Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal in the US?

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With the continuous push in the legalization of medical marijuana, advocates have also started pushing for the legalization of cannabis in other states.

After President Donald Trump signed the new 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and hemp-derived products are no longer subject to Schedule 1 status. In line with this, a lot of people have been asking if CBD hemp oil is legal in the United States.

This article will discuss the following:
• What is hemp?
• What is CBD?
• Is CBD hemp oil legal in the US?

Since a lot of people are still confused about which hemp or CBD products are legally allowed, it would be best to know the difference between the two. This will give you a better understanding of how each product is used without seeking the advice of professionals.

What is hemp?
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, widely cultivated for industrial purposes. It has tough vast fibers, edible seeds, and oil. Compared to cannabis, cultivated hemp has very low levels of the psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD (along with THC) is one of the many phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Recreational users don't usually buy CBD-laden marijuana because unlike THC, CBD does not have any euphoric effects and may even interfere with the high that users get when using THC.

In fact, in some countries, CBD is added as an ingredient for antidepressants. Since it became a popular commodity, some large manufacturers have started using hemp-derived sources to make various products. This is also a part of their effort in making unique products containing CBD for sale while remaining compliant to what is considered legal with the federal law. 

Hemp oil vs. CBD oil
Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds produced by hemp plants.  Since the oil is only extracted from the seeds, hemp oil does not contain any THC.

It is often added to food supplements due to its high levels of Vitamin B, B1, B2, and E. Hemp oil is also used in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and soaps.

CBD oil can be extracted from hemp plants that are specifically cultivated to have high CBD content. This cultivated variety only contains trace amounts THC (which may cause the user to feel euphoric or high).

Unlike THC, CBD does not change an individual's state of mind when introduced into the body. In fact, some researchers have already noted that CBD intake may reduce feelings of anxiety, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms related to substance use disorder.

Is CBD hemp oil legal in the US?
Under the new 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is also considered as a legal hemp product as long as it is extracted from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC. Additionally, the source (hemp plant) must be grown by licensed farmers in accordance with state and federal regulations.

A variety of beverages, pet snacks, and health products, including CBD massage oils and CBD gummies are now available for sale in different states. 

Before you buy CBD products, it is important to always check the product details to make sure that you are buying the product that is appropriate for your intended use. 

Keep in mind that CBD can be extracted from both cannabis and industrial hemp plants. Despite the similarities of the two, they are treated differently when they are used or are added as ingredients to certain products. Only hemp-derived CBD products are considered federally legal. The use of CBD products containing high levels of THC is still illegal in certain states.

Important notes:
• In all 50 states, it is legal to buy and consume hemp-derived CBD products.
• The government classifies hemp and marijuana as follows:
a. Hemp is any plant from the cannabis family that contains no more than 0.3% THC;
b. Marijuana is any plant from the cannabis family that contains more than 0.3% THC.
• Medical marijuana is only allowed in certain states.

While the use of hemp-derived products, including CBD hemp oil, is considered legal in all 50 states, the lack of proper regulation on its production remains controversial. Hence, it is important to check the ingredients of the products. Only buy CBD products from licensed manufacturers, especially if you are purchasing from online stores where you can't check the product label prior to completing the transaction.

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