DEA Clarifies Stance: Not All CBD Is Prohibited

Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the Controlled Substances Act

CALIFORNIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement further clarifying their interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In their statement, they make clear the critical difference between CBD and THC, a distinction that cannabidiol retailers have been fighting to bring to light.

The DEA agrees that the CSA targets marijuana specifically because of the psychoactive properties found in THC, its primary active ingredient. Because THC is an intoxicating agent, and CBD is not, the DEA now sees fit to clarify that “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”


“Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”


The statement by the DEA now means that:

  • CBD may be imported/exported to and from the USA without restriction, and;
  • CBD may be lawfully purchased and sold throughout the country

Although in practice this was already the case, there was a perceived gray area due to widespread misunderstanding and conflation of CBD versus THC as well as the effects (or lack thereof) of each compound.

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