Hemp was one of the first agricultural crops, dating back to 8,000 BC. The stems and nodes have been used for paper, ropes, clothes, textiles, and more across civilizations. The flower and oils have been utilized for various ailments and reliefs through history.
In December 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. This bill allows states to submit plans to grow and process hemp (defined as containing less than 0.3% THC) and hemp-derived products.
The bill also allows for interstate commerce of hemp and hemp-derived products, contains directives for research on hemp and hemp cultivation, and effectively removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. This means hemp derivatives (including CBD) are now excluded from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule I controlled substance designation.
While CBD is no longer classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government, it’s important to research your state’s specific laws surrounding hemp and CBD.