South Carolina’s limited and highly-restrictive CBD law doesn’t offer any additional benefit to residents, who already have legal access to CBD hemp oil.
Although cannabis oil has been legal in South Carolina for over two years, The Palmetto State’s highly-restrictive low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), high-cannabidiol (CBD) law offers little additional benefit to its residents. Under federal law, CBD oil that’s derived from hemp, rather than marijuana, is legal to purchase and consume in all 50 U.S. states, regardless of a prescription.
CBD is a natural chemical compound found in the seeds, stalk and flowers of both in hemp and marijuana. Completely non-psychoactive so it won’t cause a high, CBD itself is not specifically listed on the Controlled Substances Act like marijuana and the psychoactive chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As defined by the Marihuana Tax Act, the mature stalks, fiber, oil, and seeds from hemp are not considered “marihuana” and therefore not subject to the federal law.
These “not marihuana” parts of the hemp plant are what hemp oil companies, like us at Medical Marijuana, Inc., use to produce our CBD hemp oil products. All of our products, including Real Scientific Hemp OilTM (RSHOTM), contains pure CBD hemp oil derived only from “not marihuana” parts of hemp. Using our unique varieties of high-CBD hemp, we’re able to produce hemp oil products like supplements, tinctures, capsules and body care products that are naturally abundant in CBD. These products are unaffected by South Carolina’s medicinal cannabis laws.
Although some U.S. states have passed laws allowing for domestic hemp cultivation, commercial production of the plant remains federally illegal. Therefore, we import our hemp oil from Europe.
South Carolina lawmakers passed “Julian’s Law” (Senate Bill 1035/House Bill 4803) to legalize cannabis extracts containing no more than .09 percent THC and at least 15 percent CBD for medical purposes in 2014. Under the law, children and adults diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, or any other refractory epilepsy disorder, that have obtained the recommendation of a doctor, can purchase and use cannabis oil that’s derived from marijuana.
Customers in all 50 U.S. states can legally purchase and use CBD hemp oil, regardless of whether they have obtained the recommendation of a doctor or state approval.
South Carolina resident Leslie Jurado, whose daughter currently obtains CBD oil through the state’s medicinal cannabis program for a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and uncontrollable movements, told The Herald that she’s advocating for an expansion in the state’s medical cannabis law that would allow access to full marijuana and cover additional debilitating conditions.
South Carolina lawmakers earlier this month introduced the Compassionate Care Act, which if passed will give residents of South Carolina legal access to marijuana products containing both CBD and THC for medical purposes. Past efforts to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina have failed, but this year’s bill has the support of more legislators.
Decades of research has been done on the effects of CBD and you can learn more by visiting our education page. Those looking for more information on what CBD hemp oil supplements are available can find that here or visit our online shop.