When most people think of marijuana, they think of its most infamous cannabinoid, THC, and the psychoactive properties it carries. However, as marijuana becomes less stigmatized and more studied and supported by scientists and doctors, another cannabinoid has taken the spotlight, and with good reason.
Cannabidiol (commonly referred to as CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in weed that contains therapeutic properties for many medical conditions. The public became aware of it after respected Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN special “WEED” aired in August 2013, which demonstrated how CBD can wondrously help children with epilepsy and even led to the creation of a new high-CBD, low-THC strain called Charlotte’s Web. CBD is also used in treatment of cancer, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy in all ages, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, insomnia, schizophrenia, PTSD, and other neurological disorders.
Because of its lack of psychoactive effects, CBD derived from industrial hemp is legal in the United States. Yes, you read that right—legal. In fact, any cannabis product with less than 0.3% THC content is legal in the U.S.
How the CBD is extracted is where the law draws the line. The first way is to extract it from medical marijuana plants. These plants are bred and grown specifically to be high in CBD and have varied contents of THC. (Fun fact: CBD and THC have an inverse relationship, meaning more THC equals less CBD, and visa versa.) The plants themselves and the extracted CBD products are sold to dispensaries and prescribed by doctors to medical marijuana patients. This form of CBD is legal only in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
The second, less known way is to extract CBD from industrially grown hemp, which is naturally high in CBD and low in THC, whereas most marijuana is the opposite (high in THC and low in CBD). The hemp oil (and the CBD found inside it) extracted by this method are considered a dietary supplement by the FDA and United States government, making its sale and consumption perfectly legal in all 50 states, including its transport across state lines.
Surprisingly, most cannabis users are not aware of this fact. Many families and individuals have gone as far as to uproot their lives and move to states where medical marijuana is available for those who need it. However, more and more companies are entering the CBD market and offering hemp oils and tinctures to be sold online and shipped anywhere in the U.S. This little loophole in dated federal anti-marijuana legislation could help countless people in need of access to CBD’s medicinal properties. All we need to do is spread the word.
Miracle Smoke is one such company that has established itself as a leading presence in hemp oil production and distribution. The CBD-infused products are sold as flavored tinctures or vapors. The tinctures are to be taken orally while the vapor can be used with any run-of-the-mill vaporizer. What makes Miracle Smoke stand out is that it includes the highest amount of CBD per bottle of all hemp oil distributors, giving you the most bang for your buck—or in cannabis terms, the most smoke for your pen. Whether you’re treating a serious illness, a minor health issue, or are just curious to see what hemp oil is like, there are legal outlets like this one that make it possible, regardless of the laws of your state.