With President Trump signing off on the 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government now fully recognizes hemp as a legal agricultural product. But while many reports are claiming that this means that CBD is also legal, that’s not quite correct. With a lot of misinformation flying around, and contradictions between state and federal laws, things are admittedly somewhat confusing. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that is grown specifically for industrial purposes. US farmers have increasingly lobbied to remove federal restrictions against growing hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill opens the gates more broadly, allowing licensed farmers to grow hemp and transport it across state lines. Note that the federal definition of hemp requires that it contain less than 0.3% THC.
Now, with the passing of the new 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and hemp-derived products have been officially removed from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act, such that they are no longer subject to Schedule I status. Meaning that so long as CBD is extracted from hemp, the content has less than 0.3% THC, and is grown by licensed farmers in accordance with state and federal regulations, it is legal as a hemp product. The FDA has voiced specific concerns about unsubstantiated health-related CBD claims, which are not allowed for any foods or nutritional supplements.