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Everything You Need to Know About the Legality of CBD 

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For many years, the cannabis plant and everything derived from it was illegal so even as authorities across the world change laws regarding this plant, there are still a lot of uncertainties. Many people are hesitant to try out CBD products because they are worried about their effects and their legality. If you’re wondering whether CBD is legal and what to expect from this product, here is everything you need to know about the state of CBD legalization.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. This is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBD is found in very small quantities in marijuana – the levels vary in each strain. Generally, hemp plants contain a higher CBD level than marijuana strains. What’s more, researchers have bred new hemp strains to get a higher level of CBD. Now, another key difference between hemp and other varieties of the marijuana plant is that hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This means using a hemp plant won’t get you high. 

With that said, the 2018 Farm Bill changed hemp from a schedule I drug to an agricultural commodity. This essentially made it legal for licensed farmers to grow hemp, for companies to manufacture hemp-derived products and for the public to purchase hemp products like CBD. The only caveat in the law is that all hemp products must contain 0.3% of THC or less. So, all hemp products are legal federally if they contain 0.3% THC or less, which is not enough THC to get you high. Most CBD brands make it a point to state if their product is made with hemp extract, and the level of THC it contains. 

While CBD products are legal on the federal level, many states are yet to ratify their laws to reflect the new federal stance on CBD. This presents a tricky situation. We always recommend that you check what your local laws have to say about legal CBD before making a purchase. The good news is that a majority of the states in the country have legalized CBD and other hemp products. 

Currently, hemp products are legal in many states including Wisconsin, Wyoming, West Virginia, Washington, Vermont, Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Montana, Michigan, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut, and many others. 

It is important to note that in some states, marijuana is not legal for recreational use but hemp products are legal. So, it is important to cross-check local laws before you buy any CBD product to be sure it is sourced from hemp and not marijuana. 

At the moment, the hemp industry remains highly unregulated. So, you must do your due diligence before buying any product. Although CBD has a lot of purported health benefits, it has not been officially recognized as a medication by health authorities. Therefore, if you’re thinking of using CBD to treat a medical condition, we recommend that you consult a medical expert for advice and guidance. Currently, the FDA has approved only one CBD-based drug for treating two rare types of epileptic conditions that affect children.