The fact that you are here reading this means you still have doubts about CBD. If you still aren’t sure about the legality of CBD you have reached the right page. Our main focus in this article is to explain the reasons why CBD is legal and under what conditions. This article will serve you well in understanding the differences between marijuana and hemp, as well as the differences between CBD and THC.

Getting to know all the above, will help us dive into details of legality and also give you tips on the usage of CBD products. Before that, we will give tips you should consider following before purchasing any CBD product for yourself or your pet. But, let us start by giving a short explanation of CBD.

Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the cannabinoids found on cannabis plants. Together with THC are the most active cannabinoids of cannabis and both have numerous benefits for humans and animals. The CBD market is very rich and it is growing fast, making it an interesting future product. Many experts in the field believe that the CBD market is going to be a multi-billion dollar industry before we reach 2025. You may know CBD for its therapeutic properties and health benefits for humans and also pets.

There is massive research in progress to reveal more of CBD and give light to more benefits it can offer. But, our focus in this article is not explaining the health disorders CBD can fight and manage. Instead, we want to focus on giving more details that have to do with the legality of CBD. More precisely we will explain the differences between illegal and legal cannabis derivatives.

The Differences between Hemp and Marijuana

Cannabis can be of many types with 3 main groups of families that we know about. We are talking about the Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis, but we will dive more into the Sativa family. Cannabis Sativa is very important to explain the differences because it has two varieties in the name of hemp and marijuana. Both these strains have CBD and THC in them, but they differ in the percentage of them or better say in the concentration of THC and CBD. As we know marijuana may contain more than 30% THC and no more than 10% CBD. On the other hand, hemp may contain more than 25% CBD and less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. The low amount of THC or no THC is the key or decisive factor that decides the legality of cannabis derivatives.

The Differences between CBD and THC and the Federal Law

Above we explained the differences between hemp and marijuana in terms of CBD and THC concentration. From there we can move to the law and explain what federal law says. By federal law of United States cannabis derivatives such as hemp that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal. Under this simple regulation, the hemp cannabinoids such as CBD can be sold without problems. This kind of rule is the same in most countries of the United States and is similar to other countries of the world. From here we can understand why hemp can be legal why marijuana can not. But, we need to clarify one more thing as we still do not know why CBD and THC concentrations decide legality.

Both CBD and THC have numerous therapeutic properties that may help both humans and animals. But, THC is the cannabinoid that gives cannabis the psychoactive property. THC is psychoactive, thus causes addiction to users and the “high” feeling. Understanding this we come to the conclusion that THC can help but also cause damages and negative effects such as addiction. CBD, on the other hand, does not cause addiction and only offers positive effects without the risk of side effects.

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Are Hemp and CBD Legal?

Above we explained a lot of things and we hope you got the full picture of legality. Our explanation should give you a clearer idea about CBD products. To say it in a short sentence, CBD is legal most of the time, but you should check your country’s laws. We say that because there are still countries that have not yet regulated cannabis laws.

In conclusion, we recommend you visit your doctor before using any CBD products. This way you will remove any doubts you may have and also together with your doctor you can decide the initial dosage.


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