If you read our article about North Carolina’s CBD laws, you know that North Carolina isn’t friendly to CBD users. Luckily, South Carolina isn’t like that.
South Carolina is a more progressive state when it comes to its CBD laws, but a lot of the laws are worded in really weird ways, and they’ve caused the state’s retailers and CBD users to get a little confused.
We’re going to go through South Carolina’s CBD laws, now.
CBD is legal in South Carolina. It wasn’t for quite a while, but the 2018 Farm Bill changed the minds of the state’s officials. However, most of South Carolina’s laws are worded in ways that make certain CBD products seem illegal, but they’re actually not.
For instance, CBD food items are illegal in South Carolina. You can be punished with exorbitant fines and time in jail for selling them. However, foods that are infused with hemp extract are completely legal. So, what is hemp extract? Full-spectrum hemp extract is just a fancy way of saying hemp oil, and it contains CBD, trace amounts of THC, and other naturally occurring oils. It’s pretty much the same thing as CBD oil.
The reason the law is like that is due to the FDA’s guidelines. The FDA officially recognized CBD as a drug that can be used for epilepsy in 2018. Since CBD is known as a drug now, South Carolina’s officials have to treat it like a drug despite knowing that there’s nothing wrong with it. However, a little bit of wordplay allows them to create the perfect loophole for manufacturers and retailers. They just can’t include CBD on any labels, and they must call it full-spectrum hemp extract instead.
That policy has agitated some of the top companies in South Carolina’s CBD industry, though. They say that it doesn’t make any sense, and they’re pressuring the South Carolina Health Department to allow them to label their products as CBD products.
South Carolina has some weird laws regarding medical claims, too. It’s illegal to make them, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the ban only regulates claims made on websites and packages. Basically, you can’t write anything on your website that gives people the idea that your product can treat anything, and you can’t do that with your packaging, either. However, if you own a store, you can just tell your customers about your product’s benefits.
The rest of South Carolina’s laws are pretty basic. You can only sell or use CBD products with less than .9 percent THC levels, and you can’t sell or grow anything without a license. Other than that, you can do whatever you want without legal consequences.
As you can probably tell from the section above, the federal government and the FDA has made things hard for the CBD industry. Luckily, states such as South Carolina are finding loopholes in some of the laws that the federal government has passed.
It’s not the federal government’s fault entirely, though. The FDA is to blame for most of the issues, and most of the issues surrounding CBD have stemmed from CBD’s approval as an epilepsy drug.
Once a substance is approved for use as a drug by the FDA, the FDA has full control overregulating it for public safety purposes. While CBD is harmless, and its worst side-effect is the possibility of a minor headache occurring, the FDA now has the right to prohibit its use in anything that is considered food or medicine.
That’s why most states don’t allow CBD to be sold in food items, and its why therapeutic claims are pretty much banned across the country unless they’re made by companies that sell epilepsy medicine.
Some states have gotten around those bans with clever wordplay, though. In South Carolina, it is technically illegal to sell CBD food items. However, it’s not illegal to sell full-spectrum hemp extract in food items. Both of those chemicals are the same. They’re just called different things.
Luckily, wordplay and loopholes really aren’t necessary if states are willing to ignore the FDA. New Mexico, California, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, and several other states haven’t had any problems ignoring the FDA’s guidelines. Since they’re unwilling to help the FDA enforce their rules, retailers and consumers can freely sell and use whatever they want, and the FDA really can’t do anything except issue empty threats.
Issues arise when states such as North Carolina decide to aid the FDA. Realistically, the FDA can’t do anything on its own, but when state officials order law enforcement officers to enforce the FDA’s rules, the FDA can shutdown businesses, cause the owners of businesses to be arrested and fined, and they can do a lot of other horrible things.
The FDA also has quite a bit of power over the TSA’s behavior. Sadly, bringing CBD to an airport may not be illegal in your state, but TSA agents will most likely call in law enforcement officers to handle the situation if it’s not an FDA-approved product. In CBD-friendly states, you don’t have much to worry about. In states such as Ohio, you can get in a ton of trouble.
All of these issues are expected to be resolved within the next few years. That wait might seem long for people who live in states that aren’t CBD-friendly, but at least it’s something. With multiple states pressuring the FDA and congress, it’s only a matter of time before we see country-wide regulations that make sense.
How To Use It
You have a lot of options to choose from in South Carolina. That’s especially true when you consider the loophole that the state’s officials have created. Here are out favorite CBD options.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract Products
You’re most likely to see food items that have full-spectrum hemp extract on their labels. You might get a little confused by that term whenever you first see it, but it’s essentially CBD oil, and the FDA doesn’t regulate it.
You can use full-spectrum hemp extract products just like you would any other CBD product. You can also find just as many types of foods that contain it. Ice cream, gummy candies, pies, cakes, chocolates, and all kinds of other foods can be made with full-spectrum hemp extract.
You can purchase CBD e-juice in just about any vape shop in South Carolina. It’s technically a drug additive, but South Carolina’s Tobacco and Liquor Department regulate it, and they don’t really care about the FDA.
You’ll have to invest quite a bit of money into buying a good vaping setup, but it’s a really cheap habit to maintain. E-juice is fairly inexpensive, and you rarely have to replace anything on your setup. Just look forward to spending upwards of $100 to get something that is actually worth using.
You probably haven’t considered rubbing CBD-infused pomade all over your head, but you most definitely can do it. A few hair products brands have added CBD oil as a substitute for whale blubber in their products. That makes it an eco-friendly type of product, and it actually works really well. Just don’t expect to experience a lot of the benefits that you get when you actually consume CBD.
Sadly, pets won’t be able to experience the benefits of CBD in South Carolina. The wordplay that allowed consumables to be sold to humans doesn’t work for pets. Until South Carolina creates the same loophole for pet products, you’ll have to stick to pharmaceutical solutions when treating your pets.
Things To Consider About CBD
CBD sounds like a magical cure-all, but we assure you that it isn’t. It’s a great substance, but people tend to hype it up more than it actually deserves. We’ll split this into three different sections. We’ll cover the benefits of CBD first, and then we’ll tackle two of the major drawbacks that you need to know about.
Here are the benefits of CBD:
- Regulates mood
- Treats several medical disorders
- Treats anxiety and depression
- Relieves pain caused by inflammation
It’s Hasn’t Been Studied Enough
CBD hasn’t been studied enough. We know that it can treat epilepsy, and the vast majority of medical authorities agree that it helps with basic ailments such as inflammation, anxiety, and mood swings. However, a lot of CBD supporters claim that it can do nearly miraculous things such as cure cancer or permanently treat serious disorders such as schizophrenia.
Those unproven claims are extremely dangerous to the public unless they’re proven to be true. Can you imagine someone treating their schizophrenia with Ibuprofen or Tylenol? We don’t think that would be very good for them. It’s the same concept when it comes to CBD. There’s no evidence that CBD will do anything for people who are suffering from those ailments.
What’s even worse is that the claims pertaining to terminal illnesses can prove to be very deadly for the people who listen to them. A misleading and dishonest salesmen can make a cancer patient believe that rubbing CBD cream on themselves can help them survive the effects of their disease. That’s a mistake that is likely to have very sad consequences.
In short, it’s okay to use CBD for minor things. Your back might hurt after work, or you might be a little nervous before going to a big gathering. Those types of situations are great excuses to use CBD. If you’re experiencing something very serious, you need to get professional help as soon as possible.
It Has A Couple Of Side-Effects
Most CBD supporters will boast for hours about all of the great things that CBD oil can do. However, they’re unlikely to disclose that some people experience mind-splitting headaches from even the smallest doses, and it can make some people throw up.
Those aren’t serious side-effects, and they don’t affect the majority of people that use CBD products. You should consider that you might experience those things, though.
We recommend waiting to use CBD for the first time until you have a day off of work, and you don’t have any errands to do. Once you have a good day picked out, try using CBD in small amounts to see if you’re affected by it. If not, you can use it as much as you want. If you do, you might want to continue using it in small amounts until your body builds up a resistance to those effects.
South Carolina is a decent place to live if you’re a CBD user. State officials have gone out of their way to create loopholes for some of the most popular CBD products, and they’ve been fairly lenient in general.