Charlotte's Web is named.
Learn more about Charlotte's story in CNN's Weed and Weed 2 documentaries.
Yes, children. Why? Because little humans who have limited body-control as is are suffering from some very terrible diseases. Their parents are being given options that include side effects like "cancer." In the case of Charlotte Figi, it was an especially tough option to consider for her father who is a police officer. For these parents, the natural alternative that happens to work is their best option. The biggest concern at this point is that there has been little medical study of the legitimate effects of MMJ, specifically Charlotte's Web. That is because the Federal government regulates medical studies, and they also do not recognize MMJ as medicine, but a Schedule I drug. Colorado is about to launch a study, however. Elsewhere in the country, well-meaning parents are facing criminal charges for using MMJ on their children in state that have not legalized it.
Does It Work?
Irving Rosenfeld, a patient of the Federal government's program wants you to know that he is proof MMJ works.
If you have questions about MMJ, contact Plata Schott Law at 904-516-5562.