From oils and edibles to bath bombs and even beer, cannabis is becoming increasingly available throughout the United States. Given the pleather of options, you may wonder, Is CBD legal in America?
Simply put, yes, CBD is legal in all 50 states. Not so simple: the laws are different from state to state. State laws dictate the legality of what type of CBD products people can use and which products are prohibited. Confused? We don’t blame you! Let’s dive into the legality of CBD in America.
What is CBD and its Benefits?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is the most prevalent cannabinoid found in natural-growing cannabis sativa plants. Every cannabis plant has some CBD, along with the rest of the cannabinoid family including trace amounts of THC, terpenes, and flavonoids.
CBD has been found to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system which influences inflammation, digestion, mood and stress, and neural pain signaling. Because so many conditions are affected by these systems, many people find that CBD may help reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life. CBD may be used to help in the management of pain, digestive disorders, skin conditions, arthritis, anxiety, and injury or muscle recovery, to name a few.
CBD does not get you high. While it can have a mood uplifting effect, it does not produce mind-altering or reaction-slowing intoxication like its sister cannabinoid, THC.
The History of Cannabis
Cannabis has been part of human culture for over 4,000 years. From clothing and rope to building materials and body care – every part of the plant from leaves to seeds to roots has been harvested to our benefit. And now we have hemp to thank for CBD, as cannabidiol is extracted from this purposeful plant.
Cannabis was a familiar part of everyday life until the Nixon era’s War on Drugs. At that time the government classified cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. This led to all forms of cannabis becoming illegal in the United States. There are many theories as to why this over-reaction was put into law. Most notably, there was a cultural bias and influence from the cotton industry to discourage hemp textiles.
The 2018 Farm Bill
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, the production, possession, and sale of CBD products are legal in the United States. The Farm Bill distinguished hemp from cannabis, meaning CBD products are not considered drugs unless they contain over 0.03% THC. Since CBD does not contain measurable amounts of THC it can be used and distributed legally.
States that have legalized marijuana include the use of CBD products both for medical and recreational use, while other states prohibit the use of marijuana but they approve the use of CBD under special conditions. Check out the map above to see the state-by-state comparison.
It’s important to note, though, that CBD is still federally illegal when it is infused into food or labeled as a dietary supplement. And, of course, all CBD products must contain less than 0.03% THC.
CBD and Hemp versus THC and Marijuana
So what is the difference between CBD and THC products? CBD exists in all cannabis sativa plants and can be derived from both hemp and marijuana stems and leaves.
Hemp plants are only allowed to have 0.3% THC, the maximum natural trace amount. CBD derived from hemp also contains less than 0.3% THC, making it legal in all states. However, in states where marijuana is legal, you can often find CBD products with a much higher THC concentration made from marijuana plants instead.
Marijuana plants are cultivated differently from hemp plants, including separating the male and female plants to force both greater THC and larger flower production.
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