Usually associated with cowboys, barbecue, guns, and oil, one can now associate Texas with a different kind of oil, the CBD kind. You can rub it on your saddle when it’s sore, drop a dash in your sloppy Sunday BBQ, and strike it rich like those Dallas millionaires with this new kind of Texas tea: CBD. While The Lone Star State is generally anti-cannabis, the rules and regulations in Texas around CBD have changed dramatically over the last few years. Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325 into law in June 2019. As well as legalizing hemp farming, the bill permits the sale and purchase of hemp-derived CBD oil. HB 1325 ensures the necessity of testing to ensure that merchants aren’t selling illegal cannabis oil.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act
The 2015 Texas Compassionate Use Act allows for doctors to recommend CBD oils only to patients with intractable epilepsy. To register, a doctor must be board certified in Neurology or Child Neurology and must also be certified in Epilepsy/Neurophysiology or spend more than 50 percent of their practice treating patients with epilepsy. It applies to “high” CBD (more than 10 percent by weight)/”low” THC ( less than 0.5 percent by weight). This is slightly higher than the amount of THC (less than 0.3 percent) allowed in a plant to be considered hemp. Hemp oils are produced from these lower THC plants and are often a poor source of CBD but have been legal and widely available.
CBD and House Bill 1325
This bill legalizes not just hemp farming but the sale of hemp-derived CBD oil that has no more than 0.3% THC for regular use. In case you are wondering, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound responsible for that “high” feeling one experiences after taking marijuana. However, the police use field tests that cannot differentiate marijuana from CBD oil. As a result, some CBD users are still at risk of being detained while their products undergo further tests.
Because of this, it important for a CBD user to be thorough in doing his or her research. Look for reputable brands who submit their CBD products to third-party lab tests.