All the attention is being made to the single mention of CBD being made a Schedule I substance. Nothing is further from the truth, CBD is not a scheduled substance by the federal government. NO Cannabinoid, with exception to THC, is a controlled substance according to the federal government.
What has been missed by everyone is the DEA’s statement about CBD extracted from the Cannabis Plant. That they see no way for it to be extracted without extracting other Cannabinoids like THC which is a scheduled substance. So there is no change in the stance of the DEA, there has actually been clarification that mixtures of CBD that contain THC and are extracted from the cannabis plants are extracts, those without are not.
What people have been missing is the opportunity to petition the DEA to De-schedule Extracts. As extracts now have their own ID number they can be scheduled differently than Cannabis just as THC is scheduled differently.
The science is clear and evident that Extracts are by far safer than raw cannabis. It’s easier to maintain dosage and test lots. You can take a ton of cannabis and create and extract, test that batch for purity and level of cannabinoids and have a uniform product. Unlike a plant which changes from plant to plant, even if cloned, extracts offer uniformity which is what the FDA likes.
Extracts make sense and it makes sense to De-schedule them or Re-schedule them into another schedule like THC has.