On July 30, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio Senate Bill (SB) 57 legalizing the possession, purchase or sale of hemp and hemp products. The bill included an emergency provision making it effective immediately, which means that school districts are likely to see an increase in requests for administration of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a hemp derivative. School districts should be aware of Ohio’s legalization of hemp and hemp products and how the new provisions impact the use of derivatives like CBD oil.
Ohio is a midwestern U.S. state stretching from the Ohio River and the Appalachian Mountains in the south to Lake Erie in the north. On the shores of the lake is the city of Cleveland, site of the Cleveland Museum of Art and its renowned collection of European paintings and especially Asian art. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and close to expansive Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
General Cannabis Laws in Ohio
Many people associate CBD oil with marijuana, but SB 57 distinguishes the two by defining “hemp” and “hemp products,” and affirmatively excluding those items from the statutory definition of “marijuana.” “Hemp” is now defined as, “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than .3% on a dry weight basis.”
Is CBD Oil Legal Ohio? YES, It Is.
The new provisions define “hemp products” as any products made with hemp and containing .3% or less THC, including “cosmetics, personal care products, dietary supplements or food intended for animal or human consumption, cloth, cordage, fiber, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, and any other product containing one or more cannabinoids derived from hemp, including cannabidiol.” The language specifically excludes hemp and hemp products from the statutory definition of “drug,” and removes THC found in hemp and hemp products from Ohio’s list of Schedule I controlled substances.
With Over 850 CBD Brands, How Do You Choose the Right One?
The market is full of CBD brands—and they’re not all equal. Some harvest the cheapest hemp they can get their hands on. Others charge too much for too little a dose. While others even ignore third-party testing altogether.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Plenty of honest, passionate, and trustworthy brands are making a real difference in the world. In fact, 42% of CBD users in Ohio claimed they stopped using traditional medication after switching to hemp – according to a survey hosted by bioMDplus. People across the country are finding relief and enjoying a higher quality of life.
Look for a brand that is using “cannabidiol-rich” hemp. There’s a big difference between CBD that comes from industrial hemp (the kind used for protein powders, clothing, and milk) and the hemp that is specifically grown to produce high-quality CBD products. You want to look for a brand that uses “cannabidiol-rich” hemp. Otherwise, you risk purchasing a supplement that sounds effective but doesn’t deliver results. Plus, industrial hemp often lacks essential terpenes and secondary cannabinoids.
Some brands may try to save money by using toxic solvents that are dangerous to your health — such as propane, hexane, pentane and butane.
This is the “cheap and easy” extraction process, but it’s definitely not the kind of CBD you want to consume. Instead, the more trustworthy brands use organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process the CBD. The ethanol, which is a safe grain alcohol, is used to remove toxins and extra residue from the hemp.
This extraction process tends to produce the highest amount of cannabinoids and is considered to be the safest method of extracting that precious CBD.
To take it one step further, a few brands go above and beyond by using a supercritical CO2 extraction. It sounds technical (and it is), but it’s basically using carbon dioxide under high pressure in an extremely cold environment to ensure the absolute purest form of CBD.
This CO2 extraction requires a lot of expensive, complex equipment, so most companies pass it up. We don’t. But if you can find an affordable brand that invests in technology, it is definitely worth it.
The final product contains fewer contaminants and a purer CBD. Win-win.