CBD has changed the landscape for the wellness and medical fraternity. The passing of the historic Hemp act in 2018 ushered the onset of a new era of healthy and prosperous living.
What is hilarious in this whole CBD legality fiasco is that hemp was in fact used for several years, since time immemorial. The Chinese used to infuse hemp leaves into their teas to help reduce migraines and help them relax better. This was as far back as in 2000s B.C!
The modern history of CBD starts at around 1940s, with the start of the successful extraction of CBD from the cannabis sativa by a talented chemist, Roger Adams. What was surprising was that he himself wasn’t aware of what he had done. It was only in the late 1940s that the truth came to light, and the spotlight was shone on Mr Rogers.
Once the CBD was successfully extracted, research began to find its way to it, with the first testing being conducted in 1946 by Dr. Walter S. Loewe, who began conducting test on lab mice. He successfully concluded that unlike marijuana, there was no effect of psychosis for CBD use. This is a very important trait that began paving way for CBD to be proactively used and accepted by the society in the way that we know today.
It was during the same years when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam studied the three dimensional form of Cannabidiol. This is the reason why the discovery of CBD is attributed under his name. Research began to be carried out in earnest all through the 1960s and finally British pharmacologist synthesised the first official form of usable CBD oil which was solely meant for therapeutic use.
It was in 1980 when a sudden breakthrough occurred when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam concluded the research cementing the fact that CBD had the ability to treat and control epilepsy!
To clearly answer your question, you must first go down the road to understanding what CBD is, what the legality situation in the United States of America is and what the legality situation in Canada is. Take 5 minutes off your day to read through this, rather than spend the next 5 years in a state prison questioning your life choices.
By the end of this look through, we will be able to together uncover the right answer as to whether it is safe to take CBD and weed across the border from Canada to California.
CBD For The Common Man
This lifesaver herbal alternative is not the only such ingredient that you would find in a hemp or cannabis sativa plant. All of them are rounded in one single group called Cannabinoids. However there is no other compound in marijuana plant that offers the range of benefits and flexibility in its form such as Cannabidiol. THC is one such “cannabinoid”. The reason for making a special mention is because this seemingly innocent ingredient was what hinged on making CBD state legal in America and many other countries.
What sets CBD apart from most of the pharma based drugs is the excellent side effects profile; one that even the World health Organisation (WHO) vouches for. The plethora of benefits that users get is far more than the few side effects it entails. The benefits that one can expect are:
- Pain relief
- Sleep inducing
- Strong relaxant
- Stress relieving
You can use these in a variety of ways depending on your ailment to give you a better fighting chance against your invisible foes.
The side effects that one can list down are too few to even name. These will at most include:
One of the more serious issues occur only when you mix CBD with other medication that you are currently having. This is also why it is better to consult the expertise of a doctor to make sure that the medication you are having presently doesn’t interact with CBD to form something else entirely.
There have been instances reported and research that supports the fact that CBD interacts with a particular enzyme in the liver called cytochrome P450. The CBD can sometimes slow down the metabolism effectiveness of the liver. The problem this creates is that toxins and medication will persist in the blood stream way longer than it is supposed to. This is the reason why, chemotherapy undergoing patients need to be careful when including CBD into their regime.
As mentioned earlier, the CBD does not create any feeling of psychosis. This means, unlike smoking weed or munching on edible brownies, you will not have the problem of intoxication here. That one trait of marijuana is because of another cannabinoid present in it called Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This cannabinoid is a strong psychoactive substance and the therapeutic benefits it offers are not much known. CBD, being the polar opposite of THC, is also the primary reason why world governments and people have started opening their eyes towards the much deserved miracle drug!
The Legality Situation In America: The Hotly Debated Farm Bill
This was indeed a landmark bill that was passed! The Farm bill 2018 which encompassed the Hemp farming act of 2018 was a proposed law which removed Hemp (which is marijuana with THC content less than 0.3%) from the Schedule I controlled substances and making it like any other agricultural commodity.
Schedule I controlled substances include the likes of Heroine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana and many other opioids, opium derivatives, Hallucinogenic or psychedelic substances, stimulants and cannabimimetic agents. These substances can’t be manufactured, distributed or possessed under any circumstances in America. These substances usually have high potential for abuse.
The Farm Bill was passed in congress and officially came into effect on December 20, 2018 making it legal to grow, distribute and possess hemp derivatives that had a THC content not exceeding 0.3%.
The Drug Enforcement Administration cannot treat hemp-derived CBD as an illegal drug anymore.
But this doesn’t mean producers and distributers can do what they please. There will be shared state-federal regulatory authority over hemp cultivation and subsequent production. Any State’s agricultural department must consult with its governor and chief law enforcement officer to come up with a plan to submit to the secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)for approval.
The Grey Area: FDA And CBD
Even though hemp has been made state legal in as many as 50 states across America, there is surprisingly only one CBD product that has officially obtained the green signal by USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is for epilepsy.
FDA right now has very little data when it comes to CBD safety and this is also the reason why it is informing the public of various CBD sources. The problem created here is that different CBD sources can’t possibly be all regulated.
Regulating the percentage of various substances in the final product is difficult and varies from the way in which the industrial hemp plant was grown and the extraction method that was adopted to obtain the final CBD product.
Legality of CBD in Canada
As of today, CBD is legal in Canada. As a matter of fact the Cannabis Act was passed on June 19, 2019 that officially legalises recreational cannabis. The law states that “Canadian citizens 18 or older are allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried or undried flower and grow up to four plants per household”
This means you can market and sell, recreational CBD and THC, edibles as well as extracts in Canada!
So, Can You Take CBD And Weed From Canada To California?
You may have gotten the idea that carrying weed (marijuana) from Canada over to California can land you in a world of trouble. Marijuana and CBD derived hemp is allowed for recreational use in Canada. However United states of America doesn’t hold this same sentiment about marijuana as Canada does.
Marijuana is considered a Scheduled I controlled substance in the U.S, and finding any on test or distributing it will lead you contemplating life in the four walls of a prison cell for more years than your fingers can count!
So to answer your question: No, to taking weed from Canada to California!
But what about CBD? Can I get in trouble for taking CBD from Canada to California? After all it is legal in both countries, right?
Although you can use legal CBD in both countries, you cannot carry it over the border. If you are leaving or entering Canada with CBD, it is considered a criminal offense to go over with cannabis or hemp extracts, irrespective of how much of CBD hemp you are carrying. This applies to all countries, CBD legal or not! In most countries cannabis is considered illegal, and if you are travelling internationally and you are caught with cannabis, then it could lead to serious criminal penalties for you both abroad as well as at home. This “ban” on you could be carried on, and you will be denied entry into these countries in the future.
Although the possession of cannabis is legal in Canada, it remains illegal under U.S federal laws. I repeat, do not attempt to even think of trying to cross the border towards America if you have any amount of cannabis on you, in any form!
If you are caught trying to enter, it could mean that you are denied entry to the U.S. Even if you are travelling on business grounds related to the cannabis industry, make sure you get approval from the higher up, or else your admission will be deemed intolerable.
The Final Word
You can use legal CBD in both countries but not being informed about the country’s border rules and regulations, can create a host of problems. This could become a costly mistake down the line.