More and more states every day are making the decision to, with a doctor’s recommendation, permit the medical use of cannabis. Some are even going so far as to legalize its recreational use! Ohio is one of the states that has opted to approve doctor recommended use of cannabis for medical reasons. Additionally, hemp derived CBD is legal in Ohio!
It’s true. Last year, on July 30, Gov. DeWine approved the sale, purchase, and possession of hemp products with a Senate Bill – SB 57. The stipulation is that on a dry weight basis, the concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) must not equal more than 0.3%.
THC and CBD – Not the Same!
CBD misunderstandings are pervasive and due, in part, to legislative patchwork and gray legal areas having arisen from long-standing cannabis prohibition by the federal government. Compared to dangerous opioids, marijuana is a far safer alternative. Few can disagree on that. It can potentially treat untold mind and body conditions. Unfortunately, it is still listed with fentanyl, codeine, heroin, and other opiates on the Schedule 1 Drug in US Statutes.
With that, it’s no wonder that difficulty has been encountered when enforcing and creating laws related to cannabis including production, medical marijuana, legal limits and DUIs, etc.
Here’s the bottom line: Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body. Both are found in cannabis. Found in marijuana plants, THC is the compound responsible for the “high” experienced by people who smoke or ingest marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating and, used to create CBD hemp oil products, found in hemp plants.
The reason for the differing euphoric effects is based on whether or not CB1 (cannabinoid one receptors) and the compound in question combine or bind. No matter how much CBD you consume, you will not get high. This is not to say, however, that there are not positive, comforting, calming, etc., affects to be enjoyed by the use of CBD.
Other General CBD and THC Laws
Here’s a few additional rules and regulations where both CBD and THC are concerned:
- In many states, with doctor recommendation, CBD has been approved. Rather than a prescription, physician recommendation is acceptable. (CBD and THC products recommended by doctors are not restricted in Ohio due to comprehensive medicinal laws.)
- For epilepsy treatment, marijuana derived CBD has been approved by the FDA (even as a controlled substance). It can be sold by pharmaceutical companies, as of 2018.
- Marijuana derived CBD is federally illegal in general, however. As suggested before, it is still a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and, under federal law, CBD extracted from the flowering cannabis plants on marijuana, is illegal.
One important thing to remember is that even though you may see CBD products for sale in health food markets, head shops, liquor stores, or possibly even drugstores, they must comply with applicable state regulations and laws and be derived from hemp.
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