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Alaska CBD Legal Guide: Cannabidiol State Regulations and Laws for AK, US

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CBD Oil Legality in Alaska

Being an informed consumer is one of the best things that users can do when it comes to cannabidiol. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, states are permitted to issue their own laws and regulations concerning cannabidiol. Therefore, those who are interested in using should understand the laws of their own state. Further, because laws are constantly changing, it is best to regularly research the issue and to stay abreast of any new laws and regulations. When it comes to Alaska, here is what seems to be the state of CBD oil’s legal status.

The Definitions of Cannabidiol and Industrial Hemp

Under Alaska law, “cannabidiol oil” is defined as “the viscous liquid concentrate of cannabidiol extracted from the plant (genus) Cannabis containing not more than 0.3 percent delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.”

As for marijuana, industrial hemp is not included in the definition. Industrial hemp is defined as “an agricultural crop in the state. Individuals are permitted to produce industrial hemp, so long as they apply to the department for registration under Sec. 03.05.076. Registration is valid for one year and it may be renewed. All applications for renewal must follow the form prescribed by the Department of Public Safety, which means that it must include, among other things, the name and address of the applicant, the address and global positioning system coordinates of the area to be used for production of industrial hemp, including growing, harvesting, possessing, transporting, processing, selling, or buying the hemp.

Alaska’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

The state also permits pilot programs, so long as they are created by the department of Public Safety or an “institution of higher education in the state.” The pilot program’s purpose must be to study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp.

Participants of the pilot program can include “an institution of higher education in the state, the division of the department with responsibility for agriculture, or an individual registered under AS 03.04.076 may participate in an agricultural pilot program created” by the Department of Public Safety or an institution of higher education.”

Alaska’s Department of Law’s Consumer Protection Unit Warning

Alaska has a Department of Law with a Consumer Protection Unit (“Unit”). The Unit recently released a warning concerning industrial hemp-derived products.

The warning first discussed that there is a “variety of industrial hemp-derived products that are currently not authorized for sale in Alaska.” Protects unauthorized for sale include ones “containing Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and extracts . . . [that] are unregulated and untested in the state at this time.” Without traceability, the products’ origins are unknown, making them potentially dangerous.

The warning also discusses that although Alaska’s laws authorized the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to create an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program for the purpose of researching growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial health, the department is still in the process of creating the program. The program will test the products, but has yet to register any grower, processor or marketing of industrial hemp in the state.

As for products that are available in many retail locations throughout the state, including those such as lotions, pet treatments, and consumables, they are not tested for purity or THC content. Thus, users should be wary of claims “relating to the benefits and effects of CBD oil and products in providing a variety of health and wellness benefits may not have been evaluated by the state or federal agency, including the FDA. This is especially true with any foreign products imported into the state.”

Interestingly enough, the warning also discusses a recent statement by Cindy Franklin, the Assistant Attorney General. She stated, “Claiming that a product provides pain or anxiety relief or some other health benefit without side effects is a sure way to sell a lot of product. Alaskans should be careful about what they ingest. Before putting anything in your body that claims it will help you, think carefully. Don’t assume that something is safe or will work just because it is trendy. Currently, these products are not an FDA approved food source and a large portion of these products may contain THC in unknown amounts.”

Get the Facts About Marijuana from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health

A useful informational was released by the Department of Health and Social Services. This information touches upon a few points that may provide some clarity for those who are interested in using marijuana in the state. Here are the main points:

  • Only those who are 21 and over may legally possess and use marijuana. It is illegal to give marijuana to anyone who is under 21 years of age
  • Public use of marijuana, aside from “specially designated marijuana retail stores” is illegal
  • Responsible consumption occurs on private property
  • Users should check their local laws to determine whether marijuana is permitted by their HOA, hotel, or apartment complex
  • Marijuana possession is illegal under federal law
  • Marijuana cannot be used on federal land
  • Federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which is in the same category as heroin and LSD
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana in Alaska is illegal (AS 28.35.030)
  • Employers in the state may have their own policies against use

In addition to these main points, the information is also useful because it provides information on the effects of CBD. Thus, those who are looking for information on health considerations can find it in the aforementioned link. In addition, the state also provides a fact sheet on the facts about marijuana, which can be found here.

Summary

Overall, it seems that CBD and marijuana are legal in Alaska under certain circumstances. Keep in mind that the law is constantly changing, therefore it is best to always do one’s own research to determine the status of these substances.

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice or guidance. But simply general information. It is best to stay abreast of federal law and the law in one’s state and individuals are responsible for their own decisions concerning CBD and marijuana.

Michael enjoys being a professional free lancer writer for the past handful of years who has a keen interest in health and wellness, and a personal liking of practicing nutritional hacks and habits. While he can go super-deep and break down everything from medical studies to legal literature, his well-versed style comes across in a clean, crisp, easy to digest manner. Lately, Mike has taking a liking to weeding out the bad actors in the natural product supplementation while giving unbias research and facts for all of those interested in living a higher quality of life.

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Full Spectrum CBD vs Cannabidiol Isolate: Learn The Differences

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Full Spectrum CBD vs Cannabidiol Isolate

CBD has become a go-to option for many men and women looking for a natural and potentially reliable solution for issues such as pain, anxiety, irritation, and the like. Before choosing a CBD product, it is important to understand the difference between the two of the most common-types of formulas, which are full-spectrum and isolate. Fortunately, this post is here to help.

Full-spectrum CBD features all of the naturally-occurring compounds in the marijuana plant. These compounds include cannabidiol, terpenes, fatty-acids, and tetrahydrocannabivarin. These substances work together to provide users with the soothing effects that they are hoping for. Further, studies show that the full-spectrum substance may be much more effective than isolate.

Isolate, on the other hand, is stripped of all of these important substances. The purified CBD can be effective, though, when it comes to treating a number of ailments. For example, isolate may be more beneficial than full-spectrum when one needs a particularly strong and potent formula that can be controlled for a particular dosage. Unlike full-spectrum formulas, isolate products test to be free from odor, flavor, and they are also cheaper as well.

Both products interact with one’s endocannabinoid system. Of course, the product that one chooses depends upon what one is looking for. Those who are interested in receiving all of the natural substances that occur in the hemp plant may want to opt for a full-spectrum formula. One the other hand, those who are interested in a formula that is been stripped of the naturally-occurring elements and that is free from flavor, taste, and smell, may want to opt for an isolate.

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When Will Whole Foods Health Store Sell Medical Marijuana Products?

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Whole Foods market is one of the most popular health food stores in the country. John Mackey, the company’s CEO, recently attended a conversation hosted by The Texas Tribune.

During the conversation, an audience member directed a question to Mackey and inquired whether the company would consider selling “alternative proteins,” as in, insects. Mackey answered in the affirmative and then, turned the conversation to marijuana.

He stated,

“If Cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too.”

And,

“You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.”

The conversation’s monitor then inquired which will come first, the insects or the brownies.

Mackey responded,

“Let’s see what happens with the market and the government regulation over time.”

It comes as no surprise that Mackey is open-minded concerning cannabis products being sold at Whole Foods. As early as 2013, he expressed support for the legalization of marijuana during an interview with Mother Jones.

As Mackey stated,

“I am pro-choice, favor legalizing gay marriages, protecting our environment, enforcing strict animal welfare protection laws (I’ve been an ethical vegan for 10 years), marijuana legalization, having a welfare safety net for our poorest or disabled citizens, and a radically reduced defense budget and military presence around the world.”

Whole Foods’s entrance into the cannabis market may be coming at a good time. Since the company had been acquired by Amazon in 2017, it hired a trend-spotter who made a prediction concerning the hottest trends for 2019. One of the hottest trends was hemp products. As the company discussed on its website, hemp hearts, seeds, oils, and the like are nothing new to those who love food and body-care products. However, now, there is a ignited interest in the other parts of the plant, which may provide a range of other benefits.

Although it may take some time and legislative changes before Whole Foods is comfortable selling marijuana products, the first step may be hemp-derived CBD products due to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Further, this week, the Food and Drug Administration announce that it is planning on holding sessions as it concerns “alternative” pathways allowing for hemp-derived CBD products to be included in food product and supplements.

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CBD and Bipolar Disorder: Can Hemp Cannabidiol Treat This Health Condition?

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Bipolar disorder can affect anyone and although it mainly has genetic roots, sometimes factors such as environment, age, and other factors can cause its development. There has been a great deal of research lately concerning potential remedies for bipolar disorder. One particular focus is cannabis. Although the research seems to be conflicted in that some studies show that it may work better than traditional drugs for mania and depression, other studies show that it may cause an increase in depressive symptoms. There is also the issue of whether cannabis is addictive, as there are some studies that show that those with bipolar disorder are nearly seven times more likely to use marijuana illicitly.

There are those that are taking a different approach to cannabis and bipolar disorder. Rather than focus on the effects of cannabis, it may be better to delve deeper and into the type of chemical makeup and amount of cannabidiol.

Understanding THC and CBD

The two most prominent compounds in marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).Though both of these substances impact the endocannabinoid system that is responsible for appetite, mood, memory, and sensation, their impact varies depending upon the amount of each compound in the cannabis. Further, dissimilar from CBD, THC is a psychoactive substance. Therefore, it promotes that high feeling.

On the other hand, CBD is a calming substance that may be able to alleviate pain, it could reduce anxiety, inflammation, and other issues. There are also some studies that suggest that the properties of CBD may mitigate THC’s psychoactive properties.

Full-Spectrum or Isolate CBD

Given the psychoactive effects that THC can cause, it may be best to use CBD. When choosing a CBD product, there are two main types – isolate and full-spectrum. Isolate is stripped from powerful and potent compounds, such as cannabinoids, fatty-acids and terpenes. These substances are responsible for promoting a range of benefits. On the other hand, isolate is free from such substances, but there are studies that suggest that it may be more potent. The decision is, of course, a personal one.

CBD and Bipolar Disordar Summary

Overall, CBD may have the potential to treat bipolar disorder. However, at this point, there is no conclusive evidence on the issue. There is also an open question as to whether CBD with THC or just CBD on its own may be best, or whether it is better to use a full-spectrum product or an isolate. These questions may take time and of course, research to answer. The best thing that users can do is to stay abreast of new information and CBD development.

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