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Residents of Alabama are enjoying the many benefits of CBD oil. But you may be wondering: what is CBD, how do you use it, is it legal in Alabama, and where can you buy it? CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, an extract of the cannabis plant. While recreational marijuana is not legal in Alabama, and medical marijuana is highly regulated in the state, CBD oil is legal throughout The Heart of Dixie.
What is CBD?
Even though CBD and marijuana are both derived from essentially the same plant (cannabis sativa), the most notable difference is that CBD oil is non-intoxicating, as it contains only trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive element found in high amounts in marijuana. CBD does not produce the high that is associated with recreational and medical marijuana. CBD is currently being scientifically studied for its wide-reaching potential for health and wellness.
People have purchased CBD in Alabama for help with sleep, mood, stress, inflammation, digestion, nausea, and more. CBD in its pure form is considered generally safe for use, thanks to a 2017 study by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.
Despite its location in the deep south commonly known as the bible belt, Alabama currently has some of the most hemp-friendly policies in the nation, essentially creating legislation that reiterates and supports that of the federal level. As long as the CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC (the federal allowable limit), it is legal in Alabama. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a notice regarding this, shortly after the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018. Just prior to this, the Alabama Department of Public health recognized the benefits of CBD by authorizing the medical use of certain FDA-approved medication containing CBD.
After the 2014 Farm Bill established an Industrial Hemp Program, Alabama’s legislators created the Industrial Hemp Research Program Act and designated the ADAI (Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries) to oversee this program. Later, in May of 2019 (following the passage of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill), the state assigned to ADAI the task of regulating the commercial growth and production of industrial hemp. Additional regulation is expected to be forthcoming, but in the meantime, it is legal for Alabama residents to purchase, possess, and consume CBD oil that contains less than 0.3 percent THC.
There are essentially three ways to take CBD oil, depending on personal preference and the reason for use. CBD oil can be ingested, taken under the tongue, or applied topically. For localized pain or sore muscles, an individual may prefer to combine two of these methods. For example, ingestion and topical use. Generally, sublingual (under the tongue) is considered to provide the fastest rate of absorption.
NuLeaf Naturals offers pure, full-spectrum CBD oil that is lab-verified and independently tested to ensure it contains much less than 0.3% THC. You can click here to find a local retailer near you where you can buy CBD oil in Alabama, or you can click here to order direct from NuLeaf Naturals.