Hemp-based CBD is now officially legal in Texas, thanks to Governor Greg Abbott and the law he signed this week. As long as products contain less than 0.3 percent THC, the part that gets you high, CBD oils and edibles are completely OK to purchase.
The hemp industry has been rapidly growing, especially since more and more studies have been published supporting the idea that CBD can bring medical benefits. Anxiety, chronic pain and depression are just a few issues that CBD may be able to help ease.
And supposed medical benefits aren’t the only positive result of the legalization. House Bill 1325 allows farmers to grow industrial hemp under a state-regulated program. This helps with the gray area that hemp has been sitting in for awhile now.
Last year, the Texas Department of State Health Services almost set rules that would’ve made CBD products illegal because they don’t have the usual food labeling required for something people consume. Now stores will just have to register with the department.
As for the Texas Farm Bureau, this is a positive step towards getting growers on the same playing field as states that have already legalized the substance. CBD is a trend that shows zero signs of slowing down so it just makes sense for local business.
“This crop can be a true game-changer for our agriculture community and rural communities,” the Texas Hemp Industries Association wrote on its (admittedly biased) Facebook page.
How police will distinguish CBD products from the psychoactive drug is still up for debate.
At CBD Kratom, a hemp shop in Dallas, besides candies, capsules and oils, they sell hemp flowers and pre rolls that could resemble marijuana. And when smoked, they smell exactly like it.
Who’s to know how this will be dealt with? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.