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How has Legalization of Hemp Farming Affected the Global Hemp Market throughout 2019?

Written by Colby McCoy
Hemp had a fantastic 2018. From the U.S. government’s passage of the Farm Bill, which gave carte blanche to farmers to produce industrial hemp within federally set guidelines, to the full legalization of cannabis in America’s northernmost neighbor, Canada, it can be safely said that times are changing.

Although hemp had shown the potential for profitability prior to 2018, it can be argued that 2018 was a turning point for hemp’s position in the global marketplace. The proof can always be found in the data.

In 2018, hemp sales grossed $1.1 billion in the United States alone. According to New Frontier Data, hemp revenues are predicted to double to $2.6 billion by 2022. New Frontier goes on to add that global market revenues for hemp totaled $3.7 billion in 2018 and are on track to reach $5.7 billion by 2020.

An area where this growth can be plainly seen is in the acreage statistics between 2018 & 2019 for industrial hemp farmers in the U.S. Over the course of the last year the median acreage planted for industrial hemp has decreased while the average acreage has increased by 54% since 2018. America’s hemp industry has seen an increase in the number of small and medium-sized hemp farms in comparison to larger farms.

It is a bit too early to tell just how fast hemp will continue to grow and whether it will find new marketplaces across the globe. Currently, China leads the pack with gross revenues from hemp sales at $1.2 billion. Europe follows the United States with approximately $980 million in total hemp sales.

In general, it can be said that hemp has grown tremendously since 2018 and is projected to continue to grow at a rapid pace.

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Where Does Your State Stand on CBD?

Where Does Your State Stand on CBD?

While this product is growing increasingly popular, the status of CBD in the United States remains convoluted. Even after the approval and scheduling of Epidiolex, the first FDA approved oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, which we mentioned in a previous article.The source of CBD is critically important in determining its legal status.

The legal world of CBD seems to be full of murky waters. States are changing their legislature on medical and recreational marijuana all the time. While only 9 states currently have legalized recreational marijuana, as an industry weed has had a huge year of growth. Despite this, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to classify CBD as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are defined by the DEA as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This is how not just CBD, but the entire cannabis plant is classified.

The push for legal cannabis has made enough progress that now there are only three states where marijuana of any sort in any form continues to be completely illegal. Steven Fiorillo wrote in an article for The Street,that those states are:

  • Idaho
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota

If you don’t live in these states, you may be able to acquire legal CBD oil. But each state has its own specifics you need to be aware of.

States Where Marijuana Is Fully Legal

Currently, there are 10 states in America where marijuana is legalized both medically and recreationally. This does not count Washington D.C., which also has full legalization.

These 10 states with legal cannabis are:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Michigan is the most recent state to legalize marijuana after state voters easily voted for the ballot initiative in the 2018 midterm elections.

In these states (and D.C.), simply go to a dispensary and you will be able to purchase CBD oil legally – provided you are 18 or over.

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CBD and Drug Testing – Remedi

CBD and Drug Testing

Controversy that surrounds CBD seems to be linked to the uninformed and miseducated. To help set the record straight we are going to break down CBD, THC and the difference between Full-Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD products.

Jane Schwab at US Drug Test Centers explains that,

“As the medical marijuana industry continues to leave its footprint on the field of medicine, science — and the general population — are exploring new ways of experiencing it. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has stepped into the spotlight as a highly-regarded form of alternative medicine and has gained much traction in the medical marijuana industry. A growing body of research is finding that CBD could be highly beneficial to treat certain medical conditions. That doesn’t mean it’s workplace-friendly, though, which leads to the question: Can you fail a drug test due to CBD?”

Keep in mind you can buy Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD.

Broad spectrum CBD products contain an array of cannabinoids and terpenes but zero THC. Think of Broad Spectrum CBD as Full Spectrum without the THC. Broad Spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC in their system, whether for medical, personal or legal reasons.

“Much like the consumption of poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opioids, the consumption of certain hemp products may lead to a positive drug test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is inherently present in trace amounts in hemp plants. The legal limit of THC in hemp is no more than 0.3%. Furthermore, the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), when consumed, to other related cannabinoids, for example THC, is not yet fully understood. Although the risk is low, individual biochemistry, the possibility of conversion of cannabinoids and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products, we strongly suggest consulting your health care provider before consuming any hemp products if you are subject to drug testing.” Charlotte’s Web Hemp

The Answer?

While research has shown that it’s unlikely that CBD products alone would lead to a positive result on a drug test, it’s important to note that CBD was found to interact with the body’s metabolism of certain compounds. What this means is that CBD users who also use marijuana may actually show higher levels of THC for a longer period of time than when using marijuana alone.

So, it would seem that CBD alone is not enough to raise any red flags on a drug test; although, if you’d prefer to err on the safe side, refraining from taking even CBD if you’re expecting a drug test is likeliest the best approach.

So if you are being drug test for you job or legal reasons, ABC 15 found in their lates report which you can read here

Chris Martin, the owner of Hempful Farms in Phoenix, specializes in CBD products.

“I am going to tell you right now, any full spectrum product that has all of the cannabinoids in it, you’re going to run that risk,” Martin said.

He added that his clients included police officers, transportation workers and airline pilots, and he had warned all of them about the risks of taking a “full spectrum oil” when they came in to buy products.

“Any cannabinoid that you’re taking over a period of time can cause a build up. If you’re taking a cannabinoid test, I would avoid putting cannabinoids in my body — even one that says no THC because CBD is CBD. It could convert it if you heated it, it could convert in your stomach. So why run the risk if you’re going to take a drug test? Don’t put things in your body that could cause you to fail,” Martin said.

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