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The CBD industry is thriving nationwide as one of the latest popular health and wellness trends, with users reporting a wide range of potential benefits. While more research and industry regulations are needed, CBD oil products have piqued the interest of many Wisconsin residents. But what is CBD? And what are the regulations for CBD in Wisconsin?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 types of cannabinoids, or one type of phytochemical found in the cannabis plant, alongside terpenes, flavonoids, and other active compounds. In addition to CBD, many consumers have likely heard of another popular cannabinoid, THC. This psychoactive compound produces much of the intoxication or high associated with cannabis. CBD, however, does not produce the same intoxicating side effects as THC.
The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized the production of industrialized hemp, which is defined in the legislation as the same cannabis plant that produces medical and recreational cannabis products. The key difference is that these hemp plants can only contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3 percent). This legislation thereby legalized CBD oil and other products, as long as the product maintains a level of THC below 0.3 percent.
Wisconsin businesses began selling CBD after Senate Bill 10/Assembly Bill 29 became law in April of 2017, and the state’s pilot industrial hemp program began in 2018. When this bill returned to the Senate health committee in 2019, local law enforcement voiced concerns about a provision of the bill that impacts charges of driving or operating while intoxicated.
The original bill proposed removing THC from the list of restricted controlled substances as applicable to the operation of a motor vehicle, a regulation aligned with most other states. If a driver pulled over for a traffic violation has consumed a product made with trace amounts of THC, such as CBD, they would not be charged with operating while intoxicated.
The bill would also make an exception for the trace amounts of THC contained in hemp in the state’s list of controlled substances. Wisconsin remains one of 12 states with a zero-tolerance THC law, per the National Conference of State Legislatures.
As of this writing, Wisconsin’s state Senate health committee had voted unanimously to pass the amended hemp bill along to the full state Senate on August 20, 2019. Taking law enforcement’s concerns into consideration, the amended bill puts into law the current practice of allowing a driver to have a trace amount of THC in their blood, a level well below what is intoxicating. Six other states have similar laws.
Since becoming federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil products appear on the shelves of a wide range of retail locations. NuLeaf Naturals has partnered with a wide array of wellness practitioners and retail outlets, from pharmacies, massage therapists, and family practice physicians to natural food stores, smoke and vape shops, and more.
To find one of these retail locations nearest you, click here to access NuLeaf Naturals’ online interactive retail store map. Or, if you’d prefer to have your order shipped to your home or desired address, click here to place an order for CBD oil in Wisconsin online.
With ongoing changes being made to Wisconsin CBD and hemp legislation, you may have questions about CBD oil products and regulations. Our staff is available to answer these questions and guide you through your CBD shopping experience. Call us at 720-372-4842 any time between 9 AM and 5 PM Mountain Standard time.