Is CBD Vape Oil Legal?
CBD is legal in all 50 states according to the 2018 Farm Bill. This is, provided, that it is derived from hemp, not marijuana. The difference? We’ll lay it out for you here.
The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis plants. Think of it as a family tree: at the top, there is cannabis, followed by the three cannabis species, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis ruderalis, and Cannabis indica. Underneath C. sativa are hemp and marijuana. While they derive from the same family, hemp and marijuana are different plants. They vary in cultivation, application, and, most importantly, chemical makeup.
The legal distinction between hemp and marijuana is determined by the levels of THC in the plant. THC is the psychoactive compound that creates the high marijuana is infamous for. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC while hemp is bred to have low levels of THC. The final product of hemp must have less than 0.3% THC; anything above 0.3% is considered a product of marijuana.
CBD oil must also be sourced legally. Hemp is only legal for commercial growth in certain states, or must be sourced from those states or be imported from countries where commercial hemp cultivation is legal.
As it is possible to extract cannabidiol from marijuana, it is important to know the difference between CBD that is derived from industrial hemp and CBD that is derived from marijuana. As you might guess, CBD that is derived from marijuana does indeed contain more than 0.3% THC content. This particular kind of extract is illegal in states that do not allow recreational marijuana use, so please be sure to keep that in mind when you are shopping for CBD.
All of our products here at Alternate Vape contain less than 0.3% THC, which is ensured by the fact that we derive our products from industrial hemp farms in both Colorado and Kentucky. Click here to check out our COAs, or certificates of analysis, which show the THC content of our products.