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Oils The Truth About CBD Oil In Kansas: Is CBD Oil Legal in Kansas?
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CBD oils are available in Kansas retail stores. Some of these oils the infamous THC too. CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound. But the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound. The latter is infamous for its mind-altering effects and producing a ‘high.

To vape the oil, you need to put it under the tongue.

CBD oil in Kansas. Question: is CBD oil legal in Kansas?

Many Americans want THC to be legalized for both its medical and recreational benefits. Kansas state laws are one of the most restrictive laws against the substance in the US.

The retailers argue that on July 1, all CBD products have become legal. They cite that the state regulation regarding cannabis-related substances has been tweaked now. Recently, a bill was passed to support Kansas’s industrial hemp program.

Some other vendors thought that the new law allows the sale of products with small amounts of THC. However, a high-level official from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) released a statement stating:

“Full-spectrum is not legal. Only CBD isolate or CBD oils containing no other controlled substances are legal in Kansas.’

Kelly Rippel, who heads a hemp advocacy group in the state, posted the warning on the group’s Facebook page.

Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil legal in Kansas?

Full-spectrum CBD oils often include THC. But buyers need to be aware that not all full-spectrum Kansas CBD oils contain THC. Some of the oils labeled ‘THC-free’ do have traces of the substance in it.

The sources from inside the CBD industry revealed that CBD products with THC are now easily available throughout Kansas. The Kansas News Service also claimed that it could easily purchase CBD oils with THC within the state.

CBD retail leaders in Kansas were all prepared to sell full-spectrum CBD oil to the people of Kansas from July 1. But after KBI’s warning, they postponed the plan. Many of them say that they have become accustomed to the changing nature of state-by-state CBD regulations. They have still not received the letter of intent from the legislators. Most of them hope that the full-spec CBD oil will not remain ‘illegal’ for long.

A KBI spokesperson told the media that the issue is under review at present.

Senator Mary Ware own two CBD stores in Wichita. She claims that the new Kansas law legalizes full-spectrum CBD oils. A revisor and an attorney from the Department of Agriculture assured her about it. But the Department of Agriculture’s spokesperson denied it. She said that the agency doesn’t directly regulate CBD oils. The department does not regulate:

  • how the CBD oil is manufactured,
  • how it is used, and 
  • whether its THC level is within the legal limits or not.

She also went on to say that the bill does not address the case of full-spectrum CBD directly. The Bill intended to allow:

  • the growth of industrial hemp, and
  • the production of CBD oil.

All the hemp-based products are required to meet the legal requirements already in place.

On a side note, the Kansas law bans THC in CBD. Kansas legalized CBD in 2018 but they could only sell cannabidiol products that did not have THC at all.

Both the cannabidiol and the tetrahydrocannabinol come from the cannabis plant. High-THC varieties yield products that produce a ‘high’. Low-THC varieties of the plant are called ‘hemp’. Industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC. The products derived from industrial hemp are believed to be ‘legal’ now – under federal law.

For now, Kansas state authorities are avoiding the question on the legal status of the full-spectrum CBD products.

New Kansas Laws Regarding Cannabis and Its Derivatives

Kansas lawmakers have passed two laws regarding cannabis and its extracts recently:

  • The Industrial Hemp Bill, and
  • Claire and Lola’s Law.

Industrial Hemp Bill

Vendors believe that the bill allows the sale of full-spectrum CBD in Kansas which can contain some THC. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed the Senate Substitute for House Bill 2167. The Bill establishes the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program. Kansas will now monitor and regulate the commercial production of hemp in the state.

The bill prohibits the production and marketing of specific hemp products though. It allows the growth of ‘industrial hemp’ only which contains less than o.3% THC by dry weight.

Earlier, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed one to grow industrial hemp only for research purposes.

Claire and Lola’s Law

This bill might help people facing prosecution for illegal CBD possession n the state.

This law came into effect on July 1, 2019. It allows profoundly ill people to obtain low-THC CBD oil in Kansas. The cannabidiol oils used for medical purposes cannot have more than 5% THC.

Gwen and Scott Hartley pushed this law for their daughter Lola. Lola is 12 years old and suffers from microcephaly. Microcephaly is a medical condition in which a child’s brain does not develop normally. Lola’s head is abnormally small for her age. Hartley’s older daughter – Claire – died from the same disease in December 2018. She was 17 years old.

Hartleys said that the CBD oil helps their daughter with her seizures.

According to House Bill 2244, patients need to have a doctor’s letter 15 months before they purchase it. The letter should state that the patient has a life-threatening medical condition.

The law also requires the third-party lab test results to ascertain the quality of the oil.

Can CBD oil with 0.3% THC Get You ‘High’?

Senator Ware claims:

“It will take more than a gallon of CBD oil with 0.3% THC to get you ‘high’. It means that you will probably fall sick before you get ‘high’.”

A CBD and medical cannabis researcher, Mallory Loflin, does not agree. She says, 

“A bottle of CBD oil can get a novice user high. But it is true that the fatty oil in the bottle may also cause diarrhea.”

CBD is not psychoactive in itself. It does not have the buzzy effects people associate with marijuana. Some of the CBD’s health benefits include:

  • relieving symptoms of anxiety,
  • controlling insomnia,
  • having anti-inflammatory properties,
  • relieving chronic pain (such as in arthritis), and
  • treating seizures (such as in epilepsy).

The WHO report states that:

Cannabidiol does not appear to cause harm or have the potential for abuse.

The use of CBD oils may trigger some mild side-effects like:

  • diarrhea,
  • dizziness,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea, and
  • drowsiness.

Its use may interact with some medications. Using CBD oil can also increase the levels of some liver enzymes. American Academy of Pediatrics cautions pregnant women and nursing mothers against ingesting CBD.

Generally, CBD oil is safe to use. But if you have specific health conditions, you should talk to the doctor first.

CBD also counters the effects of THC. So, if you need THC for medical purposes, you may have to take 100 mg of THC (without the CBD) to feel the buzz. Novice users may get ‘high’ on as little as 5 or 10 mg of THC. The amount of THC that can get you high depends on the tolerance level of a person.

On average, 20 mg THC can produce a ‘mild high’ effect on a non-regular cannabis or marijuana user. Regular smokers may need 50 mg to 500 mg of THC to feel the ‘high’. CBD oils with 0.3% THC do not have intoxicating effects. They are safe to use.

Does CBD Oil Work?

Ceally Smith’s has a 6-year-old autistic son – Bodhi. Bodhi has a sensory disorder. He was having problems with school because he was uncontrollable. Ceally claims that half a dropper of CBD oil under the tongue twice a day did wonders for her kid. He started socializing with kids and is now doing amazing at school.

Smith also said that the CBD oil also helped her daughter with anxiety issues.

Dr. Stephen Thornton is a part of the University of Kansas Health System. He says that while the FDA approves of CBD for epileptic patients. But, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that it works for other medical conditions. He also believes that CBD oil is non-toxic.

Dr. Thornton warns that CBD oils can be dangerous for those with allergies. Many manufacturers mix in yeast or hard metals in their CBD oils which can be harmful to some users. Hence, it is imperative to research a CBD product before you buy it.

Where to Buy CBD Oil in Kansas?

What is the legal status of CBD oil in Kansas. But the legality of CBD oils with THC is still unclear. Many retail stores and pharmacists are selling CBD oils (with or without THC) across Kansas. However, some premium CBD oils are still not available in local stores in Kansas due to legality issues.

In such cases, Kansas residents can order CBD oils online. Many leading CBD oil companies are offering free shipping to Kansas. Some others are offering attractive discounts and coupon codes to new users.

Make sure that before you buy CBD oil in Kansas, you check out:

  • Money-back guarantee of the company: CBD hemp oil can get spoiled due to heat. Online delivery may also result in broken bottles or damaged packages. In such cases, it is the ‘refund’ policy which comes to your rescue. Typically, reputable companies offer a 30-day refund policy.
  • Amount of THC in the CBD oil bottle: Amazon does not allow the sales of CBD or THC oils on its portal. So when you are ordering CBD oil online, read the company’s policy carefully. If you are buying the CBD oil from a Kansas retail store, go through the ingredients list. Check the amount of THC in the CBD oil bottle. You should go for CBD oils containing ‘zero THC’ or ‘No THC’.
  • Quality of customer service: Customer service experts of a company should be knowledgeable about all its CBD products. They should be able to tell you the recommended dosage for you. They should also be easily approachable and highly responsive. In the case of virtual CBD stores, customer care people are the only people between you and the company. You must make sure that they are ready to provide you with a great customer experience even after they receive the payment from you.
  • Is the CBD oil absorbable by the body: Water-soluble CBD products get absorbed easily. If the CBD molecules are about 25 nanometers in size, the body absorbs them much faster. Ask the customer care people about the delivery method of a CBD oil bottle and how it reaches your bloodstream.
  • Is oil organic: Premium-grade CBD oils do not have additives. They do not use fillers, dyes, or binding agents. It means that they are more potent. Less amount of high-quality CBD oil is more beneficial for you because it does not contain any substance that can harm your body.

Some companies like KC Hemp Company sources hemp oil from USDA-certified farms in Colorado. They promise CBD oils that do not have pesticides or herbicides. 

Kansas produces organic CBD oils locally. Organic full-spectrum CBD oil is golden in color. It provides better health benefits as it contains terpenes and other cannabinoids. If you have a doctor’s prescription, you may buy it for:

  • aiding digestive problems, 
  • natural pain relief,
  •  reducing anxiety levels
  • reducing inflammation, 
  • suppressing tumor growth, 
  • treating insomnia, 

and in treating several other medical conditions.

If you choose to buy CBD oil with THC in Kansas, make sure you have a doctor’s note confirming that it is for medical purposes. It is still not legal to produce or distribute the CBD oil in Kansas. But one can obtain it from another state. The CBD user needs to carry:

  • the doctor’s prescription, and
  • the third-party lab test result of the product

for verification purposes.

Do note that possession of the CBD oil with THC in Kansas is still riddled with legal complications. Jennifer Roth (from the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) says:

A doctor’s letter does not provide you legal immunity. You can still be charged or arrested. However, it gives you an affirmative defense during the trial. 

She also clarified that:

Possession of CBD oil with THC cannot be used as a reason to initiate child removal or child protective proceedings.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the public comment period on CBD oil by two weeks. Its last deadline to share input was July 16, 2019. The research on cannabidiol and its health benefits is still in the nascent stage. Hence, the FDA is seeking data to ensure that the CBD products are safe to use by the public.

A bottle of CBD oil can cost you anywhere between $60 and $100 for one or two months’ supply.

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