In the last few years, stores that specialize in selling CBD products have popped up all over the United States. It is one of the hottest selling products to come along in quite some time. It seems almost everyone you know has started to use CBD to treat one condition or another.
While studies continue on the exact effectiveness of CBD to treat some physical and emotional conditions, people that use it swear it helps them. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana plants. So far, the FDA has only approved one CBD-based medicine called Epidiolex to treat some seizures. Many doctors and scientists believe that CBD may treat many conditions, so they continue to investigate its possibilities.
Until the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and marijuana were both on the Schedule I Controlled Substance list. The Farm Bill removed hemp from the list because of its low THC content. THC is the cannabinoid that can cause intoxication. Hemp plants do not cause intoxication when the THC level is under 0.3%. CBD products and growing hemp are legal in the US now as long as the THC level is below 0.3% THC.
The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) regulates CBD products. They do not allow any medical claims to be on the labels, and the contents of the products must be clearly stated. The Department Of Agriculture (DOA) regulate hemp farming to ensure the crops do not contain more THC than is allowed.
What Is CBD Used For?
Besides being approved for treating some seizures, CBD has been shown in some studies to be beneficial for pain and inflammation related to things like arthritis. Other possible uses for CBD include treating anxiety-related conditions like post-traumatic stress syndrome, PTSD. It is thought that CBD can help with some sleep disorders because it seems to promote calmness and relaxation. Some people claim it can help reduce nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments.
At this time, CBD studies using humans have been limited. Research continues to discover if CBD can treat some symptoms of dementia in Alzheimer’s disease. There is some speculation as to whether it can help Parkinson’s disease patients. Some people with these conditions are treating themselves with CBD products even though the FDA has yet to approve them for these purposes.
Why Is CBD Sometimes Illegal?
In most US states, marijuana is still illegal. On the federal level, only CBD from hemp is legal. Only 11 US states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. Only 14 states have chosen to decriminalize marijuana, even though technically it is still illegal. Over 30 states have created medical marijuana programs.
In the US states where marijuana use has been legalized, it is easy to get marijuana-derived CBD that contains more than 0.3% THC. If marijuana is illegal where you live, the only way to get higher THC content in CBD products is through a medical marijuana program. These MM programs allow a doctor to recommend marijuana or marijuana-derived CBD for treating some medical conditions.
The states that offer MM programs have different conditions that may or may not qualify. They have different rules that must be followed. In most MM programs, the marijuana-derived CBD products you use must come from a state dispensary.
It could have legal consequences if caught with marijuana-derived CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC in states where marijuana is still illegal, it is likely to be treated the same as possessing marijuana. The laws concerning marijuana possession will usually be adhered to. This means you could face fines, time in jail, and have it placed on your criminal record. Penalties could be lighter in states that have decriminalized marijuana.
Current CBD Laws In Colorado
CBD products derived from hemp are completely legal in Colorado. People who like marijuana and live in Colorado, it is legal to use for medicinal and recreational purposes, unlike other states like Maryland that still have strict marijuana laws. This means that CBD products derived from marijuana are also legal in Colorado. Anyone over the age of 21 can buy and use marijuana and marijuana-derived CBD in Colorado.
If you are under the age of 21 and want to use CBD products in any form in Colorado, you must qualify for and be approved for the state’s MM program. It is illegal in Colorado to share marijuana or marijuana products of any kind with anyone under 21 years old. For the most part, anyone 18 or older can buy hemp-CBD products in Colorado.
Since you can choose which CBD product you would like to use in Colorado, you can pick the product that works best for you. If you do not want or need the intoxicating effects of THC, you can use hemp-based CBD products. Some people claim their condition is better treated with the intoxicating effects of THC. Pain and sleep-disorders are two of those conditions.
CBD products in Colorado can be purchased in places like head shops and specialty CBD stores. If you are a MM card-holder for the state of Colorado, you can buy your CBD products from a state dispensary.