But for Bo and his family, CBD offer them hope that “we will have him awhile longer.”
He moved to California to work on a cannabis farm, and he alternated between there and Wisconsin for a few years. He soon realized he was not happy with the cannabis industry in California, which he said was not regulated enough. So he decided to permanently return to Wisconsin and wait for the tides to shift.
Bo’s owner, Kathy Thomson, learned about CBD from her sister-in-law, a dog rescuer. So she decided to try it. She is just finishing up the first bottle, which cost $75.
Man’s best friend is trying it out
“I’m not sure how to tell if it is working, but he loves taking it,” Thomson said. “He has good energy, and it could be the benefits of the CBD oil … it’s too early to know the effects of the oil, but we prefer that option over chemotherapy for sure.”
A man with a long gray beard and round eyeglasses shops with his son, who wears a pair of Converse and a flannel shirt.
And while there have been several cases of “cannabis toxicity” in pets, some of the risk is linked to consumption of edibles – which can contain other ingredients that are proven to be toxic to dogs, such as raisins or chocolate.
“I do think that being in this area made me more comfortable with (cannabis),” Murray-King said of the region in western Wisconsin known for its steep ridges and deep valleys, liberal politics and organic farming. “Maybe if I was raised in northern Wisconsin, or if I was raised in Illinois, I might have a totally different opinion about it.”
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp cultivation and created a pathway to remove some cannabis from Schedule 1 by creating a legal threshold: Hemp is cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, and marijuana is cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC. Hemp-derived CBD was thus descheduled by the bill, but CBD that is derived from the marijuana plant is still considered federally illegal because marijuana is categorized as a Schedule 1 substance.
There is also the option to purchase online and have the CBD shipped to residents within Wisconsin. The U.S. Postal Service said it is legal to mail CBD if it meets the federal requirements of containing less than 0.3% THC. Weedmaps offers an extensive listing of reputable CBD brands and how to find them in your area.
Why is CBD sometimes illegal?
Yes. In Wisconsin, cannabidiol (CBD) has been legal for medical use since 2014, while hemp-derived CBD is available for adults 18 and older. In fact, Wisconsin was historically one of the nation’s largest producers of hemp until it was prohibited federally in 1958.
The 2018 Farm Bill also presented the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to regulate CBD’s labeling, therapeutic claims, and its use as a food additive. Despite the passage of the Farm Bill, the FDA has taken the stance that even hemp-derived CBD may not be added to food and beverages, nor marketed as dietary supplements. While the FDA has begun a process of reevaluating its stance on such CBD products, it has yet to revise its rules or specifically regulate CBD products. The FDA has been strict when it comes to health claims and content that could be construed as medical advice about CBD.
Federal law still highly regulates the production and sale of hemp, and its cannabinoids, including CBD. The Farm Bill also provides that states may also regulate and even prohibit CBD cultivation and commerce. In addition, states may attempt to regulate CBD food, beverage, dietary supplement, and cosmetic products, independently of the FDA finalizing its views on such products.