If you are on top of trends, ingredients, economics and politics, there is a huge chance that you have already heard about CBD, where it comes from, and the thin line the divides legal and illegal sources, as well as many other details that surround it.
But, if you are not the person described above, this article is probably made for you!
Where does CBD comes from?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the hundreds of components in the Cannabis plant, and one of the most well-known. The other famous, yet controversial one, is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which makes you high, yes! But, why are we talking about THC when this article is about CBD? Good question! It is important that we introduce THC into the equation, as its concentration determines if your CBD source is legal or not, according to the law.
So, what makes CBD legal?
Its plant of origin and THC content. The higher the THC levels, the closer it is to being illegal.
Not all Cannabis plants are made equal, and the concentration of cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBG, CBN…) varies depending on many factors (its variety, strain, breeding and harvesting process).
If the plant contains:
- High levels of CBD coupled with low levels of THC it is scientifically understood as Hemp, but,
- Higher levels of THC coupled with lower levels of CBD it is considered just Cannabis
In 2018, the U.S. Federal Government passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 a.k.a The Farm Bill, legalizing CBD sourced from Cannabis plants that contain no more that 0.3% of THC (by dry weight). And it’s as “easy” as that, CBD is legal, if and only if, its plant of origin contains a maximum level of THC.
But although this legal definition is true to the U.S., some states have their own specific rules. Moreover, if you are reading this blog from some other part of the world, you would probably know that legal cannabis definitions vary on a global basis.
This is a quite simple explanation to understand what makes cannabis-derived ingredients legal or not in the U.S., but there are many other pressing matters (which we will discuss further on). Here we just wanted to delineate the subject and introduce you to the terms. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to us, ask and share, we are more than glad to hear from you!At P U M B B A our Broad Spectrum CBD is sourced from fully compliant sources, and we welcome you to ask us about that too. Our Overnight Z-Mask contains one hundred percent U.S. grown Industrial Hemp. Please note, industrial does not mean synthetic, it’s a term associated to hemp varieties with less than 0.3% of THC.