Full-spectrum means that the CBD has been extracted from a hemp plant along with all other chemicals in the plant, including terpenes and trace amounts of THC. Consuming full-spectrum CBD may yield better results due to a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, which happens when cannabis compounds work together to bolster the benefits of the plant.
Shopping online is an option since the U.S. Postal Service has confirmed that legal CBD products may be shipped by mail. CBD products can usually be found online at the websites of specific brands.
SB 57 requires licenses for growing or processing hemp are valid for three years and are not available to anyone convicted of drug-related charges in the past 10 years. No license is required to sell or purchase CBD in Ohio.
Where to buy CBD in Ohio
While the FDA has begun a process of re-evaluating that stance, it has yet to revise its rules or specifically regulate CBD products. The FDA has been strict when it comes to health claims that could be construed as medical advice about CBD. In July 2019, the FDA sent a letter to retailer Curaleaf outlining a bevy of regulations they were violating by making such claims. In April 2019, the FDA also warned three CBD makers about making unproven health claims.
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of controlled substances, though marijuana with more than 0.3% THC remains illegal at the federal level and in states without medical or recreational legalization. CBD derived from marijuana plants is, therefore, still illegal while hemp-derived CBD is legal.
To meet federal legal criteria, CBD oil must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The Farm Bill also gave the (FDA) authority to regulate CBD product labeling, therapeutic claims, and its use as a food additive. Despite the passage of the Farm Bill, the FDA has taken the stance that even hemp-derived CBD may not be added to food and beverages, nor marketed as a dietary supplement.
“Here in Ohio, if you are manufacturing hemp products, which includes CBD oil, you have to get a license. Those facilities will be inspected by our safety staff to ensure sanitation and cleanliness. They’ll be treated essentially as a food manufacturing facility … because that product is going to be ingested by humans, so we want to make sure we are protecting Ohioans through the inspection of those facilities.” — David Miran, executive director ODA hemp program
Although CBD was being sold before the law was passed, it’s popularity exploded once it became legal. Ohioans were buying CBD oil from gas stations, health food stores, and smoke shops across the state.
Before SB57, hemp and CBD were lumped together with marijuana. Therefore their purchase and use were only allowed by card-carrying medical marijuana patients. Under the new laws, however, hemp-derived CBD products immediately became legal for all Ohioans — not just medical marijuana patients.
Hemp comes to Ohio
The ODA planting stemmed from the July 2019 passage and signing of Ohio Senate Bill 57. The measure officially legalized the cultivation of non-intoxicating strains of cannabis (aka hemp) as well as the production and sale of CBD oil produced from hemp.
But now, seven decades later, hemp is again growing in the Buckeye State.
Before the US federal government banned cannabis in 1937, Ohio farmers were growing thousands of acres of hemp. Although hemp prohibition was lifted briefly during World War II it was short-lived.
In the summer of 2019, out in the back of the Ohio Department of Agriculture campus in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, about 15 miles east of Columbus, agency officials planted some hemp clones. To be exact, one hundred clones of CBD-rich strains of hemp were planted. What’s interesting about this is that these were the first hemp plants to be legally cultivated in Ohio in decades.