Is CBD Legal in New York?
CBD Oil: Beneficial for a Wide Range of Ailments?
People have been claiming CBD as beneficial for a wide range of ailments for over a decade now. The public fight for easier access to CBD has stepped away from the federal government and now reigns in state legislature battles.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in cannabis. In contrast with THC, CBD isn’t psychotropic and can actually counterbalance the effect of psychoactive feelings. A huge number of different products, such as oils, tinctures, lotions, and candies, can be infused by CBD.
Is CBD Allowed in New York?
With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, hemp was officially legalized in the United States. Legal hemp was classified as any natural plant high in cannabinoids and with strictly no more than 0.3 percent THC content. As an extension, hemp derived CBD was made legal for sale, purchase, and distribution throughout the country.
In New York, federal and state law, as well as local health departments, have conflicting opinions on the matter. As of July 1st 2019, the New York City Health Department stated it was embargoing edible products that contain CBD, claiming that local vendors would have to discard their wares or return them to their supplier. By October of 2019, restaurants and cafes serving CBD laced foods may start to receive violations, fines, and poor health safety ratings.
The Department of Health’s stance came out after high profile reports of fake CBD products flooding the market. Realizing that something needed to be done to protect consumers, the department has decided to clamp down on CBD sales until more research and consistent safety requirements had been met.
Even more confusingly, state officials told growers and vendors selling CBD edibles was completely legal just a week before the Department of Health’s announcement. New York City regulation is distinct from the rest of the state – in fact, smaller cities have not cracked down on CBD sellers, as long as their foods are marketed as “dietary supplements” and made with stricter oversight.
For now, CBD products are still on nearly every store shelf until a more decisive statement has been made by the local government. Many are hesitant to get rid of their CBD products because of the massive public demand for them.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Only time will tell how the FDA, DEA, and local health and agricultural organizations react to the growing CBD market. For now, researchers have claimed there are a powerful range of benefits that many CBD users experience:
- Decreased vasoconstriction which leads to conditions like heart disease
- Decreased stress oxidation, neuro-protective effect, leading to less pain from inflammation
- Improved ability to feel joy and productivity