Is Cbd Oil Legal?
If you’re asking is CBD oil legal? The short answer is yes, it’s completely legal as long as you do it in a legal, registered, and certified facility. It’s also referred to as hemp oil. In addition, it may be smoked like any other type of oil. But what does CBD oil have to offer?
The reason why Cbd oil may be considered legal, is because the law doesn’t recognize medical use for CBD and only allows limited distribution of extracts derived from plants (e.g., hemp) that are grown for medicinal purposes. However, the CBD is not the only ingredient found in this oil; only one percent by weight is the CBD fraction. The rest is a pressed extract from hemp and other related crops. This is why Cbd can legally be sold under the name “Hemp Oil” while most other oils sold in pharmacies are not.
Medical trials conducted in the US are underway for a potential new prescription medicine for Alzheimer’s disease called Alza-XR. It’s part of a clinical trial involving seven different medical marijuana products from twenty different manufacturers in fourteen states in the US. The manufacturers are marketing Alza-XR under the brand names GNC, Mallorca, Theraviva, and Ativan. As if that wasn’t enough to draw patients, the potential primary active ingredient in Alza-XR is CBD, or Cannabidiol. Is CBD allowed in industrial hemp in the United States?
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, three plants are authorized for human consumption: CBD, Cannabidiol, and THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Those three plants are cultivated and processed within the United States for human consumption; therefore it is legal, albeit controversial, to use and manufacture these three substances. The three primary constituents of cannabis sativa strains are THC, CBD, and CBN or Cannabidiol. If a manufacturer is able to successfully cross-breach one of the three parent plants, using another substance in its composition, it is illegal to sell the product as containing cannabis. Is CBD allowed in industrial hemp products?
Many advocates believe that it should be legalized because it has shown significant medical benefits in the treatment of serious medical conditions. However, many experts do not agree. CBD is not a “curable” ailment, despite what advocates claim. It was originally developed as a medication for chronic nausea and cancer pain, but further studies found it effective in treating everything from seizures, to inflammation, to inflammatory bowel disease, and more. While ongoing clinical trials are testing the safety and efficacy of CBD, for now it remains largely illegal and potentially harmful to consumers.
It is unclear when CBD will be officially legalized, but until it is, the current regulations governing CBD oils in all states are in place. In addition to being illegal, it is strictly prohibited to use, manufacture, or sell any product containing CBD unless it has been specifically legalized. Since CBD is still considered a Schedule II drug, any legal CBD product must be regulated by state governments and cannot be sold across state lines.