Senate’s CBD Oil Rescue Offers Hope for Pain

The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill is a vast improvement on the House version, with provisions to protect organics and CBD.
The Senate recently released its version of the Farm Bill. For advocates of natural health, it represents a significant improvement over the House’s version of the legislation. It legalizes CBD oil and the growth of hemp; leaves out concerning provisions from the House Farm Bill regarding the regulation of pesticides, such as language that would have preempted local communities from banning pesticides and allowed more pesticides to be sprayed on organic crops; and the bill tries to address the influx of fake organic crops. We must tell our members of Congress to follow the Senate’s lead.
The best news in the Senate’s Farm Bill relates to CBD oil. The bill includes language that would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the federal list of controlled substances. It also defines cannabinoids (CBD) with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% as hemp, thus legalizing CBD oil that meets the 0.3% threshold. This is an important step in our campaign to fight for consumer access to CBD oil, a cheap, safe, effective, and non-addictive alternative to opioids for pain.
Note, though, that this would only remove one of the two major threats to consumer access to CBD oil. Recall that a pharmaceutical company, GW Pharmaceuticals, has developed a CBD-based drug for a rare form of childhood epilepsy—which just received FDA approval. The FDA has said that CBD is not a supplement because GW filed an investigational new drug (IND) application on CBD before it was sold as a supplement—an agency position that we are fighting. Nonetheless, it’s encouraging that the government is proposing to remove one of the major hurdles to affordable CBD oil.
The Senate bill leaves out bad provisions that would have increased our exposure to pesticides. You can read more about those provisions in our previous coverage, but here are the highlights. The House bill included language that makes it easier to add pesticides to the list of substances that can be used on organic crops, allows farmers to spray pesticides into water (including drinking water sources), and preempts local communities from restricting the use of pesticides.
The Senate’s bill also includes provisions aimed at increasing oversight over the organic supply chain in an effort to curb the importation of fake organic grains that have been inundating the US market. Part of the problem seems to be that, while US companies importing organic products from overseas must verify that the product comes from a supplier with a valid USDA organic certificate, there isn’t a guarantee that the farm the product came from is running a legitimate organic operation. The language in the Farm Bill would require US firms importing organic goods to collect and maintain information on the product, rather than just the foreign supplier. It’s unclear whether this will really address the problem; as we’ve argued before, more regulations will not replace a will to enforce the law, which the USDA apparently lacks.  But, more serious oversight over the supply chain might help prevent some degree of fraud, so these measures could arguably help consumers.
Of course, the Senate bill includes billions of dollars in government handouts to support the growth of wheat, corn, soy, and other commodity crops—money that could be better spent supporting clean, healthy food. As we said in our coverage of the House Farm Bill, we don’t like the government picking winners and losers, but if subsidies are going to be handed out, it just makes sense not to give billions to support foods that make us unhealthy and sick.
We’re glad that the Senate bill would legalize CBD, leaves out provisions that would have expanded the use of toxic pesticides that were included in the House bill, and takes aim at fraudulent organic crops.


  1. once legal, people will figure out how to concentrate the 35 to 6% then to 9%-addicts and pushers are very clever.
    America is the most heavily addicted nation on the planet-is it any wonder why>
    Our babies are born with POT in their bloodstreams-we are making future addicts in the womb.

    1. Don’t be ridiculous…it’s POT moron…People dont become addicted to Pot. In fact its used to wean people stronger ADDICTIVE DRUGS. So pot is being legalised all across the country. The people have spoken!!! And u are advocating bor the prevention of its use as a pain reliever when people are dying left and right due to opiod use for pain. My guess is u work in the pharmacuetical industry right? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!

      1. you re for keeping people slaves to their habits. I am anti-pharma-which is why I take (thank GOD)-zero medicines of any kind. Invariably when people want to set me straight (like you)-they get nasty. A telltale sign of their desperation and fear that their crutch will be taken from them. And don’t worry-BIG PHARMA will corner this market too-after destroying the “competition”.

        1. Lucky you, not NEEDING to take medicines of any kind. Not everyone is so fortunate.
          Medicine is not a “crutch.” And marijuana is not physically addictive. Conflating marijuana use with opioid addiction shows a lack of education at best.
          You could end up having a serious accident and be in severe pain, and find yourself needing medication just to get from moment to moment. You could have a child with Type 1 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or some other devastating condition that could not be treated without pharmaceuticals.
          Although the pharma-industrial complex contains a lot of evils, there are a great many people who are only alive because it’s possible for them to get life-savings substances such as insulin. That being said, we also need access to herbs and supplements. People should be able to get whatever their health conditions require– and they don’t need judgmental pronouncements from people who neither understand health care nor have empathy for them.

          1. death by medicine is the #3 killer in America-look it up. Over 100,000 people die each year just from legally prescribed meds. A medical/pharmaceutical industry that can kill 100,000 EACH AND EVERY YEAR with PRESCRIBED meds is going to have NO problem destroying people with yet another drug. But you know what? People want their drugs,and their sex, and their video games and their overeating-so what is one more addiction allowed to run wild? So go ahead-ingest all you want

  2. I understand your concerns, but CBD products made from hemp are vastly different than those from marijuana. I am 81 years old, tore my bicep at he end of December – it was misdiagnosed so no operation. For over 8 weeks I was crying 24/7 even oxycodone, highly addictive, barely helped. CBD was my salvation – allowing me to sleep at night to permit my body to start repairing itself. I assure you, I do not use any kind of drugs apart from what has been prescribed. The Senate version should be approved. Grandma Ros

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