Ohio residents have most likely recently begun to see a number of cannabidiol products pop up in the market-it can be found in items ranging from lotions and shampoos to boosters in workout smoothies. However, many are unaware of its relationship with marijuana and whether CBD, as it is commonly known, is legal or not.

CBD is the second most dominant ingredient in marijuana. It is an essential component of medical marijuana but it is derived directly from the hemp plant. The hemp plant can be considered a relative of the marijuana plant. Though CBD is found in marijuana, as are hundreds of other ingredients, alone it does not cause the ‘high’ marijuana does. In fact, the World Health Organization has concluded that it does not have the potential to be abused or to cause dependency.

Though readily available across the country, CBD’s legal status is in flux. It is legalized in almost every state, but the federal government still considers it in the same class as medical marijuana, even though it doesn’t enforce it as strictly. Like medical marijuana, it can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia and severe cases of childhood epilepsy syndromes.

The stringent testing process of medical marijuana was outlined previously on this blog, one of the main ways its quality is ensured. The quality of CBD is not monitored in the same way, as it is marketed and sold as a supplement and the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements. Therefore, it is possible that the product differs from what is written on the label and the proper dosage may also differ. Medical marijuana on the other hand is prescribed by approved doctors and only sold by licensed, verified individuals.

Because there are different regulations and laws concerning these both, it is important to be aware of these differences and how they could impact your business. It is not always clear if one is in compliance, especially with this being a new area of law. Thus, it is important to consider legal guidance in these matters.