CBD is Everywhere: Is it Legal in Wisconsin?
May 21, 2019
Wisconsin has witnessed the emergence of a booming CBD (cannabidiol) industry, once held taboo, and it faces many questions which only time can answer.
The two names that must be distinguished are CBD and THC, both chemicals in Marijuana. Marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is found in high quantities in marijuana, but it is not psychoactive, meaning it can not change a user’s state of mind with the “high” feeling.
THC comes in highest concentration from the Marijuana plant. Hemp, Marijuana’s fiberous cousin, can be bred to exclusively contain CBD
Due to Marijuana’s schedule 1 classification by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, extremely limited testing has been conducted on it. We know that THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, but it seems as though CBD encourages the body to produce its own cannabinoids. Lack of research leaves the public confused on the benefits and detriments of either chemical.
However, CBD has been proven to reduce seizures for individuals with Dravet’s Syndrome(DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome(LGS). It is linked to inflammation reduction, supposedly resulting in many additional benefits from acne care to type one diabetes treatment to anxiety reduction.
Federal and State governments see CBD as more beneficial to the public than THC. The 2018 Farm Bill removed most restrictions on CBD and Hemp production. For hemp’s legal status, see sections 7401, 7415, and 10112 at https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Section-by-sections%20(Committee%20Print).pdf
CBD Effects on the Body
Among the many proposed health benefits of CBD, only one has been clinically tested and proven: reducing epileptic seizures in Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome patients. Both syndromes are relatively rare, 1 in 15 thousand births and 1 in 50 thousand births respectively.
Locally, one of Dr. Bullio’s children has Dravet Syndrome. Dr. Bullio revealed that
CBD benefits aside from seizure reduction potentially include(based on anecdotal evidence):
- pain and inflammation reduction
- anxiety reduction and mood control
- acne treatment
- nicotine craving reduction for quitting smoking
- opioid addiction treatment
- type 1 diabetes treatment
- antipsychotic uses(schizophrenia treatment)
- early stage Alzheimer’s treatment
- neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric disease treatment
- cancer treatment
Hopefully, future testing will prove some of these to be true, but as of now, consumers should not place all of their trust in CBD products. Find out more at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php
CBD Explosion in Wisconsin
There are currently one hundred seventy-three vape shops in Wisconsin, a number that could not have been imagined even five years ago. CBD can be found at many locations other than vape shops from bakeries to gas stations. When shopping at a gas station for CBD, expect gas station quality. Though there are few detriments, if any, attributed to CBD use, the benefits that CBD proponents advocate will vary from batch to batch of CBD because not all products are FDA approved nor are all products produced with uniform methods to give consistent quantities.
All benefits CBD stores purport to provide are based on anecdotal evidence and individual experience. Unlike most pharmaceutical drugs that undergo extensive testing, CBD lacks scientific research. Interestingly, the selling of CBD oil is prohibited under Wisconsin law unless given a written prescription from a doctor for DS or GLS. However, due to CBD’s legal status in federal law, the Wisconsin Surgeon General decided to give vending permission to various stores.
All around Wisconsin, advertisements for CBD can be found. There is no doubt that many people suffer from chronic pain or other mental and physical ailments that can not be easily treated. The legalization of CBD may provide hope for many health reasons, but we just do not have enough scientific backing for claims surrounding CBD.
Channel 58 investigated whether or not stores sold products that contained the labelled amount of CBD or not. Their findings revealed most vape shops sell legitimate CBD products, whereas places such as mall kiosks can have zero percent CBD in some instances.To find out more, visit https://www.cbs58.com/news/cbd-test-shocking-results