Is CBD Legal in Tennessee?
The laws surrounding CBD, cannabis, marijuana and industrial hemp cause a mountain of confusion that is almost equal in size to the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains. However, in this Appalachian state, CBD products are available to purchase.
The Difference in CBD and THC
A contributing component to the confusion surrounding CBD is that people often lack the knowledge of what makes these products different from one another.
- CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol.
- CBD is one of over 120 different compounds that can be found inside the cannabis plant.
- THC, an acronym that refers to tetrahydrocannabinol, is also one of these.
- THC is the compound that creates a mind-altering or intoxicating sensation.
CBD, however, comes from a particular strain of cannabis known as Cannabis Sativa L or the industrial hemp plant. This commercial hemp has non-detectable THC in it; 0.3% or less. This means that CBD products do not create the same “high” experience that THC is known for.
Instead, research indicates that CBD may be beneficial in treating pain and inflammation. This is great news for those who do not wish to take prescription pain medications. The following conditions have shown promise with CBD treatment:
- Chronic Back Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscular Sclerosis
- Various Inflammation
- Rashes or Skin Conditions
Tennessee Law and CBD
In 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill. It is because of this bill that commercial hemp is legally allowed to be cultivated in every state. Later, an expansion to this bill removed commercial hemp from the controlled substance list.
The states first law regarding CBD was in 2014, SB 2531 required that hospitals and state university-affiliated clinics supervise the study of CBD. This law also relied on Tennessee Tech in the cultivation of marijuana. Both of these requirements made the law considered unworkable because of the surrounding federal laws. The federal law was uncooperative and did not give authorization. These institutes were not willing to participate because of this.
During 2014, another bill was passed, Senate Bill 2495/House Bill 2445. This bill recognized that industrial hemp contained Non-Detectable THC and recognized it as an agricultural crop.
Finally, in 2016, HB 2032 was also passed. This bill allowed for institutions and licensed farmers to grow commercial hemp. It was also during 2016 that the law was modified once more. This new law granted certain individuals with access to CBD products that contained no more than 0.9 percent of THC. To qualify for this exception, a person must obtain “proof of the legal order or recommendation from the issuing state”.
Finally, in 2017, HB 1164 was enacted. This law allowed for the manufacturing of CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent of THC.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that CBD products are available in Tennessee, legally. Most states are seeing the great benefits that industrial hemp has to offer.
CBD laws are in a state of transition at this moment in time. Individuals who use CBD products should remain up to date with the surrounding laws.