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It is not surprising to hear that Snoop Dog invested in a massive conglomerate marijuana company back in 2016. He is basically marijuana’s celebrity poster-child. However, it may surprise you to hear that Snoop Dog and Martha Stewart are friends!
Martha recently announced that she has invested in Canopy, one of the largest marijuana companies in the world. Together with Snoop Dogg, Martha plans to create CBD infused animal treats. Martha has officially endorsed the use of CBD Oil, and it’s a good thing! I know what you’re thinking – isn’t Canopy one of Colorado Body Divine’s competitors? In all honesty, not really! We are a very small company, owned by two women who also have full-time jobs. We are not quite on the same level as Canopy…. yet! 😉
Martha’s endorsement of CBD really is a good thing – the more people who endorse CBD, the more it gains notoriety and legitimacy the public eye. While many states have moved to legalize marijuana and/or CBD, there is still a lot of stigma associated with the marijuana and hemp plant, and a lot of misinformation on the benefits of CBD and marijuana. While Snoop has serious street cred, Martha has serious craft cred. Martha’s endorsement gives me a glimmer of hope that eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later) the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will review and revise the outdated drug classification table. Currently, the DEA ranks substances on Schedule of 1 – 5 (one being the worst, and five being the “safest” substances).
Schedule I (one) drugs are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are heroin, LSD, marijuana (cannabis), ecstasy, and peyote.
Schedule II (two) drugs are defined as “drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence”. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, Dilaudid, Demerol, OxyContin, fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
Schedule III (three) drugs are defined as “drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence”. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV. Some examples of Schedule III drugs are Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
Schedule IV (four) drugs are defined as “drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence”. Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are Xanax, Valium, Ambien, and Tramadol.
Schedule V (five) drugs are defined as “drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics”. Some examples of Schedule V drugs are Robitussin and Lyrica.
My opinion – categorizing cannabis as a Schedule I drug is illogical when you consider the qualifiers. A Schedule I drug is defined as a drug with “a high potential for abuse” and “no currently acceptable medical use”. If this is the case, why did the FDA approve Epidiolex (cannabidiol/CBD) for the treatment of seizures associated with epilepsy? This prescription medication is derived from marijuana. Thus, the FDA has accepted the medical use of marijuana. In addition, the National Cancer Society has endorsed that cannabinoids may help treat the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
Is marijuana addictive? The Center for Disease Control indicates 1 in 10 users may become addicted to marijuana. However, the possible side effects of marijuana use pale in comparison to the side effects associated with the use of other Schedule I drugs, such as heroin and LSD. In addition, withdrawal from heroin (delirium, depression, hallucinations, seizures, insomnia, etc.), is far worse than marijuana withdrawal (irritability, trouble sleeping, hot flashes, inability to stay still, etc.). Marijuana is certainly less addictive than its’ fellow Schedule I drugs. When you forget about Ronald Regan’s war on drugs and consider empirical evidence and facts, it is clear that marijuana should not be in the same category as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Marijuana is not the only substance that should be reclassified.
Cocaine, OxyContin, and fentanyl are far more harmful and addictive than marijuana, yet they are classified as a Schedule II drugs. Valium and Ambien have a high potential for abuse and high risk of dependence, yet they are classified as Schedule IV drugs. Classification matters. The public should be able to trust government advisories. In addition, marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug prevents scientists from obtaining the necessary licensure to conduct research on the benefits of cannabis.
Consider this – according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. This overdose rate represents a 2-fold increase over the course of a decade. Opioid overdose deaths (including illicit drugs such as heroin and prescription opioids) rose from 8,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017. Why are prescription opioids legal? Big pharmaceutical companies have deep pockets and well-paid lobbyists. They have armies of young attractive women with briefcases of free samples of highly addictive medications. They have more interest in their bottom line and profits than the harm their products may cause. They have exponentially increasing prices (often leading users to illicit cheaper drugs such as heroin) and irresponsible business practices. It is time for America to take a step back, re-evaluate the evidence, and re-write the war on drugs. It is time to shift our focus to the real enemy of public health and safety – big pharmaceutical companies. The days of demonizing marijuana are numbered thanks to brave women like Martha Stewart!
We know Martha isn’t perfect. After all, she did spend hard time in the slammer for a white-collar crime (although I bet she had the best toilet wine on the block). Martha’s checkered past hasn’t seemed to tarnish her popularity, or credibility, and her opinion matters. Martha is an incredible entrepreneur and an experienced businesswoman. The more people talk about and accept the beneficial properties of cannabis, the sooner we can curb our unnecessary and dangerous reliance on prescription medications. It is time to give the scientists and the people what they want – legal cannabis nationwide. Thank you, Martha Stewart, for being marijuana’s newest (and most shiny) champion! I agree, it’s a good thing.