What is CBD oil?
CBD which stands for Cannabidiol is found in both the cannabis and hemp plant. It has been making its way across the US in many forms, one of the most popular being CBD oil. CBD oil comes from the hemp plant. If you’ve been into any convenience store this year, 2019, in almost every major city across the US you’ve most likely noticed CBD oil advertisements. CBD oil tinctures, CBD gummies, CBD tea, CBD creams, CBD vape juice, even CBD water! Manufacturers promise stress reduction, pain relief, and even better sleep! CBD oil is all the rage these days and many people are drawn to its pain-relieving qualities with minimal to no negative side effects. CBD oil has become a welcome relief for consumers who are seeking a safe alternative to the opioid option for pain management. CBD is beneficial across the board, from young to old. Even with a rise in popularity and the many people who dote about the many benefits, many people are still resistant due to the uncertainty of the legality of CBD.
Is Cannabidiol (CBD) Legal?
Will you get arrested for using CBD? Short Answer: No. Most likely not these days, as long as you follow the guidelines with your CBD oil.
No More Than 0.03% THC / Must Be Derived from Hemp
Over the past decade, many states have legalized the medical use of cannabis, which is the cousin plant to the hemp plant, the plant from which CBD is derived. CBD contains less than 0.03% of THC, while the medicinal cannabis plants produced today can contain upwards 80+% THC. Our current government at the federal level still remains on the fence over the full legality of the cannabis and hemp plant at this point. Although, the popularity of CBD puts pressure on the federal government to come up with some solidified rules. At this point, the laws surrounding CBD are confusing and there are strict guidelines that manufacturers must adhere to so that the CBD they produce is federally legal. The only legal CBD is that which contains 0.03% or less THC. THC is the compound in the cannabis plant that makes the user feel “high”. CBD should not make the consumer high.
Medical and recreational use of cannabis and CBD use are fairly new to the consumer market. Only time will tell if CBD truly delivers with all of its beneficial claims. And, only time will provide clearer laws and better regulations. Current laws are falling behind the rapid growth of the CBD oil market, but as we gain a better understanding of the differences of the hemp and cannabis plant the laws may become so lax that purchasing CBD next to your ibuprofen becomes something people no longer question.
Here’s a video that will help better explain the legality of CBD oil for those who have more questions: