Is CBD legal?
CBD is Federally Legal
Hemp-derived CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is federally legal. This was made possible by the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law in December of 2018. The passage of this bill successfully removed hemp from the federal list of controlled substances and instead classified it as an agricultural commodity. In addition, it also gave states the power to individually oversee hemp production. Overall, the 2018 Farm Bill was seen as a huge win for the hemp industry in the United States.
The Hemp-Derived Difference
The “hemp-derived” distinction is important, as CBD can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp plants. However, the ratio of CBD to THC varies greatly between the two. Hemp plants are high in CBD and low in THC, while marijuana plants are high in THC and low in CBD. Along with using hemp-derived CBD, there are other regulations outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill that CBD has to follow.
High-Quality CBD Follows These Restrictions
The first restriction is that the hemp must contain less than 0.3% of THC. THC is commonly associated with the “high” from marijuana, so this distinction is important for CBD. Further, another restriction asserts that the hemp must act in accordance with the shared state-federal regulations. Lastly, the bill requires the hemp to be grown by a properly licensed grower. If all these regulations are observed, the 2018 Farm Bill permits the sale, transportation, and possession of hemp-derived CBD products.
Shared State-Federal Regulations
In terms of shared state-federal regulations: hemp-derived CBD is legal at a federal level, although it is important to note that each state is given the freedom to determine its own laws and regulations. We recommend brushing up on your state’s individual restrictions to ensure you are following current and correct regulations for your particular location.