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The 2018 US Farm Bill:

What does it mean for CBD and Hemp?

CBD or Cannabidiol, is a non psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis sativa L plant. Hemp and Marijuana are both from the same family of Cannabaceae, with Marijuana strains offering higher THC content and Hemp strains offering higher CBD.  

The passage of the 2014 US Farm Bill created an interest in Hemp research and production. Pilot programs created by this bill opened the door for new crosses/strains in States that participate in the programs. Hemp plants grown for CBD now have higher yields, seedless buds, flavorful terpenes and a much higher CBD content than ever. The Hemp that is grown today doesn't resemble anything your Grandparents would remember. 

The 2018 US Farm Bill fully legalized Industrial Hemp on a federal level by amending the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. Here are some of the most important things the 2018 US Farm Bill did:

-Defined the term 'hemp' as a Cannabis plant containing less than .3% Δ⁹ THC*

-Amended the CSA to remove hemp from the definition of Marijuana**

-Distinguished that THC found in hemp is not a Controlled Substance***

Though this is a great win for Hemp farmers and CBD users everywhere, it does come at a price. Now that Hemp is once again a legal crop and CBD a legal substance or “active ingredient” it will of course be regulated by the FDA and USDA. This means edible products and cosmetics containing CBD may face strict standards - and products marketed as supplements may be illegal altogether.

In preparation for the passage of the 2018 Farm bill, new merchant category codes (the code credit/debit cards use to classify purchases) was created to allow for the sale of CBD/Hemp. Selling full spectrum hemp flower under this classification seems to be fine, but it is yet to be seen what will happen to products that are already on the market - like gummies and CBD supplements.

Treasure Valley CBD offers organic High CBD hemp flowers, terpene rich, pesticide-free and grown on our family farm! All products contain less than .3% THC and are legal in all 50 States. We currently have female hemp buds for sale, hemp products like Headache Balm, Mentholyptus Balm and some new TV CBD merch! You can buy with confidence from Treasure Valley CBD knowing that we were one of the first retailers to accept domestic payments using the new merchant category code for CBD/Hemp and we will only ever sell 100% Legal Hemp products. 

12/22/2018 - Cody Weaver


*Sec. 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 - "The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, ex-tracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."


**Section 102(16) of the Controlled Substances Act - "The term ‘marihuana’ does not include hemp, as defined in section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.."


***Section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act - This table previously had Tetrahydrocannabinols listed as number 17 on the list of Schedule I substances. This entry has been amended and now reads: "(17) Tetrahydrocannabinols, except for tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp (as defined under section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.)"

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