When The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed, this pertained to the Hemp plant as well. Industrialists in cotton, wood pulp paper, petroleum products, and many other chemically made commodities felt threatened. As a result, this all-encompassing law was passed that substantially dampened the immense progress Hemp was making. Unfortunately, this advanced a lot of chemically created and processed goods that don’t break down as swiftly and gently as Hemp does. It would be over 75 years until there was progress made in support of the research, progression, and sale of Hemp and all of its incredible benefits.
In 1970, the US government doubled down with the Controlled Substance Act, listing “cannabis” as a Schedule 1 drug. This put the nourishing Hemp plant alongside heroin, cocaine, and meth. Because hemp and marijuana were considered the same (despite having no THC high), this further deterred Federal advancements for Hemp.
CBD Federal Law
Thankfully, on February 7, 2014, the Controlled Substance Act removed the federal restrictions for growing Hemp via the Farm Bill. This also removed it from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of Controlled Substances. This permitted states that had already established legal manufacturing practices to institute additional Hemp research programs. As of December 2018, the Farm Bill further opened the progress of Hemp. This completely removed Hemp’s affiliation to Marijuana from the Controlled Substance List of definitions.
The FDA, CBD and Congress
With the progress made in congress between 2014 and 2018 as it relates to Hemp, we have been able to do great things. Hemp and any derivatives such as CBD are federally legal as well as federally regulated. This has given room for so much advancement.
What does it mean to have the FDA regulate Hemp? According to the FDA’s official website: “...hemp products must meet any applicable FDA requirements and standards, just like any other FDA-regulated product. For example, FDA’s existing authorities over foods, dietary supplements, human and veterinary drugs, and cosmetics apply to hemp products to the extent such hemp products fall within those categories.”
With this, Hemp and CBD companies such as ours can make mental and physical health supporting products. Our Natural CBD Gummies and Organic Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum Tinctures are purchased to aid with many different issues. That being said, the FDA has not officially “...approved a marketing application for cannabis for the treatment of any disease or condition.” The FDA has, however, approved three cannabis-related drug products (Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet) and one cannabis-derived drug (Epidiolex).
New Hemp Regulations
We expect there will be continued progress with the approval and classification of potent and healing Hemp and CBD products through the FDA. Let’s just say, it’s obvious that the government is deeply aware of the incredible properties of CBD. Why else would they own multiple patents?
For example, in October 1999 the United States Patent 6,630,507 was filed for “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”. You can read the in-depth research via this link. The main takeaway is right at the top, though. It states the following:
“This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation-associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and HIV dementia.”Equally, the National Center for Biotechnology Information has done a tremendous amount of research on the subject. In fact, there are over 3,700 articles on their website on the subject which can be viewed here - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/?term=Cannabidiol+(CBD). This makes it beyond apparent that our government and medical societies are cognizant that Hemp/CBD contains tremendous healing properties. Hopefully, we’ll see full FDA approval for ingestibles and topicals soon. This way, all people may receive the healing properties of Hemp and CBD on a broader level.
Importing Hemp Products Into The US
Nature’s Root produces our Hemp and CBD products from beautifully sourced and imported Hemp farms outside of the United States. Honestly, the process isn’t too bad! We are very grateful for this as it has allowed us to partner with incredible growers. These Hemp growers care so much about the quality of the Hemp and the protection of our planet in doing so.
There are regulations laid out available via the US Customs and Border Protection (CPB)and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service US Department Of Agriculture (USDA). In short, we are able to import Hemp Plants and Hemp Seeds through Canada and other countries. To do so, we must have “A phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country’s NPPO to verify the origin of the plant and to confirm no plant pests are detected.” Equally, we must maintain a PPQ 587 permit which is a permit to Import Plants or Plant Products. In short, we have to follow the rules laid out, keep our permits up to date, and anticipate inspections upon entry into the US. As we work with trustworthy vendors and operate above board, this isn’t an issue for us.
News About Hemp
Hemp and CBD are making headway all the time. Keep checking back on our blog for news and updates about this beautiful plant that we love so much. Questions? Check out our shop, learn more in our FAQ, and explore further in our blogs! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to reach out via our contact page, we’re happy to help.