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History and legality of CBD

Posted: 11:25 PM, Jun 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-06 00:43:08-04

CBD has been making controversial headlines in Acadiana and statewide. Lawmakers are taking steps to possibly change the legality of CBD products.

There’s often a misconception about CBD. Unlike THC, it won’t get you high. While the two come from the same species, the canabis plant, CBD is extracted from hemp. That part is the stem from the plant.

CBD is like weed without the high, and those who swear by it say it’s helping everything from arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, and much more.

According to the Hemp Business Journal, the sales of CBD have grown tremendously in the past four years, and it’s expected to grow even more by 2022. Everyone from cannabis producers to hemp farmers are creating products to meet the demand.

It can be found in lotions, bath products, coffee, and even dog treats. While it can be used in numerous products, many still question why it’s illegal.

What causes the confusion is that nationally, it’s okay and legal. However, in Louisiana, there’s no distinction between marijuana, hemp and CBD products.

The law puts them all under the same umbrella of narcotics. Under state law, products containing CBD are still considered Schedule 1 narcotics.

Lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would allow farmers to grow hemp in the state. That bill is going through regular session right now and could clarify Louisiana’s legal stance on the legality of hemp and CBD.