If your state has not yet legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, you might be very confused when seeing cannabis extracts or CBD oil products on sale. How are these sold legally in your state? Furthermore, how can they be sold on store shelves where anyone can buy them? Clearly, the confusion here rests on the fact that you are not fully educated on cannabis, CBD, hemp, hashish, and a few other marijuana products. Get to know these products through the following information, and you will understand why some of these can be sold on store shelves without any sort of regulation at all.
Hemp and Hemp Oil
Marijuana plants are male and female. It is the female plant that produces a ton of THC, and therefore is the plant that causes people some legal trouble. The male plant has almost no THC in it whatsoever, and is often referred to as "hemp." It still has many of the same medicinal properties as the female plant, but selling hemp and hemp oil will not get you into trouble. Stores can sell hemp products for this very reason.
There are multiple strains of cannabis. The cannabis that is federally outlawed in this country is cannabis sativa. However, many states have now legalized it after recognizing that it is a cash crop that can fund their state governments, empty their prisons of marijuana-related prisoners (thus making room for more serious offenders), and provide the public with a drug that is effective against practically everything that ails you. Multiple other strains of cannabis are, in general, legal, and therefore can be sold in various forms on alternative medicine shelves and natural healing and health food store shelves.
There are two kinds of CBD oil. The first is an extract of the female plant containing THC, thus producing light hallucinogenic effects. The other is extracted from the male (i.e., hemp) plant, which does not contain much, if any, THC at all. Both are used to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. Buying the purest CBD oil extracted from the male plant is perfectly legal just about anywhere you go now. It is only the oil from the female plant that still falls under state regulations in terms of legality.
Hashish is the waxy resin taken from the seed heads of the marijuana plants. It is not oil, as many are lead to believe. It is similar to liquid amber or sap from trees, but slightly stickier. It can be smoked, swallowed as-is, or used in various recipes. The female plant (with high concentrates of THC) produces much more than the male, in order to encourage fertilization and cross-pollination. Because of where the hashish resin comes from, it, too, is only legal in certain states.