Before you can understand CBD oil’s legal status, it’s important to know a few basics about CBD. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is one of the many cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant. Scientists have identified over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids in cannabis plants, the two most well-known being CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana plants? While marijuana plants contain both CBD and THC, the predominant cannabinoid it produces is THC—the cannabinoid responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects. On the other hand, hemp has high concentrations of CBD and very little THC, which means that you do not get the “buzz” or “high” associated with marijuana.
CBD was legal in the U.S. until 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act was passed, which classified all cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. Because of the Controlled Substance act, very little research was conducted studying the potential health benefits of CBD. In 2018, the U.S. Farm Bill Act was amended to allow the growing and production of industrial hemp. The passing of the Farm Bill Act legalized hemp by products on a federal level, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. You’re probably asking, does this bill mean products containing CBD are legal? Yes, in most states, if they contain less than 0.3% THC. Not only has the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 led to the explosion of CBD products such as CBD oil and gummies, but it has also allowed several industries to incorporate hemp fibers into their products.
There are several articles reporting that many CBD products do not contain as much CBD as they claim or have more than 0.3% THC. Here at Mons Pura, we send all our products to a trusted third-party lab to be tested for potency and harmful substances. Look for links on product pages and QR codes to read these lab results for yourself!
Below you can find a list of all states that currently allow the sale and purchase of CBD products. The amendment of the Farm Bill does not mean that you can start growing hemp in your own backyard; each state has rules and regulations that require permits and inspections to grow hemp. Growing marijuana remains prohibited on a federal level but is permitted by some states.
States CBD is Legal In As of October, 2020
Please note that CBD is legal Federally and each state has their own set of restrictions and guidelines for the production and distribution of cannabis related products. We strongly encourage you to look up the regulations for the state in which you are planning to purchase and use any cannabis products.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia