The proposal to legalize the use of medical marijuana is still trending in the US. At the time of writing, several states have permitted the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of the hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant. Research shows that it has a high chance of helping with pain, seizure, anxiety and many other health conditions.
One of the most common CBD products is CBD oil. This product is a blend of CBD extract and a carrier oil like coconut oil. There are many ways to use CBD including vaping it, ingesting it, and using it
Is it Legal to Use CBD oil?
Although CBD has been legalized in some states of the U.S., federally the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies CBD as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are substances with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Although, marijuana legalization is still a complicated matter there are exemptions for the use of CBD for consumers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved a drug called Epidiolex, which contains CBD, to treat pediatric epilepsy. The DEA classifies CBD as a Schedule 5 drug to reflect its low potential for addiction and abuse.
Using CBD is illegal under federal law, however, the DEA doesn’t prioritize in going after CBD users. Many states in the U.S. permit the use of CBD.
States Where Only CBD Oil Is Legal
As per the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), these 14 states allow the use of CBD.
In Alabama, the use of CBD requires one of two qualifications: being part of a state-sponsored clinical trial or if you have a debilitating medical condition.
The state of Georgia allows the legal prescription of CBD to patients with certain health ailments. When the user has medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and seizures, state authorities may permit the use of CBD oil.
In 2018, Indiana passed the law that allows people in the state to manufacture, retail, possess and use CBD. However, the product must contain only 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
In Wyoming, the state narrows the use of CBD oil down for patients with epilepsy who no longer respond to other treatments. Local authorities require neurologists to provide the state’s department of health a statement to support a patient’s need for CBD. With a prescription from a licensed physician, the patient can receive a card that lets them receive cannabis with high concentrations of CBD and trace amounts of THC.
CBD is still controversial in many states in America. This is partly because it is confused with THC. With more studies into CBD, there is a strong potential that it will be fully legalized in every state.