First, what is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It is one of the many cannabinoids present in cannabis, but unlike its counterpart in a legal cannabis market, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not produce psychoactive effects.
Legal Status of CBD
In the United States, the legality of CBD is determined by its source and its delta-9 THC content. CBD products made from hemp are legal to sell and consume in the United States.
Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp containing less than 0.3% delta-9 THC is legal at the federal level. Hemp is defined as cannabis with low delta-9 THC content (0.3% or less) by dry weight.
Federal definition according to the 2018 Farm Bill:
“(1) HEMP.—The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."
However, CBD products derived from marijuana, which has higher THC content, is still considered illegal under federal law. The legality of marijuana-derived CBD varies from state to state, with some states allowing its use for medical purposes and others for recreational purposes.
Regulation and Quality Control
Although CBD is legal, it is important to ensure that the products are safe and of high quality. As it stands currently, there are no regulations on hemp products. We agree this should change,
Consumers should look for CBD products that have been tested by third-party laboratories to verify their potency and, more importantly, its purity. It is also advisable to purchase CBD from reputable companies that provide transparent information about their sourcing and manufacturing processes.
Here at Carolina Dream, we hold our CBD products to the same standard as legal cannabis markets. Providing 'Chain of Custody' and testing all the way back to when the hemp was grown and processed.
In summary, CBD is legal in many states, as long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
The legalization of CBD can be attributed to its non-intoxicating nature, potential health benefits, and economic opportunities. However, it is important to choose CBD products wisely and ensure they meet quality standards.