CBD is the latest trend in the world of health supplements — and for a good reason. It has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of many different diseases and medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, HIV, and post-traumatic stress disorder, to name a few.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill in June 2019 and legalized hemp cultivation and its extracts, including low-THC CBD.
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Since the Federal Government passed this bill, farmers are legally allowed to produce industrial hemp for commercial and research purposes. Industrial hemp can be used for many things, including paper, food, fuel, clothing, and extracts such as CBD.
Until the laws regarding marijuana in Texas relax (probably not anytime soon), your best chance of finding CBD is in vape stores, head shops, and natural health outlets.
Industrial hemp is nearly identical to marijuana — with one major exception. It doesn’t contain enough THC (generally less than 0.3%) to cause the psychoactive effects usually associated with marijuana use.
Even though hemp strains don’t produce enough THC to cause intoxication, all types of cannabis, including hemp, were illegal under the 1970 Federal Controlled Substances Act. The legislation swept all cannabis into the Schedule I category, which defined cannabis as a substance with a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a likelihood for addiction.
CBD product labels must abide by FDA rules, which broadly restrict claims of therapeutic or medical benefits.
Possession of CBD is legal in Texas, as long as it falls under the .3% THC threshold. The Texas CBD medical program allows CBD with .5% THC for patients with a medical card.
Access to CBD in Texas requires patients go through a strict medical process that is available only to people with severe illnesses. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Access to CBD in Texas requires patients go through a strict medical process that is available only to people with severe illnesses. The Texas Compassionate Use Act legalized CBD with .5% THC or less for patients with: