This May, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) technically legalized THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or the high-inducing compound found in cannabis. Although the majority of CBD cream for sale on the American market today does not contain THC, this ruling hints towards a positive future for all cannabis-derived products, particularly CBD.
What lead to the USDA’s new ruling?
Like all other major actions or developments on the federal and state levels, the 2018 Farm Bill was a huge starting block for the USDA’s recent ruling.
In case you aren’t aware, the Farm Bill legalized hemp and lawfully distincted it from marijuana, the “illicit” cousin. This left farmers able to grow hemp in states where all forms of marijuana are legal but unable to sell their crops to neighboring states.
The New Hemp Authorities
According to the corresponding bulletin published on May 28th, the transport of hemp is no longer considered an offence. This means individual states cannot prohibit the transport of hemp within their borders, even if their state legislation still considers the growth of hemp an illegal act.
There is, however, still a few restrictions regarding who is eligible to grow hemp products legally. Offenders with a felony conviction in regard to a controlled substance are not allowed to harvest hemp. The exception to this rule, however, applies to those who were legally farming hemp and convicted for their actions before December 2018.
Farmers in marijuana-friendly states are, therefore, now allowed to sell crops across state lines, at the very least, extract hemp oil for pain and sell that product.
But that isn’t all; there is another section of the bulletin which deals with THC albeit indirectly. The bulletin states that hemp is no longer considered a controlled substance and has been removed from its former schedule 1 categorization. This also means, that based on former definitions of hemp, or compounds of the marijuana plant which contain less than 0.3% of THC, the amount of THC is no longer a condition for legality. Meaning, THC has also been removed from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing the high-inducing cannabinoid.
As a further point, authorities will now have no legal standing to differentiate between cannabis-derived and hemp-derived THC. This further supports the notion that the USDA has effectively decategorized THC with the help of this bulletin and its contents.
Since the USDA has made such large steps towards legalization of cannabis products, Congress may well feel the heat to decide on their own (likely positive) ruling regarding the legality of growing, harvesting, selling, and ingesting cannabis-derivates.
What does this mean for cannabis-derived products?
Following this new classification, it isn’t far-fetched anymore that marijuana and all related products will be legalized on a federal level, within the next few years This especially applies to cannabis-derived products like CBD oil for pain relief.
First and foremost, this new ruling further diminishes the legal and social stigma surrounding cannabis products like CBD and THC. It is reasonable to assume, that as the government grows to accept the natural compound for health and recreational purposes, the small portion of the population still wary towards cannabis will follow suit.
As information becomes more accessible and demand inevitably grows, so will the number of CBD products on the market. In turn, the ever-increasing number of CBD products will put pressure on the FDA to develop specific guidelines for such products, cementing the presence of cannabis derivatives into our collective conscious and consumerist tendencies.
The future truly is green, and consumers should have wide-spread, easy access to the natural pain relief CBD provides. Searching “CBD cream for sale” already yields 18 million results on Google, just imagine how much this number will skyrocket once cannabis compounds are legalized across the states and consumers become more aware of the positive health aspects CBD provides.