Marijuana’s rescheduling has gained a ton of recent traction and one of the most powerful committees in congress, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, is petitioning to examine its status. On July 26th 2017, Congressman Trey Gowdy, slammed Richard Baum, acting drug czar, during a hearing on reauthorizing the White House “drug czar” office.
Gowdy stated, “I don’t understand why [Marijuana] is a Schedule I. It’s certainly not treated as an inherently dangerous substance for which there is no medicinal value.” (On a side note – 25 states are currently utilizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.) He then drove the point home by noting both Cocaine and Methamphetamine are Schedule II.
Democrat Gerry Connolly of Virginia spoke up as well stating, “there was no empirical evidence to justify putting Marijuana ahead of [Cocaine and Methamphetamine] as a Schedule I drug 50 years ago”. He went on to explain this drug has been treated as one of the “World’s Most Dangerous” drugs, and that has led a rippling effect of consequences. Connolly said, “we’ve put a lot of people in jail, and we’ve treated this like it’s more dangerous than cocaine.” The consequences of treating marijuana as a Schedule I drug has not only prevented an easy and consistent way to explain classification, it has threatened the credibility of the entire drug policy as a whole.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee expressed that, “restrictions associated with Schedule I limit the amount and type of research that can be conducted on certain Schedule I drugs.” They believe that during this time, regulatory barriers should be lowered in order to conduct adequate research.
As of now, NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is the only federal entity that controls marijuana for legal purposes, experimentation, testing and research, but it does not have the credibility to be an impartial source. Connolly concluded by saying that if research is going to be taken seriously, “we need to use a different entity with credibility, where we’re looking at objective evidence and science, and then we can determine where marijuana works.”
This exchange is a great example of the culture shifting away from prohibition and an insider's look into the regulator's mind.
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Just this past week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced clarification to its previously disclosed ‘Final Rule’. The ‘Final Rule’ was passed back in December 2016, and essentially added to the definition of illegal “marijuana extracts” as anything containing one or more cannabinoids (CBD) from the cannabis plant.
CBD is one of several dozen active compounds in marijuana and it is the primary non-psychoactive ingredient, meaning it doesn’t get you high. While CBD still has an effect on your body, it is known for being all relaxation without intoxication. The medical potential of CBD has taken center stage after many enthusiasts realized this compound can calm anxiety, relieve chronic pain or inflammation, and stop spasms and seizures.
With that ruling back in December, products containing CBD from mature stalks of cannabis, or manufactured hemp, were interpreted as illegal despite it not containing THC (the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for the euphoric high). Even though the substance was considered to be federally illegal by the DEA, states have CBD legal protections in place that govern the production, cultivation and sale of products containing the substance. In fact, only six states in the U.S. have completely outlawed CBD.
However, with this recent clarification, those products previously believed to be illegal are now no longer prohibited under the “marijuana extract” definition in the ‘Final Rule’.
The good news is this is a positive step for CBD based products! With ongoing appeals from the hemp industry, we are getting closer to having a clear and consistent avenue to distribute legal CBD based products.
Exploring your consciousness should be done with intention. No matter how you get there, it's powerful when you have tools help and guide you. That's why we're happy to share with you 'Intentional High', our series of posts showing different activities you can do to help calm and understand the mind. These can be done daily, sober or lifted, or whenever you want to calm and center yourself.
Kriya - Seated Spinal Blastoff is an accessible, seated kriya that builds and raises the kundalini by a progressive series of pranayam and movements. Energy builds for about 30 minutes until it is released and you relax into a deep shivasana with accompanying 30 minute sound bath.
Before starting, clear a comfortable space with no distractions. Low lighting is preferable, and have a comfortable area to relax into shivasana. While the practice is one hour, you may find yourself wanting more time to reintegrate afterwards.
Intentional High 2: Kriya - Seated Spinal Blastoff
Effect: Deep Introspection
Type: Kundalini Ceremony
Teacher: Johg Ananda
The ingredients used in Jambo Superfoods’ products are premium. They are also very transparent with their basic formulation. You can see the lab tests on their site, and you can also gain access to their all-inclusive Cannabis research that makes users fully aware of how cannabis works.
Their prices are also very affordable. They’ve combined affordability and quality just like how the market desires it to be. They have a store locator that makes your purchase a total breeze.
Our wonderful co-founder Johg Ananda was interviewed by Aubrey Marcus on his podcast. Johg Ananda discusses starting his cannabis business, the current state of prohibition, and Kundalini yoga.
NBC's "STRONG" is a competition show like no other. Contestants are embarking on a transformative journey in order to reach their full potential. As they will learn, it's not necessarily about losing weight, but rather about finding the balance between mind and body. It's about getting strong.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid made by the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found naturally in cannabis. There are over 85 known cannabinoids found in the plant, but most of them are...
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