The 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed by President Trump on December 12, 2018, has almost cleared the way towards legalization of CBD and the manufacturer at the federal level of CBD products by legalizing hemp. People who want to use CBD, whether with CBD tinctures or as a supplement to CBD products such as CBD water, were reluctant about the legality of using it or even buying it. The CBD community has been patiently waiting for the US government to proceed with its next steps towards complete legalization. Though the restrictions undoubtedly don’t affect the CBD community, it is critical to be aware of the key facts that impact CBD in the days following the passing of the bill.  Let’s learn more about the changes in hemp production and usage. 

2014 Farm Bill Paved the Way

In the year 2014, select farmers were allowed to cultivate industrial hemp in limited quantities and other restrictions. Consequently, many CBD products came onto the market in the last few years. However, the significant level of restrictions caused uncertainty among beginners who just explored the benefits of CBD products. The recent Farm bill in the year 2018 has implemented changes that can influence the way CBD products are being sold and used. 

Restriction on THC percentage

Typically, CBD products don’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC. However, people were not quite sure about the legal consequences of possessing CBD products. Hence, it was inevitably a debate among people that it is a by-product of marijuana and should not be used for any purpose whatsoever.

The recent 2018 Farm Bill has clarified the legalization of hemp, the term given to cannabis containing less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with provisions for its cultivation, transport, and sale. Anything higher the 0.3% would be subject to federal penalties. 

Hemp is Federally Legal

Previous legislation under 1937 Marihuana Tax Act and the 1970 Controlled Substance Act, failed to clarify differences between the cannabis and hemp plants, resulting in hemp being banned and classified as a Schedule 1 drug alongside cannabis and heroin, LSD and ecstasy. With the passing of this Farm Bill, the difference between hemp and dangerous drugs has now been officially recognized, and the prohibition on hemp has been removed. 

Hemp/CBD Production

Though hemp has been made legal, one should procure a license to grow it in any quantity. Even if you plan to grow hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC, without a license it is still considered illegal. Regulations of hemp cultivation might differ from state to state. States such as California, Colorado, and Florida have been proponents of hemp. Some states are in the planning stages and others are in advanced stages of deregulating hemp. 

Impact of the Farm Bill 2018 on CBD

Licensed farmers can grow hemp with an elevated sense of freedom. The increase in hemp production will surely be met with excitement as lower prices and high demands will accelerate hemp infused products to the market. This year has seen products such as CBD gummies, CBD tinctures, CBD creams, CBD sprays, CBD water, CBD energy shots, CBD lotions, and CBD spa products show up on store shelves and e-commerce sites.  

What’s Next

After celebrating the new year with appreciable changes in the hemp industry, there has been a shift in thinking when it comes to using hemp-derived products.  We should see more and more famous people advocating the use of hemp-derived products for everyday health and wellness.