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Hemp Bill becomes a law in Texas – Sigh of relief for many, but the confusion still persists

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CBD has been in the limelight since months now, especially post cannabinoid legalization under the Farm Bill in December 2018. The federal law removed hemp derived cannabinoid from the list of Controlled Substances and legalized its use in the United States. Despite the federal law allowing CBD, many states have apprehensions about the long-term effects of its usage.

There has been a lot of confusion all around Texas, when it comes to CBD oil, with customers and vendors operating in a grey area. The state has not declared its stance on the subject and has no clear rules about whether CBD is legal or not. Retailers are selling CBD infused products and consumers are buying them, perplexed with the law that governs cannabinoid.

Monday night, Governor Grey Abbott cleared up some of that confusion by quietly saying House Bill 1325 into law. The law legalizes hemp plant farming and the sales and possession of hemp derived CBD oil containing less than 0.3% of THC, a compound that is responsible for the high in marijuana or when people smoke weed. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid is a psychoactive compound which alters the state of mind and causes the user to experience hallucinations.

The new state law goes into effect immediately.

Emile Abdo, a Dallas pharmacist says the new state law is comforting for patients and stores who say CBD provides an alternative to opioids to treat pain. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive properties. It helps reduce pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, swelling, inflammation and even treats severe ailments like Cancer, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. Many patients have reported a significant improvement in their health after using CBD only for a few weeks.

Aldo says that it makes him a little more comfortable and content sharing patients and customers that they are buying a completely safe, legitimate and legal product. However, the new state law does not encapsulate many important things regarding CBD’s legality. NBC5 investigates has found that field tests used by the police to identify illegal drugs were not designed to tell the difference between CBD oil and marijuana.

This means that CBD users could still be detained and charged for illegal drugs even if they consume the legal product i.e CBD. At the same time, the FDA is still discussing about the regulatory framework for sales and marketing of CBD based products. It held a public meeting on May 31 with stakeholders, law officials, retailers and consumers to talk about the impact of CBD.

While most of the people supported the cause and said it could bring a wave a change in the health industry, others were a bit withdrawn. Dallas/Fort Worth International airport tells NBC5 that they are looking to state prosecutors for an update on the cannabinoid procedures, now that the new law is in place.

The Dallas airport has been infamous for CBD oil confiscations recently, the police arrests for passengers with CBD oil have skyrocketed in the past six months. The airport police will also consult with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection that frequently stops travellers carrying CBD oil and then calls the police to make an arrest.

Meanwhile, in May, the Transportation Security Administration changed its cannabis policy to allow passengers to travel with some forms of CBD oil that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency allows only a few drugs with CBD that are known to treat epilepsy in children.

But, the new state law in Texas has given a sigh of relief to many people and brought them a step closer to some clarity. Abdo says he gets questions almost every other day from people asking if it is legal to which he has a sceptical answer and says they are still waiting on somebody to sign it.

NBC5 investigates also reached out to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office to enquire about their further plan of action regarding the pending CBD cases. So far, there hasn’t been any response from the DA’s office. Despite of the chaos and the confusions, citizens of Texas have high hopes from the new state law. They expect CBD to be more readily available in their nearby stores and wish to buy and use it without worrying about the legal repercussions of it.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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British travellers are restricted to carry anything that contains CBD into UAE

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UAE has some strict regulations against CBD and any other constituent of it. The authorities at UAE have warned tourists and travellers to forbid themselves of bringing any products that may have hints of CBD oil in it. The country from now on has prohibited the travelling of any product containing CBD oil with immediate effect.

CBD and marijuana have been confused many times with each other notwithstanding that there is an immense difference between them. The primary reason why this is often mixed up with it is that CBD comes from the hemp plant which is an extract from Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana too is an extract of the same mother plant although it is diametrically different from CBD. Marijuana is addictive and regular smokers of pot and weed are usually drawn to grave circumstances once they are trapped by it. This is because it has higher traces of THC which is the psychoactive compound in it. CBD, on the other hand, is anti-inflammatory and also has THC to the tune of 0.3% which is below the legal ceiling. Yet due to lack of proper information, people usually have trouble distinguishing the same.

The federal government has not yet legalised CBD in its fullest forms although many states have embraced it through their separate laws. But CBD globally has made an impact considering just about everyone wants to engage themselves in the business of CBD. Likewise, UAE also has drawn a line and has regulated that carrying any product containing CBD is illegal and will be exposed to further charge. The relevant notifications have gone to the foreign office of Britain who has issued guidelines proclaiming the same. They have particularly side-lined skincare and vaping products which have CBD components.

CBD has gained immensely in popularity and over the years has been omnipresent in several products like snacks, skincare and medicines which are sold legally in the UK. If by any chance a tourist enters the UAE premises and carries any such substance that is found to be not allowable under their narcotics act they will be asked to get a valid approval letter to carry it further. Many people take CBD oil content in their medicines and it has helped them immensely. For epileptic patients especially, treatment with medicines containing CBD has indeed worked wonders. You will also find people who vouch for it in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s. People with psychosomatic disorders like depression and anxiety also have benefitted a lot from it. The fact that you take medicines containing CBD makes you feel better is true because people think it gives you a high which is not true.

If any tourist is desirous of taking products containing CBD oil along with them to UAE, they will have to browse through the UAE Ministry of Health website to get a complete guide on how much can be taken and the accompanying documents to strengthen your case.

UAE is a celebrated holiday destination with about 1.5 million visitors coming every year mainly for Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Alcohol can be bought in the local shops here which is a respite now. Many travellers used to find it tough to source alcohol because it was available only in licensed venues like a few hotels and restaurants. UAE has a strict set of laws when it came to liquor consumption. Tourists are now free to buy alcohol from two registered places and if they are above 21 years old.

Although rules regarding CBD are stricter it might take a while before they are eased considering the demand. America too is torn between the different confusing laws that govern the market. Due to this traveller from across the world get confused because they may travel inter-state that have separate laws. Hence it is advisable that in such state of affairs people do not carry any product that might hold them in contempt. Immigration attorneys who are fighting for different cases related to the issue advice against carrying such products because it is very hard to get by the laws in a country like UAE especially.

With better material to review, CBD is awaiting its turn to become more applicable everywhere. It is now incumbent upon scientists and researchers to undertake studies that will help support their cause. CBD is just very tough to ignore in the medical world because of the wonder it has been spreading.

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Karen Gray prepares to submit an invoice of 231,000 pounds to 10, Downing Street

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Karen Grey a mother belonging to Edinburg is making her way to Downing Street along with other families who have spent exorbitant amount sourcing medical cannabis. Karen’s son Murray is epileptic and with medical cannabis in the market for treatment, legally sourcing it has become a bit of a problem for her. Upon her arrival at 10, Downing Street she intends to request Boris Johnson to take the matters more seriously as the outstanding invoice that she has made is a large amount. She also will plead him to make the drug legally available at Edinburg.

Medical Cannabis has caused quite a stir in the field of medicine. CBD which is a part of the hemp plant is also popularly known as cannabinol. They are extracts from the Cannabis Sativa plant which also produces Marijuana. Although they come from the same family, CBD and Marijuana are differently placed in terms of their characteristics. While Marijuana is high on THC which is the psychoactive compound causing a high, CBD has less than 0.3% of THC which does not lead to intoxication converting into addiction. CBD also is anti-inflammatory and when taken makes the user feel better. It does not manipulate your mind in any way.

Mrs Gray had spent about 8000 pounds on importing medical cannabis from Holland. This she sourced through private prescriptions whereby she was able to get a hand on two types of CBD oil which helped ease her son’s symptoms of astatic epilepsy. She is a constant crusader for allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for patients like her son who are suffering a lot. She had started importing the oil and within a few days of usage, she found the difference.

In August 2018, Murray legally received the first drug Epidiolex that contained CBD. Initially, she couldn’t believe that the medicine worked so effectively. Murray was able to talk, walk and eat but after three months the effect sunk and he got admitted. Karen became panicky when the doctor then prescribed a drug containing THC. Murray’s treatment with the drug was effective because, after the episode, he went 104 days without any seizure. 

Despite such huge improvements in health, she now worries for the inflating amount of 231,000 pounds for all the children together. She intends to submit the invoice of the giant amount to the Department of Health expecting some immediate relief from their side. She also reminisces about their meeting with Matt Hancock over this matter about half a year ago, but ever since nothing has been done to help them. Hence they are demanding that Boris Johnson immediately intervene and take up the matter in his hands. 

CBD has certain which have found to be extremely useful for treating symptoms of a seizure. Apart from seizures, it has been found that CBD also has been effective in treating joint pains, extreme pains after injury, recovery pains, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. A new wave of CBD is flowing everywhere and researchers all over the world are doing their best to make the best use of studies to establish its benefits.

Karen is expecting the Scottish government to help her and other similar cases. She intends to get funded for the medicines by the government unless the doctors start prescribing the drug by themselves. Lib Dems MP Christine Jardine expressed discontent that government is keeping mum on the issue and its obduracy is not helping people suffering. 

The drug seriously changed the life of Murray and several others who are receiving treatments. But the costs are a huge mountain that needs to be conquered. She wants the government to keep up the promises that they had made while they assumed office. 

It is surprising that when many countries are legalising buying the drug within their own country, people like Karen have to undertake several measures before sourcing the product. The expensive imports have caused a dent in her savings and the monthly outgoing is as good as the mortgage installments. Like Murray, several lives have been touched by the cannabis drug. But, if the government is unyielding it will never help their cause to benefit the entire community. 

People in these recent years have strengthened their belief and commitment to CBD and cannabis. They are willing to study and read up more about it. The laws are strict now, but with time and more scientific back-up, things could be brighter than they were.

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John Legend intends to take the CBD market by storm with its partnership with plus Products

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John Legend a very popular American Singer, songwriter and an actor has his opinion on CBD. His belief in CBD has now found some firm grounds which is why he has decided to foray his investments in the CBD business. The Cannabis industry is making waves and everyone is talking about CBD and its benefits when taken. John Legend is all to set to also become an investor and has partnered with Plus Products Incorporation that is placed in San Mateo. Apart from being an investing partner in the venture, he will also promote and launch the products nation-wide. The launch is set to take place the coming Tuesday and he expects a good response. 

His belief in CBD has been strengthened over time, and this is what the entire nation also feels. Till now a lot of research on cannabis and CBD has taken place. But these studies have used rodents for its purpose. The viability of these studies is questionable as they could or could not be successful in humans. Scientists have now intended to take their research to higher levels so that the evidence which comes by is more believable and it might trigger a way to change laws that restrict it. Up to now, the belief of the medical world on CBD has been unshakable. 

CBD has shown to cause major improvements in the health of people who are suffering from different diseases. Epilepsy, seizures, joint pains, accident traumatic pain and recuperation are only to name a few. CBD is effective in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease also. Apart from physical relief, intake of CBD lain products are also good for the treatment of depression-related ailments. 

John Legend has decided to invest in the venture because of its unshakeable belief in the product. His reason for getting associated with Plus Products was because of their constant innovation, their traditional grounding and their commitment to science to enhance the quality of their products. Their family-run business has been set up on the grounds to satisfy the users and commit them life-long when it comes to quality. 

The new line of CBD products that Plus Products is about to launch are edible gummies known as Uplift which will be available in grapefruit flavour with vitamin B, Balance in blueberry flavour and Sleep in blackberry tea flavour with melatonin. A tin will cost $35 and will have 14 gummies in it with 50 mg of CBD in each gummy.

CBD is a known component derived from the hemp plant. Both marijuana and hemp plant is known to be a part of Cannabis Sativa. Hemp plant with low levels of THC is CBD or cannabinol. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a higher grade of THC embedded in it which is why it is not a legalised drug. The THC in it means that the psychoactive compounds responsible for altering the mind are found in abundance as compared to CBD in which it is less than 0.3%. That is primarily the reason why CBD does not produce mind-altering effects like marijuana. 

Jake Heimark the CEO of the company is thrilled that John Legend has decided to partner with them. He is further enthralled at the prospect of distributing the gummies throughout the country expanding straight from California. The support of John Legend means a lot to their brand and this association will surely help people to achieve the necessary balance. 

Till now John Legend has not been the only popular figure who is vouching by its benefits. Kim Kardashian has gone public for her support of CBD gummies. Her sister Kourtney Kardashian also has supported CBD cosmetic products for anti-ageing benefits. Jay-Z also now is the chief brand strategist of the Caliva Company of San Jose. Whoopi Goldberg and Post Malone have taken the risk by starting their own CBD ventures purely out of belief for the product. NorCal Cannabis with Chelsea Handler also is developing their line of products with Cannabis.

The Federal laws still are rigid while many state laws have legalised CBD. There is a lot of confusion in the state of affairs concerning the drug but all have noticed its true wonders. With such initiatives, people are getting more and more interested in using the products. Only time will tell if they are helpful and the government becomes flexible. 

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