Gwen and Scott Harley pushed the measure regarding CBD oil for medical treatments saying it could save their 12-year old daughter, Lola’s life. She suffers from a severe disease called as microcephaly in which a child’s brain does not fully develop and the child has an abnormally small head for his/her age.
The couple revealed how they had already lost their elder daughter, Claire to the same disease at the age of 17 in December, 2018. The bill, officially known as the Senate Bill 28, became to be popular as “Claire and Lola’s bill” after the Hartley girls.
The federal law passed the Farm bill in December 2018 which removed hemp derived cannabinoid from the list of controlled substances, thus making it a legal substance with a maximum allowed concentration of 0.3% THC. CBD or cannabinoid is popular for its potential health benefits. It is known to cure and treat a wide variety of ailments. It is a non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory substance which does not alter the state of mind.
CBD helps reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, stress, anxiety, insomnia and acute aches. It is also believed to be effective in curing severe ailments such as cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. Though these claims are not backed up by any internationally recognized study till now, after the farm bill, many universities have gained access to license to research about cannabis and its effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows CBD only in a particular drug which is used to treat epileptic disorders, especially in children. Otherwise, the agency still holds back in the subject of CBD and prohibits CBD infused foods and beverages. FDA even issued warning letters to 3 companies in association with FTC for false marketing claims of their CBD products as a cure to cancer. The agency says that it is yet to research and delve in deeper in the space of CBD effects.
Despite this, many companies and retailers have started selling CBD infused products. From health and lifestyle to beauty and grooming, CBD is being incorporated in almost every other sector. Consumers are getting more curious about CBD based products and trying out a variety of things. The market is now filled with CBD infused topical creams, lotions, oils, tinctures, beer, coffee, burgers, pizza and gummy bears as well!
The FDA will hold a public meeting on May 31 to discuss the regulatory framework for CBD. It will involve stakeholders, leaders, consumers and lawmakers to come up with an effective and safe solution for using CBD without having doubts about the after-effects. It is advised that consumers use CBD oil with the help of a medical examiner, especially if they are already on a medical prescription.
With the increase in number of patients getting cured or treated by CBD, people have started putting their faith in the substance more than any other medically tested drug. From stories of cancer patients who hardly had any days left to live to young children suffering from 300 epileptic seizures in a day, CBD is treating many people all over the world.
“I’m pleased to sign Claire and Lola’s bill into law today,” Kelly said.
She also said that this measure would address the health issues faced by many Kansans. She is hopeful that the legislature will review the issue comprehensively next session and do the needful. According to the Governor’s office, the new law offers an affirmative defense for possessing CBD with THC to treat certain medical conditions.
THC is another chemical found in cannabis plants which causes the “high” that people get while smoking weed. It a psychoactive compound which triggers seizures, causes mental stress and anxiety if used in high potency over a longer period of time. However, in limited concentration, THC’s effects can be easily balanced and do not pose any harmful effects.
It will also bar agencies from removing children from the home of parents who possess CBD or are using it as a medical treatment.
The law will go into effect on July 1.