Cannabidiol, known to most as CBD oil, is a non-intoxicating compound found in the marijuana plant. It has been found to alleviate or aid in a number of issues including anxiety, insomnia, Alzheimer’s symptoms, and even cancer pain. This compound, unlike the high-inducing THC, was rediscovered by a British company when tasked with finding cannabis-based medicine for clinical trials. He found CBD oil had contrasting effects of THC, as well as amazing benefits of its own.
Although CBD oil is widely known for its benefits, the legality of it can get tricky. Federally, CBD oil still remains a Schedule I drug. Although, the 2018 Farm Bill, which would make industrial hemp legal in all 50 states, may be changing all of that! Marijuana is not your typical subject in the agricultural district of the government, but it currently has incredibly strong support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Farm Bill has a nice little provision that will allow legal cultivation if it is used for something like academic agricultural research. For now, the best bet is to check on your individual state’s laws to ensure you’re acting in accordance with the law. For those of you who reside in Illinois, here’s a cheat sheet to exactly what’s legal — and what is not.
What’s the Law about CBD Oil in Illinois?
Illinois has actually made marijuana-based CBD oil legal for medical use and allows the use of CBD oil derived from hemp as well. This means that Illinois is currently one of 38 states that now allows CBD to be used for medicinal purposes.
In August of 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Illinois Industrial Hemp Act, Senate Bill 2298, which makes hemp cultivation legal and creates guidelines for testing the crop’s THC levels. What’s cool is that hemp can be used for a variety of things: textiles, cosmetics, you name it. This opens up research within the cultivation of hemp and CBD. As Rauner says, “Our farmers should have this option as well”.
What this bill allows and what they want to do is make sure CBD products have less than 0.3% THC in them. Why 0.3%, you ask? Well, simply put, less than that and you can’t get high. It’s pretty much impossible at those levels. If it contains any more than that, it would technically be considered non-hemp cannabis, also known as — marijuana. The problem with marijuana, is that for an insanely long time (since 1937!), hemp, cannabis — all of it — had been put under the same illegal umbrella with the Marijuana Tax. Then later in 1970, it was made federally illegal with the Controlled Substances Act (remember that Schedule I we mentioned above?). But with demand for CBD products on the rise to aid in things like anxiety and Parkinson’s, this is all headed for a massive change.
Access to CBD oil and other CBD products will hopefully soon be less confusing for those of you in Illinois. But for now, keep in mind that currently in your state, yes, you may get CBD products derived from hemp. If you are trying to get CBD oil that contains THC or is derived from marijuana, however, that still requires a medical marijuana card that you can request from your doctor. For more information on CBD oil and its benefits, check our blog post here.