Why CBD Oil Shouldn’t be Banned by the Government

Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

The DEA struck again, this time moving to make CBD oil, a life-saving medicinal substance derived from the cannabis plant, a Schedule I narcotic — an act so defying logic and against the public interest, it all but proves the agency’s fealty to Big Pharma.

Schedule I “drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” the DEA claims — and the fact cannabis and, now, CBD (cannabidiol) oil are listed there, alongside heroin and cocaine, disputes the government’s own studies — no less than 40 of them.

Cannabis and cannabinoid derivatives have been proven — by government researchers — to treat everything from prostate and lung cancers, to breast, blood, and even brain cancer. Other studies have proven the substances can treat Crohn’s disease, childhood epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and much more.

CBD oil, in particular, has saved or miraculously improved the lives of even very young children who previously endured tens, or even hundreds, of crippling seizures every week due to epilepsy — in fact three, separate studies in a span of just five months proved this.

Anecdotal evidence further shows the benefits of CBD oil — one three year old who was diagnosed with severe autism and had been unable to vocalize after being treated for a rare form of cancer, gained the ability to speak after just two days of treatment with the substance.

Even house pets benefit from treatment with cannabidiol oil — dogs receive relief from seizures and pain with regular doses.

“This is a misguided and, frankly, ignorant move by the DEA,” Jeffrey Zucker, president and co-founder of Denver-based Green Lion Partners, told WestWord. “CBD does nothing but help people, and to put it on a level with heroin is absurd. Hopefully the backlash will be extreme enough for them to reconsider, as the only group this ruling helps is the pharmaceutical industry.”

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