Having a complete and thorough understanding of the law surrounding CBD (cannabidiol) and other well-known derivatives of hemp is of absolute importance to us. It is also imperative that we keep our loyal customers apprised of any updates we learn, as we believe in complete transparency in our efforts to provide reliable and trustworthy information.
Just a few years ago, prior to December 2018, the specific law regarding hemp-based products was very limited. It explicitly stated that domestically cultivated hemp was only federally lawful when cultivated under a state-sanctioned pilot program. Essentially, there was no nationwide legislation allowing for the production, purchase, or use of hemp-derived products like CBD.
Then, on December 20, 2018, the President signed The 2018 Farm Bill into law. This was the turning point for the hemp-derived CBD industry because as soon as the bill was passed, hemp was formally and definitively removed from the federal list of controlled substances, thus legalizing hemp at the federal level and classifying it as an agricultural commodity.
As a result, CBD and other compounds derived from the hemp plant became legal nationwide. Specifically, the bill legalized all derivatives of hemp as long as they contain no more than .3% THC.
For your reference, THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive ingredient most often associated with marijuana, hemp’s cousin plant. Hemp is not identical to marijuana, derivatives of marijuana are not legal in the U.S., and this minuscule amount of THC is incapable of causing euphoric side effects.
The Hemp Farming Act, included in the 2018 Farm Bill, is considered the most important victory in the history of the hemp industry in the United States.
How the Law Affects You
The actual Bill is somewhat complex in its language, but in layman’s terms, the passing of The Farm Bill means that the retailers across the nation can, according to federal law, grow industrial hemp. They can also process and sell products containing derivatives of hemp.
For consumers, this means they can now purchase products featuring hemp-derived ingredients, use them on a regular basis, and even travel with them.
Most importantly, when you are shopping for natural hemp products including CBD, be sure to shop with retailers like CanRelieve, who diligently ensure that every product is clean, safe, effective, and fully compliant with the law, without fail.
*The legal landscape around CBD is unclear and changing rapidly both at the Federal and State level. The information on our website and any other communication regarding legality is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Always refer to the most recent federal laws as well as the laws within your state for the most up-to-date information.*