Is CBD legal?

The Farm Bill Act of 2018 was signed into law on December 20, 2018. An important aspect of this bill is that it prompted the removal of hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. The Farm Bill makes hemp federally legal, which means CDB that comes from hemp is federally legal, but if CBD is derived from marijuana, it is not federally legal.

CBD producers often have to remind the public that their products don’t produce a psychoactive effect, which is what THC is responsible for in marijuana use. And while House Bill 3884, aimed at decriminalizing marijuana, made headlines in December 2020 when it passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, it does not directly impact CBD usage or the study of it. It is, however, a signal that CBD legislation already introduced could be one step closer to getting approved in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In September 2020 House Bill 8179 was introduced, seeking to make it federally legal to use CBD in supplements. Better known as the “Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020,” its passage could pave the way for many more positive steps forward for this complex yet promising cannabinoid compound. 

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