Get Excited: The Senate’s About to Legalize CBD!

The 2018 Farm Bill is about to go to vote this week in the Senate, and it could bring cannabidiol (CBD) products to a store near you—even if you live in a state where cannabis isn’t legal.

CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, and it’s known for relieving pain and anxiety without any of the psychotropic effects of its more famous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The only problem is, because of The Controlled Substances Act—which classifies the cannabis plant and its derivatives as Schedule 1 drugs—CBD isn’t legal everywhere. But this farm bill could change all that.

It includes a provision that would allow farmers across the nation to grow and sell hemp, a cannabis plant that’s low in THC but rich in CBD. Right now, hemp production isn’t legal everywhere, and selling it in its raw state—when CBD can be extracted—isn’t allowed. But this year’s farm bill includes language that legalizes CBD by way of amending the Controlled Substances Act to exclude hemp and its derivatives. That means farmers can start growing it, and retailers all over the country can start selling its derivative CBD products.

If you’re worried this move sounds unlikely to pass in our Republican-controlled Senate, good news: House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is actually the guy who initiated this whole thing.

“I know there are farming communities all over the country who are interested in this,” said McConnell. "Mine are particularly interested in it, and the reason for that is…our number one cash crop used to be something that's really not good for you: tobacco.”

That’s right—Republican-controlled, Southern states like McConnell’s Kentucky used to thrive on the tobacco economy, but that’s no longer the case. Now that tobacco’s negative health effects are widely known, its farmers are struggling to make ends meet. Growing hemp could be an ideal solution.

The 2018 Farm Bill could pass as soon as this week—so get ready to start enjoying CBD! It’s typically delivered via tinctures, oils, topical products and infused foods, so the possibilities for getting this cure-all into your system are endless.

Have you ever tried CBD? Did it soothe your pain or anxiety? Tell us about it in the comments!