Just this past week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced clarification to its previously disclosed ‘Final Rule’. The ‘Final Rule’ was passed back in December 2016, and essentially added to the definition of illegal “marijuana extracts” as anything containing one or more cannabinoids (CBD) from the cannabis plant.
CBD is one of several dozen active compounds in marijuana and it is the primary non-psychoactive ingredient, meaning it doesn’t get you high. While CBD still has an effect on your body, it is known for being all relaxation without intoxication. The medical potential of CBD has taken center stage after many enthusiasts realized this compound can calm anxiety, relieve chronic pain or inflammation, and stop spasms and seizures.
With that ruling back in December, products containing CBD from mature stalks of cannabis, or manufactured hemp, were interpreted as illegal despite it not containing THC (the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for the euphoric high). Even though the substance was considered to be federally illegal by the DEA, states have CBD legal protections in place that govern the production, cultivation and sale of products containing the substance. In fact, only six states in the U.S. have completely outlawed CBD.
However, with this recent clarification, those products previously believed to be illegal are now no longer prohibited under the “marijuana extract” definition in the ‘Final Rule’.
The good news is this is a positive step for CBD based products! With ongoing appeals from the hemp industry, we are getting closer to having a clear and consistent avenue to distribute legal CBD based products.