California (CBD) Cannabidiol Facts and Legality

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that have been used by humans for thousands of years. The plants are known for their psychoactive properties. Cannabis’ psychoactive effects are caused by cannabinoids, which are a family of roughly 110 alkaloids that are naturally produced by cannabis plants. The most well-known and abundant of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, which is responsible for most of the effects that are deemed favorable by recreational users.

The second-most abundant cannabinoid is cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Cannabidiol has been shown to be responsible for the wealth of positive health benefits that cannabis has on the human body.

Here are six facts about cannabidiol that you might find interesting.

1. Food and drink containing CBD can’t legally be sold in California

We often aren’t appreciative of the fact that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as in-state bureaus that perform the same functions at a state level, helps protect consumers across the nation from food, drink, and other consumables that could potentially harm them. However, the regulations upheld by the FDA and other agencies of similar utility sometimes prevent consumers from getting their hands on consumables that they want to use.

In the state of California, according to the California Department of Public Health, supplements, food, and drink that contains cannabidiol cannot legally be sold by retailers not licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

2. Only CBD that comes from cannabis, not industrial hemp, is legal for sale in California

Cannabidiol is cannabidiol is cannabidiol. The aren’t any variants of cannabidiol other than the one and only cannabidiol, also known as CBD. However, California does not support the sale of supplements, food, and drink that contains cannabidiol sourced from industrial hemp.


Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis that is generally high in cannabidiol and other cannabinoids. Further, industrial hemp is largely devoid of tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid that’s primarily responsible for the recreational effects of cannabis.

Although being as informed as possible is good for all consumers’ best interests, this bit of information is most important for retailers, processors, and manufacturers of cannabis to know.

3. Regulations related to vaporized CBD are in a gray area

While most cannabis and cannabis derivatives are consumed by combustion, more commonly known as smoking, many are vaporized. Many cannabis consumers purchase vape cartridges that contain solutions of cannabinoids that is high in CBD.

Currently, the state of legality related to CBD contained in pre-filled vaporizer cartridges isn’t clear for consumers in the state of California.

4. Full-spectrum extract of industrial hemp is, in fact, legal

Full-spectrum extract contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids. CBD extract, on the other hand, contains exclusively or primarily cannabidiol. As mentioned earlier, CBD extract that is sourced from industrial hemp can’t legally be sold in the state of California.

However, full-spectrum extract that is sourced from industrial hemp can legally be sold in California.


5. The 2018 Farm Bill didn’t help the legality of CBD sourced from industrial hemp

The 2018 Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that led the way for cannabis flower and its derivatives, as long as they contain low levels of THC, to become legal for sale across the United States. However, the 2018 Farm Bill didn’t change the California Department of Public Health’s rules on products containing CBD sourced from industrial hemp.

Consumers can still get their hands on CBD products, even though it can’t legally come from industrial hemp and be sold in the state of California. Again, this fact is more geared toward manufacturers and processors of cannabis.

6. One of the reasons why CBD isn’t fully legal yet is because it’s not understood very well

According to Donald Abrams, a physician and professor at the University of California at San Francisco, one of the main reasons why legislation isn’t friendly to CBD thus far is because it isn’t well understood.

As research related to cannabidiol improves and society’s body of knowledge related to CBD grows, restrictions are likely to grow looser.

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