Although the Cannabis plant contains 100s of Cannabinoids – THC and CBD are the most predominant and well-known. THC is responsible for the ‘’high’’ gotten from Cannabis – while CBD has its atoms differently arranged making it non-psychoactive. What Makes CBD illegal? The answer is, where is comes from and the total THC content.
Federally Legal CBD includes products and foods derived from Industrial Hemp. The Controlled Substance Act has allowed use of lawfully imported hemp oil for decades. The main provision is the byproduct cannot be derived from material excluded from the Controlled Substances Act – but must be derived from the stalks or seeds of mature Industrial Hemp.
Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research of the Industrial Hemp act of 2013 removed Industrial Hemp from the Controlled Substance Act by simple stating, “the term, ‘marihuana’ does not include industrial hemp” and it defines industrial hemp as Cannabis sativa L. with a delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than .3 percent on a dry weight basis. In addition, it enabled licensing for Farmers in the United Statesto cultivate industrial hemp if they are partnered with institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states that legalized hemp cultivation to regulate and conduct research and pilot programs