Research Proves Vital To CBD Oil Progress

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urges efforts to better facilitate "large scale clinical trials."

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urges efforts to better facilitate “large scale clinical trials.”

In the past year, we have witnessed a major shift in the political landscape when it comes to medical marijuana and the public’s understanding of cannabidiol. Most recently, leaders in the Senate on both sides of the political aisle are demanding the federal government take steps to further advance clinical cannabis research.

On July 9, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), sent a formal letter to representatives of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) urging them to take efforts to better facilitate “large scale clinical trials” in regard to the use of medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.

The letters states: “HHS has tools to collect data, conduct surveillance, and perform large scale clinical trials while states continue to focus on implementation. HHS has the capacity to facilitate interstate communication in order to derive a more accurate picture of medical marijuana use and treatments across the country. It is time for the federal government to pick up these tools and use them.” […]

Advances Made But Parents Still Fighting For Use Of Medical Marijuana

Hope for a cureA current hot topic in this country is the use of medical marijuana. Across the country, families are forced to jump many bureaucratic hoops to allow their ill children to be treated with cannabidiol oil. These families often try every other conventional treatment, often to no avail. However, through persistence, lobbying, and pleading, states are finally granting access to this life changing oil. It is important to note that this oil is currently available in all 50 states sourced from hemp.

The acceptance of cannabis derived CBD varies from state to state but progress is apparent. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory signed North Carolina’s CBD oil bill, HB 766. This means CBD oil will be legal in North Carolina starting August 1.

In Michigan, the state allows medical marijuana for seizure disorders. […]

Legislators Continue To Urge Support For Research On Cannabidiol

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass.

This week in Raleigh, North Carolina, the House passed Bill 766, which would make it easier for neurologists to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) oil. A bill passed last year was designed to allow for wider use of the CBD oil, but many families say they still face obstacles because its use was supposed to be linked to academic studies. This year’s measure would allow for a less convoluted path for doctors to prescribe the treatment.

As this bill is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature, it is yet another important point in this trend gaining momentum. All across the nation, legislators have been waking up to the fact that CBD has therapeutic benefits and are being urged by their constituents to provide much needed access.  […]