Many people who enjoy the relief of pain and inflammation that CBD provides are alarmed at the news that the DEA has placed CBD oil on Schedule I and are worried they will be left with no options other than the pharmeceuticals they either dont want to take because of negative side affects or simply dont work.
Just to clear things up: the DEA's December 14th classification on CBD applies to marijuana extracts NOT hemp extracts. In fact, the DEA cannot change the legal status of CBD whether derived from Marijuana or Hemp; only Congress can make that call. This new classification by the DEA is mainly for in-house administrative purposes only, and will be used for more accurate reporting purposes NOT for law enforcement purposes.
We already knew that marijuana derived CBD is illegal at the federal level, nothing new there. However, Hemp derived CBD is 100 percent legal at the federal level and nothing has changed with regard to the legality of Hemp derived CBD.
The the 2014 Farm Bill act defined the term ‘’industrial hemp’’ as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent. As such, Hemp products, are protected from laws, and enforcement of laws, that pertain to marijuana or any scheduled drug.
While CBD from hemp is the same as CBD from marijuana, most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in CBD and other cannabinoids. Today, many US farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains.
Again, the DEA is concerned with marijuana and marijuana extract, not hemp. Thankfully, Hemp products remains legal in all 50 states. I hope this helps quiet the fear and clears the confusion from news suggesting Hemp derived CBD products are illegal. It is always important to make the distinction between hemp and marijuana and to be wary when reading 'news' stories on the internet. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that hemp CBD is a now a schedule I drug which simply is not the case. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed.