Is CBD Safe?
CBD has been considered a safe compound without psychotropic effects, meaning users have stated they did not feel affected or inhibited by CBD. However, as with any supplement, the source and quality of your CBD products is of prime importance. Products using unsafe extraction methods, solvents, and lacking quality control and transparency about dosage should be considered potentially dangerous.
Despite thousands of miracle stories about the benefits of CBD oil and how it has allowed people suffering from debilitating conditions to live a normal life, CBD’s benefits are still viewed with skepticism by some. This stems from the prohibition and stigma that the cannabis plant and its users have been forced to suffer thanks to misinformation and hysterical propaganda for nearly 100 years. The confusion has even bled into hemp-based CBD oil that contain no psychoactive properties. Don’t let unfounded rhetoric prevent you from getting the relief that CBD oil and CBD products can offer you. Our endocannabinoid systems have been starved of CBD for too long!
Is CBD Legal?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about CBD, and the answer is relatively straightforward. CBD oil can be extracted from both hemp stalk and a cannabis plant, and the law does not treat them equally.
To understand where we stand with hemp today, a brief history lesson will be valuable for context:
- In 1971 the U.S. Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act that made all hemp plants illegal for cultivation, use, and delivery.
- The 2014 Farm Bill revised this just slightly by making hemp legal in some states based on state run programs.
- The 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act moves hemp to a single set of federal rules under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about how hemp is grown. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be supervising and regulating what hemp products are sold and how they are marketed to U.S. consumers.
As of December 20th 2018, all hemp-derived products are federally legal and able to be shipped across state lines. Any product or bi-product of marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance. Its Schedule I status means that according the DEA and the Federal Government, anything derived from cannabis (including marijuana-derived CBD) has “a high potential for abuse,” and has “no currently accepted medical use.” Despite much scientific, medical, and anecdotal evidence to the contrary, cannabis with above .3% THC remains illegal federally. As with many things, politics, money, greed and power played a large role in labeling cannabis as a Schedule I substance.