If you’ve been looking into CBD, you’ve probably come across the legalities explained by the 2018 Farm Bill. While we briefly discuss this bill in most of our blogs, we’ve never gone into depth. Until now, that is. Buckle up, we’re going to be extremely transparent in this blog. We believe that providing transparency to our customers provides the best long-term relationship. If you’re interested in learning more about our commitment to providing transparency, visit us here.
So… What is it?
After years of back and forth, Congress agreed to the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Then, President Trump signed it into legislation days later. While it provided important agricultural and nutritional policy extensions, the most important thing to note is the cannabis plant.
However, cannabis isn’t typically mentioned around farm subsidies. Much less nutritional assistant, and crop insurance. Then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strong take on hemp and the cannabis plant came to light and changed everything. For many years, hemp has been defined as the cannabis plant (or the same one that produces marijuana.) But, they’re not the same. Hemp can’t contain more than 0.3% of the THC compound. Therefore, hemp can’t get you high.
For far too long, federal law didn’t differentiate hemp from the other cannabis plants. Each of these were made illegal under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1927. Plus, formally made illegal in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. The Controlled Substances Act actually banned cannabis of any kind. Therefore, the 2018 Farm Bill does drastically transform the hemp policy we are now experiencing.
The 2018 Farm Bill is expansive, allowing for hemp cultivation at a more broad level. Thus, allowing the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines. Which obviously, makes less of a headache for a farmer. It puts no restrictions on the sale, transportation, or possession of hemp-derived products. That is as long as they’re compliant with the law. Don’t fear – there are many restrictions given in which individuals and businesses must follow in order to grow hemp.
So, what exactly are THE restrictions?
First, the hemp can’t contain more than 0.3% THC, (section 10113.) Therefore, any cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC, would be considered non-hemp cannabis (or marijuana.) Which would make it illegal and face legal proceedings under this legislation.
Second, there is a ton of shared power over the cultivation and production of hemp. In the same section of the bill (10113), state departments of agriculture must create a place to be submitted to the Secretary of USDA, combining forces with the state’s governor and chief law enforcement officer. Basically, to license and regular hemp can only take place once the Secretary of USDA approves the plan. In those states that are opting to not conceive a hemp regulatory program, USDA will create a regulatory program in which the cultivators must apply for licenses and comply with a federally-run program.
Third, there’s a list of actions outlined that are considered violations of federal hemp law. It goes into detail about the possible punishments for violations. Some activities qualify as felonies under the law, like repeated offenses.
Committed to Research
During the 2014 Farm Bill, one of the objectives was to generate research within hemp. This was also a big goal in the 2018 Farm Bill. You’ll be able to find the conditions under research can and should be conducted in section 7605. Additionally, in this section you’ll find that it extends hemp research by including hemp under the Critical Agricultural Materials Act.
Research will likely continue to be conducted for many years. But, in a short time we’ve been able to see an impact that our Premium Broad-Spectrum CBD has to offer to our customers.
Difference in Hemp and Marijuana
It’s definitely important to note in each of our blogs the key differences between hemp and marijuana. It’s very well known that many get the two mixed up or worse, think they’re one in the same. Let’s dive into the differences between the two and debunk any myths.
Funding has blown up since the prohibition of Cannabis Sativa. Then, as scientists started to venture down the line of other forms of cannabis and agents, hemp made its way into the discussion. Science eventually confirmed what advocates of hemp were already chanting. That essentially, hemp can’t get you high. Cannabis Sativa contains tons of unique phytochemicals and cannabinoids. These comprise the genetic makeup of hemp but also give the plant its benefits as well. As we all know, the main chemical component in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC.) This is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gives the side effects of the “high” you experience.
The main phytocannabinoid in hemp that gives the benefits we desire, is cannabidiol (CBD). The hemp plant contains much fewer traces of THC. Once hemp advocates realized that science was on their side, they started the push to legalize hemp. Basically with the backing that hemp was sustainable for overall nutrition and wellness.
So, What Does This 2018 Farm Bill Mean For You?
This farm bill means a lot of things, especially for consumers. Especially due to the fact that the supplement industry isn’t regulated. It can be daunting to find a CBD company to trust, and shows 100% transparency at every step. For example, the high population and pollution in China causes their hemp products to contain heavy metals. Which is obviously affecting the genetic makeup of hemp plants. Overall, decreasing the potency of the product.
It’s important to know that hemp goes through a lot of handling. Overhandling can stress the plant and increase the oxidation rate. Basically destroying the number of phytochemicals. By placing your purchase more locally, it allows for a fresher, higher-quality of CBD. Plus, we will likely see more research being conducted now that hemp is readily available.
The 2018 Farm Bill essentially made the first moves in allowing Revital Outdoors to be around. Hopefully, you have a clearer idea of the 2018 Farm Bill and how it impacts consumers, most importantly. As outdoorsmen, we have to be conscious about what we put into our bodies. That’s why, at Revital Outdoors, our products contain 0.0% THC – making us a worker-friendly brand. We remove all traces of THC and keep only the good stuff. If you’re interested in learning more about our process, visit us here.