In the early 21st century, average marijuana use in Oregon was over 30% higher than the national average after it passed Measure 67, which legalized medicinal cannabis, in 2000. Even then, it was clear that full legalization was likely. In 2014, Measure 91 was approved and allowed recreational cannabis use in the state. By early 2017, dispensaries were only permitted to sell weed to recreational users if they had an OLCC license.
With cannabis freely available in Oregon, you might expect the CBD industry to suffer. On the contrary, business is booming because of the cannabinoid’s apparent ability to treat medical conditions without providing a psychoactive high.
Legality of CBD Oil in Oregon
The Cannabis sativa plant seems to disappear from Oregon’s state records after the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act until the counterculture of the 1960s. By the 1970s, there were communal hippie groups located across the state including at Jacksonville, Medford, and Ashland. Bill Drake, a resident of Eugene, wrote The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana in 1970. It was the first book dedicated solely to growing weed in the United States.
Oregon became a popular location for marijuana growing in the 1980s. Residents had to wait until 2000 for medical marijuana to become legal, and until 2014 for it to be legal for use recreationally. While industrial hemp finally became legal to grow in the United States at the end of 2018, it has been happening in Oregon for a long time.
By 2017, there were already more than 100 farmers planning for an estimated 1,300 acres of hemp thanks to the state’s progressive attitude towards the cannabis sativa plant. From 2015 to 2018, there was a twenty-fold increase in state licenses to grow hemp in Oregon. By the middle of 2018, Oregon had an estimated one million pounds of marijuana flower in its system, along with 350,000 pounds of edibles, tinctures, and extracts.
The falling price of marijuana in Oregon has also driven farmers towards hemp. Between 2015 and 2018, the price of a gram of weed fell from $14 to $7. As supply is greatly outstripping demand, enormous amounts of marijuana may need to be destroyed. With a drastic increase in the number of hemp licenses applied for, we hope the same thing doesn’t happen with the hemp industry.
At present, an estimated 50% of hemp grown in the United States is for CBD, and now that growing hemp is federally legal, we expect that percentage to rise. On a state level, there is no question that CBD oil is legal in Oregon, and you can find dozens of stores that offer it. However, even though you can now legally grow hemp anywhere in America, the FDA says that CBD itself is illegal.
Soon after President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law in December 2018, the FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, reiterated the agency’s stance on CBD. He said that it is a drug and is therefore illegal to add to food or health products without FDA approval. Buyers of CBD have nothing to worry about, but sellers must not include therapeutic claims on their products.
Meanwhile, the FDA also said that hemp seed oil, hemp seed protein, and hulled hemp seed are safe as foods and don’t require any extra approvals.
What Medical Problems Can CBD Oil Treat?
Those who champion the cause of CBD claim that it offers an array of health benefits ranging from treating chronic pain to reducing anxiety. However, there is limited clinical study evidence to date, and the FDA does not consider it as a medical product. However, the FDA approved Epidiolex, which is derived from CBD, in June 2018 and has been released to help combat epilepsy.
Although opponents of CBD point to the lack of clinical evidence in its favor, there are thousands of studies that show it has potential therapeutic benefits. You have probably already heard that CBD can help with depression and other mood disorders, ease chronic pain, and even help with sleep. However, did you know that CBD could potentially reduce blood pressure?
A study by Jadoon, Tan, and Sullivan, published in JCI Insight in June 2017, discovered that CBD could have several cardiovascular benefits including a reduction in blood pressure. In the study, nine healthy male volunteers received either 600mg of CBD or placebo. Those who used the CBD had “reduced resting systolic blood pressure and stroke volume.” Also, CBD “blunted the blood pressure response to stress.”
If you are diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), you are destined for a lifetime of problems because there is no known cure. However, a February 2019 review in Oxford Academic by Lashner and Cominelli wrote about how targeting the endocannabinoid system (ECS) could impact colitis.
As you know, CBD has an impact on the ECS due to its relationship with the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. According to the review, manipulation of the ECS could provide significant relief from colitis. In other words, there is a possibility that CBD could help reduce the agonizing pain experienced during IBD.
How to Use CBD Oil in Oregon
The relative lack of long-term research into CBD means it is difficult to ascertain whether there are any worrying side effects. In the short-term, there is a possibility that it could cause fatigue, irritability, and nausea. It is also suggested that CBD increases the level of coumadin (a blood thinner) in your blood.
It is also impossible to recommend a specific dosage because it will vary according to the person and the reason(s) why they are using cannabidiol. Often, manufacturers will issue a recommendation, but since it is not classified as a medicine, sellers can’t make any claims or suggest that a certain dosage is the ‘correct’ one.
When taking CBD oil, it is best to consume sublingually, which means you hold it beneath your tongue for at least 30 seconds to increase bioavailability. In case you are wondering, bioavailability is the rate and degree at which a substance becomes absorbed into the bloodstream.
The main issue with CBD that is ingested orally is that it has to pass through the metabolic and digestive systems. These systems, unfortunately, filter out a large portion of cannabidiol which means a reduction in bioavailability. Depending on who you believe, the bioavailability of orally consumed CBD is anywhere between 4% and 20%. As a result, edibles are not that efficient.
Sublingual consumption is better because the bioavailability rate is anywhere between 12% and 35%. CBD that is applied topically (in the form of creams), injected intravenously, or vaporized has higher bioavailability rates. If you purchase CBD oil in Oregon and have a vaporizer, you can get the most from your oil with a bioavailability rate of up to 56% according to some studies.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil in Oregon & Places to Buy It
The FDA may not approve CBD as a medicine, but it is extremely popular in Oregon. In fact, the industry is booming to the extent that marijuana farmers are switching to hemp because their psychoactive crop is no longer profitable. Some stores offer CBD products in every major town in Oregon.
Items include CBD-infused IPA which is sold by Coalition Brewing in Portland, an anti-inflammatory pain stick sold by Cannabis Nation in Oregon City and a dark chocolate CBD bar which you can buy at Herbal Choices in Coos Bay.
As for CBD oil, it is available in hundreds of locations across Oregon, whether you live in Portland, Eugene, Wood Village, Beaverton or Oregon City. Although it is tempting to try and save a little money, we don’t recommend purchasing ‘cheap’ CBD oil.
There is a stark difference between getting value for money and buying garbage. If you choose low-quality CBD oil, not only will it fail to provide you with the relief you crave, it will also ensure you immediately discount it as a form of treatment.