Over the last few years the legal climate surrounding the cannabis industry has rapidly changed. Moreover, public awareness of CBD oil has grown immensely. But how did we come to this moment?
It wasn’t always like this. Before CBD was so ubiquitous, manufacturers and distributors alike took a long and winding road filled with plenty of stumbles along the way. Even here at Diamond CBD, we’ve done our fair share of hard work, complete with blood, sweat, and tears to find ourselves where we’re at now.
We know that it’s important to remember where you came from and the road you traveled. That’s why we’re sharing some of the most important and newsworthy events to have shaped the world of hemp and CBD oil, both globally and for us, as we know it today.
Did you know? While the 2018 Farm Bill receives all of the praise, it was the 2014 version of the law that really revolutionized the hemp industry?
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (more commonly known as the U.S. Farm Act), was approved by the Senate and passed into law on February 7, 2014.
The First Farm Bill Creates a New Industry
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (more commonly known as the U.S. Farm Act), was approved by the Senate and passed into law on February 7, 2014. With an 86-11 vote, this revolutionary law legalized industrial hemp cultivation, processing, and sale in the United States through the use of pilot programs.
It gave birth to the CBD industry as we know it today.
The Farm Bill distinguished the legal difference between the cannabis plant (which contains high levels of THC), and industrial hemp. The legislation allowed farmers to legally grow and cultivate industrial hemp — providing consumers nationwide with the ability to purchase hemp-derived compounds, like CBD oil, from locally-grown plants.
With overwhelming support and approval by the Senate, other advocators touted the bill’s benefits on a national economic view-point. Senator Ron Wyden responded, “Our bipartisan legislation will spur economic growth in rural communities by creating much-needed red, white, and blue jobs that pay well. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to get the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act through the Senate. Today marks a long-overdue, huge step forward for American-grown hemp.”
The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) defended hemp cultivators and consumers nationwide against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The Hemp Industry Tackles the DEA
The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) defended hemp cultivators and consumers nationwide against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who sought to threaten the right to produce and consume hemp oil and hemp-based CBD products.
On December 14, 2016 a new rule was published by the DEA that established a new drug code for “cannabis extracts” by stating that any compound extracted from the cannabis plant (including CBD) “will be treated as a Schedule I controlled substance.”
The Hemp Industries Association and a group of petitioners brought this case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where they then insisted that Congress had already legalized CBD under the Agricultural Act of 2014.
The Hemp Industries Association argued, rightfully so, that hemp had already been legalized by the Farm Bill in 2014.
Despite the fact that consumers continue to access CBD-infused products, the DEA’s rule has cast a fearful shadow over vendors and producers. Ultimately, this lawsuit could go a long way towards easing their worries. Read more here.
Diamond CBD Partners with the One and Only Tommy Chong
In August of 2017 Diamond CBD took the cannabidiol world by storm with the announcement of a once-in-a-lifetime partnership with cannabis community legend Tommy Chong. The counterculture legend and one half of the well-loved creative team of Cheech & Chong selected Diamond CBD, Inc. as his partner for his all-new brand of hemp-derived CBD oil products, which we now know and love as Chong’s Choice CBD.
“I use Diamond CBD products and love them! They help me relax and often soothe the occasional pain of an old stoner,” stated Chong at the time. “I want to be part of this 21st century CBD revolution which promises unprecedented health benefits to millions of people and Diamond CBD has a premier line of products, many of which I am pleased to bring to the market under my brand.”
The World Health Organization Supports CBD
In December 2017, after over a month of deliberation regarding the scheduling of CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced their recommendation that cannabidiol should not be subject to international drug scheduling. This decision was based upon evidence directly related to the benefits and risks of utilizing a CBD-infused product.
Did you know? The World Health Organization was the first to publicly declare that CBD was completely safe.
WHO’s research on the therapeutic use of CBD and its associated side-effects concluded that the cannabinoid is not a public danger.
In March 2018, Diamond CBD went to the Global Pet Expo to introduce MediPets to the world.
MediPets Brings the Benefits of CBD to Cats and Dogs
In March 2018, Diamond CBD went to the Global Pet Expo to introduce MediPets to the world. This new line of CBD for pets — CBD oil for pets, CBD pet spray, and cbd pet treats — would go on to revolutionize the pet CBD industry.Today, people from all across the country trust MediPets brand CBD for their special furry friends.
“Our new MediPets line is specifically designed to offer a wide variety of benefits for pets with reportedly effective, non-toxic, hemp-derived cannabinoids,” noted Diamond CBD at the time. “CBD has shown in studies to aid pets in numerous ways. We are pleased to be experiencing this level of interest as we expand into this new and growing sector.”
CBD Coffee Helps America Wake Up
Later that same year, in December 2018, Diamond CBD introduced to the world their all-new CBD coffee pods, infusing cannabidiol with a jolt of caffeine to help America wake up.
Chill Coffee Capsules come with four individual capsules in original chill coffee, decaf chill coffee, chill black tea, and chill green tea flavors. Better still, they were produced in accordance with the universal K-Cup design, meaning they fit any single cup coffee makers. THey were an instant hit with anyone who loves an instant cup of joe in the morning.
Since drinking a hot cup of coffee is usually the average person’s initial start to their day, we considered what America is still passionate about, infused with the CBD edge that they enjoy.
“The cannabis industry is growing at an explosive rate,” said Kevin Hagen, CEO of PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Diamond CBD, Inc. “Wanting to give customers an experience that they could enjoy, our aim is to be hemp industry pioneers bringing innovative hemp-derived products to the whole world.”
Chill Coffee Capsules come with four individual capsules in original chill coffee, decaf chill coffee, chill black tea, and chill green tea flavors. Better still, they were produced in accordance with the universal K-Cup design, meaning they fit any single cup coffee makers.
A New Farm Bill Open New Possibilities
By 2018, Washington was set to launch a new Farm Bill that would address all of the issues with the previous one. As PotNetwork NEws reported at the time, “although Washington D.C. lawmakers are still haggling over some of the details of the 2018 Farm Bill, a provision in the bill which would legalize hemp nationwide will be in the final version to be signed by President Trump, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
The 2018 Farm Bill opened the door for the modern-day CBD industry, allowing for a new age of legalized hemp-derived CBD.
“We’re trying right now to make sure there’s a farm bill and before the end of the year,” Mitch McConnell told reporters in 2018. Regarding hemp provisions McConnell promised, “If there’s a farm bill it will be in there, I guarantee you that.”
From CBD to Delta-8
By 2020, Diamond CBD had established itself as one of the pre-eminent CBD companies in the United States. With brands such as Chill, Relax, CBD Oil Biotech, and more, our CBD oils, edibles, and creams had become some of the most popular products in the country.
In 2020 we took things to the next level with Delta-8, a revolutionary new cannabinoid that offers users a psychotropic high that’s completely legal. That’s right, just like THC, you can experience a buzz, but without having to worry about the consequences.
What’s next for CBD, hemp and Diamond CBD? ONly time will tell. But we promise you this — we’ll always put you, the customer first. SO stick around and see what we have to offer, because we promise that you’ll love it!