Legal Grey Area
The CBD and Hemp industries have been operating in major grey areas for several decades. Fortunately, in more recent years there have been great strides to loosen the restrictions and laws made on CBD. More importantly these new laws are breaking down the connections between psychoactive marijuana and non-psychoactive hemp/CBD.
Is cbd legal in the United States?
Yes, Cannabidiol is legal across the United States. But, there are two stipulations to that ruling. The first is that all CBD products must contain 0.3% THC or less. The second states that all CBD products must be derived from Hemp. CBD products can be derived from the marijuana plant, but those products are not allowed in the majority of the United States. This is why it is important to buy your products from trustworthy stores like Green Extracts to ensure that the products you are receiving are legal and abide by United States federal law.
In more recent times comes along the Farm Bill of 2018 also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. This bill was signed on December 20th, 2018 and was a critical stepping stone for Hemp farmers and CBD suppliers, manufactures, retailers, etc. One of the most positive outcomes of this bill was the removal of hemp and CBD products derived from hemp from the Schedule I controlled substances list. Because hemp is no longer considered the same as marijuana, farmers are able to grow it through the United States Department of Agriculture rather than needing approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Another big win for CBD in this bill is the lift on restrictions when transporting across state lines. This bill now allows for CBDs and Hemp to cross state lines efficiently and without issues previously existing.
What is the Differnce between Hemp & Marijuana
To start, no, Hemp and Marijuana are not the same thing. Cannabis, another term commonly used interchangeably with these two, is the family which they are a part of. The Cannabis family is made up of two classifications, Indica and Sativa. Both Hemp and Marijuana fall under the Cannabis Sativa Family. Although they do fall within the same family, they contain crucial differences both chemically and structurally. Consider these two plants as cousins rather than twin brothers or sisters.
Plants within the Cannabis Family contain a wide variety of different compounds called Cannabinoids, and the two most prevalent Cannabinoids are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). When one compares Hemp vs Marijuana, this is a huge distinction. Since Hemp contains a very low concentration of THC (0.3% or less) it is grown more for industrial purposes. On the other hand Marijuana is abundant in THC with concentrations between 15% to 40%. For this reason Marijuana does get the user “high” and is used more for recreational purposes.
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