Updated: Mar 20, 2021
What Is CBD? If you are already enjoying CBD or cannabidiol on a regular basis, you probably know that it is one of the ingredients in cannabis. However, it is different from other products that come from cannabis plants because it is not psychoactive. If you’re still not sure what CBD really is, here are some facts to consider so that you can be more familiar with CBD oil, it’s uses, and it’s effects.
Where Did It Come From? While CBD may be a new term to you and a fairly recent addition to American vocabulary, it is not new to medicine.
Like many other natural remedies – the use of CBD and medical marijuana is rumored to have been a part of ancient societies since the first recorded use case occurred around 2727 BC, when Emperor Sheng Neng of China used a cannabis-based tea to help with a variety of health ailments that included poor memory, malaria, and even gout.
Since then, its use has spread, but the documentation of this case is less-than-readily available.
Hemp, marijuana and CBD: What’s the difference?
Marijuana and hemp are often indistinguishable by look or smell because they both come from the cannabis plant. The difference amounts to how much of the psychoactive compound THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, they contain.
Marijuana is now classified as a cannabis plant or its derivatives with a THC concentration of more than 0.3%. If the substance has less THC, it’s considered hemp.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis. Businesses may sell it throughout Texas as long as its THC concentration is less than 0.3%. Supporters claim it can alleviate conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t recognize any of the lofty claims, however; the agency has only approved the drug to treat two rare kinds of epilepsy through the prescription drug Epidiolex.
OK, what is legal right now?
It is still illegal to use or possess marijuana under Texas law — and has been since 1931. What changed last year is that hemp is considered different from marijuana.
Since the law change, prosecutors and state crime labs have dropped hundreds of pending marijuana charges and declined to pursue new ones because they don’t have the resources to detect a substance’s precise THC content, arguably keeping them from the evidence they need to prove in court if a cannabis substance is illegal.
Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials insisted that the bill didn’t decriminalize marijuana and that the prosecutors don’t understand the new law. Still, marijuana prosecutions in Texas plummeted by more than half in the six months after the law was enacted, according to the data from the Texas Office of Court Administration.
Medical cannabis is legal in Texas in very limited circumstances. Abbott signed the Texas Compassionate Use Act into law in 2015, allowing people with epilepsy to access cannabis oil with less than 0.5% THC. Last year, he signed House Bill 3703, which expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS.
All of the products that Corner Creek currently offer are 100% THC Free and are completely legal to purchase, possess, and consume in Texas. We will soon offer Texas Grown Hemp which will also be grown to legal standard, at 0.3% THC or less.
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