Published on Wed Dec 11, 2019 - 3 min read
At long last, it has finally happened. The United States government has legalized hemp; a form of the cannabis plant from which we derive CBD oil. Last month Trump signed the H.R.2 – Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is broad reaching and aims to regulate all aspects of US agricultural production from food stamps, to crop insurance, but of particular interest to the health food industry is it legalized hemp and decriminalized THC derived from hemp1.
The cannabis plant is grown in many different varieties, with varying levels of the psychoactive chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the non-psychoactive chemical CBD (cannabidiol). Traditionally, marijuana contains high levels of THC and low CBD which we do not want, and hemp contains high CBD and low THC which we do want. The Farm Bill recognizes this and removed hemp from the definition of marijuana, which remains illegal, and redefined it as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. having no more than .3% THC by dry weight”. A THC level so low it is impossible to get you high and has zero potential for abuse.
What does this mean for consumers?
A lot. With the decriminalization of THC in hemp, the new Farm Bill lifts the veil and removes the fuzzy legality that the CBD industry has been operating under since the previous Farm Bill. With these federal barriers removed brace yourself for an incoming tidal wave of new CBD products such as CBD-infused drinks, foods, and even cosmetics. Also look for a massive uptick in varieties of existing CBD products and new companies to promote them. With the CBD industry expected to grow ten times larger in 2019, this will indeed be the year of CBD innovation.
While the outlook is extremely positive, as a consumer, it is more important than ever to buy CBD only from reputable manufacturers and stores. Most CBD companies want to deliver high-quality products some do not always have that level of integrity. The Sunflower Shoppe is committed to only offering the best CBD products from the best manufacturers in the industry. Here are some of the ways which the Sunflower Shoppe identifies the very best CBD oils:
The Sunflower Shoppe prides itself in having these rigorous sets of standards for every CBD product we sell. These standards are the toughest in the industry and are meant to ensure the highest safety and efficacy for our customers. Please stop by the Shoppe and check out the CBD health revolution for yourself.