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Nature and derivation: The two keys that determine CBD’s legality, especially in the US. As of today, it is fully legal in all 50 U.S. states (with some individual state caveats). All thanks to the Farm Bill, 2018.
Similarly, in Canada, the Cannabis Act has changed the course for not only CBD but other compounds as well.
Today we are going to talk about the common questions surrounding CBD’s legality and reputation.
Find out here: Is CBD A Drug? Is it legal to use? Before that, let us understand in brief all about CBD and its benefits.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the many chemical compounds found in the cannabis sativa plant.
Cannabis sativa is a part of the cannabis family. The two popular types are:
This difference is primarily based on the level of another popular chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
The distinction between hemp and cannabis/marijuana based on THC composition is a result of long research. Why was the distinction needed and what is the distinction that we are talking about?
It was needed to ensure that people weren’t using the plant as a drug and the difference is as follows:
- Hemp- cannabis sativa plant with less than 0.3 % THC
- Cannabis/marijuana- cannabis sativa plant with more than or substantial amount of THC
You must have understood by now that THC is an important protagonist of our blog.
THC & The Legality Angle
THC is psychoactive in nature while CBD is not. The psychoactive nature makes THC an unwanted compound.
To understand how much THC isn’t acceptable, we can look into how countries around the world have formulated their laws:
- France: One of the largest hemp producers in Europe has ensured that the production is guided by plants that have less than 0.2% THC .
- In many Central America and Caribbean Islands like Nicaragua, all forms of production or consumption of cannabis or hemp is illegal due to the poor image of THC as an addictive source.
- United States of America: The US has ensured hemp production with <0.3 % THC and its isomers. The law may vary across states but THC continues to be a big NO from the majority of the authorities.
- In Canada, the 2018 Cannabis Act allowed production, possession, acquisition, and consumption of cannabis and hemp with varied degrees of THC levels.
Now we have established that THC is a no no and qualifies as a psychoactive compound not to be consumed in many countries.
So what about CBD?
CBD Is Not A Drug (per se) And It Is Legal To Use!
Unlike THC, CBD has no specific laws governing its percentage or governing this compound either.
CBD has a pretty good image amongst the common public, policy makers, politicians, and activists. Why is that?
Well, CBD has innumerable health benefits. To name a few:
- Epidiolex, a CBD based drug is used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy- Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut.
- CBD has proven to be effective in managing anxiety, for example, before going for that big public speech, a little dose of CBD oil can help a lot.
- CBD has been associated with improved sleep. For example, in a study, it was found that anxiety scores decreased and sleep scores improved amongst the subjects within one month of CBD use.
CBD is EVERYWHERE. It is a great alternative to pharmaceutical medicines and is loved by millions around the world.
It comes in many different forms- oil tincture, gel capsules, powder, and even mint tablets!
Alright! Now we know THC is not so legal but CBD is. What about other chemical compounds? Can we even separate CBD and THC from a plant?
Other Chemicals & Separating CBD-THC
In continuation of this blog, we’ll be using the word hemp and not cannabis as our products are hemp derived and contain 0 % THC.
Back to other chemicals. Hemp has CBD and THC, yes! But it also has other chemicals which are equally important and serve to take care of our health.
For example, CBG or cannabigerol, CBN or cannabinol, and terpenes. These compounds together optimize CBD’s impact on our body, producing better results.
There’s a theory called the entourage effect. According to it, all hemp compounds work more effectively when taken together.
Therefore, at Ozia we ensure to integrate them in our CBD based products, producing a potent and affordable solution for people.
You Should Consider Taking CBD For Your Health!
CBD is generally safe to use and is legal in the US and many other countries around the world. It is always advisable to consult with your physician before use as different medications or diagnosis need to be examined at an individual’s level.
To check and figure out whether your country has the legal route for you to consume CBD, you should definitely check out our other blogs on CBD 🙂
If you still have concerns and want to learn more about CBD then kindly head to our CBD blog catalogue where you can find many detailed articles.
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Shannon, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente Journal, 23. https://doi.org/10.7812/tpp/18-041