With interest in CBD oil growing by leaps and bounds, many people are asking, “Is CBD oil legal?” The short answer is 100 percent, definitely yes, in all 50 states!(as long as its from hemp) This means you can feel free to buy it from any state and have it shipped to you in any other state! We get get orders for CBD oil from all over the United States in fact!
The question of, “Is CBD oil legal?” is worthy of a more lengthy discussion because marijuana is completely legal in only four states so far: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In these four states, it is legal to consume both recreational and medical marijuana and to sell both recreational and medical marijuana, although there are limits and requirements for both. The situation in the rest of the country is so confusing it’s crazy! Some states make it a felony to sell either recreational or medical marijuana while others make it a misdemeanor or an infraction. Some states make it illegal to possess and or sell recreational marijuana but not medical marijuana. One state, Alabama, actually makes it a felony to simply POSSESS a small amount of marijuana on the second offense (the first offense is a misdemeanor).
So the laws regarding the possession and selling of marijuana are difficult to understand and remember all variations between jurisdictions. You could be travelling east on Interstate 10 with 30 grams or less of marijuana in your car and get stopped in Mississippi and you would not be arrested or prosecuted if the officer saw your stash (as long as you weren’t smoking it at the time!). However, if you cross over the state line into Alabama, you are suddenly committing a felony! Something to think about on road trips!
So, we totally understand the questions and confusion about whether or not the sale of CBD oil is legal but we want to assure you again that we know for sure that taking CBD oil and selling CBD oil derived from plants classified as hemp, not marijuana, is 100 percent legal. According to Google, there are thousands of people searching to find out if CBD oil is legal in their specific state. We see searches like, “Is CBD oil legal in Texas?” The answer to that question, no matter what state name you plug into that question, is a resounding, “YES — 100 percent legal! (from hemp)”
So why the difference? Why is CBD oil legal (from hemp) in all 50 states but not marijuana?
The answer to this question has to do with two important facts. First, CBD oil does not contain any noticeable levels of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, and therefore is not considered a “controlled substance.” It’s the psychoactive THC in marijuana that makes it illegal is some places. Second, if you buy CBD oil from a reputable supplier like Highland Pharms, it is extracted from plants that are not classified as marijuana but rather hemp. Although these are technically the same species, they are classified differently by the United States government because they look like completely different plants, and more importantly, they are completely different in terms of chemistry.
Having said the above, please note that we get our CBD oil from pharmaceutical grade hemp plants, not from industrial grade hemp plants. There is a BIG difference in the quality between the two. If you are hoping to derive a benefit from the CBD oil you purchase, and obviously you are since it does not provide a recreational “high,” then you want to purchase only high quality CBD oil derived from pharmaceutical grade hemp plants.
For added clarity on the whole issue of, “Is CBD oil legal,” the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies CBD oil as a dietary supplement, much the same as many other “holistic treatments,” such as ginkgo biloba, are officially classified. Furthermore, the FDA does not consider CBD oil to be a medication.