CBD is increasingly used in relief from chronic pain and other health conditions like seizures, arthritis, and anxiety. In fact, I use CBD oil as this is my antidepressant method. Despite its many benefits, there is a cloud hanging over its legal status. The laws governing the use of CBD oil are unclear.
What is legal, what is not?
The main point of contention in these products is the amount of THC – a component with mind-altering properties. Since the content of THC is less in hemp products they are legal in all states of US. Thus CBD derived from hemp is legal and is available across several dispensaries and even online stores.
What is not legal is CBD derived from marijuana because of the high content of THC in the cannabis plant. The THC in cannabis plants is over 0.3% and in some cases as high as 30%. Each and every US state has its own legislation regarding the use of Marijuana and CBD derived from it.
What does FDA say?
According to the Food and Drug Administration CBD is an unapproved drug that is still being investigated and hence not suitable for commercial purposes. As a result, selling CBD products as dietary supplements are not legal. Though the FDA has clarified its stand on the issue it has not taken any further action on the companies that are still selling the drug.
The Drug Enforcement Agency though has announced that all products that extracted from Marijuana fall into the Schedule 1 category of substances – substances known for abuse and for causing physical dependency while having properties that affect psychologically also. Thus, theoretically, CBD falls into this category and hence is illegal.
In conclusion, the laws governing the use of CBD oil are still unclear and they are constantly changing. While it is legal to use CBD derived from hemp in all states and can be bought without a prescription, for CBD from Marijuana you need a medical prescription and it is legal only in a few states.