The cannabis industry is on fire, everyday rapid changes occur. One of the hottest topics regarding cannabis legalization is cannabinol, also known as CBD. It has taken the world by storm with it’s reported health and wellness benefits without intoxicating a user.
Demands for CBD have skyrocketed, in an article by Forbes, one study claims the industry is speculated to reach around $20 billion by 2024. That’s a lot of green, not just cannabis kind of green. With these kinds of numbers, it’s clear that people want the stuff.
CBD has become a sensation due to it’s medicinal properties, the fact that it doesn’t get you “stoned,” and it’s legal in all 50 states. Well, kinda. We’ll explain in more depth.
How is CBD Legal?
From individuals to entrepreneurs, to lawmakers, there is a lot of confusion regarding CBD. Cannabinol can be derived from two sources, hemp or marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all states. This is because hemp-based CBD contains 0.3 percent or less THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is property inside cannabis that gets a person “high.” 0.3 percent is not enough to intoxicate someone.
On the other hand, you have CBD that is derived from marijuana, which is not legal in all states. This is because CBD derived from marijuana has the chance of containing over 0.3 percent THC. Some marijuana plants can reach over 25 percent THC, which for the record, is a lot. This means that some marijuana-based CBD products have the possibility of getting a user “stoned.”
The FDA and CBD
With cannabis legalization spreading like wildfire, the Food Drug and Administration (FDA) hasn’t been able to keep up with all the new changes. As of now, the FDA has approved the use of CBD in topical products such as lotions, balms, creams, etc. as safe to use. This is why stores like CVS are now carrying CBD hemp-derived products.
However, the FDA is still conducting research to determine if the CBD-hemp in food and beverages is safe. Although, just because the FDA hasn’t approved a product, it is still allowed to be sold on the market while testing is being conducted. Many foods and beverages, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. are offering CBD infused varieties.
The key with CBD foods and beverages, and basically any CBD product in general, is purchasing reliable brands. This is a great way to ensure quality and effective results. There are many brands on the market that claim their products contain high-quality CBD and ingredients. However, this is not always the case, and there are some brands out there falsifying their labels.
If possible, check a product's lab test results to find out exactly what's inside a CBD product. It is also important to see where the tests come from as well, you want to make sure they are coming from a reputable tester.
CBD in Texas
Recently, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing CBD derived from hemp. Texas has had one of the strictest cannabis programs in the US. This new bill has helped determine what’s legal and what’s not regarding CBD. The crafting of CBD regulations is taking place and will be a few months until completion.
In our post last week, “Texas’s Department of Agriculture has 90 days to submit a plan for approval to the secretary US Department Agriculture. The regulation is likely to include things like creating a hemp grower’s license program, allowing random inspections and testing of hemp crops by the Departments of Agriculture and Public Safety, and setting parameters for packaging and labeling.”
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A Purple Heart decorated disabled veteran, Sean Worsley has just been released from an Alabama State prison last week on parole after serving eight months out of a five-year sentence.
The Iraq War veterans’ trouble with the law started in August 2016 when he stopped at an Alabama gas station while driving to North Carolina to help his grandmother relocate after a hurricane. At the station, police asked Worsley and his wife to turn down their car stereo, and although they complied, the cops searched their car. Inside, they found a prescription bottle filled with medical marijuana.
With Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining widespread popularity around the world, and an increasing acceptability as a potent medicinal intervention, it is only natural to find products that do not live up to the acceptable standards of quality.
Certainly, the market is flooded with substandard products but knowing what to look out for in a high quality CBD product would require some special knowledge.
Looking to buy CBD? Here are 7 sure signs to know if your CBD is of high quality.
There are many derivatives from the cannabis plant but the ones that have caught the eyes of many are CBD and THC. CBD is renowned for its outstanding therapeutic benefits and the fact that it won’t get you high, which is unlike Delta-9 THC that although, renowned, is often the subject of deep disagreements owing to its psychotropic tendencies.
We’re certain you have heard of Delta-9 THC, but what about Delta-8? Delta-8 is gaining momentum amongst cannabis enthusiasts as well, but many are still at a loss as to what it is and how it differs from Delta-9 THC.