Cannabidiol Hyped In The Washington Post

The Washington post came out with an article last Wednesday confirming what we already know: everyone is talking about CBD.

The article starts off by mentioning an anecdote about an aesthetician who is using cbd skin care products with her clients – then goes on to explain what CBD is and why people are using it.




Why Isn’t CBD Available in Major Retailers

CBD is the hottest thing in natural supplements since acai, so why can’t you buy it at Wal-Mart?

There is quite a bit of confusion concerning the legality of CBD products floating around.  Part of the reason is that the federal government has a set of rules and each state can define their own rules.  As a result, Whether or not CBD is easily available in you area largely depends on where you live.

CBD exists in a legal grey area due to regulations surrounding the Schedule 1 classification the DEA has applied to the plant.  In 1970, congress passed the controlled substances act, and President Nixon signed it into law on May 7th of the same year.   The Controlled Substance Act gave the newly formed Drug Enforcement Agency (or DEA) broad regulatory control over the commercial use of marijuana.  However, the Controlled Substances Act also narrowly defines Marijuana – and excludes the regulation of industrial hemp – which is the same species of plant but has been bred over the years to maximize the length and strength of the marijauna plant’s fibrous stalks – as opposed to the high THC content marijuana that breeders of marijuana for medicinal and recreational usage have preferred.  In 2004, The DEA put out an advisory stating that all CBD sales were illegal, however the 9th circuit court of appeals ruled that the DEA had no legal basis for regulating the sale of CBD.  However, supplement marketers and manufacturers have been loathe to cross the DEA and as a result, CBD has largely stayed out of main stream retail outlets – instead relegated to seedy “smoke shops” and medical marijuana dispensaries.

There are additional problems with retailing CBD – especially online – namely banks.  As CBD’s legality hasn’t been formally finalized, many financial institutions that process payments via credit/debit card, ach and others are hesitant to allow retailers to process CBD sales.  Many retailers get around this by using offshore merchanting.  Until congress acts and codifies CBD sales as safe, we likely won’t see CBD products in regular retailers anytime soon.