CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is just one of the hundreds of cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. CBD is very much the antithesis of THC, or tetrahyrdocannabinol, and it does not produce the psychoactive effects that THC is famous for.
The cannabis plant is obviously controversial and I’m not going to get into the politics of its history in the United States (at least not in this blog post). I will say this though: the CBD products that I consume and review on this site are obtained from vendors that assure their products have < 0.3% THC obtained from industrial hemp, and they have shipped across state lines just fine.
This is contrary to many claims that CBD products are completely legal under federal law.
The truth is that CBD flower–those exclusively bred for consumer use–are technically not quite legal at the federal level. But they are not quite illegal either. With so many different agencies and policies, the U.S. government is notorious for having laws that directly contradict each other. Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill allows licensed pilot programs to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, and technically, marketing could fall underneath that umbrella. We are in a legal gray area, folks.
I bought my first CBD tincture at my local organic grocery store. I bought my first disposable CBD vape pen at my local head shop. I bought CBD flower for the first time at that same head shop too. To the normal consumer, these things seem legal, but the DEA still labels all cannabis-derived products, not bred for research use, as Schedule I Drugs. But still, I bought all of those products legally. Incoherent policies are bound to exist within the U.S., especially in a day-and-age when the president freely signs a 2400-page omnibus spending bill that no one has read.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has taken steps to facilitate further research of cannabis, but when the country has 29 legal medicinal marijuana states and 9 legal recreational marijuana states, it comes as no surprise that there seems to be confusion on the regulation of these products.
CBD products have helped thousands–if not millions–of folks deal with debilitating illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. They can even help you in your everyday life, like they have for me.
So what’s one of the best ways you can make hemp and cannabis policy and legislation move faster? Simple. Buy more CBD products. Buy more hemp products. By supporting this industry, you are increasing the demand for CBD and hemp. Vote with your money, and you will help reduce the time it takes for people to safely attain cannabis-derived medicines.