It’s all over the news, in your local grocery store’s aisles and now available in cosmetics at GNC. What’s the deal with CBD and why is everyone talking about it?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of many compounds found in Cannabis sativa plants. Unlike THC within Marijuana plants, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not change a person's state of mind when they use it.
CBD vs. Hemp Seed Oil
Although it’s easy to do, don’t get CBD and hemp seed oil products mixed up—they are not the same thing.
Hemp seed oil contains no CBD. On the other hand, CBD is extracted from the other parts of hemp plants such as leaves and flowers and is made into an oil (thus Hemp Oil) that contains CBD.
Let’s clear the air. Is CBD legal?
Yes and no. Confused yet? Let us explain.
CBD that has been extracted from hemp—that contains less than 0.3% THC—and sold in cosmetic products is legal at a national or federal level. This has only been the case since the Agriculture Improvement Act—commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill—was passed in December of 2018.
The Farm Bill removed hemp and hemp extractives such as CBD from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The Farm Bill also allowed states to regulate hemp, hemp extracts, etc. —including CBD—at their own level. This means certain states may still consider CBD as a controlled substance even if it has been extracted from hemp.
In short, the legality of CBD cosmetic products varies from state to state.
So, which CBD cosmetic product is right for you?
Depending on what your end goal is, there are several options available to you here at GNC! Various topical creams are now available.