As the cannabis industry grows, so too does the popularity of CBD. More Maryland based sellers are popping up every day, such as Mr. Smoke.
You may be worrying about Maryland’s laws regarding CBD but fear not. These products are perfectly legal in the Old-Line State.
Maryland’s legality on CBD does depend on where the CBD is sourced from, and how much THC it contains, however.
CBD is sourced from cannabis plants and can come from both the marijuana and hemp varieties.
Marijuana has a high THC content, which is why a person experiences a “high” when they take it. Hemp, on the other hand, has a THC content of less than 0.3%, so there are no intoxicating side effects.
For this reason, CBD hemp oil is considered safer than the marijuana variety, and the most commonly found form of CBD.
Can You Use CBD for Pain Relief?
Cannabis-derived CBD is a safer alternative to many of the modern market’s leading painkillers.
Medical experts in Michigan have weighed in on the trendy supplement, so there is plenty of information on it out there.
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is becoming increasingly popular as the new trendy supplement on the market.
It promises to treat a whole host of issues, such as anxiety, insomnia, pain, and many more.
It also comes in a variety of forms. You can get it in oils and lotions or opt for CBD-infused food and drink.
Does it Work?
CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis, or marijuana, plant.
Despite the misconception, CBD doesn’t cause the user to experience any sort of high while taking it.
These effects are more commonly associated with cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD and THC affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, which influences many natural processes such as appetite, memory, and pain.
Research investigator in the department of anesthesiology Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., explains
“Cannabis has been a Schedule 1 drug for a long time, which has limited the type of research needed to figure out how best to use it therapeutically”.
According to the U.S. Federal Controlled Substances Act, drugs classified as Schedule 1 do not have any medical use and have a high potential for abuse.
He also notes that despite this, medicinal marijuana has been used for thousands of years.
One of the first recorded uses of cannabis was actually a treatment for arthritis.
In fact, cannabis-related medicines were commonly used in the 19th and early 20th centuries, even being listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. This changed after the implementation of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.
Particularly, CBD research literature supports its use as a treatment for epilepsy in children, and in 2018 Epidiolex (a CBD-based drug) was approved by the FDA for childhood epileptic conditions.
This resulted in a large policy shift. Epidiolex was classified as a Schedule V drug, which is the least restrictive schedule a drug can receive and indicates little to no potential for abuse.
Boehnke mentions that preclinical studies in animals demonstrate CBD’s ability to treat pain and inflammation, and studies in humans display it as being well-tolerated with little to no side effects. However, as of yet, there are no published clinical trials of CBD in pain.
According to Boehnke, there are also observational studies that survey CBD users on the compound’s effectiveness. It was commonly reported as being used for pain, sleep, and anxiety.
In 2018 the Farm Bill was passed.
This took hemp-derived CBD out of the Controlled Substances Act, and the compound’s popularity surged as a result.
Boehnke claims that despite the lack of clinical trial literature on CBD, people don’t inherently follow what clinical trials say regardless.
In light of the opioid crisis, people began to use CBD as an alternative to mainstream pain relief medicine.
The increase in users was so drastic that a commentary was published in Annals of Internal Medicine that gave doctors and clinicians advice on counseling their patients on cannabis and CBD use.
They also gave some guidance to the Arthritis Foundation, who after a survey of 2,600 people found that 29% of arthritis suffers use CBD as a treatment.
Boehnke and Clauw, the writers of the commentary, suggest that those who suffer from chronic pain seek out professional advice about the possibility of using CBD, as well as continuing to use their prescribed medicine. The advice they offer is as follows:
- Give up smoking, in all its forms (this includes vaping). The fact of the matter is inhaling smoke of any kind harms your lungs.
- Only purchase from reputable sources, such as Mr. Smoke Shop. CBD products are yet to be regulated, so be careful of where you buy from. Try source out products that have been tested by a third-party lab
- Pay attention to how you take it. It is advised that you take CBD as a pill or capsule, for an extended, slower release. You can also take it orally in an infused oil for a faster effect.
- Scale your usage gradually. Start out small and increase how much you take over the course of a few weeks. Watch to see if your symptoms improve to tell if CBD is working for you.
- Make sure you stay within your state laws. While it may be legal in many states, at a federal level it is still illegal, as a result, CBD tends to fall into a legal gray zone.
So Where Can I get CBD in Maryland?
Mr. Smoke stocks a fantastic variety of CBD and other cannabis related products.
We have three locations in Maryland, one at Elkridge, one at Annapolis, and one at College Park.
You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop when you visit one of our stores.
Pop in and see if you don’t believe it. We have everything you could need for the perfect smoking experience.