Is CBD Legal and Safe?
Is CBD Oil Legal?
We at I Love Herby™ are are unable to give legal advice on the legality of CBD. It is strongly encouraged that consumers to do their own research as well as seek legal advice if concerned about the legality of purchasing CBD across state lines.
I Love Herby™ CBD Products are sourced from hemp grown organically in the USA and are third party lab tested for quality, concentration and safety, and never exceed the trace THC level of 0.03%.
While the popularity and overall acceptance of CBD have skyrocketed in recent years, state laws on CBD vary widely. The most important factors determining CBD legality are whether it is derived from hemp or marijuana and if it is produced by a state-licensed grower.
Even though hemp contains virtually no THC, the answer to the question, “Is hemp oil legal?” is not that simple. As of 2019, CBD derived from hemp is legal nationwide at the federal level. This includes all hemp-derived CBD products like oils, edibles, and ointments. However, some states have laws on CBD from hemp that are restrictive. In some states, CBD derived from marijuana is completely legal; but in most states, its legality depends on a number of different factors and conditions.
Where is CBD Legal?
There are currently ten states where cannabis is entirely legal for medicinal and recreational use. If you live in one of these ten states, you can use CBD that comes from hemp or marijuana. These states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
As of 2019, there are only three states with restrictions on all cannabis and cannabis-derived products. These are Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Even though hemp is likely to become more accessible in these territories soon, if you are in one of these states, it is crucial that you know how hemp-derived CBD extracts are treated.
As mentioned before, state laws related to CBD vary significantly. If you are not sure about your state’s laws, navigate through our map to learn more.
The 2018 Farm Bill
The Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the 2014 Farm Bill, opened up new doors for the hemp industry by legalizing some cultivation activities that have since allowed the industry to grow in unprecedented ways.
Following the success of various pilot programs made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp is now widely accepted by the public and most lawmakers. In 2018, the US Senate introduced The Hemp Farming Act in its version of The 2018 Farm Bill. Among other things, the act sought to make hemp an agricultural commodity, give states the power to oversee hemp production, and take away the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) authority over hemp.
The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018, effectively legalizing hemp at the federal level by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and classifying it as an agricultural commodity. As a result, CBD from hemp is legal nationwide. The Hemp Farming Act, included in the 2018 Farm Bill, is considered the most important victory in the history of the hemp industry in the United States.
*The legal landscape around CBD is unclear and changing rapidly both at the Federal and State level. The information on our website and any other communication regarding legality which you may receive from any representative of Green Roads is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You must make your own judgment regarding whether you should purchase CBD in your jurisdiction. You should contact your attorney to obtain more specific guidance.*
Is CBD Safe?
Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. A study from 2011 indicated that chronic use and extremely high doses (up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD) are reportedly “well-tolerated in humans”. The Department of Health and Human Services states, “no signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers (Cunha et al., Pharmacology 21:127- 185, 1980), even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day (Consroe et al., Pharmacol, Biochem, Behav. 40:701-708, 1991).”
Multiple studies, published as early as 1980, suggest that CBD has minimal side effects and is overall safe for consumption. Nonetheless, consumers should be made aware of any known, potential drawbacks when consuming a product.In 2006 a group of scientist hypothesized that there are cannabinoid receptors in human salivary glands. In fact, their hypothesis was correct, which is most likely the reason that one of the previously discovered side effects of CBD is what’s commonly known as cotton-mouth. When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it inhibits the secretion of saliva, thus leaving some users with a dry sensation in their mouth.
The use of cannabidiol and other cannabis compounds affects everyone differently. The reason for these differences lies in genetics. About 20% of the population has good endocannabinoid genetics. Those born with a genetic mutation that increases the level of endocannabinoids and levels of anandamide (the so-called “bliss molecule”) naturally occurring in their system. When one consumes cannabis, the cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, replace the naturally occurring endocannabinoids in the body. Thus, if you are among the lucky few that have this genetic mutation, you are most likely less inclined to feel the effects of CBD because your body already naturally produces a similar result.
Possible Drug Interactions
CBD affects everyone differently, and the drug interactions below are cited for their interactions with cannabis, not CBD. However, with the limited research available, we, at I Love Herby™ will always inform you about anything bad that might result from enjoying our product. That’s why we are listing some of the possible interactions that may occur between I Love Herby™ CBD wellness supplements and your existing medications. Usually cannabis-drug interactions are mild: metabolic reactions or amplifications of pharmacological actions of the drugs. However, it should be noted that cannabis can decrease other drug safety and efficiency, including but not limited to:
- Interactions with Sedatives: Cannabis can often cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Excessic hypnotic effects can be experienced with cannabis and barbiturates or tranquilizers or sleeping pills (e.g., clonazepam, lorazepam, etc.)
- Theophylline: Cannabis reduces efficacy of theophylline.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse): Combining disulfiram with cannabis may result in severe agitation, mood change (irritability), and insomnia.
- Fluoxetine (SSRI): In rare cases, cannabis when combined with Fluoxetine may cause hypomania, alongside anxiety, nervousness, irritability, and the jitters.
- Warfarin: Cannabis may increase effects of warfarin with occurences of bruising and bleeding.
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