Not all products made from cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana, are the same—not only does the potency vary from product to product, but so too does its legality in the United States. In large part, where the CBD oil, as it’s called, is derived from makes a big difference.
By Madison Margolin | MOTHERBOARD
CBD has seen a spike in popularity—even in states where medical marijuana is not legal, CBD oil often is. Though it’s non-psychotropic, CBD does have a slight calming effect and is useful in treating epileptic seizures, pain, inflammation, arthritis, alcoholism, depression, PTSD, and so on. Next to THC (the chemical that makes you feel high), it’s one of the most prominent cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, in cannabis. But it’s legal in many states where medical marijuana is not.
The legal difference between hemp and marijuana, both products of the cannabis plant, rests on the plant’s THC content. If a plant has less than 0.03 percent THC, it qualifies as hemp. „However, if we’re talking about the federal legality of a CBD product, it depends on where it derives from,“ said attorney Michael Chernis, founder of Chernis Law Group P.C.