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Feds Warn CBD Companies to Avoid Health Claims

December 7th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Feds Warn CBD Companies

As the CBD industry continues to grow, a new ecosystem of rules and regulations is sure to grow along with it. The United States Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some of the nations top suppliers of hemp-based CBD oil products, Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, That’s Natural!, and industry heavyweight Stanley Brothers, demanding that they cease and desist making health claims about the benefits of CBD oil on their websites. In doing so, they ran afoul of the FDA’s subjective definition of whether a product is being marketed as a food or a drug, a familiar complication to manufactures of other dietary supplements. In many situations, however, the statements in question were not made by the companies themselves.

The FDA has stringent regulations in place for pharmaceutical manufacturers that dictate how a drug is manufactured, tested, marketed, and distributed. Nutritional supplements, like vitamins and herbal blends, often don’t receive the same level of oversight, as they are treated and governed more like specialty foods. As such, manufacturers have to be careful about their labeling, but it appears CDB oil-related companies may be held to a higher burden than those associated with more traditional supplements.

In order to maintain their designation as a supplement rather than a drug, manufacturers can’t represent their product as being for the express treatment of a disease or condition. In fact, the label often can’t even state that they aid in the treatment or prevention of a health condition, which is where the four manufacturers ran afoul of the Feds. .“The claims on your websites establish that the products are drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)], because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and/or because they are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body.” – FDA Letter To Respondents

In making their decision, the FDA relied on statements from the manufacturers’ sites touting general and specific wellness benefits, often posted as reviews and testimonials by customers, as well as social media posts, such as a retweet from CW Hemp’s twitter profile on September 17, 2016, “The NFL Could End CTE With a Strain of Marijuana . . . A cannabidiol-rich strain – Charlotte’s Web – won’t get players high, but it can protect their brains.” This is a chilling development for companies that feel they are offering helpful, natural products for their customer’s well being, as it goes beyond policing their statements and policies to regulating what and how they’re allowed to acknowledge engagement from their customer base. In doing so, the FDA seems to chart a course that holds manufacturers accountable for statements from the general public, over which the company has no control.

Under the provisions of the letter, the manufacturers have 15 days to respond to the FDA in writing with specific steps they are taking to return to compliance. A daunting task considering the highly subjective nature of the FDA’s complaint. According to the CEO of another CBD oil product manufacturer, Phivida, they attempt to avoid any direct health claim about their products, instead opting for an approach that encourages their customers toward self-education. While this path seems compliant and necessary in the view of the FDA, it does make it harder for consumers seeking relief.

Some of the very people who CBD oil is the most helpful too, the elderly, marginalized communities without access to affordable medical care, and people suffering from conditions that make everyday life harder, are the very ones who may have the most difficulty navigating the internet and evaluating products for quality and efficacy. The very policies meant to protect consumers from charlatans and snake oil salesmen may, in fact, be preventing people from getting the health information and healing products they need for a better life.

Right or wrong, the FDA sets the rules under which CBD oil products can be marketed and sold in the United States. As such, manufacturers have had to watch their step carefully and rely on the community surrounding their products to effectively spread the word, however, now that the FDA has found fault with even that passive course of action, manufacturers and distributors are left with uncertainty just as CBD oil products are finally getting widespread public recognition.


CBD Legality in Indiana Currently Up in The Air

November 29th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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CBD oil, which has gained prominence as an alternative treatment for pain, seizures, and a slew of other medical conditions, has come under fire by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. According to the Indy Star, Hill’s opinion on the oil, formed after consultation with experts and months of consideration, is that as it is derived from a plant that is related to marijuana, it must be considered under the same laws that make marijuana growing, sale, and use illegal in the state of Indiana. Rather than being the end of the matter, though, Hill’s official stance seems to have only muddied the waters, and led to greater backlash from merchants, CBD oil users, and even some segments of the state police.

How Did This Mess Get Started?

The whole reason this debate over CBD oil got started in Indiana was because Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law, creating a registry of epileptic patients who want to use CBD oil to ease the symptoms that come with their condition. This ostensibly good act opened up immediate confusion over whether CBD oil was, or wasn’t, a drug that required that kind of list.

On the one hand, the legal logic goes that if epilepsy patients have to be put on a register in order to be allowed to use CBD oil for their conditions, then any other use of that product by anyone not cleared for its use should be illegal. This is where Hill’s opinion of CBD as a cannabis extract (which in his view should be classified no differently than marijuana) comes from. After all, if CBD oil was perfectly legal to use, then why would anyone need special permission from the government to use it?

However, it should be noted that the attorney general’s opinion is not the official law of the land. It certainly has weight, and the legal reasoning behind that opinion may go into clarifying how certain laws will be worded and enforced in the future, but Hill’s statement is far from the end of the matter. Because Indiana also passed an industrial help law in 2014, and it was this law that state police and advocates of CBD say made the oil legal. This law allowed hemp products to be bought and sold legally, provided they contain less that .3 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that causes users to get high. CBD oil, though it is a cannabis extract, does not contain more than trace elements of THC, and as such it should be legal under this existing law.

Who Is Right?

This is a sticky issue for a lot of reasons. On the one hand, marijuana is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. Despite all of the state regulations to the contrary in places like Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and others, that may play a part in how Indiana lawmakers view the issue. On the other hand, hemp which does not contain an abundance of THC is something Indiana law already allows for, and one would think that CBD oil falls under that category. Especially given the tacit admission that the legislature has made that CBD oil is an alternative treatment for seizures, and that it could have other medicinal benefits as well.

Since there doesn’t seem to be a hard-and-fast answer to this question, with CBD oil being left on the shelves in some parts of the state and confiscated in other places, lawmakers are going to have to examine the issue and rule on it. Especially if they want to have a single, universal policy across the state for how CBD oil is treated, who can sell it, and who is allowed to use it.

Will Green Wellness Life Continue To Ship To Indiana?

The short answer? Yes. Our goal is to help everyone live healthier lives through industrial hemp, and we will follow all federal laws regarding its use. We will continue to ship CBD oil to Indiana until we are told that doing so is no longer federally legal. Let’s hope that day doesn’t come!


CBD and our Government

November 22nd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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Currently, the United Nations is still trying to figure out how to categorize CBD as it is a non-psychoactive compound that has endless medical applications. At the same time, even the FDA has started to reconsider their approach towards CBD as now its medical applications cannot be denied. CBD, essentially, is one of the more than 80a compounds (or cannabinoids) that can be extracted from marijuana and hemp plants.

This cannabinoid is one of the most abundant compounds present in marijuana and is extracted using a variety of different methods. CBD is non-psychotropic and is widely regarded as a neutralizer. The growing popularity of CBD is not going unnoticed as the federal government has started to reconsider changing CBD classification.

The officials from the FDA have acknowledged CBD as a non-psychoactive substance that has an array of medical benefits &recently announced that they are asking the public at large to help them reach a verdict on the benefits of CBD.

Furthermore, these statements made by the FDA conflict with the US Drug Enforcement Administration who have categorized CBD as a schedule 1 illegal substance. The DEA actually claimed last year that CBD has no medical applications and that the public should not have easy access to this compound. These blatant statements made by the DEA caused an outcry especially in the medical industry as there is no denying the medical benefits that CBD provides.

However now even the DEA cannot deny the vast medical benefits that CBD entails as there are thousands of studies which have proven just how beneficial CBD really is. Currently CBD is one of the seventeen substances that are currently under review by WHO and after a certain period of time they will reach a verdict on whether CBD should be rescheduled or not. However, even if the WHO and UN reschedule CBD from the controlled substances list, this will not technically affect the federal government’s categorization of CBD, but it will add fuel to the fire already burning down mistaken opinions and adages that there is not a place for this plant in modern medicine.


Growing Hemp in the USA

November 13th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Growing Hemp

Hemp is one of the most widely misunderstood compounds in our day-to-day lives. However, many people have the common misconception that marijuana and hemp are the same herbs. Although hemp is a cannabis plant, it should not be confused with marijuana or weed as there are many differences between the two. Some of the most profound differences between hemp and marijuana are mentioned below:

Genetics

The very first difference between hemp and marijuana is they have different genetics.Cannabis is believed to be the oldest domesticated crop that has not changed throughout the span of time. Hemp is derived from plants which have been bred with other plants for industrial and medical uses. Marijuana on the other hand has historically been bred primarily for its psychoactive effects.

THC Content

The psychoactive effects of marijuana are induced by the THC content present in the plant.All of these marijuana plants have a very high content of THC. While CBD or hemp has limited or no THC content which is exactly why there are no psychoactive effects of this plant. At the same time both marijuana and hemp have CBD content but the latter does not have enough THC content to produce a high. Furthermore, CBD actually reduces the psychoactive effects of THC which further enunciates the fact that these are two different compounds.

Cultivation Techniques

Another prominent difference between hemp and CBD is the fact both are grown for different uses. Marijuana is almost exclusively cultivated for its psychoactive effects and its medical applications, while CBD is cultivated for an array of different reasons, including everything from medical uses to skin care to manufacturing hemp concrete and fabric. Marijuana is normally grown indoors under controlled temperatures to achieve the maximum THC while, hemp is grown outdoors to increase its yield and quality of the crop.

Legal status

Each state has different rules and regulations that govern both hemp and marijuana. Previously, both marijuana and hemp were classified as schedule 1 drugs but since society has changed its perspective about these plants, a lot has changed. Now twenty states in America have legalized medical marijuana and have rescheduled their drug classifications, in all of these states it is completely legal to grow and sell medical marijuana and hemp.

Marijuana cultivation is only limited to the states that have legalized the plant, while on the other hand it is completely legal to cultivate hemp in fourteen states of America. The reason why it has been legalized all around is due to the array of profound benefits that hemp provides. Furthermore, the laws that govern vary from each state for example in some states it is legal to grow hemp for personal use while it is legal to grow hemp for commercial or industrial purposes.

What are the current legal parameters of cultivating hemp?

The rules and regulation that govern this aspect of the society is changing every year as the benefits of hemp have now been clinically proven. Previously the subject of hemp sparked great controversy in America as each state has its own perspective on hemp and its applications.

Currently, it is completely legal to cultivate hemp seeds in fourteen different states; each state has their own statues that regulate the sale and what happens to that hemp after it’s planted. Furthermore, there are over thirteen states that are introducing industrial hemp growing programs and seven states have already established industrial hemp programs. States which have completely legalized the cultivation of hemp are as follows:

  • CA – California
  • CO – Colorado
  • IN – Indiana
  • KY – Kentucky
  • MA – Massachusetts
  • MO – Missouri
  • ND – North Dakota
  • OR – Oregon
  • SC – South Carolina
  • TN – Tennessee
  • VT – Vermont
  • VA – Virginia
  • NC – North Carolina
  • WV – West Virginia

At the same time, all of the states mentioned above have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while there are other states which have legalized the cultivation of both marijuana and hemp with legal restrictions. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently announced that another fourteen states have started developing policies to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp seeds.

One thing is for sure down the line every state will have to accept the fact that growing hemp on American soil will actually help the society as a whole.


Domestic vs Imported CBD

September 20th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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Introduction

Before we begin the discussion about imported versus domestic CBD, there are a number of things that need to be clarified. Cannabidiol (‘CBD’) is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. The plant contains many cannabinoids, but the two most popular compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (‘THC’) and cannabidiol (‘CBD’).

Having said this, there are variations in the cannabis plant itself. One variant contains a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD. This variant is known as marijuana, popular for its recreational use. The other variant contains a high amount of CBD and a low amount of THC. This is known as industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is used to make innumerable products like paper, clothing, textiles, supplements and even foods and supplements like the ones on this website. Now let’s talk about how we can legally obtain it.

Imported CBD / Hemp

The US is the biggest importer of hemp in the world. The total hemp imports of the US amount to approximately $300 million, with the composition of the imports being between materials for raw hemp and hemp products for commercial use. The biggest exporters of hemp to the US are Canada, Europe and China.

The rule is that hemp and hemp or CBD oil can be imported legally if the composition contains less than 0.3% THC. The oil can then used to make food, makeup, skincare, and supplements. All hemp and CBD oil is not the same. The hemp plant has a highly absorbent stalk which soaks up nutrients and everything else that is present in the soil in which it has grown. This can very possibly include heavy metals, pesticides and other materials that are harmful for your body. It has been observed that there tends to be more of these materials in hemp that is imported from nations which are non-European.

There are some variants of the hemp plant that do not have that much CBD content. Others, on the other hand, are full of it. Given that there are no laws that restrict hemp on the basis of the CBD content available in it, CBD strength does not affect the legality of the hemp that is imported.

Domestic CBD / Hemp

It is ironic that, given the extremely high amounts of hemp that the US imports, there is a constant debate between the state and federal governments regarding growing hemp on US territory.

Prior to the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, it was illegal to grow hemp on US soil, without permission from the DEA. The Farm Bill allowed a number of states to relax their laws regarding the production of cannabis. There may still be strict limitations on the usage of the products manufactured. In some states, They can either only be used for conducting research or can be only sold within the boundaries of that state.

Conclusion

Our nation is making a change in attitudes toward hemp and CBD. It’s happening slowly, but it is happening. The fact that we can now legally product hemp on US soil is evidence of that. When looking to purchase CBD oil, you need to ensure that retailer you are purchasing from, is importing the oil from a reputable source or selling products that are grown legally under the Agricultural Act of 2014.


The Health Benefits of Adding Hemp Oil To Your Skin Care Regimen

January 23rd, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

cbd oil tinctureGreen Wellness offers a wide variety of products, and all of them are rich in hemp oil. There can be many different benefits of using products with hemp oil and CBDs, but did you know it also supports the health of your skin? Our partners over at Michigan Herbal Remedies have put together this informative article, detailing the uses and benefits of replacing your skin care products with those rich in hemp oil.

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