Unclear legality issues continue to cast a shadow over the use of CBD products. We sometimes find customers are hesitant to use CBD because of its complicated links with THC. However, CBD and hemp are really just suffering from an image problem, having been historically lumped under the one umbrella of cannabis. Cannabis has unfortunately become synonymous with a single psychoactive compound—THC—even though the vast majority of the plant is benign.
The difference between hemp, cannabis, CBD and THC
Cannabis has been cultivated by humans for at least 12,000 years and is one of the oldest medicinal plants on record. The cannabis family of plants encompasses three species: Cannabis sativa, indica and ruderalis. From these three plants, both legal and illegal compounds can be extracted. Cannabidiol or CBD is benign, whilst the psychoactive compound THC is considered illegal in many states. The difference – and critically, the legality – comes down to the percentage of THC in the actual extract itself.
The chemical compound CBD is derived from hemp, and exists in tandem with THC, within the plant itself but in such a low amount it’s benign. The two compounds can also be accurately identified and separated, resulting in a safe CBD extract, without THC.
This is the critical detail that can be easily overlooked by newcomers to the CBD debate. Cannabis with less than 0.3% THC is hemp – and hemp is not considered a controlled substance in the US as of December 20, 2018. On this date, the 2018 Farm Bill was introduced, loosening the shackles of the CBD industry and providing guidelines and regulations for reputable producers to follow.
What laws govern the use of CBD without THC?
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 – more commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill – concluded that hemp was no longer a controlled substance, however, its production and distribution on a state level must follow specific guidelines.
These guidelines are listed in detail in our article penned by Anne van Leynseele of Zuber Lawler Law Firm. Anne is a cannabis regulatory and deal attorney, and a leading voice on cannabis political policy around the world.
This information from Ms van Leynseele provides some clarity around the laws that are currently in play and touches on a possible loophole in the Farm Bill. This loophole potentially opens an avenue of interstate distribution that has sparked debate around the stated 0.3% THC limit. She proposes that:
“As a result of the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill, it is arguable that hemp products produced under a USDA or USDA-approved program are now no longer bound by the 0.3% THC limit as they previously were.”
This loophole makes it even more important to ensure you source CBD from a reputable source that provides test results and data, to ensure you are genuinely getting a CBD product without THC.
Do BioCBD+ products contain THC?
Due to the way cannabis plants naturally grow and breed, many CBD products can in fact contain small amounts of THC, making it critically important to buy your CBD supplements from a pure source with stringent testing and quality policies. That way, you can rest assured that you are buying a product that is tested to contain less than the 0.3% threshold level of THC. As we clarified earlier in this article, products under this threshold are classed as hemp – a non-classified and federally approved plant product.
BioCBD+ products are strictly made from hemp-derived CBD. This puts our range of CBD supplements well under the 0.3% THC threshold.
We stand by the quality and purity of our products and publish our COA reports online for all our products, including Total Body Care, CBD Vape and Muscle and Joint Relief Oil. Choosing a CBD product from a reputable supplier like BioCBD+ means you can sleep easy knowing that your CBD does not contain THC.