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The Legal Status of CBD

Thanks to the general indifference of politicians and lawmakers regarding CBD, it can be hard to figure out what many want to know most about CBD, namely–is it legal. And to put it simply, when it comes to Mix Hemp CBD Oil at least, the answer is yes in all 50 states. That said, there are some distinctions that should be pointed out, especially as you first get acquainted with CBD Oil and CBD Oil products.

First thing’s first–not all CBD Oils are the same, with some being derived from cannabis plants and others from hemp plants. While cannabis and hemp are similar in many ways, they both differ on one thing: THC, aka the thing that gets you high. Cannabis is loaded with THC while hemp contains only trace amounts, meaning cannabis-derived CBD Oil can contain some THC and is therefore illegal in states where recreational and medical cannabis are still illegal.

Of course, because the legal status of recreational and medical cannabis in the US is in constant flux, the legal status of these products is subject to change pretty drastically in the next few years. It can be very hard to predict what these changes will look like given our current political landscape, but as of right now, all forms of CBD oil are completely legal in 8 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and legal for medicinal use in 46 states (including the places we just mentioned).

2018 Hemp Farming Act

Up until now the legality of hemp on a Federal level has been fairly ambiguous. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 aims to change this. Introduced on April 12, 2018, by Mitch McConnell and co-sponsored by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, this act would finally remove hemp from the Federal list of Schedule 1 Controlled Substances. This would not only clear the legal air around hemp farming in general–it would also open the doors for hemp farmers to receive more federal aid in the form of water rights and agricultural grants.

Of course, having hemp categorized as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (the same as heroin) to begin with is pretty ridiculous. While it is possible for a completely negligible amount of THC to make its way from a hemp plant to CBD Oil during the CBD extraction process, it's not likely due to our extraction methods and the high-quality industrial-grade hemp we use.

Reference:

https://medium.com/cbd-origin/is-cbd-legal-legal-status-of-cbd-2018-d1b4a0ed42df

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/congress-finally-knows-the-difference-between-hemp-and-pot/566942/

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