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Is CBD Hemp Oil Legal in Ohio?

If you’ve been wondering, “Is CBD hemp oil legal in Ohio?” the answer is yes. It is legal in the state of Ohio, as are all cannabidiol products that are derived from hemp. The state passed legislation after the 2018 Farm Bill was approved and legalised hemp throughout the country. 

CBD can be purchased legally in Ohio 

People living in Ohio are now able to buy various CBD products including not only oil but creams too. However, CBD products must contain no more than 0.3% THC, the substance which causes marijuana smokers to feel ‘high’. Licenced farmers in Ohio can now grow hemp. 

Consumer concerns about CBD in Ohio 

One problem for people that wish to purchase CBD oil in Ohio is that the quality can vary wildly. As regulation is not as tight as it could be, some products aren’t made from the best hemp extracts. CBD products are now available in all kinds of locations in Ohio, including shops, spas and gas stations to give just a few examples. 

Sourcing quality CBD products

Although it’s now legal and relatively easy to source CBD products, it’s important to do your research to ensure you’re purchasing goods of sufficient quality. If a product comes with an authentic lab report which tells you what the product contains, it’s more likely to be of sufficient quality. These lab reports should come from independent third-parties. Some people have found products with excess levels of THC beyond the 0.3% limit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is in charge of the hemp and CBD market has been spending the past few years developing legislation. It still advises customers to choose carefully when purchasing CBD products. 

Will CBD make me ‘high’? 

CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Only THC, which does have intoxicating effects is more abundant in the plant. Although CBD is derived from the same plant as THC, it won’t cause you to feel high. However, there’s strong evidence to suggest that it could help with a range of physical and mental conditions, including inflammation, pain and anxiety. The 2014 Farm Bill found that hemp plants had less than 0.3% THC, with marijuana plants including more than 0.3%. For CBD oil to be legal, it must not go over the 0.3% limit. This is why CBD from marijuana plants remains illegal in most cases. Certain people can consume CBD products with more than 0.3% if they are registered under the medical marijuana programme in Ohio. 

CBD around the world 

More and more people across Ohio, the US and further afield are using CBD oil to combat or lessen insomnia, pain and anxiety. In the UK, one CBD-based drug is being prescribed to patients suffering from seizures. The European Union’s highest court said CBD was not a narcotic drug as it did not “appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health”. The ruling was made following the prosecution of a company exporting CBD oil from whole hemp plants. 

An increasingly popular product

With more and more territories relaxing the laws around CBD products, it seems its popularity is only set to rise in the coming years. However, it’s likely that research into its benefits will continue indefinitely as scientists continue to prove or disprove claims about its benefits. CBD products including oil are becoming more visible across Ohio and beyond all the time.