Virginia is currently caught in the midst of a legislative storm when it comes to its CBD regulations. A lot of the laws contradict each other on paper, and retailers are extremely confused about what they can and can’t do. To make it worse, a lot of new startups are making absurd claims about CBD that mislead consumers.

In this article, we want to clear all of that up. First, we’ll go over the state laws regarding CBD, and then we’ll touch on some of the benefits that CBD does offer, but we’ll also bust a few of the misleading myths that dishonest establishments have tossed around.

State Laws

Virginia’s state laws are similar to the laws in other states that are only somewhat CBD-friendly. You can find CBD everywhere, but not all of the CBD products you find are legal. We’ll start with the standard stuff first.

First, your CBD products have to be derived from hemp plants. Virginia’s medical marijuana laws do allow certain patients to get marijuana-derived CBD, but none of the dispensaries that can sell those products have opened yet. So, even if you have a medical marijuana card, you still can’t get any marijuana-derived products at the moment. That will change as soon as the first licensed dispensary opens, though.

Also, the state follows the same rules as most other states when it comes to therapeutic claims. Retailers and manufacturers cannot claim that CBD products can cure, treat, or otherwise affect any sort of illness in anyway. Retailers can’t even tell customers what the benefits of CBD are verbally.

Some CBD retailers have gotten around that rule by simply talking about some of the changes that their customers have had, though. For instance, if a very anxious customer has been noticeably less nervous, a retailer might say that they noticed that behavior after the customer started purchasing certain products. However, they cannot legally say that CBD treats anxiety.

Obviously, that makes it very difficult for consumers to responsibly buy CBD items. If retailers can’t tell them what specific products are for without resorting to creative wordplay, customers can’t receive factual information in an easily understandable way. That can scare a lot of customers away from the CBD industry.

Most of the weird laws come into play when it comes to food, though. Virginia’s state laws state that CBD-infused food items are legal, but its interstate laws say that they’re not. That means that restaurants and diners that sell CBD-infused food items are selling them legally and illegally at the same time. Unfortunately, that also means that police can still shutdown restaurants that sell those items.

Pre-packaged food items that you can buy in stores are also affected by those contradicting laws. It’s true that they can be purchased at nearly every establishment that sells CBD, but if a police officer decides to follow the interstate laws, you and the retailer can both be arrested.

To stay on the good side of the law, we recommend staying away from CBD food items, and if you decide to sell standard CBD items, you should take extra care to avoid making any claims about the benefits of CBD.

Federal Laws

The federal laws are what led to Virginia’s food laws becoming so contradictory. The state really didn’t have any cannabis regulations in place, and the sudden CBD boom caught state officials off guard. They were suddenly expected to write up tons of new laws and regulations without any notice. The legal system simply doesn’t work fast enough for that to be reasonable.

The federal government can change that, though. First, the FDA has to stop having all of the control over CBD on the federal level. They’re not willing to approve of anything, and that is holding the industry back.

After that, the federal government needs to create easily understandable laws that regulate CBD on the federal level. The current laws are simply too murky, and they leave individual states with too much room to do whatever they want. That has led to a massive disconnect between states, and nothing can really be done about that disconnect until the federal government acts. Unfortunately, they don’t really seem to be willing to do much at this moment in time.

How To Use It

While the food laws are weird, and we don’t recommend buying or selling CBD food items in Virginia until those laws are fixed, there are plenty of other items that you can use without any problems.

CBD Oil

This is an item that is flexible enough that beginners will be able to try out different types of CBD products without buying several different products. You can take it how it is, or you can use it in recipes to make delicious food items. All it is, is CBD mixed with a carrier oil. So, you can use it just like you would any other type of oil when it comes to cooking with it. You can also mix it into drinks with ease.

CannaDip

If you’re addicted to chewing tobacco, and you want to quit using it, you might want to check out CannaDip. It’s like chewing tobacco, but it doesn’t contain nicotine or tobacco. Instead, each tin has several pouches that are filled with ground up hemp, and the CBD helps calm you down when you start craving nicotine. It tastes a lot like low-quality weed, but even low-quality weed tastes better than tobacco leaves, and the company is planning to release a lot of new flavors if you want something that doesn’t taste like that.

CBD Dog Products

While CBD food items aren’t recommended in Virginia, CBD pet products are. Despite being edible, dog treats aren’t held to the same standards as human food items, and Virginia’s state officials don’t care if you buy them.

These products help with pain, anxiety, and depression.

Myths About CBD

We usually don’t talk about the myths surrounding CBD in these articles. In most states, honest retailers are free to educate their customers. In Virginia, that’s not possible. So, we’re going to go over some of the myths that surround CBD, and you can use this information to understand when a dishonest salesman is telling you a bunch of nonsense.

CBD Cures Cancer

CBD does not cure cancer. It’s not even proven to help treat cancer symptoms. Do not stop taking your cancer medications or going to appointments because a salesman tells you that CBD magically cures it.

However, if you do have cancer, CBD might be able to help you deal with the stress and pain that is associated with having such a debilitating illness.

CBD Treats Mental Illnesses

This is another major claim that is complete nonsense. CBD can help with anxiety and depression, and it can help you regulate your mood. It has a very soothing side-effect that allows it to do those things. However, it will not get rid of schizophrenia, bipolar, or any other serious mental illness. It might mask the symptoms of those disorders for some people, but the illness is still there. It is highly recommended that you do not stop taking your medications. What happens when CBD doesn’t work during a major breakdown or lapse in judgement? It’s a great chemical, but it can’t do everything. Mental illnesses have to be taken very seriously, and proven treatments are much better than products that haven’t even been tested thoroughly.

CBD Can Cure Anxiety

This one is partially true. CBD does treat anxiety fairly well, and there is evidence that backs that claim up. However, it won’t cure anxiety. If you frequently experience anxiety, you will have to continue taking CBD every time your anxiety flares up.

CBD Cures Depression

Again, this is partially true. If you occasionally feel depressed, you’re a normal person, and you have nothing to worry about. Using a CBD product might help you get over that temporary feeling of depression without requiring you to go to a doctor or take dangerous pills.

However, clinical depression is much different. It’s intense, and it stays with you for long periods of time. If you have been diagnosed with clinical depression, you should take your medications properly, and you should be open with your psychiatrist. Do not try to substitute proper treatment with CBD products. The products can help you, but they will not get rid of your clinical depression.

CBD Cures Muscle And Joint Pain

This one is actually true. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it can treat or even cure muscle and joint pain. That’s why it has grown in popularity with athletic people. However, it isn’t a suitable treatment for pains that might be caused by illnesses or emergencies. If you suspect you’re suffering from an illness, go to the doctor to get checked out. Don’t just try to slather CBD lotion on it.

Final Thoughts

Virginia’s laws are very confusing in some regards, and even the ones that are easy to understand are a bit nonsensical. Hopefully, a few years of legislative reform will change that, but there aren’t any plans to fix the problem in the present.