CBD OIL IN OHIO
FOLKS ARE ASKING: IS CBD OIL LEGAL IN OHIO?
This question has frustrated Ohio residents for years now. Industrial hemp cultivation is now indeed possible in the Buckeye State, though this says little (contrary to what many people and businesses are saying) about the actual status of CBD oil and other CBD products.
In a nutshell, hemp-based CBD products are widely available and very easily accessible for Ohioans all across the state. Although this may seem like great news, there are a few key things that consumers should watch out for. One issue is that, although it’s easy to find CBD oil in Ohio, the quality of what’s out there can — and does — vary significantly.
Remember, the hemp CBD market is still unregulated in many ways. So, even though you can find hemp products for sale anywhere from gas stations to online stores, not all of these products are going to be made from top-notch hemp extracts. Nor will they come with lab-tested cannabinoid profiles.
This is why we strongly recommend OH residents to consider the USA-made PureKana range of CBD oils and other CBD products. Our products are trusted by thousands of people across the country that rely on CBD every day of their lives, and we still to this day prioritize top-quality, precision extractions from only the finest USA-grown hemp.
ARE THERE CBD LAWS IN OHIO?
It goes without saying that “CBD-related things” have changed dramatically in recent years in the state of Ohio. Consumers can now find an abundance of CBD-infused products, including a variety of oils, topicals, vape products, and more. Folks can even find CBD products in places like convenience stores, gas stations, spas, and beauty salons.
Needless to say, this profusion of CBD products for sale in Ohio has given consumers lots of choices. Although there’s a diverse selection, however, it’s hard for people to know which brands are of top-notch quality, and which brands aren’t. There are still a lot of companies out there that are selling products without authentic lab reports that specify what the product actually contains. In today’s market, this is simply unacceptable.
At Purekana, third-party lab reports are a staple with every product that we sell. These reports allow our customers to ensure that they are purchasing first-in-class hemp-derived CBD. Below, we outline just a small sample of the complete range of our market-leading, USA-made products.
CBD Oil Now Legal in Ohio
Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio Senate Bill (SB) 57 legalizing the possession, purchase or sale of hemp and hemp products. The bill included an emergency provision making it effective immediately, which means that school districts are likely to see an increase in requests for administration of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a hemp derivative. School districts should be aware of Ohio’s legalization of hemp and hemp products and how the new provisions impact the use of derivatives like CBD oil.
Many people associate CBD oil with marijuana, but SB 57 distinguishes the two by defining “hemp” and “hemp products,” and affirmatively excluding those items from the statutory definition of “marijuana.” “Hemp” is now defined as, “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than .3% on a dry weight basis.” Hemp and marijuana both come from cannabis plants, but hemp plants have a very low concentration of THC. Marijuana has higher levels of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana that has the potential to create a “high” or intoxicating effect.
The new provisions define “hemp products” as any products made with hemp and containing .3% or less THC, including “cosmetics, personal care products, dietary supplements or food intended for animal or human consumption, cloth, cordage, fiber, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, and any other product containing one or more cannabinoids derived from hemp, including cannabidiol.” The language specifically excludes hemp and hemp products from the statutory definition of “drug,” and removes THC found in hemp and hemp products from Ohio’s list of Schedule I controlled substances.
As a result of hemp and hemp product legalization, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy released a statement Tuesday, clarifying that in light of the bill, hemp products, including CBD oil now may be sold outside of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. The Board of Pharmacy also stated that other Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) requirements do not apply to the use of hemp and hemp products, including CBD oil. The Board and the Ohio Department of Commerce plan to release future guidance regarding any OMMCP restrictions on licensed dispensaries selling hemp-derived CBD products.
Another important factor is the status of hemp legalization at the federal level. In 2018, the Federal Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of “marijuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. But in its guidance document titled, “What you need to know (and what we’re working to find out) about products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including CBD,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) notes that CBD oil still is subject to the same laws and requirements as other FDA-regulated products. To date, the FDA only has approved one CBD prescription drug product for treating certain forms of epilepsy, and currently is working to study the overall effects of CBD use. The guidance also highlights that while some products are marketed to add CBD oil to food or label it as a dietary supplement, marketing CBD oil in this manner remains illegal under federal law.
So what’s a district to do? Now that hemp and hemp products like CBD oil are no longer considered “marijuana” or “drugs,” and their possession, purchase and sale are legal, districts should not treat them as illegal substances. Requests for administration of CBD oil to students should be treated the same as any other request for administration of a homeopathic remedy under existing board policies and procedures. Legalization of hemp and hemp products does not prevent the board from setting reasonable standards for administration of medications or other substances within the school setting. Remember, only hemp and hemp products containing THC levels not to exceed .3% are legal. School districts should set reasonable expectations and standards for the use of hemp and hemp product derivatives, as well as for verification that maximum THC levels do not to exceed .3% prior to any product’s approval for use in the school setting.