The history of the illegality of cannabis in the world is quite complex and has different motivations. The simplification of this plant understood as a drug has prevented the different legislations from accepting the benefits of components such as CBD. Besides, the investigation of CBD properties has only a few decades, so its effects have not yet become widespread.
In the vast majority of places, as cannabis is illegal, so is CBD. However, more and more countries are legalizing CBD and allowing its products to be traded, especially for medicinal purposes.
And what is the legality of CBD in the United States according to its composition and origin?
The legality of CBD in the different states of the United States is complex and unclear. Several states have laws that limit the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis. This step would be necessary to market a differentiated CBD from traditional cannabis.
There is genetically modified marijuana to have high concentrations of CBD. However, the amount of CBD in hemp, which is a strain of Cannabis Sativa, is minimal. For this reason, hemp is widely used for the preparation of CBD products. So, the legality will depend, in many cases, on the origin of the product.
How is CBD from marijuana legally different from CBD from hemp?
Although hemp is also prohibited at the federal level as part of cannabis, its use is more tolerated. There are still many restrictions for hemp farmers, but the marketing of these products has fewer restrictions. However, the same situation does not apply for marijuana, even if its THC concentration is low and high in CBD.
What can we expect from the future on the legality of CBD?
The legalization of CBD, and cannabis in general in the United States, is progressing by leaps and bounds. Although there is no support from the federal government at this time, an increasing number of states are adapting their laws to allow the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. The best sample is that there are currently only three states and two territories that completely ban cannabis.
It seems that a consensus can be built in the United States Congress for hemp to be restricted at the federal level from marijuana. The bill, known as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, supports the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. This would leave hemp out of anti-drug jurisdiction and would be a definite boost for the trade-in hemp-based CBD products throughout the territory.
But beyond that, it is not unreasonable to think that in a few years, talking about CBD’s legality will be a thing of the past. The United States is moving towards the full legalization of cannabis in its territory. That will generate nothing but benefits for millions of people who use CBD to improve their health.