ABCs of CBD

By: Ann Potratz

Publication: Employment Law & Regulatory Alert

Date Posted: 10/29/2020

Cannabis — Classification of the plant family that includes marijuana and hemp.

Marijuana — Cannabis plant including high levels off THC and variable levels of CBD.

Hemp — Cannabis plant including low levels of THC and high levels of CBD.

THC — Tetrahydrocannabinol, the component of cannabis plants that produces a psychoactive reaction and causes a person to feel high.

CBD — Cannabidiol, a component of cannabis plants that does not produce a psychoactive effect.

 

What is CBD oil?

CBD can be found in both the marijuana and hemp plants. While pure CBD oil does not typically contain enough THC to cause the high of marijuana, it is difficult to know what a bottle of CBD oil contains until it is tested.

Because CBD products are not well regulated, a product could contain THC or be contaminated by other products.

 

Is CBD legal?

While it depends on the state, most hemp-derived CBD oils and products became legal at the federal level under a 2018 agriculture bill. The bill legalized CBD that is both derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.

About the author
Ann Potratz - Human Resources Editor

Ann is an editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team, she specializes in employment law issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, background checks, terminations, and security.

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