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Massachusetts bans CBD based edibles, Farmers left in Distraught

Massachusetts bans CBD based edibles

CBD is a natural product that thousands if not millions of people swear by for medical benefits. As much as the compound has gained traction for the well being of humans and treating their ailments, many companies have come up with lines of products infused with CBD that can be given to pets as well. 

Just like humans, animals too suffer from mental health issues like stress, anxiety, depression, seizures and experience acute pain, aches, inflammation, swelling etc. CBD or cannabidiol is believed to have healing capabilities as it an anti-inflammatory compound derived from hemp, a cannabis genus plant. 

CBD is a non-psychoactive drug which does not produce any hallucinations or ‘high’ like the THC. Tetrahydro cannabinoids or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana is responsible for the ‘high’ that people experience while smoking pot or weed. According to the federal regulations in the United States, a product can contain a maximum of 0.3% THC levels, anything above that will be considered illegal and automatically fall into the category of prohibited drugs. 

In December 2018, the U.S. federal government removed hemp-derived CBD from its list of Controlled Substances. Following the Farm bill declaration which legalized cannabinoid, many states modified their states policies to align with the federal rules. Despite the support from majority of the states and increasing public demand, there were many people who opposed the idea of legalization of even hemp-derived CBD. 

CBD has been associated with a stigma that has linked its nature to marijuana with many people believing that it causes hallucinations and behaves similar to pure cannabis. However, CBD legalized in the U.S. is a hemp-derived product which is carefully processed and undergone several quality checks before it reaches the customers in any form to maintain the threshold limit of 0.3% THC. 

However, just as CBD products had taken off and created a buzz in the entire nation, regulations have come down. It has led to a prohibition on some of the most popular CBD products that are not just used by pet owners but also by farmers in Massachusetts who cultivate hemp.

Andrew Wilkinson and Adam Souza, business partners in a venture are two months away from harvesting their first plantation of hemp- the crop used to derive CBD oil. But the duo recently discovered an ugly truth regarding CBD products that was learnt by Massachusetts farmers only recently.  

Souza said in an interview that they had 750 acres of land approved for hemp cultivation, but half of the farmers have not even put plants in the ground. With the harvestation time approaching in about 2 months, it will be quite an inconvenience for the duo to rely on just 50% of the crop production. 

The reason behind why farmers are reluctant to produce hemp is partly because the state recently banned the sale of some of the most profitable CBD products including food products infused with CBD, or any consumable form of CBD products with medicinal claims or therapeutic benefits. 

This ban would also cover some forms of CBD oil, such as dietary supplements for pets- a popular remedy amongst pet owners to keep their pets healthy and calm. A spokesperson from Angell Animal Medical Center, Virginia Sinnott-Stutzman said that from anxiety to seizures to trouble in urinating and other ailments, people rely on CBD for curing their animals. But there’s no medical proof or science to back this up, said Dr. Sinnott-Stutzman, a veterinarian at the Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center. 

However, the placebo effect with CBD oil is quite strong, so if you believe that it has magical curing capabilities and you give it to your dog, you might see a substantial improvement in its health. 

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Wilkinson said that although CBD is present in a wide variety of products, starting from bath bombs, lotions, slaves, to cartridges but the new regulations that ban CBD edibles have left farmers who used to rely on CBD infused edibles completely in a state of distraught. The law has been passed and implemented, and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it, said Wilkinson. 

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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