According to the 2018 Farm Bill, US Federal law states that CBD is legal to sell, purchase, consume, and possess. That is, as long as it is derived from industrial hemp and, therefore, has a THC content of 0.3% or less. This is because THC is the psychoactive cannabis compound responsible for the high associated with marijuana use. For that reason, anything higher than that level could have a physical and/or cognitive effect on the consumer.
However, if the CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, which is the industry standard for the top companies, the THC levels will be low enough to keep it within US regulations. In addition, it should meet regulations for many other parts of the world.
What are the Current CBD Regulations from the FDA?
Unfortunately, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD. There’s one exception – a prescription drug containing CBD that helps to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy. The FDA states that the current available data on the effect on the mind and body is limited. They also highlight potential risks that need to be considered. As such, it’s currently illegal to market CBD as an additive to food or drink, health supplement, or medical treatment.
Research Before You Buy
Because CBD hasn’t been approved by the FDA, there are very loose regulations around its production and distribution. As such, almost anyone can make an oil and label it as “CBD” in order to make a sale. This means it’s imperative to buy from a reputable company that uses top-quality extraction and manufacturing methods. They should have independent third-party lab results to prove the contents and purity of the end product. These results will also prove that the THC levels are below the legal limit. They’ll give you peace of mind that you’re well within the national regulations.
However, if you decide to travel abroad with CBD, it’s imperative to check the restrictions for each individual country you plan to visit. They can vary greatly, and you don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of the law in a foreign country.