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Farm Bill 2018 & CBD Explained: Everything You Should Know

Thanks to the changes made to the Farm Bill, the CBD market is going to be more than a little clustered. Note to (your) self: self-education should be priority #1 this year. Understanding what CBD is, how it is sourced, and having the ability to comprehend lab testing results are the fundamentals to a well-rounded canna-education. 

Fortunately for you, we have already done the hemp-homework!

Last December, the U.S Congress passed the Farm Bill of 2018 ( technically it is called the Farm Bill Agricultural Improvement Act). This is federal confirmation that hemp is now legal-hoorah! Today, cultivating hemp for the production of CBD products can be done much more broadly. The biggest leap forward is the ability to move hemp across state lines without facing federal penalties.

Utilizing a CBD product created by a company that not only educates but also makes your health their top-priority is the best way to have confidence, tackle your medical ailments, and achieve success with CBD. CBD grabbed the wellness industry by the horns and shook it up intensely in 2018. This year will be no different. Hemp-derived products will be available in every aspect you can think of- from skincare to soft drinks.

Here is the rundown (everything you should know) about the freshly updated 2018 Farm Bill.

Farm Bill Declares Hemp Federally Legal

Tinctures, oils, lotions, and edibles derived from industrial hemp are now federally legal in all 50 states. Aside from hemp being legal, what does the Farm Bill mean for the CBD industry?

In the 2014 version of the Farm Bill, a few states ran pilot programs for cultivating CBD. Keep in mind it was highly regulated and cultivators were met with bounds of red tape. Now, all licensed farmers can grow industrial hemp. Hemp is no longer considered a Schedule I drug, instead, it is viewed as an agricultural commodity. There’s no need to fret about crossing state lines with your hemp-derived CBD products because there are zero restrictions on transporting, selling, or possessing hemp (provided you got your product from a licensed cultivator).

So, All CBD Products Are Now Legal?

Cannabis remains illegal at a federal level and is still classified as a Schedule I drug. The Farm Bill does not affect state-level cannabis programs. CBD derived from a cannabis strain that has a THC level higher than 0.3% is still considered federally illegal.

A full spectrum CBD product that was not made with industrial hemp will be considered illegal. Meaning, even if the final CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC ( but it was produced using a cannabis strain with CBD genetics), it is considered federally illegal. Because every state has its own rules and regulations regarding hemp, they are free to make their own decisions about CBD products. While it is federally legal to buy CBD products online, you may not see CBD products in your state if they choose to regulate products.

The Fine Print: CBD is (technically) Still Illegal

Federally speaking, CBD is illegal. However, the Farm Bill creates an exception under Section 12619. This rule states that hemp-derived products are not considered a Schedule 1 substance, and cannabinoids derived from hemp are considered legal.Assuming all the state, federal and any other regulations are met, and the product is consistent with the guidelines outlined in the Farm Bill you are good to go.

However, if any condition is not met, like you are not a licensed cultivator, or you do not meet the facility standards, then the CBD (and other cannabinoids) product is considered illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Food and Drug Act, you are prohibited to sell food and health supplements with CBD or THC in it. The Farm Bill is the catalyst that has ignited a shift in cannabis policy on a federal level.

Legalizing industrial hemp cultivation following many states who have legalized CBD has created a market that could be worth more than 20 million by the year 2022.

Future of CBD in the US

Well, we still have a ways to go in regards to the consistency, safety, regulation, and quality of CBD (that’s an FDA thing). The Farm Bill is a great step in the right direction, but it does not set for regulating the CBD industry. While we at Rooted Lyfe are transparent, we third-party lab test, and we educate, there are many companies who do not.

CBD is legit. We knew that ages ago. What we need to do now is get people in the retail and manufacturing sectors excited about CBD.

An Increase in Protection

The 1980 Federal Crop Insurance Act has protected farmers and their crops against natural disasters and other unexpected losses. The most important part of the Farm Bill regarding hemp farmers is that they now have that same protection. Under section 11101 of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is normalized and is recognized as the same as any other agricultural crop.

Being able to take out insurance to mitigate the impact of a potential loss is huge for farmers. Climate change, natural disasters, and losses due to fires can destroy a farmer’s livelihood in a moment’s notice. By having hemp crops covered under the Federal Crop Insurance Act brings peace of mind to those that grow.

A Boost in Research

The pilot program in 2014 was a huge steppingstone forward regarding hemp research. Now, with the updated bill, more sections have been added to promote research. First, the important diversity of the possible applications of hemp is introduced via section 7501. Adding industrial hemp to the Critical Agricultural Materials Act gives researchers the ability to research the importance of hemp without the sticky red tape.

Secondly, section 7605 of the act extends protection to hemp research. This section highlights the conditions in which hemp research can be conducted. These sections encourage hemp researchers to do their work easily and freely.

What is your experience with CBD products? Where did you learn about CBD? What does the updated Farm Bill mean to you? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at [email protected]


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