2018 Farm Bill and What it Means for CBD

Thursday, December 20, the day that President Trump signed into law the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act. The law, which is also known as the Farm Bill, changes the regulation around hemp in the United States.

But What Does the Farm Bill Have to Do with CBD?

This Farm Bill changes the legal definition of the word “hemp” to include hemp-derived products, including cannabinoids like CBD.

The term hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

It also amended the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to ensure that the definition of marijuana did not include this new definition of hemp.

In the past, all cannabis extracts, whether derived from hemp or marijuana, were Schedule 1 banned substances. But this law clarifies that hemp and hemp derivatives such as CBD are not controlled substances. And this means that the DEA can no longer claim any jurisdiction over hemp-derived CBD. Not that this was ever their focus in the first place.

With all of that being said, this just means that the regulation for hemp derived products will shift to the FDA, USDA and the individual states.

Your State May Ultimately Control the Regulation of CBD

The Farm Bill also allows individual states to enact their own regulations concerning hemp. So, the legalization of federal hemp may end up looking very different, depending upon which state you live in.

While the bill does allow states to make their own rules to an extent, the good news is that the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill says that states will not be able to prohibit the transportation or shipment of hemp or hemp products through their land

Who Will Regulate Hemp-Derived CBD?

Where the USDA will regulate Hemp from an argriculatral standpoint, hemp related products that are produced as food additives, supplements, or potentially medications, will be regulated by the FDA.

When it comes to CBD, it’s very unclear how the FDA will proceed. However based on the growing popularity, revenue implications and increasing health benefits of CBD, it is expected that the FDA will be more and more heavily involved in the regulation of CBD derivatives.

Although the FDA is uncertain as to what to do about hemp-derived CBD, the agency has added several hemp-derived food ingredients to the “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, list. Which includes hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil.

Will CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, which is the non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant, is being used in a variety of healing, therapeutic and generally healthy living aspects. A CBD based drug has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Epidiolex. This oral solution is used for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, treatable for patients two years of age and older. CBD oil and extract is everywhere and can be found in a variety of applications and for a variety of uses. Although the popularity of CBD is booming and will continue to rise, can it actually show up on a drug test?

Will CBD show up in a drug test?

The simple answer is no, it’s unlikely that CBD will show up in a drug test. If you have to take one as part of a job interview or to retain employment status, chances are they will be screening for cannabis. But mainly they are on the lookup for THC, not CBD. To date there haven’t been any drug tests to our knowledge that have been altered to search specifically for the CBD compound. The average drug test is not designed to target CBD, or any other compounds found in cannabis besides THC. Because CBD is chemically distinct from THC, it is unlikely that pure premium quality CBD would be detected in drug tests. Although, hemp-based CBD products, often contain trace amounts of THC. This is because the definition of hemp allows hemp to contain less than or equal to .3% of THC to still be defined as hemp.

If my CBD oil contains a small amount of THC, will I fail my drug test?

This all depends on the type of drug test that is being administrated. A hair test, is designed to catch chronic substance use. Therefore if your CBD oil only has trace amounts of THC in it (less than .3%), and you’re not consuming a huge amount of it, it will not likely show up in a hair test. It’s worth noting that because CBD isn’t yet fully regulated by the FDA, you don’t fully know what exactly may be in the product you purchase. To this point ensure that you do your homework and trust your source. All of Living Therapeutic’s products are made with a proprietary blend of full spectrum, organically grown hemp that you can trust. Our team of expert pharmacist produce all of our CBD hemp oil in a CGMP and FDA inspected facility.

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On the flip side, if you’re taking a urine or oral fluid test, the detection thresholds are even lower. With all of this being said, it is possible that minute trace amounts of THC could accumulate and then be detected in a drug test. Although possible, it is still considered highly unlikely.

Do any tests target CBD specifically?

A test of this nature would have to be specifically designed to target CBD usage which would be highly expensive for any company to conduct, as it would have to be completely custom. To our knowledge no employers have engaged in expanding testing to specifically for CBD, and since CBD doesn’t get you high, and wouldn’t impair your ability to perform your job, we can’t envision any companies spending money on something for no reason at all.

Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest drug testing companies in the United States, doesn’t even offer CBD tests and it’s not part of any employer drug testing program, says Barry Sample, director of science and technology for employer solutions at the company. Even federal employees such as the DEA are not tested for CBD, in fact, federal employees can only be drug tested for certain predetermined compounds, and CBD isn’t one of them.

In general, is CBD legal?

Unfortunately, CBD itself has an extremely regulatory status. Depending if your CBD is cultivated from marijuana versus hemp, full spectrum versus isolate, all factor into play. And although the 2018 Hemp Farming Act is a giant step in the right direction, legal status of CBD is still very much technically classified by the state that you live in.

Hemp derived CBD products, which are derived from cannabis with virtually no THC present, has generally been legal for a while now under the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows universities and state departments of agriculture to grow it. With that being said the DEA isn’t really going after hemp-derived CBD, which is why it’s popularity is growing so rapidly. Also it’s worth noting this is why stores and online shops do not require you to have a medical marijuana license to purchase their hemp derived CBD products.

To be safe, the determining factor with CBD products still revolve around the level of THC present. Ensuring that you are taking a hemp derived product that has less than .3% THC, often 0% THC is the best way to ensure that CBD won’t impact any drug tests that you may have to take in the future.

Florida Hemp Farmers Poised To Make 2019 Debut

Florida agriculture officials have completed preparations to grow hemp in Florida and say they’re hoping to plant seeds in 2019.

This is potentially much much sooner than was originally expected.

Florida legalized hemp production in 2017 through industrial hemp farming, but officials such as Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, said Florida’s ability to produce hemp for a burgeoning oil, fiber and feedstock industry is appealing, but still daunting.

Jerry sais “Given the challenges associated with obtaining industrial hemp seed from other states, Canada and even Europe, it may be late 2018 into 2019 before the first trials are in the ground”

The struggle will be to cultivate seeds that could grow under the 0.3% THC limit in Florida’s tropical climate.

Quincy, Hague and Homestead have been selected this far for hemp production.

There is still no official timetable for private commercial hemp production to begin, but with all of the substantiated continued research its looking to be just around the corner.

Imported seeds are planned to be put in the ground as early as spring 2019.

Reduce Stress Through CBD

Stress Can Be Disruptive & Destructive

A long-term state of stress can jeopardize your health. Some of the repercussion could include problems with the digestive, immune & cardiovascular systems, and as well as sleep disturbances.

Long periods of high chronic stress can actually accelerate inflammation and pain.  While inhibiting our bodies from properly fighting off disease and sickness.

Stress isn’t always presented in a clear state and can often be disguised in appearance.  Know that regardless what type or form of stress that you are dealing with, there are ways to significantly reduce this stress thus reducing the negative effects that go along with it.

Natural Techniques For Reducing Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can take a severe toll on the body over time. If you feel a moderate to high level of stress or anxiety, first and foremost you should definitely contact a health care professional to properly diagnose the severity of your condition.

Here are some easy steps you can take to reduce your ongoing stress levels:

  • CBD Oil. Regular use and proper levels of CBD oil has been proven to significantly reduce stress.  CBD is a safe, non-psychotropic, hemp-based product that can assist in fighting stress in a huge way while also improving your mood!
  • Consistent Meditation. Just a small amount of time on a routine basis can work wonders.
  • Proper Diet. The food that you put into your body has a huge impact on how the body operates and feels.
  • Limiting Alcohol.  Alcohol should never be used as a way to combat stress and should be consumed in a conservative nature in general.
  • Speaking Therapy. Talking with professionals or even friends or family is a great way to work through your stress and speak openly about it.
  • Breathing exercises. At times when stress is rising, simple breathing exercises can give the body enough time to reload and reboot itself.

Please keep in mind that all cases of stress can be very different, but taking the time to properly diagnose and understand the type of stress that may be bugging you and then taking the necessary steps to combat it will allow you to live the happy full healthy life that everyone deserves to have.

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