Is CBD Legal In New Hampshire?
CBD: Legal In The USA
Ever since the Farm Bill act of 2018, states have run into legal confusion regarding the issue of CBD use, possession, sale and distribution. Regulatory health agencies, local governments, and the federal government seem to be at odds on the issue of hemp and hemp extracts.
The federal bill declassified hemp as a controlled substance and instead renamed it an agricultural commodity, making online sales of CBD products legal all across the country. However, the FDA and state-based Health Departments sometimes still claim that CBD is not yet cleared for legal infusion in edible products. New Hampshire is no exception to this rule.
Is CBD Allowed In New Hampshire?
Recently, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reminded cities that CBD was not approved in food and drink products. In response, the city of Rochester was one of the first to crack down on CBD retailers offering oils, tinctures, and candies.
Local businesses were shocked when they suddenly got wind of health point penalties, product seizure and potential fines levied down the road. The Department of Health has sided with the Food and Drug Administration on this issue, claiming that federally only one medication for the treatment of epilepsy containing CBD was completely legal for use.
Businesses ran under the assumption that both federal law and the 2015 House Bill 421 (HB-421) completely cleared CBD for possession and distribution. HB-421 at first authorized the University of New Hampshire to cultivate industrial hemp for academic purposes, and was later extended to include all certified growers, dealers, and hemp agents in the deal.
The local health departments stance is even more confusing when it’s assumed that New Hampshire is lax on regulation. The state implemented a Medical Hemp pilot program in early 2013. Under the program, CBD high in THC is legal for sale and consumption. Yet, paradoxically, CBD with low levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in some strains of hemp, is not yet cleared for consumption.
Despite these competing claims, the legislature has remained mum on the issue of hemp derived CBD. Businesses continue to flourish despite unpredictable and volatile reactions from the state health and agricultural departments. Technically, all CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC content are completely legal to buy, sell, and consume in New Hampshire.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
Under the states Medical Hemp program, doctors are allowed to recommend to patients with certain conditions high THC CBD products. The list is extensive, and includes some conditions such as: colitis, brain injury, PTSD, spinal cord diseases, Parkinson’s, seizure disorders, and many more.
For the general consumer, researchers have found that hemp derived CBD products could be helpful for a range of conditions, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Poor sleep, appetite, and other circadian rhythm disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline
- Chronic pain conditions like arthritis, migraines, or persistent nerve pain