After months of anticipation, news broke today that the 2018 Farm Bill has officially been signed by the House and Senate. The final step is for President Trump to sign off on the bill, changing the hemp-derived CBD industry overnight.
So what is the significance of this bill and what does it mean for consumers, businesses, and farmers? Here is a look at how the 2018 Farm Bill will change the industry for the better.
Hemp cultivation has not always been a source of controversy. This hearty plant was once an agricultural staple. Hemp seeds and strong, durable hemp fibers were relied upon for numerous products. Early American settlers used hemp to make building materials, cloth, paper, rope, and canvas. During Colonial times, farmers were required to grow hemp, and several colonies used hemp as legal tender.
Until the enactment of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis plants were legal. It was during the government’s efforts to discourage marijuana use that hemp first became entangled in the crossfire. Some historians believe campaigns to generate public support for curtailing marijuana use intentionally blurred the lines between hemp and marijuana. Some believe hemp was deliberately “demonized” to eliminate hemp as a competing fuel source. While hemp and marijuana were understood to be entirely different plants, hemp farmers were subjected to heavy taxation that made hemp farming unsustainable.
It was the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 that (temporarily) sealed hemp’s fate. When the government classified cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, a substance with no accepted medical use, the order was written to cover cannabis, not marijuana specifically. Once the government included cannabis as a whole, it was no longer legal to grow hemp in the US without the consent of the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
For a long time, there was no legal differentiation between hemp and marijuana. To our government, cannabis was cannabis, whether psychoactive or not. The 2014 Farm Bill was a significant development for the hemp industry.Until the passing of this monumental legislation, hemp cultivation was banned in the United States, forcing manufacturers to rely on imports from Canada, Europe, and China. This bill provided the legal differentiation between hemp and marijuana based on their THC content. THC is the compound in cannabis responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. The Agricultural Act of 2014 set the following parameters:
While the 2014 Farm Bill left hemp farming decisions to state discretion, it did not remove hemp from the list of substances regulated by the federal government. The 2018 Farm Bill does. With federal restrictions lifted, hemp will be treated in the same manner as any other commodity. Just a few of the anticipated benefits of removing hemp from the list of controlled substances include:
As it stands, some people still question the legality of hemp and hemp-derived products because of hemp’s federal classification as a controlled substance. Provisions clearly separate the definition of hemp versus marijuana removing any potential grey areas. When the shades of grey resolve to black and white, there will be no more reason to debate, or explain, the legality of hemp in the US1.
Many CBD companies suddenly find themselves without access to a bank account or payment processor. This can happen when the bank determines that hemp products are legally questionable. With the legal clarity provided by the 2018 Farm Bill, product vendors will have better access to third-party processing, banking services, and investment opportunities.
There is still a stigma associated with hemp use. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill clearly recognizing the legality of hemp products, we believe much of the uneasiness some people experience when considering the use of hemp CBD will be resolved.
Although hemp crop legality varies by state, hemp farmers are not eligible for federal crop insurance. That’s because hemp is still not considered an agricultural crop. Once hemp is reclassified as an agricultural commodity, hemp farmers will be able to protect their investment from lost revenue caused by declining prices or natural disasters.
CBD is one of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in cannabis extract. Hemp CBD provides all the potential health and wellness benefits as marijuana without the risk of intoxication. Prior to the Farm Bill, it was difficult for researchers to obtain funding for hemp oil research. By removing federal restrictions, researchers gain access to federally-funded research programs to further investigate the potential medicinal benefits of hemp oil.
We believe that the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill will provide substantial economic benefits. As domestic hemp production increases, industries will no longer have to rely on imported hemp. Economic stimulation will continue as we welcome more hemp farmers, product manufacturers, business investors, and product consumers to our thriving community. Hemp products are anticipated to evolve into a 22 billion dollar industry by 2022.
CBDistillery has a mission to educate the public about the differences between hemp and marijuana, and the many potential benefits of CBD oil. With the 2018 Farm Bill passing, our mission has never been more important and ask our followers to help up educate others. To learn more about what CBD could do for your health and well-being, download the Ultimate CBD User Guide. Our CBD user guide explains how CBD interacts with your body and why CBD has so many potential health and wellness benefits.
During your investigations of the many health and wellness benefits of CBD, you may have noticed that some people still question the legality of hemp oil. We understand the confusion.
Although hemp cultivation has not yet been legalized on the federal level, the legality of growing industrial hemp varies by state. It may ease your mind to learn that hemp products are not federally restricted. With the anticipation that the federal government may soon be legalizing hemp cultivation nationally, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at the history of hemp.
Believed to be among the first domesticated crops, the cannabis plants hemp and marijuana were bred for entirely different purposes. Hemp was grown as a source of food and textiles; marijuana was selectively bred for medicinal and religious purposes. While the plants are related, they are not alike. Consider the following differences:
Historians believe that ancient civilizations did not grow cannabis to get high, they recognized the value of the plant as an herbal medication. Since marijuana was bred for religious and medical use and hemp was cultivated for textiles, you may be just a bit surprised to learn that many ancient civilizations also used hemp medicinally.
The medicinal use of hemp dates back to Ancient China, 2737 BCE. Emperor Shen-Nung created a topical hemp product and used hemp oil to alleviate pain. His findings were documented in the first editions of the Pen Ts’ao Ching, the earliest Chinese materia medica book. Emperor Shen-Nung may be credited as the first to document1 the many potential benefits of hemp, but many others soon followed. Consider the following examples:
While the medicinal use of hemp had been documented throughout the ages, the popularity of medicinal hemp declined with the introduction of opiates and syringes. As medical treatments advanced, people seemed to have temporarily lost interest in using hemp products for health and wellness.
Hemp fibers are durable, adaptable, and resistant to decay, making hemp the ideal fiber for making rope and canvas for travel by sea. Early Americans use hemp to make sails, cloth, and building materials. During Colonial times farmers were legally required to grow hemp crops. Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. In at least three colonies, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, hemp was used as legal tender.
Until the 1930s, marijuana was legal, and hemp was in demand. Henry Ford was busy producing hemp fuel in Iron Mountain Michigan. With hemp increasingly perceived as an economic threat, competing industries began a smear campaign directly associating hemp with marijuana.
The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was the first federal law enacted to criminalize marijuana. Although hemp and marijuana were still recognized individually, the marijuana tax act imposed strict regulations and high taxes on doctors who prescribed cannabis. Hemp farmers were subjected to hefty taxes and licensing regulations. The demands imposed on hemp farmers turned a once profitable crop into a poor investment.
It was the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 that dissolved the individual status of the two cannabis plants. With the passing of the Controlled Substance Act, hemp and marijuana were both classified as a schedule 1 drug. This classified the plants as drugs with no accepted medical use. Because of the new classification, hemp could no longer be grown in the US without a permit from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
In 2013 hemp farming was legalized in the state of Colorado. Not long after, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (US Farm Bill) opened the doors for hemp research and pilot programs for hemp cultivation. Thanks to the Agricultural Act, hemp and marijuana are recognized as individual plants, defined by their THC content. To be classified as hemp a cannabis plant must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. At least 35 states have since legalized the cultivation of hemp . Just a few of the products made from industrial hemp include:
The Agricultural Act of 2014 legally differentiated the two cannabis plants and opened the doors for the cultivation of industrial hemp; the bill does not legalize hemp at the federal level. Provisions in upcoming legislation request that hemp is removed from the list of substances controlled by the federal government. Removing hemp plants from the list of controlled substances would clear hemp for cultivation across all 50 states and allow hemp farmers to invest in crop insurance. If all goes well with floor votes in the House and Senate, the bill will soon be arriving on the President’s desk for his signature. For now, it appears that hemp prohibition is coming to an end.
While hemp has been widely recognized throughout history as a source of food and textiles, we had somehow forgotten through the years that hemp was also used for health and healing. It was the discovery of the endocannabinoid system that appears to have revived our interest.
Thanks to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, we now understand why CBD has so many potential health and wellness benefits. The cannabinoids in hemp CBD influence key endocannabinoid receptors that regulate nearly every essential function of our bodies. Download The Ultimate CBD User Guide to learn more about this fascinating regulatory system and what CBD could do for you.
1. Schultz, K. (2018, February 28). A History of Hemp As Medicine Since Ancient China
2. Abbott, G. (2018, November 29). Lawmakers Reach Farm Bill Deal, Hemp Legalization Incoming
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to start figuring out gifts for those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives. But fear not—there’s one gift that can easily be adapted to all the important people in your life: CBD oil. Strange though it may sound, anyone who’s experienced CBD’s benefits can vouch for it as a brilliant gift idea.
Before you consider buying CBD as a gift, it’s helpful to know a little bit about what it is and why it works. CBD simply stands for cannabidiol, one of the 113+ naturally occurring compounds in hemp plants that acts on the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a large network of receptors that exist throughout the body. These receptors react to molecules known as cannabinoids, which are both produced naturally and found in hemp plant. CBD is one such cannabinoid.
The endocannabinoid system is important because it influences the functionality of key systems throughout the body. CBD binds to certain receptors in the system that regulate these responses, which is why it is so popular for its wellness benefits.
It’s important to briefly note that while CBD is derived from hemp plants (a member of the cannabis family), it is not psychoactive. Simply put, CBD won’t get you high. This is because CBD oil is derived from hemp plants, which legally contain less than 0.3% of THC—the molecule responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects.
There’s no doubt that gifting CBD products is a bit unconventional. Your recipient may not be even familiar with CBD, or maybe you aren’t yourself. But you shouldn’t let any of that stop you! Here are our top three reasons why CBD oil should be at the top of your shopping list.
By gifting CBD oil, you’re actually gifting the huge range of health and wellness benefits that come along with consumption of CBD. While CBD oil is not generally approved to treat medical conditions, users report a huge range of benefits from its use.
When you give CBD, you give the opportunity to get healthier and feel better without the side effects of other offerings. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
Be the person to first introduce CBD to your loved ones! The gift of a CBD product is sure to stand out as not only memorable but also extremely useful.
The great thing about CBD is that it comes in many forms. The numerous delivery methods make it convenient for users, but they also make holiday shopping a breeze since there’s something to suit every taste.
While CBD is often consumed as an oil, vaped, or applied topically, it can also be baked into foods! CBDelicious is the perfect gift for all the master chefs in your life. Ninety-nine-percent pure, CBDelicious contains no THC and is derived from non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp. And because it’s powdered, CBDelicious can be incorporated into any recipe with absolute ease. If you’re lucky, your foodie friend might even share the results of their experimenting with you.
CBD-infused gummy bears? Yes, please! By far the tastiest product here, these gummies are packed with both fruity flavor and the soothing essence of pure CBD. Gummies are also extremely approachable for those who may hesitate to incorporate a new health product into their routine.
Technically, any of the options here are great for a health-conscious friend seeing as they all benefit health. Still, for those who might shy away from candies or baking brownies, you can’t go wrong with a fresh isolate or full-spectrum tincture (the preferred method for consuming CBD oils.)
Getting a dose of CBD doesn’t have to be a chore. CBD-infused softgels or capsules are the perfect choice for the busiest people in your life—and they probably need the relaxation the most! Available in both isolate and full-spectrum and in a variety of doses, capsules and gels are flexible and convenient enough to fit into anyone’s day.
Believe it or not, CBD isn’t just for humans. Our furry friends have endocannabinoid systems too, so CBD pet tinctures can allow pets to experience the calming benefits of CBD. To go the extra mile for your favorite crazy cat lady or dog lover, be sure to get them their own matching tincture as well.
Even frequent CBD-users may be surprised to learn that CBD can be applied topically. CBD is said to have anti-aging properties when applied to the skin, making it a great alternative for less natural skincare products. If you know someone who adheres religiously to their skincare routine, they’re sure to love a CBDol topical salve.
We all have that friend who no longer leaves the house without their vape pen. For them, consider something from our extensive line of vape products. Disposable vape pens are a tasty, convenient way to experience CBD for the first time. Our 200 mg disposable pens come in a range of delicious flavors such as grape and strawberry lemonade. There are even variety packs to satisfy the pickiest of tastes. Alternatively, treat them to a shiny new stylus vape pen or a flavored e-liquid to use in their own device.
When shopping for CBD gifts, it’s important to choose a responsible retailer. CBDistillery sells only the highest-quality hemp-derived CBD grown using organic methods. For more information on the products in this guide, feel free to get in touch with us, or download our Ultimate User Guide for answers to all your questions about CBD and its uses. Happy holidays!