Can I Take CBD?
CBD is legal in all 50 states but in Tarrant County, those caught with possession of CBD oil — this is not true — It is only legal for those who suffer from epilepsy and fall under the rules of the Texas Compassionate Use Act. As for the local shops that you see selling CBD products, Tarrant County’s District Attorney, Sharen Wilson has warned these CBD sellers that they will go to jail and be prosecuted if they continue selling their products. In other words, anyone buying or selling CBD is breaking the law.
What is CBD?
First, let’s give you some background on what exactly Cannabis is and is there a difference between Hemp and Marijuana? Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana are not the same things. Cannabis is a family of plants that can be identified within two distinct classifications — Indica and Sativa. A Marijuana plant can be classified as a member in either Indica or Sativa families but a Hemp plant is only a member of the Cannabis Sativa family. A Cannabis plant has 113 identified cannabinoids (a cannabinoid is a closely related group of chemical compounds). CBD is the second most frequent active ingredient in a cannabis plant — THC is the first. THC has psychoactive effects but CBD does not. According to a report from the World Health Organization,
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential… To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Hemp VS Marijuana Plants
A Hemp plant contains .3% THC (or less) and a Marijuana plant is abundant in THC with concentrations between 15% to 40%. Because of this, Hemp is grown mostly for industrial purposes while Marijuana is grown for recreational and medicinal purposes. Tarrant County considers CBD against the law because of that .3% (or less) of THC that is contained in a Hemp plant even though, according to Health.Harvard.Edu, CBD has been commonly used to help with anxiety and for people who suffer from insomnia as it may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD can also offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain.
Let Us Help
Matthew Pillado PLLC is here to advocate for the people of Tarrant County who depend on these products. If you find yourself put in jail and prosecuted for possession of a CBD product reach out to us. We have made it our mission to represent those that are being targeted for a harmless plant, which is Hemp. As of right now, we are taking select cases of CBD prosecution in Tarrant County pro-bono AKA free.
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