A recent move in Ohio to separate hemp from state drug laws caused confusion in the state, with many claiming recreational marijuana had become legal in the state. However, this was not the case, as officials explained-industrial hemp and products made from its active ingredient, cannabidiol, have been legalized only. Ohio is one of the last states to legalize hemp.

Hemp and marijuana are similar in that they share the same genus-CBD-but they are from different species. Hemp has become popular because of CBD, which has medicinal qualities but lacks the tetrahydrocannabinol that produces the high. Hemp only has 0.3 percent of THC.

Since it doesn’t have as much THC as medical marijuana, CBD seems to be gaining traction as a viable alternative to it. However, the reality is that not much is known about the medical benefits of CBD so far, whereas much research has gone into the advantages of using medical marijuana for the conditions allowed for in Ohio. Additionally, sate law regulates the contents of medical marijuana being sold through licensed dispensaries, whereas CBD can be bought from various sources, often dubious.

Dispensary owners should be ready to explain the differences between their products and others, which can be overwhelming if one is not keeping up with the industry. The cannabis industry is constantly changing, which is why it is easy for misinformation to cause confusion. Those in the industry may not be sure how the new law affects their business and how products differ and these questions can be discussed with an experienced attorney.