Is cannabidiol (CBD) legal?
Even though the DEA considers cannabis extracts illegal, there are still laws regarding CBD that varies by state, and people can sell and purchase CBD products in health shops and organic food stores across the nation – how is this possible? Currently, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana; those laws also cover CBD products. Another 16 have legalized possession and use of CBD for specific conditions only. There are still 6 states that agree with the DEA and continues to view all cannabis extracts as unlawful.
The Cannabidiol Compound
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound out of nearly 100 other components found in cannabis. In a 2016 ruling, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continued to list all extracts from cannabis plants, which includes CBD, as Schedule I substances that are illegal; however, many legal advisors, as well as the hemp industry, have contested this rule. Lawyers and advocates argue that the DEA’s decision goes against federal law as only Congress can determine which substances are Schedule I – the primary, psychoactive cannabis constituent, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), should exclusively fit the description.