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Are CBD products legal?

Sadly, CBD is not legal in all 50 states, even if it is sourced from hemp. This is because all states have their own Controlled Substances Acts (CSA) which generally mirror the federal CSA. The 2018 Farm Bill does not, by itself, change state hemp or hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) legality. Although the Senate version would have legalized hemp nationwide, the final Farm Bill leaves the responsibility to legalize hemp to the states.

Many states have decriminalized the possession of CBD products and in some cases cannabis so please consult with your state’s law before placing your order with us.

Note: This site has a great explanation and appears current at the time of writing but please check with your state’s laws directly for confirmation as laws are quickly changing (in a good way).

What is CBD? What is THC? What is the difference?

Cannabis is a plant that makes a thick substance full of compounds called cannabinoids. There are more than 100 of these chemicals in cannabis. They cause drug-like reactions in your body.

CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products.

Cannabidiol (CBD), is one of over 100 distinct cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is most prominently found in the resinous portions of the cannabis flower rather than in the stalk, seeds, or leaves.

CBD is among the most studied cannabinoids – second only to THC. Preclinical studies and human trials have identified therapeutic uses of CBD, including anti-convulsant, antipsychotic, analgesic, and anti-diabetic effects. Generally safe and well-tolerated by humans and animals, the administration of CBD is generally not considered to be mood-altering (unlike THC), although the cannabinoid may be anxiolytic in higher doses.

THC and CBD are in both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains much more THC than hemp, while hemp has a lot of CBD.

Do I need a prescription to use Grasse River Hemp products?

No, since our CBD products are not regulated the same way using cannabis is. Cannabis has THC and other compounds where our product use the extracted CBD for health and wellness benefits. We sell our products at outdoor markets, retail stores, and online, with no prescription necessary.

Note: In New York State, you can get a medical cannabis permit with a doctor’s recommendation, that’s just not what our company provides customers. More at

Are your CBD products safe and effective?

While some products on the market contain far less CBD than advertised, we publish all our up-to-date certificates of analysis (COAs) on our website:

There have been studies showing that CBD can help some conditions. Further, it is well tolerated by most people though you may experience some side effects and drug interactions so please talk to your physician before adding CBD products, including ours, to your health regimen.

Is hemp a source of CBD?

Industrial hemp is traditionally grown for its fiber content. By contrast, cannabinoids are most prominently expressed in flowers. An analysis by researchers at the University of Minnesota shows that high-CBD, low-THC crops are related to traditional cannabis, not traditional hemp.

Does CBD show up in a drug test?

Drug tests identify tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or its metabolites. Although these tests do not screen for CBD, some CBD products contain low quantities of THC that could theoretically make a person fail a drug test.

CBD products have a federally legal low-THC type of cannabis. While some CBD products claim to contain no THC, contamination may have occurred during the manufacturing process. In some cases, the manufacturer’s labeling may be incomplete.

The oral or topical use of CBD should not create detectable THC blood concentrations.

In instances where the administration of CBD products has resulted in a positive drug test result for carboxy-THC, this result is likely because the product itself possessed trace quantities of THC. In some other cases, it is possible that this may be a result of an error in the drug test itself, though more sophisticated technology should not yield a false-positive result. Because of this, we urge our customers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) to use our products with extreme caution. More information about CBD as it relates to the Department of Transportation in the United States:

Is CBD clinically beneficial as an antiviral agent?

There is no data substantiating this. According to a recently published literature review on the subject, only “circumstantial evidence” exists at this time to suggest that CBD may possess antiviral activity in certain specific conditions.

Do Grasse River Hemp products contain THC?

Our extraction process (and our periodic laboratory testing of our products) ensures our products contain the amount of CBD that is labeled on our bottles of tincture (600 mg or 1200 mg), however, our products contain little of the different types of THC we test for (less than 20 Megagauss (MG) per unit). You can see all the full test results of all our products here (Certificate Of Analysis or COA):

Is CBD safe for pets? How can it help them?

Our pet chew formula was developed alongside our consulting veterinarian who has seen firsthand the benefits of our CBD treats for dogs and cats. While there can be side effects (as with any dietary additive), improvements in wellness have been seen in some pets taking CBD supplements.

We give these treats to our pets, and of course, use the salve and tinctures on ourselves.


FDA Disclosure The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Legal age of usage/consumption is 18 years.   

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