Popularity of CBD oil growing in Central Texas, but is it legal?

Published: Feb. 19, 2019 at 11:35 PM CST
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After operating for three months the CenTex CBD store is going strong.

CBD or Cannabidiol oil is a non-intoxicating substance which is extracted from the cannabis plant.

It may contain a little Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the chemical that gets users high for instance when they consume marijuana.

CBD is growing in popularity in many states where there are laws banning products derived from the cannabis plant, such as the illegal drug marijuana.

According to Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department, there have been a number of people inquiring about whether or not CBD oil is legal in the State of Texas.

“According to federal guidelines, if it is under 0.3 percent of THC then it is not a marijuana product. It is a hemp product. Federal guidelines say that is legal, obviously since (President Donald) Trump signed the new Farm Bill," he said Tuesday.

The new Farm Bill allows cannabis to be grown, agriculturally.

Corrigen, who is also a psychotherapist understands how the law applies locally is still tricky.

"Just because it was made legally federally when Trump signed the law in December, it still needs to trickle down. The states get to decide. Nebraska, they can’t sell it period, I believe," she said.

Several bills have been filed for the Texas legislature to consider legalizing hemp farming and distribution, but the only state law now in effect, which was passed in 2016, allows sales only to epilepsy patients with prescriptions.

Corrigen explained that her products which come in the form of tincture, salve, and capsules, contain no THC.

Many claim and some research shows it can help treat conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite.

She said, while she keeps her therapy practice and store separate she is curious to see who well the oil work for the people who buy it.

Ellen Romans, who said she spent years as a cardiac nurse, now take uses the oil for her neuropathy and restless leg syndrome.

She also works in the CenTex CBD store.

"Daily we have people coming in. Just the testimonies of people that are able to get off their drugs (medications) and able to get off of some of the stuff that's bothered them. I was having side effects from some of my medications and I've been able to get off of them," she said.

Some experts have said, CBD oil can also help curb the opioid crisis in the United States.

As more state relax laws concerning cannabis and more people look for alternatives to prescription medications, interest in CBD oils is expected to continue to grow.

Swanton does advise that people understand where to buy what is legal.

New growers are popping up and more businesses and self-starters are selling these products online and stores.

He said consumers should make sure they are checking the white labels, and other information to make sure the product contains no more than the 0.3 percent THC.