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The general view on the legal status of CBD (the Cannabinol) seems to be inextricably linked in most peoples minds to that of its fellow Cannabinol THC. CBD is present in some strains of hemp (Sativa) and pretty much all strains of cannabis (Indica). If a plant contains THC then CBD will also be present. CBD is sourced from plants that also contain some THC. There is not really a ‘CBD plant’ or ‘THC plant’ as many people think.
The easiest way to understand this in the history of cannabis breeding. In the case of recreational cannabis, breeders have sought to increase the THC content for different psychotropic effects without any particular regard for CBD levels. Now, because of the new and heightened interest in CBD as a remedy, breeders of cannabis/hemp specifically for the extraction of CBD, are focused on creating hybrids that are high in CBD but low in THC. This is for two reasons;
1. CBD as a stand-alone compound that is 100% THC free would be 100% legal pretty much anywhere in the world. Since it can be defined as an essential oil it would be virtually impossible to make illegal. Pure CBD simply does not match any criteria that would enable lawmakers to make it illegal. The grey area comes in when there is THC present with CBD and this why federal and state governments have begun to legislate in favor of high CBD / low THC extracts and why CBD hemp oil is federally legal in the USA.
2. CBD on its own, without any major amount of THC present, has proven to be as powerful and certainly more versatile than THC. Research and anecdotal evidence are clearly showing that CBD is actually effective in the treatment of many more conditions that THC. CBD is the go-to compound for patients. The table below shows how versatile CBD is when compared to other cannabinoids:
Providing the THC level of the Hemp or cannabis hybrid source is lower than .3%, CBD is legal in all states. The confusion may be in names and perceived definitions; Hemp (low in THC) and Cannabis (high in THC and CBD) are different varieties of the same plant genus. Cannabis Indica and similar varieties are bred for high THC whereas Cannabis Sativa is bred primarily for oil, textiles, paper, food, etc). The high CBD strain used for Good Earth Products is a proprietary Sativa / Indica hybrid genetic strain developed to be low in THC but high in CBD. It is similar to the Charlottes Web strain – high in CBD, low in THC, and resistant to pests and pathogens.
Don’t get caught up the ‘medicinal’ or ‘medical’ cannabis argument – it will only take you down a long and endless road. It’s all just hemp or cannabis and should be decriminalized completely. Forget trying to get the government to legislate for medicinal’ or ‘medical’ cannabis – let big pharma make ‘medicines’. Just empower yourself and get others to understand what this is really about allowing people to use this amazing plant for its rightful purpose. We recommend that people stop referring to cannabis as ‘medical’ or ‘medicinal’ since all that does is place the discussion, counter-arguments, and ultimately, control in the hands of those with big vested interests… We say LEGALIZE IT!
As a general guide, the below map shows the current (October 2017) legality of cannabis by state.