United States Congress Considers CBD Research Expansion

Researching CBD oil

There’s good news coming from the United States government regarding expanded scientific research on CBD. The Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act (S. 2032), a bill to encourage scientific and medical research on marijuana and its compounds including cannabidiol, or CBD, has been introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators. The bill has a good chance of passing because of its bipartisan support, and this is good for everyone – researchers, manufacturers, and consumers of CBD.

The office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), one of the lead sponsors of the bill, states in a press release:

“The goal of the Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act is to ensure that research on CBD and other potentially beneficial marijuana-derived substances is based on sound science while simultaneously reducing the regulatory barriers associated with conducting research on marijuana.”

Over the last few years, CBD has been discovered by many searching for answers to their chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, or other disorders. Virtual miracles have been reported. Most of the information available to the average consumer is anecdotal. It can find it difficult to find credible advice amongst all of the opinions thrown around on the internet.  Because of the stringent restrictions on research on marijuana-derived substances, there is very little proven research that allows for guidelines on usage; searching for information has turned up confusing or even contradictory advice. As a result, many who could find relief have forgone CBD, unsure of dosages or usage guidelines.

US Congress expands ability to research CBDThe reason for this is the inexplicable classification of CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. Since 1937, hemp has been lumped in with all other cannabis plants, despite the fact that it does not include significant amounts of THC–the compound responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. This classification is nonsensical since CBD does not impart a “high” to users; but politics has done other irrational things as well. As a result, scientists were unable to carry out large-scale studies because of legal restrictions on all marijuana-derived products.

For example, there’s only one CBD derived drug approved by the FDA for a limited group of epilepsy patients, but many sufferers of the disease falling outside of the guidelines have been forced to obtain CBD from unregulated sources.

For a medically fragile person, this can be a serious problem, since research has not been done on drug interactions or even proper dosage. In addition, these unregulated products are not covered by insurance, despite their clear medical benefits.

Now, the US government is finally creating an environment in which real research into CBD will be possible; this exciting news means that consumers will have trustworthy, credible research to base their decisions on, rather than relying on their friends’ experiences or unproven claims by questionable sources.

CBD shows enormous promise for treating a wide range of diseases and disorders. But because of the barriers in federal law,  consumers have had to rely on CBD that has not been approved by the FDA, leading to confusion and potential issues with quality.

According to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bill is focused on expanding research to explore the potential benefits for, among other things, epilepsy.  “Many parents have had success treating their children with CBD oil, particularly for intractable epilepsy, but there are still too many unknowns when it comes to the medical use of marijuana and its compounds,” Senator Feinstein said.

“Current regulations make medical marijuana research difficult and stifles the development of new treatments. Our combined bill streamlines the research process and paves the way for marijuana-derived medications that are FDA-approved to keep consumers safe.”

We’re encouraged by the progress in the US government and excited by the prospect of this wonderful drug helping millions of people cope with medical conditions without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.