CBD and the Law: What You Need to Know
CBD has become the latest trend in natural health products available. You can find CBD gummies, oils, capsules, lotions, and a plethora of other products that allow you to treat common pains and ailments with CBD. But just because it is popular and can help treat issues doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay attention to legality. Here’s a brief rundown on the issues with CBD and the law.
Why Use CBD?
For those unfamiliar with CBD, this question is among the first that they ask. While the research on CBD is just getting started, the preliminary results show a promising ability to help with a large number of conditions, both neurologically related and physical. Many people use CBD for pain, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, fever, rheumatism, and other similar conditions. For those with chronic conditions, many find using CBD easier on their body than prescription drugs that may have severe side effects or run the risk of addiction. Because CBD is naturally derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, it generally removes both of those negative aspects.
Is CBD Legal?
The short answer to this question is that it depends on where you live. Currently, 34 states allow legal possession of CBD, 16 have some level of legality with restrictions, and 1 state (Idaho) classifies possession of CBD as illegal. Even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalized CBD on a federal level if it was derived from hemp and contained less than 0.3% THC, it is still up to the states to modify their restrictions and make the final decision on the legality of hemp possession. It is especially important to be aware of different state restrictions if you plan on traveling. While most legal enforcement targets distributors or manufacturers, you don’t want to unknowingly violate state laws and end up with a mess on your hands.
What Does the FDA Say?
Even most of the states with restrictions allow for the use of CBD as a legitimate medical treatment, when prescribed by a doctor. Because the FDA has the authority to regulate these products, this has become a source of a lot of questions for people. At this current time, the FDA has only approved one medication containing CBD, which is used to treat seizures. If other products are marketed as a treatment they may become subject to regulatory action from the FDA. They can still be sold, they just can’t claim to be a medical drug. That’s not to say that there will never be any other products approved. FDA regulations and approvals are made after scientific research has assessed the safety and effectiveness of the products. While this is a longer process than some people may want, it is a way to advance the use of CBD as a medicinal treatment.
Because CBD is still in the beginning stages of being studied and legislation is ongoing, it is important to keep up to date with the latest legal news for CBD. If you feel like CBD would be helpful for you, it would also be a good idea to consult with your doctor first.