Sometimes you know you are losing, and you have that internal Hollywood moment where you decide to go all-in, despite the risks and consequences. In Hollywood blockbusters, that moment always proves to be the pivotal decision that leads to triumph. Turns out the DEA has been spending too much time watching movies, and not enough time listening to the wishes of the American public.
So, in another “all-in” moment from the Drug Enforcement Administration, CBD extracts are now explicitly listed under the same Schedule I classification assigned to heroin. That’s right, the non-psychoactive compound from a non-lethal plant now carries the same penalties as heavily-destructive drugs. Most people expected something like this to occur since CBD was ambiguously discussed, but it is still shocking nonetheless.
The DEA is so stubborn when it comes to cannabis, that it will ignore scientific facts, or outright deny scientific facts, in order to continue pushing a narrative about the dangers of the devil’s weed. But what do you expect from a department bloated with old, white men who grew up during the cannabis witch hunt, and haven’t taken a science class since before we landed on the moon?
Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but seriously, the DEA is filled with bureaucrats and devoid of scientific experts. And that, my friends, is exactly where we find ourselves today.
The DEA’s revised definition of a cannabis extracts is: “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.”
Despite scientific evidence that THC and CBD invoke very different responses from the human body, the DEA is happy to bundle the two together, in a move that only benefits pharmaceutical manufacturers who have invested time and money to generate synthetic cannabinoids. What’s worse, is that all the evidence points to the efficacy of whole plant cannabis extracts, containing the full spectrum of the chemical compounds found in the plant, over isolated cannabinoids, that have a plateau of effective absorption.
The contemporary comparison here involves the biggest drug epidemic to ever impact Americans, and it is sponsored by the powers that be. The opioid epidemic will kill nearly 20,000 people every year, and the numbers are still skyrocketing.
Heroin is very addictive and very destructive, and opioids are a painkiller intentionally designed to mimic the same effects as heroin, only legally. The crazy thing is that when you synthesize a chemical compound, there are ways to amplify the strength with which those compounds are received by the body’s neurotransmitter receptors.
Right now, doctors across America are allowed to prescribe these powerful synthetic opioids, which lead to definite fatalities, and yet doctors are not allowed to even suggest to their patients that there is a plant out there that has never killed anyone that has a compound that does not intoxicate people but severely helps their inflammation, pain, sleep, anxiety, depression, and so, so, so much more.
But no, the DEA could not care less about the actual safety of citizens. Clearly not as they further obstruct access to cannabis medicine and implicitly threaten every person who works with or benefits from cannabis. But head to your doctor for multiple opioid prescriptions today!
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