Is CBD Legal in Texas?

Whether you’re ordering online or purchasing from a local retail shop, it’s important to be fully aware of the laws in your specific state. Failure to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest CBD laws can compromise your safety and put you at risk of legal problems.

So, is CBD legal in Texas? What’s the difference between CBD and THC? And is marijuana legal?

We’ll explore those questions later, but first, let’s discuss the latest changes in Texas CBD laws. 

Can I Use CBD Oil In Texas Legally? 

The laws in Texas surrounding CBD are affected by two factors: the amount of THC and the source of CBD. To potentially clear the gray areas, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325 to turn it into a law.

This bill legalized not just hemp farming but the sale of CBD derived from hemp that possesses no more than 0.3 percent THC. 

In case you’re wondering, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis responsible for that “high” feeling one experiences after taking marijuana.

Now, here’s where things get a little complicated:

The police use field tests that aren’t designed to differentiate marijuana from CBD oil. This means that some CBD users are still at risk of being detained while their favorite CBD products undergo further tests. This makes it of the utmost importance for a CBD fan to be thorough in doing their research about Texas laws. 

As much as possible, only purchase from reputable manufacturers like Healist who submit their products to third-party testing. Why? Because it’s one way to make sure that the product you’re using actually has less than 0.3% or the legally allowed amount of THC -- if any at all. Those tests can also verify the source of your CBD. 

Most brands that put their products through third-party testing are really transparent with their results. In fact, you should be able to see them on their websites. If not, you can always email the company or call their customer service number to get a copy of the results. If you don’t hear anything from them or if they simply can’t provide you with lab results -- it’s better to stay clear from that company and find a different brand. 

Here at Healist, our pact to you is total transparency. On every single Healist product, you’ll find an easy-to-read QR code and batch code that will allow you to view all lab reports. This way, you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. 

Wait, Why is CBD Sometimes Illegal in the First Place? 

Good question. Even though hemp strains don’t necessarily produce enough THC to cause intoxication, all types of cannabis -- including hemp -- were illegal under the 1970 Federal Controlled Substances Act. The legislation swept all cannabis into the Schedule 1 category, which defines it as a substance with a big potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a likelihood for addition. 

The fairly recent passage of the 2018 Hemp Farming Act is what legalized hemp cultivation and created a legal distinction between marijuana and hemp. 

Hemp is cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC by weight, and marijuana contains more than 0.3 percent THC. CBD derived from hemp was thus descheduled by the Farm Bill, but CBD that’s derived from marijuana -- still a Schedule 1 substance -- is considered federally illegal. 

While hemp is now considered an agricultural commodity, it must be produced and sold under regulations that implement the bill. The USDA has yet to create these regulations

CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference? 

Believe it or not, both THC and CBD have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged, however, is what accounts for the differing effects on your body. 

The chemical makeup of THC and CBD are similar to your body’s own endocannabinoids -- which allows them to interact with your endocannabinoid system’s receptors to alter the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. 

Despite their similarities, CBD and THC have distinct differences that influence how they interact with the endocannabinoid system and subsequently the natural effects they elicit. 

Endocanna-What?! 

The endocannabinoid system is your built-in regulatory system that helps to maintain equilibrium in your body and mind -- even when certain lifestyle choices and external factors try to throw it off balance. You will find endocannabinoids just about everywhere, from the brain, central nervous system, and immune system, to major organs, glands, and connective tissues.

This incredible system was discovered not too long ago -- in the 1990s, to be exact -- and is considered essential to your body’s ability to cultivate good health, affecting major processes such as:

  • Digestion
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Metabolism
  • Mood
  • Hormones
  • Memory

The primary function of your endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis, or your internal stability -- despite the unexpected challenges of daily life.   

Can CBD Get Your “High”? 

No. While both CBD and THC naturally occur in cannabis, CBD can be isolated from the plant and the THC compound, meaning CBD won’t get you high. Still, many people might assume CBD causes the same effects as marijuana because both can be found in the same plant. However, unlike its cousin, CBD alone is nonintoxicating and won’t alter your mental state. 

What About CBD Oil? 

Once extracted from cannabis or hemp, CBD can be added to several products, including oils, tinctures, patches, and lotions. 

CBD oil is one of the more popular CBD products. You can take it under the tongue (sublingually) or even add it to your favorite drinks. While research surrounding this remarkable cannabinoid is still ongoing, the future for CBD oil looks bright. With touted health benefits such as relieving discomfort and supporting one’s sleep cycle, it’s no wonder why CBD oil has quickly risen to the top as the ultimate holistic approach to wellness.* 

If you live in Texas, look for a high-quality, broad-spectrum CBD oil. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains all of the body-nourishing cannabinoids that come from the hemp plant but with the THC removed. This way, you can make 100% sure you’re staying within Texas regulation while still reaping the potential benefits CBD has to offer. 

Across all Healist products, we’ve chosen to use the highest quality, organic broad-spectrum hemp extract. But our formulations don’t just stop at CBD -- we blend other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDA, CBC, CBN, and beneficial compounds like amino acids, terpenes, minerals and vitamins that work in synergy with each other to power your body just as nature intended.* This phenomenon is known as the desired “entourage effect.” 

Unlike full-spectrum hemp extract -- which contains around 0.3 percent THC -- all of our broad-spectrum hemp extracts are non-psychoactive with undetectable levels of THC -- perfect for those living in states like Texas or anyone looking to avoid THC at all costs.

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So, is CBD legal in Texas, you ask?

Simply put, CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC are legal in the Lone State State. 

The CBD product has to be sourced from industrial hemp, and its approval is only for medicinal use. The most important thing is to make an informed decision when purchasing CBD products in Texas and rely on a reputable brand that is super transparent about the compound concentrations of their product. 

Here at Healist, we’re taking action against misinformation, deceptive labeling, white lies, and soft truths to equip you with all you need to stay informed. On every single one of our products, you’ll find a little QR code and batch code that will allow you to view all lab reports, so you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. This way, you can ensure you’re staying within the regulations of your specific state -- like Texas! 

Whether you are looking to support your overall well-being or calm a busy mind, we have everything you need to balance back into your life -- naturally.* 

 

Sources:

https://guides.sll.texas.gov/cannabis/cbd

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/12/14/the-farm-bill-hemp-and-cbd-explainer/

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1325

https://www.usda.gov/farmbill

https://www.healthline.com/health/endocannabinoid-system

https://www.healthline.com/health/does-cbd-get-you-high#:~:text=Takeaway,%2C%20edible%2C%20or%20other%20product.