A Look Inside 70 Year Old Research and How The FDA Should Respond
Over the last two decades, since California legalized medical marijuana cannabis in 1996, the United States Food And Drud Administration (FDA) has had their chance to monitor the use of cannabis and its effects on human health, through still fairly illegal, the FDA claims not to take a stance for or against the plant because it is out of its jurisdiction. But in 2014, with the passage of the 2014 farm bill, the floodgates opened for hemp-derived CBD, forcing the FDA to take notice.
After the 2018 farm passed on December 20 2018, while the world was celebrating of the long awaited 27.8million year old plant, the FDA released a statement saying CBD was not an approved dietary supplement and the only legal hemp products were hempseed oil, hemp, protein and hemp hearts which officially received GRAS status (Generally Recognized As Safe).
Did that stop the hemp/CBD/Cannabistrain? No. It carried on while the FDA continued to skirt around the industry, saying nothing regarding the outstanding medical claims across the high THC medical market and crack down very little against the federally legal CBD and hemp market.
More warning letters were sent to a few bad actors and in public comment session was held, involving a public hearing, where the FDA heard from the industry about its use. Now the FDA sits on their hands as they shuffle through some scientific, but mostly anecdotal evidence relating to the cannabis plant.
Cannabis: The Strategically Forgotten medicine?
Today, we are at a crossroads in health that directly relates to the prohibition of cannabis. Used for Mallinia, since before mankind (carbon dating between 19 million and 28 milliion years ago), cannabis is a plant that naturally evolved with humanity. Its uses dates back centuries, with research buried under propaganda, fear and bureaucratic stalemate.
Hiarorically , we use the plant as a therapeutic remedy but as modern medicine shifted towards isolating compounds for precision medicine, our focus on cannabis disappeared but to the difficulty reducing the variability of the harvested material as well as the cannabinold compounds.
While we didn’t know the difference between cannabinoids back then, the only thing that has changed is the concentration of the floral material. However, when extracting cannabinoids similar time the matter in which the study described, the cannabinoids are concentrated to higher levels, meaning the safety of the material may be on par with what is described in the study.
So What Now?
There is clear evidence that plentiful research exists that cannabis in its entirety was used as therapeutic and as medicine prior to 2011 Investigational New Drug Application for cannabidiol, prior to the 1994 dictionary Dietary Supplements Health on Educational Act, and prior to the 1958 Food Additives Amendment.