There’s been a lot of confusion over the last few years as to whether or not CBD is legal, where it’s legal, and where it’s not.
Well, the CBD legal picture just became a whole lot clearer recently when President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law, officially making hemp, and hemp derivatives such as CBD, legal in all fifty states beginning January 2019. The new bill reclassifies hemp (previously a Schedule 1 substance, along with other drugs such as heroin, LSD, and manufactured synthetic opioids,) allowing for commercial cultivation, as well as research and development. CBD derived from hemp, has become a popular homeopathic treatment for conditions ranging from epileptic seizures and indigestion to anxiety and pain.
Cannabinoid, otherwise known as CBD, is the non-psychoactive compound in hemp, a strain of cannabis with extremely low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance found in marijuana that produces a “high”.
While the Food and Drug Administration cast doubt on the legality of some products such as lotions and foods containing CBD, stating, “Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the law, but also can put patients at risk, as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective”, the agency also clarified its official position that three ingredients derived from hemp — hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil (such as CBD oil) are safe as foods and won’t require additional approvals, as long as marketers do not make claims that hemp seeds, protein, and oil treat disease. This move puts the FDA slightly behind the curve, as a number of researchers and medical studies have already begun to make these claims.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “We recognize the potential opportunities that cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds could offer and acknowledge the significant interest in these possibilities. We’re committed to pursuing an efficient regulatory framework for allowing product developers that meet the requirements under our authorities to lawfully market these types of products.”
Here at Soupwire, we’re delighted to see CBD legal in every state in the nation, and we know many of you are as well.
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