You may have heard that Cannabidiol (CBD) is illegal. The DEA clarified that any part of the cannabis plant is federally illegal. Even if there is absolutely no THC content. However, if you look online you’ll find several sources that will mail CBD to you. So, is it actually legal? And can CBD be shipped to states without legal weed? That all depends on where it comes from.
DEA Says It’s Schedule I
The DEA has CBD on the list of Schedule I substances. So, how can you mail CBD legally? First, take a look at why the DEA said they kept CBD on schedule 1.
“For practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. However, if it were possible to produce from the cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code.”
This information turned the cannabis world upside down. However, it isn’t as bad as it seems. They say that CBD from “the cannabis plant” is illegal. However, they say nothing about CBD derived from the hemp plant.
Mail CBD from Hemp
The fact that only CBD from the Cannabis plant is illegal explains how it is still being sold online. You get legal CBD from the male hemp plant instead of the female cannabis.
Hemp cannot be legally grown but it is legal to import and ship hemp products from state to state. However, there are currently no legal standards for what qualifies as a “CBD product.” So, you don’t really know what you’re getting. In fact, the FDA recently warned companies who sell CBD oil and claim it effective.
“Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and, therefore, these products are ‘new drugs,'” the FDA wrote to a CBD company in Arizona. So CBD can be sold but sellers can’t legally advertise what it can be used for. Citing research on CBD’s effectiveness on the same website that it’s sold makes it a drug according to the FDA.
If you’re buying CBD from an online source you’ll want to make sure they’re reliable before getting bulk. You may not get an accurately labeled product but at least you won’t be breaking the law.