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Is it Legal to Purchase CBD in My State?

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Summary:

CBD, the acronym for cannabidiol, is a compound of the cannabis plant that’s become increasingly popular in recent years due to its promising medical uses, legality, and lack of psychoactive effects. It has become seemingly ubiquitous, and it sometimes feels like just about everyone is trying it.  According to Forbes magazine, “People who are eligible for AARP memberships, teenagers, and even pets, make up the fastest growing demographics of those who are consuming cannabidiol or CBD.” While the groups may seem divergent, they are all unified by a shared concern — “Is CBD legal?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!”, based on a statement from the DEA and the 2014 Farm Bill. However, recent changes in Ohio have called CBD‘s legality into question statewide. While this creates a slightly confusing environment for some consumers, we look forward to the 2018 Farm Bill which will resolve the issue. In the near term, CBD products, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are legal for purchase in every US state except Ohio.

Is it Legal to Purchase CBD in My State?

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Cannabidiol Oil in a Dropper

What is CBD?

So what exactly is cannabidiol or CBD?

CBD, the acronym for cannabidiol, is a compound of the cannabis plant that’s become increasingly popular in recent years due to its promising medical uses, legality, and lack of psychoactive effects. But CBD isn’t the only natural compound found in cannabis. In fact, it’s just one of 104 compounds, or cannabinoids, in the plant. Recent studies have suggested that CBD may have more medical benefits than tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC—the most well-known of the cannabinoids, making CBD hemp oil an easy, effective way to experience the benefits of cannabis.

Researchers have uncovered a wide variety of potential health benefits of CBD. Hemp oil specifically helps with reducing inflammation, anxiety management, and even acne control. It’s also useful for pain management.

CBD Hemp Oil Benefits – Is It Legal? And Recent News

CBD and THC should not be confused. While they both come from the cannabis plant, they are completely different substances. In the case of CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a very positive position, going so far as stating it shouldn’t be scheduled by the International Drug Control Conventions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that “preparations considered to be pure cannabidiol CBD should not be scheduled within the International Drug Control Conventions,” Hemp supporter reports. The statement was issued following the 40th meeting of the organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence on June 7-8 in Geneva.

Four important excerpts:

  • “There are no case reports of abuse or dependence relating to the use of pure CBD.”
  • “No public health problems have been associated with CBD use.”
  • “CBD has been found to be generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
  • “There is no evidence that CBD is liable to similar abuse and similar ill-effects as substances…such as cannabis or THC.”

World Health Organization Recommends Descheduling CBD

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Cannabis Leaves

If it is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), what is the status of CBD in the United States? According to a statement from the DEA, “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.” That means according to the DEA, the answer is “Yes!”

This position is further supported by the 2014 and upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.

Is CBD hemp oil legal? Yes, it is. Hemp and cannabis-derived products are legal in all 50 states if they contain no more than 0.3% THC. The 2014 Farm Bill allowed state-authorized hemp research to be conducted, and the 2018 Farm Bill will completely remove hemp from the DEA’s list of controlled substances. These reforms have led to the production of CBD oil.

CBD Hemp Oil Benefits – Is It Legal? And Recent News

However, in Ohio, the laws have recently changed.

CBD oil derived from hemp can be found online and in many Ohio grocery and health stores, but state officials are saying the cannabis compound is illegal in Ohio.

Guidance from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy issued over the weekend states that CBD oil — derived from hemp or marijuana — can only be dispensed in a state-licensed dispensary. But the first state-approved dispensary is still several months away from opening its doors.

All products containing CBD — short for cannabidiol — will have to comply with the rules of the state’s medical marijuana program, including undergoing testing in a state-licensed lab.

Is CBD oil legal in Ohio? State regulators say no

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Healthy Patient with Doctor

Considering the many therapeutic uses of CBD. Which include (but are not limited to):

With all these therapeutic uses, it seems short sighted to ban CBD and the Ohio ban of CBD already has victims. Just ask Nycole Brownfield:

Nycole Brownfield, a mother of an epilepsy patient and advocate from Twinsburg, said many Ohioans have found good CBD products that help them. Brownfield said they too will have to wait until Ohio’s dispensaries open at a yet-to-be-determined date.

“Anybody who has anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, especially veterans, will suffer,” Brownfield said.

Is CBD oil legal in Ohio? State regulators say no

If you are one of the millions of people suffering from one of the many conditions that can be treated with CBD, conditions like chronic pain or arthritis, don’t you owe it to yourself to try it today? We guarantee you will see the benefits first hand. TheraJoy Organic Massage Oil and Salve offers 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade organic hemp, which is non-GMO, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher, sourced from Switzerland.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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