5 Things to Know About CBD
1. CBD is Legal!
CBD has been federally legal since late 2018—if it’s derived from hemp. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s legal in your state. Each state has specific restrictions.
As of November 2019, here are the criteria for each state:
CBD is not legal in Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
CBD is legal in the rest of the states, but with these guidelines:
CBD is legal without restrictions in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.
CBD is legal in the following states with these restrictions:
Colorado does not allow CBD in baked goods.
There are labeling regulations in or are coming for Florida, Indiana, New Hampshire (coming), Oregon (coming), Pennsylvania (coming), Rhode Island (coming), Texas (coming). This does not mean you may not purchase CBD.
Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, and Utah all require registration for sales.
Kentucky does not allow CBD in Tea.
Delaware and Maine only allow CBD sales from growers in their own states.
Mississippi only allows it if it’s in a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio.
Massachusetts and New York require purity testing.
No CBD can be sold in any Food or Beverage in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (sales only allowed in cannabis stores), New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Vermont does not allow CBD in any meat or dairy product.
2. CBD is NOT THC
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.
THC is another compound found in the cannabis plant. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It does not “get you high."
3. CBD’s Origin is Important
The best CBD comes from USDA Organic hemp on a Certified Organic farm. It needs the perfect climate and extracted without toxic solvents. It is third-party tested and mixed with quality ingredients.
Every aspect of production needs to be overseen from planting, harvesting, extracting and bottling. Controlled – from seed to shelf.
Full Spectrum CBD is CO2 extracted so it creates a pure, clean, quality oil that is free of residual solvents. CO2 extraction contains no nasty chemical residues, unlike extracting with toxic solvents that may require many hours to purge the solvent trapped in the oil. With butane, propane or isopropyl alcohol extraction there may be residue left in the finished product no matter how clean you try to make it.
4. Make Sure you Trust the Seller
The CBD market is basically the Wild, Wild, West right now. There are so many brands on the market and little pop-up CBD stores, it is hard to know what to trust.
One thing that helps is to find a major brand, or find a seller online that has a comprehensive website. If a company wants to educate you on what they offer and help you decide what is right for you, then likely you have found a good seller.
There are small companies and stores in which you may speak directly to the owners about what they offer. Ask lots of questions. Be engaged in the purchase. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time buyer. But beware of the gimmicks, discounts, and promises.
5. Talk to Your Doctor About CBD
CBD is safe for most people. The body does have natural CBD receptors and is a natural product, however some people have a sensitivity, an allergy, or take pharmaceuticals that are contraindicated to CBD. Make sure it is safe for you to use before you try it.
One important precaution is how CBD can interact with other drugs. CBD can change the way your body processes medications by causing a drug interaction. The most prevalent drug interaction warning is the “Grapefruit warning”. If you are on any medication that gives you this warning, then you may not be able to take CBD.
As with any addition to your diet, it is important to speak to a physician or healthcare provider who can confirm that CBD is safe for you.