Updated April 1, 4:15 PM CT
Happy 4/20 day
Ah, April 20. The annual day of the year when cannabis enthusiasts light up, light up again, chill, and rejoice. Or like my buddy Jim calls it - "just another day to celebrate the greatness of weed."
The term "420," began in 1971 in Marin County, California, when five San Rafael High School buds who enjoyed firing one up would meet after class at 4:20 p.m. by a statute of chemist Louis Pasteur.
Legend has it that one of the guys became a roadie with a member of the band Grateful Dead, who caught wind of the code word created by the one-time students, and the rest, they say, is history.
In 1990 marijuana publication High Times was using the term 420 and eventually bought the website 420.com.
Civic Park in Denver has hosted an annual public event since at least 2006, long before weed was legal in the state.
The reality is that more and more states are welcoming legalized recreational marijuana.
Not everyone is on board with the trend. Take former Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who was fired by President Donald J. Trump late last year: He has regularly stated that marijuana will “destroy your life.”
“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store,” he said. “And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”
South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel recently said that nothing else had “the potential to change South Carolina in a negative way” the way medical marijuana does. Connecticut Republicans railed against legalization earlier this year. And the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas continues to fight even decriminalization by claiming that “marijuana lowers IQ scores, increases criminality, has no medical use when smoked, and is addictive,” against scientific evidence.
Currently, more than 10 states, including Washington, D.C., have passed laws legalizing recreational use of weed and that number is growing.
In Wisconsin, advocates and lawmakers there are working to fully legalize cannabis, both recreationally and medicinally. In Idaho, there’s a push to get medicinal marijuana on the ballot in 2020. New York is examining full legalization, a ballot initiative is pending in Ohio, and even Texas’ Republican Party has backed decriminalization initiatives.
April 5, 2019
Texas has removed Hemp from list of controlled substances
In Texas, hemp has been removed from the State of Texas list of controlled substances.
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the move on March 13, with the agency's commissioner signing an amendment to remove the substance from the list.
"The scheduling is consistent with federal law and the obligations of the commissioner," a letter from the department revealed.
The state is currently looking at other bills making its way through the Texas Legislature regarding hemp.
Declassifying hemp doesn't clear up the legality of hemp products currently sold in Texas, such as pain creams and oils, according to some legal experts. ... Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabis compound that can be removed from marijuana or hemp. Texas law only permits hemp-based CBD products without THC.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is popping up in free-standing specialty stores, and on shelves across the country in oil, extract, vaporized liquid and capsule form.
After Congress passed the Farm Bill last year, interest in the product skyrocketed, making some cannabis plants legal.
The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems -- everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness.
CBD is non-psychoactive and shouldn't contain THC, the chemical that produces the "high" feeling in marijuana.
Like THC, CBD is a chemical extracted from the cannabis plants. It can be found in both hemp and marijuana plants — both are technically "cannabis" but hemp must have less than 0.3 percent THC present.
That doesn't mean CBD products never contain THC, especially because the laws regulating CBD are murky. In one study of 84 CBD products purchased online, THC was found in 18 products, according to the Mayo Clinic.
CBD oil has expanded into natural medicine, cosmetics, and even food. Both Walgreens and CVS announced in March that they would begin carrying CBD products in some stores.
Walgreens will sell the product in creams, patches, and sprays in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana.
"This product offering is in line with our efforts to provide a wider range of accessible health and wellbeing products and services to best meet the needs and preferences of our customers," Walgreens spokesman Brian Faith said.
CVS will sell CBD in topical products, including "creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions, and salves," in seven states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee).
CBD is also being introduced in popular cosmetic and skincare brands, with stores like Sephora and Ulta Beauty both carrying CBD products.
One CBD product, Epidiolex, has been approved by the CDC to legally treat two rare forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
"This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a June 2018 statement.
The FDA has also approved three "cannabis-related" drug products, including Marinol, Syndros and Cesamet. These improve nausea related to cancer chemotherapy and "anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS," according to BlueCross BlueShield.
CBD oil is being used by pet owners on their furry friends and has been linked to pain relief as well as treatment for anxiety, so the chemical has been given to pets suffering from ailments from hyperactivity to arthritis and cancer.
Martha Stewart announced in February that she is partnering with Canopy Growth to release a line of CBD products, beginning with animal health treatments.
Despite the Farm Bill making hemp plants legal across the country, that doesn't mean all CBD products advertising weight loss or anti-anxiety properties are legal.
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission can still regulate any product that make false health claims. The agencies sent letters to three companies Tuesday, including Advanced Spine and Pain LLC, Nutra Pure LLC and PotNetwork Holdings Inc, for "making unsubstantiated claims related to more than a dozen different products."
The FDA is holding a public hearing for "stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges" with CBD on May 31.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though, cracked down on its marketing while also approving it for treatment of two forms of severe epilepsy.
CBD delivery services booming
The popularity of CBD delivery services has exploded recently if you live in the right State. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract.
In the United States alone, people spent at least $130 million in 2016 for CBD. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Don’t expect to get “high” off of this organic chemical, CBD is the natural therapeutic side of cannabis.
According to Forbes, CBD will likely become a $2.1 billion industry by 2020, as more anecdotal evidence shows it alleviating pain, epilepsy, and anxiety, and many more.
The sheer number of CBD businesses making or sourcing these products in States where it is allowed is exploding. Here are a few of the higher rated CBD subscription companies that offer delivery:
Discovery Club prides itself on “bringing wellness to the world.” As the first of many CBD subscription companies in the United States, it is already well established. It offers CBD products for yourself, your family, and even your pets, which it does through its affiliation with over 100 different brands. You can order whatever you want and there are always special discounts available to save you money.
"We at Discovery Club™ want you to DISCOVER the natural benefits that CBD-infused products will bring to your health and wellbeing. We do that by curating the most amazing assortment of new CBD products on the market. Discovery Club™ is the first Hemp-based CBD subscription box company to introduce its members to the growing number of different CBD-infused products on the market today."
CBD Health Box
CBD Health Box customizes its CBD boxes according to the needs of its customers. Not only do you set your individual preferences when signing up, but the company will also consider any specific conditions afflicting your or a loved one. It prides itself on formulating boxes to fit your unique profile, and it collaborates with reputable CBD manufacturers to ensure you get what you want, at 50 percent off.
HempleBox offers a monthly subscription service for high-quality CBD products. Its CBD vape comes in six different flavors, and its 30-milliliter bottles offer various choices of potency. Furthermore, HempleBox allows you to create your own CBD box, which can include vapes, tinctures, edibles, concentrates, capsules, syrup, and even topical creams.
The Weekend Box
The Weekend Box offers a huge selection of cannabidiol products, making it one of the best CBD boxes available anywhere. You are able to customize your box to your personal preferences and have it delivered to your doorstep monthly. Focusing exclusively on CBD products, this company can add oils, creams, tinctures, capsules, chocolates, vapes, bath salts and even candles to your box.
Lucky Box Club
Lucky Box Club takes the hassle of dispensaries right out of your life by delivering quality CBD products to your doorstep each month. It prioritizes professionalism, discretion and safety for all of its subscriptions, which include a variety of curated CBD products.
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