Understanding Hemp & CBD Laws in the United States

Our understanding of hemp has changed in recent decades and along with it, so have US hemp laws. This has led to a lot of confusion about CBD products, which are increasingly available in health stores, pet stores, online, and even convenience stores. As more and more people turn to CBD for better wellness and health, understanding how these CBD laws and regulations fit into your treatment plan is a growing concern.

Front of United States Supreme Court building

CBD: What It Is And Isn’t

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in all varieties of the cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana, however, hemp has a low or no content of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes users high. CBD has no psychoactive properties, but while studies have been rare due to previous US hemp laws, they’ve indicated it has the potential to have a wide range of benefits that support health and wellness. Most CBD products (including all Core CBD products) are made from a native variant often referred to as industrial hemp. The flowers, stalks, and leaves of the industrial hemp plant are harvested, the CBD oil extracted and then used in a wide range of products.

The Murky Legal Past Of CBD

Under US hemp laws, all varieties of the cannabis plant were considered the same when marijuana was listed as a controlled substance. This was largely due to the threat industrial hemp posed to the key industries of lumber, paper, and cotton, which successfully lobbied for its inclusion. As a controlled study, research was largely stunted, leaving mostly anecdotal claims, though with the loosening of CBD laws and regulations, evidence has begun pointing to the effectiveness of CBD for some applications.

Current State Of US Hemp Laws

Under the Farm Bill signed into law in December 2018, industrial hemp was descheduled, providing some clarity on a federal level. Industrial hemp is no longer a controlled substance, meaning it can be cultivated, processed, and sold without running afoul of national law. It’s important to stay abreast of both state and local ordinances, which can vary, but as of January 2018, no state had laws prohibiting the used of industrial hemp derived CBD as a supplement.

Know What You’re Putting In Your Body

While US hemp laws have been eased on industrial hemp, some people still associate it with its psychoactive and federally scheduled cousin, marijuana. By using CBD that has been derived from industrial hemp in a pharmaceutical-grade production facility, you’re not only getting the highest quality hemp for your usage, but you’re also getting it from verified sources with lab-assayed results certifying its purity and lack of THC. Order your quality CBD products from Core CBD today.