CBD Oil in Colorado [Benefits, Legalities, Dosage]
Colorado has strong associations with the Cannabis sativa plant. It was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, after voters approved Amendment 20. The state missed out on being the first to legalize recreational cannabis by four days (to Washington state), but Amendment 64 in November 2012 was still a huge step forward in the history of weed.
The legalization of marijuana has not had a negative impact on the hemp industry. It is thriving in Colorado and CBD is big business. As of November 2018, Colorado cultivated the most hemp of any U.S. state with almost 31,000 registered acres. Crucially, at least 60% of the land is used for growing hemp at any one time.
Continue reading to learn about the history of CBD oil in Colorado and its legal status.
What is the Legality of CBD Oil in Colorado?
Hemp has been an important crop in the United States since before the Revolutionary War. States such as Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri were the main growers, and there is little information on whether hemp was widely grown in Colorado at that time. There is an entry in a 1907 edition of the Denver Post which wrote about the building of a mill to extract oil from flaxseed in the eastern part of the state.
Most importantly, there were also plans to grow hemp because it “always grows where flax will grow.” There are no further details about the project; we don’t even know if it was a success. When cannabis was prohibited by the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, hemp was outlawed with it.
However, the U.S. Government ordered hemp growth during World War II. Once again, it is hard to say how much hemp was grown in Colorado. What we do know is that there was no more growth of commercial hemp legally in the state from 1957 until 2014. The Farm Bill of that year included a provision that enabled universities and colleges to grow industrial hemp for research purposes with no risk of federal involvement.
Colorado was one of eight states that passed laws to remove the existing barriers to large-scale hemp production. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp throughout the United States and received the President’s signature in December of that year.
Rather than waiting for the bill to pass, Colorado decided to reclassify hemp at the state level. It was the only state in America that had industrial hemp defined in its constitution. It defined hemp as a marijuana plant containing a maximum of 0.3% THC. This is the same level as the federal limit. It was hoped that the new Farm Bill would increase the threshold to 1%. If it did (it did not), and Colorado did not change its constitution, it would have been stuck with the 0.3% limit.
As it happened, Amendment X, which took industrial hemp out of the state constitution, passed with 60% of the vote. Not everyone is happy with the change. There is a fear that Amendment X will hand the Colorado hemp industry over to the federal government. It was a gamble that hasn’t paid off and now, there is a risk that politicians could change the definition of hemp. Had Colorado left its constitution alone, hemp would have been protected.
In any case, CBD oil is perfectly legal in Colorado, and very easy to get your hands on.
What Medical Problems Can CBD Oil Potentially Treat?
The FDA does not recognize CBD as a medical supplement, and sellers are not allowed to make health claims. Even so, there is significant scientific evidence to back many of the claims surrounding CBD oil.
A study by Kogan et al., published in the Journal of Mineral and Bone Research in October 2015, showed that CBD could protect against broken bones and bone disease. Cannabinoids help the process of bone metabolism, where your old bone material is replaced by new material (at a rate of 10% per annum) to maintain healthy bones.
CBD seems to block an enzyme that otherwise ruins the body’s bone-building compounds. As a result, cannabidiol could reduce the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis, a disease where the body doesn’t create any new cartilage or bone cells. If you take CBD, it could boost the formation of bone cells, speed up broken bone healing, and reduce the risk of re-fracturing the bone.
In The Hemp Plant in Sanskrit and Hindi Literature, a text written by George Grierson in 1894, the author claims that CBD and cannabis have been used to treat stress and anxiety for over 2,000 years. While THC possibly increases anxiety depending on the patient, CBD is consistent in its positive effects. It appears as if the effect of reducing stress is based on activity in the brain’s limbic and paralimbic regions.
A review by Schier et al., published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in June 2012, concluded that CBD reduced anxiety, and was especially effective when dealing with social anxiety. The review called for further clinical trials.
CBD has often been cited as an excellent analgesic and a potential replacement for painkillers. An estimated 70 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and many of them become addicted to opioids, which kill up to 100 people a day. A variety of studies have shown that the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is heavily involved in the processing of pain signals.
A review by Ethan Russo, published in the Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management in 2008, looked at the research into the use of cannabinoids for hard to treat pain. He said that they offer numerous benefits aside from analgesia, including antiemetic effects which were demonstrated with THC and CBD.
How to Use CBD Oil in Colorado & Dosage
CBD oil should be placed beneath your tongue and held there for up to 60 seconds to increase bioavailability. As it is not a medically approved treatment, there are no FDA dosage guidelines. It seems that a ratio of 20:1 CBD:THC works well for pain, and what we’ve seen is many people prefer to use between 10mg and 40mg of CBD a day, to begin with.
For stress and anxiety, you can consider a similar ratio beginning with 20mg a day. CBD is widely used for epilepsy, but in general, most people will take about 200 mg a day to see the effects. The dosage range is enormous for mental health issues. For example, some folks will start with 40mg a day for schizophrenia, and may even work all their way up to 1,000 mg a day!
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil in Colorado & Where to Buy It
Although you can freely purchase and use marijuana in Colorado, high-THC strains could exacerbate the feelings of anxiety and stress you already have. It is also a fact that some people simply don’t want to get high. In that case, CBD is a viable alternative, and you should check out our list of reviewed online vendors below.
If you would rather travel to a store, there are locations throughout the state. In Denver, there is the Ballpark Holistic Dispensary, while Colorado Springs and Denver are home to the Discover CBD brand. Littleton has Nature’s Best CBD, and it is also worth checking out marijuana dispensaries to see if they sell CBD from hemp, or if there are any high-CBD cannabis strains worth purchasing.