Brandon Vaughan 
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Re: “FDA Warns Seven CBD and Hemp Oil Companies Over Medical Claims

I don't think CBD is explicitly a schedule 1 substance, but the DEA's analog act covers prodrugs, isomers, & analogs of schedule 1-3 substances to be illegal. I have read that the DEA, at least previously, has assumed CBD to be an analog to THC and assumes jurisdiction over it. So, technically, the CBD is kind of illegal but I have yet to read the DEA doing anything about people selling or possessing CBD products.

The current drug laws are really wonky. Like I said, because of the analog act the CBD could technically get you in trouble (but I have yet to see this happen), yet you could cook up an analog for benzodiazapenes and distribute or sell them, or take them yourself, and not get in trouble yet the benzo analog would be potentially addictive, dangerous, and deadly, while CBD has no prominent psychoactive effects that could get you high. In fact, CBD is a cannabinoid antagonist. It actually blocks THC from binding to the cannabinoid receptors, however, in smoking or ingesting marijuana, it has the property of enhancing THC's effects by extending THC's half life because the CBD occupies the liver enzymes that clear out the THC. But in any case, when just using plain CBD, the painkilling effects actually come from the mild allosteric modulation of opioid receptors (ie, it helps your endorphins be more effective instead of directly binding to them and triggering a response as the opiates) and also is a mild agonist for the 5-HT1A receptor ( a type of serotonin receptor), so it works similarly to migraine meds like imitrex.

So yeah, leaving the debate about the legality of marijuana in general aside, CBD is absolutely no cause for concern to the DEA. Hopefully, they are aware of this and aren't just waiting to strike about CBD because of the analog act

Posted by Brandon Vaughan on 08/10/2015 at 2:49 PM

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