Whilst it may seem to be a positive occurrence when public opinion is counted in the process of reaching a legal decision, however, in the face of stark facts backed up by scientific evidence this seems all too unnecessary. With CBD deriving from cannabis which still holds somewhat of a negative stigma amongst many, some people may jump the gun and miss out on the fact that CBD or cannabidiol is not an intoxicant and is purely used for medical benefit. In this case, the judgement that humans are prone to sensationalism, which in turn informs their opinion, whereas science is based on fact and evidence, is apt in this circumstance.
On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).
The agency will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing the substances within their international drug scheduling code.
Now, to be frank, it’s a little silly that the FDA is seeking public comment on a topic that would normally be judged based on the merits of evidence-based science and data. But prohibition itself would be considered silly if not for the detrimental effects of a criminal record and lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it.
That being said, cannabidiol is defined by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I controlled substance, despite:
- Its therapeutic properties and lack of abuse potential, despite the safety trials which have determinedthe substance to be non-toxic and well-tolerated in human subjects
- Seventeen states explicitly recognizing by state-law that CBD as a therapeutic agent
- The head of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse publically acknowledging that CBD is “a safe drug with no addictive effects”
So a request for public comment should never go unfulfilled. So we made it incredibly easy for you to do so.
Tell us what you think on this matter below!
Original post from NORML