Is cannabidiol (CBD) legal?

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Q: Is cannabidiol (CBD) legal?

A: This is a confusing topic – whether or not CBD is legal to use isn’t always clear. Marijuana is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government, and that includes anything that is made or “extracted” from it. Unlike marijuana, hemp is a legal agricultural/farm crop. So if hemp is legal, is the CBD made from hemp legal? Not always. States have their own laws, and what is legal in one state might not be in another. The bottom line? Look carefully into your state’s laws and regulations regarding making, selling, buying, or using CBD. About 17 states have enacted specific CBD laws.

Some companies that make CBD products (mainly supplied in the form of lotions, oils, and pills) claim that CBD from hemp plants should be considered a dietary supplement. But because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one CBD product (Epidiolex®) as a prescription medication, the FDA says that it is illegal to market CBD as a dietary supplement – whether from hemp or any other plant. For now, find out if you are allowed to have CBD in your state.

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