Overview of Hemp-Derived CBD Legality
Hemp, by law required to be very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the non-psychotropic version of cannabis with superfood status. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wrote patents on some of the cannabinoid molecules found in hemp, referring to them as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”
Recently, hemp oils high in cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), have gained fame due to the amazing evidence of their miraculous neuroprotective impact. Now, millions realize that these neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits extend to a variety of health applications, including neurological issues like mild anxiety, pain from exercise-induced inflammation, and dozens more significant issues.
Many Americans are confused over the legality of hemp because it is not available for general farming like corn or soybeans. Until 2014, only imported hemp was legal in the U.S. according to federal law. Thus, America is the largest importer of hemp products in the world, mostly from China, Canada and Europe.
There are only 3 ways to legally acquire CBD in the US:
2. Get it from a medical marijuana program
3. Via a domestic hemp program
How US Farm Trusted Hemp Products are Legal:
The 2014 Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) changed the legal status of hemp in the U.S. Section 7606 conveyed to state Departments of Agriculture and institutions of higher learning the ability to grow, cultivate, process, and market hemp as long as research projects were conducted in accordance with corresponding state and federal laws.
While a small path to accessing this American grown superfood thus became available, it wasn’t until an August, 2016, issuance of a Statement of Principles by the USDA (also co-signed by DOJ/DEA and HHS/FDA) that federal agencies had a legal basis for the broad federal acceptance of hemp. Recent clarification has removed most of the legal questions about the movement of hemp and hemp-derived products over state and international lines.