Cannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant and there are more than 85 identified cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well known cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant, and is the ONLY psychoactive cannabinoid. Of the 85+ non-psychoactive cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most widely known.
CBD is a cannabis compound that has wide reaching medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and it’s derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement (not a medication), since they are made from industrial hemp plants. If you live in the US, this means you don’t need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in any state.
Purveyors of imported, CBD-infused hemp oil claim it’s legal to market their wares anywhere in the United States as long as the oil contains less than 0.3 percent THC. Actually, it’s not so simple. Federal law prohibits U.S. farmers from growing hemp as a commercial crop, but the sale of imported, low-THC, industrial hemp products is permitted in the United States as long as these products are derived from the seed or stalk of the plant, not from the leaves and flowers. Here’s the catch: Cannabidiol can’t be pressed or extracted from hempseed. CBD can be extracted from the flower, leaves, and, only to a very minor extent, from the stalk of the hemp plant. Hemp oil start-ups lack credibility when they say their CBD comes from hempseed and stalk. Congress may soon vote to exempt industrial hemp and CBD from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Such legislation would not be necessary if CBD derived from foreign-grown hemp was already legal throughout the United States.
Quote from CNN
“CBD Oil from industrial hemp is already legal in all 50 States because the initial product, hemp, contains no traceable amounts of THC, and therefore is already legal to transport across State lines. Industrial hemp is genetically bred to have high levels of CBD, which is non-psychoactive, and safe for children and the elderly to consume (there is no “high”).”
The FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived extracts to be food-based products. As such, there are no legal restrictions on their importation, production and consumption in the United States, and in most of the industrialized world. Think of hemp protein, hemp milk, hemp seed oil, hemp clothing, etc.. all legal!
Hemp oil is legal in all 50 states, and in over 40 countries around the world. In Mexico and Brazil, the governments approved RSHO products (by HempMeds, a sister company to Kannaway, using the same CBD oil) for use as medication with a number of medical conditions; in Brazil the government subsidizes this. Here in the US, this is a food, a nutritional supplement, off the counter.
There are millions of hemp oil consumers around the world, and this number is rapidly rising with an increasing number of reports and studies showing a variety of benefits of hemp oil.
While the growing and cultivation of Hemp in the US might still be vilified, luckily CBD-rich, Hemp Stalk, Hemp Bud, and Cannabinoid rich Hemp oil “is legal” in all 50 states.
Since only THC and a few synthetic Cannabinoids are scheduled substances, as long as an imported hemp plant meets the THC threshold, ALL of the Cannabinoids present in it, including the trace amounts of THC, are legal to sell in the Hemp finishing products used in producing nutritional supplements and Hemp foods.
These Hemp products have been legal to sell in the US for some time now, but the growing of Hemp remained illegal until 2014 and early manufacturers of Cannabidiol products were forced to import their Hemp base from overseas. With domestic hemp programs coming online slowly in 2014, and being legally distinct under law from Marijuana via the Farm Bill, producers of High CBD Hemp Oil will now be able to switch from imported base material from Europe and China to higher quality, domestically grown medicinal Hemp strains such as Charlotte’s Web, leading to vast improvements in both potency per dollar spent and overall Cannabinoid profiles.
You can order CBD products through our American Green CBD store. We offer a variety of products for you, your family, and your pets! Should you have any particular questions about which product may be right for you, please do not hesitate to reach out.