A bill proposed for this legislative session would legalize CBD oil for all Hoosiers. It could also answer questions about what it is and who may use it.
Purdue University botanist Janna Beckerman agrees there is confusion about the substance that is extracted from the cannabis plant.
“When we talk about CBD oil what we’re talking about is an extract, similar to how we get mint oil by distilling it from mint,” says Beckerman.
After the oil was legalized for some epilepsy treatments last year, debate opened over access to the oil – culminating in an opinion from the Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill that CBD oil is only legal for patients with incurable epilepsy on a registry.
Beckerman says more research would help lawmakers make decisions.
“For medicinal quality there hasn’t been very much research done because the research couldn’t be done,” says Beckerman.
Cannabis has been illegal in the United States for more than 80 years. She says there is also no basis for the current limit of psychoactive chemicals (0.03 THC) in CBD and other hemp products.
“If you ask where this came from or you look to see where it came from there is really no good science to back it up,” Beckerman says.
Past legislative efforts to increase research opportunities have had limited impact. The Purdue Hemp Project is dedicated to studying the plant for industrial purposes.