Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across all 50 states, making many people a bit confused in these times. Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, comes from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. Selling CBD products is illegal, but buying them is legal sometimes. Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most commonly known compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both THC and CBD are members of a chemical family called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are plants oils, and cannabis comes packed with more than 100 versions of them. THC is known for its psychoactive effects when consumed with cannabis, or marijuana and it produces what many people consider a “high,” or an altered state characterized by euphoria, pleasure, or heightened sensory perception. CBD is nonintoxicating, as it does not cause you to get high, but it does have some medical benefits that will help people with anxiety and depression.
The 2018 Farm Bill says that cannabis plants and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law, thus hemp and its derivatives are now treated as agricultural products rather than controlled substances, but the FDA still has the authority to regulate these products. That means hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States unless outlawed at the state level. The FDA has approved Epidiolex, Marinol and Syndros and selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the law, but also can put patients at risk, as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective.
In Florida, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. Possession a stash of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. Under the 2019 Senate Bill 182, medical marijuana is now permitted in Florida, if you have a prescription to use it for treating a condition. The Florida Department of Agriculture has said it’s not legal to sell hemp or CBD in the state. But Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is pushing legislation currently under consideration that would make state and federal law consistent in dealing with CBD’s. Police have been mostly hands-off in the meantime. The few examples of police cracking down have been against retailers, not consumers. Since June 2015, a new trend has taken root across Florida where several cities and counties have passed similar ordinances that give officers the discretion to replace arrests for possession of under 20 grams of marijuana with citations.
Canada can hold their heads high up, stand proud and exult in their new freedom, as recreational use of Cannabis was legalized in 2018 and the owner of the Circle K chain of retail stores, Canada’s multinational convenience-store business has announced that it is investing in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp., owners of the Fire & Flower Inc. cannabis retailer in Canada. Fire & Flower offers a curated selection of hand-picked strains, in addition to apparel and accessories such as dab gear, grinders, housewares, and more. Two of the biggest drugstore chains in the United States, Walgreens and CVS, will start selling CBD products in select states, according to media reports. It seems like CBD’s will soon be everywhere, but you should always consult a doctor before giving it to a young boy or girl.
CBDs are people pleasers, but they can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. If you are taking an oral CBD, the best way to make it work would be to hold it under your tongue or swish it around in your mouth before swallowing. Listening to music while taking CBDs can make this a cathartic activity. By taking CBD, you can get into the groove better as it is known to be an effective mood and focus enhancer, so it might be nice to take while you are playing Guitar Hero. The chemical in CBD has the ability to affect our nervous system and it is becoming a magical, catch-all remedy that is being added to all sorts of products. Some people are slathering CBD cream on their face as a moisturizer, because it has been found to reduce free radicals and help with the reduction of things like sun-induced aging. Manufactures are producing an array of scented beard oils and balms, shave creams, and colognes that people can use for their personal grooming.
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Exult, for the Daily Spur prompt – Hero, for FOWC with Fandango – Stash, for May Writing Prompts – People pleasers, for Ragtag Community – Fatigue, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Confused Boy Work, for GC The Main Aisle and Sue W Nan’s Farm Weekly Prompt – Personal grooming and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Cathartic.