Ever since the legalization of CBD, there have been many products introduced and you can find them in the local stores and pharmacies. The general concern for people to not try CBD are the doubts “is CBD legal?” and “does CBD show up in a drug test?”. Moreover, not all CBD products are alike because of the varying manufacturing standards. This article will explore the State and Federal laws regarding CBD.
It is a fact that while CBD is legal in many states across the nation there are a few states where it is still illegal even if it is federally legal. But, many states are amending their state drug laws to reduce the gap between federal laws. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that you are familiar with the state drug laws of the state that you are visiting or residing in.
In 2018 the cultivation of medical-grade hemp plants was legalized with the Farm Act and CBD was removed from Schedule 1 drugs. Because of this cannabidiol product containing less than 0.3% of THC is legal as it cannot cause mind-altering effects. Moreover, you should know that the hemp plant has a higher concentration of CBD than THC compared to the marijuana plant that has 30% higher levels of THC. You should also know that CBD is not psychotropic and has many medicinal properties such as it is a good anti-inflammatory and analgesic compound.
Due to these positive qualities, an epileptic drug was developed from CBD called Epidolex and it is the first such kind of drug approved by the FDA. Moreover, the FDA regularly sends notices to manufacturers whose products do not have the amounts of CBD claimed on their label as well as to those who are not complying with the federal regulations.
There are also certain regulations set under the 2018 farm bill for cultivating hemp plants and products manufactured by brands that do not follow these are illegal. However, a product by an unlicensed manufacturer but that follows federal regulations is still illegal. Therefore, the US Food and Drug Administration regulates these products through the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and under section 351 of the Public Service Act. Hence, when you are buying a CBD product, ensure that it is approved by the FDA and if not, avoid it.
These are some of the Federal and State laws that you must be aware of. See this blog to see how CBD can affect a drug test.