CBD should be legal, Indiana

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Indiana has been confused about the legality of CBD (cannabidoil) for months, however Attorney General Curtis Hill announced earlier this week that it is indeed illegal. Despite CBD being completely non-psychoactive and incredibly safe, Hill claims that (hemp derived) CBD is a narcotic because it comes from the cannabis plant. Under this logic, poppy seed muffins and Coca-cola would also be narcotics since poppy seeds come from poppies which make heroin, and Coke comes from coca leaves which make cocaine.

Hill says, "Simply put, cannabidoil is a Schedule 1 controlled substance because marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance." While marijuana and hemp are both technically cannabis, the major difference is THC. While marijuana is known for its potent THC content, hemp by definition has virtually no THC. Most of the CBD on the market today is hemp derived, the only exceptions being states with medical or recreational marijuana. Those products are not the CBD-only products Hill and others have brought into question these past few months. 

Indiana has a reputation for being particularly harsh when it comes to the war on drugs. Today, they have some of the strictest anti-cannabis laws in the country, and like the rest of the country, are also battling a deadly opioid epidemic. Indiana ranks in the top 10 for states with the most opioid pain killer prescriptions. What is CBD best known for? Its amazing analgesic (pain-killing) and anti-inflammation properties. However we cannot leave out its anti-anxiety and neuroprotective properties, or its amazing ability to help those who suffer with everything form PTSD to epilepsy.

With no known drug interactions and no known negative side effects, we have to wonder why anyone would want to make such a substance illegal. There are a plethora of articles and videos online documenting the experiences of individuals using CBD in their daily lives, from babies to puppies to grandfathers. It takes but a moment to pad ones curiosity and questions - when we are born with an endocannabinoid system, when a mother's milk contains endogenous cannabinoids, why make CBD illegal?

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