CBD Reclassification Creates Unnecessary Concern—Here’s the Reality

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published a ruling on December 14 that changed the drug code for “marijuana extracts” such as cannabidiol (CBD) that has created confusion and unnecessary concern among users and distributors of products like CBD oil. Unfortunately, several news outlets misinterpreted the ruling, claiming that CBD oil had been reclassified as a Schedule 1 drug and would thus be considered illegal under federal law. That simply isn’t true.

CBD Oil is Still Legal Everywhere

What the DEA really did was change the coding of CBD and other “marihuana extracts” for use in its tracking process of cannabis-related products for import and export. Analysis of the new ruling by our legal counsel states conclusively that the new ruling does not create any significant change in the legal status of CBD or any other so-called “marihuana extracts.” In other words, CBD and any other products containing less than 0.3% THC have the same status and protection they had before the classification change.

It’s Just Paperwork

DEA-registered entities, including iPuff Vape, are required to track cannabis-related materials. Have been all along. And the new ruling clearly states: “[t]he only direct effect to registrants who handle marijuana extracts will be the requirement to add the new drug code to their registrations.” In other words, we just use a different code for our CBD products. It’s that simple.

Some Background

The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill made a distinction between psychoactive substances and low-THC products derived from industrial hemp. That was, and remains, the law of the land. And while the DEA can monitor and enforce U.S. drug laws, it cannot change them. Beyond that, a 9th Circuit Court ruling stated that the DEA is not allowed to interfere with legal state-licensed cannabis businesses. Congress even went so far as to defund DEA enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) when it conflicted with state law.

In Conclusion

Persons throughout the U.S. can still legally enjoy the benefits of low-THC cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD oil continues to be a dietary supplement under control of the FDA, not the DEA. That means you don’t need a prescription for CBD products made from mature industrial hemp and can purchase them legally and ship them anywhere in the U.S.

iPuff Vape does not sell or distribute any products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substances Act (CSA), or Colorado Statutes or Regulations. While we are confident that our products remain completely legal under current U.S. and state laws, iPuff Vape LLC is not liable for knowing the legal status of hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) in every country. It is your responsibility to know your country’s laws before ordering from us.

iPuff Vape remains focused on providing a healthy, smoke-free alternative to tobacco and other carcinogen-rich products. We are dedicated to research and development in order to provide our customers with the #1 solution for handheld vaporization.

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    south coast vapor


    Very good article, thanks for sharing vape fam. A massive shoutout to all vapers from San Diego, California! If anybody happens to ever be there, make sure to pop into our vape shop (South Coast Vaper Co.) for some remarkable e-juice tasting and a friendly conversation! Have a fantastic day everyone and as always, keep your head in the clouds!


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    Mary Lee


    I am a first time shopper with fibromyalgia hoping for a little relief. I first looked for Kradom, but I live in TN where it’s illegal. Next I found CBD to try and I was concerned when I heard about the December change.

    Thank you for this great article and putting my mind at ease. I also want to say thank you for the great customer service!!!! It is so rare to get a real human being to pick up a phone at any business these days unless it’s for selling something. I spoke to a very friendly girl who helped me understand the product I am buying.

    The fact that they use Organic ingredients and mct oil only solidified my happiness with my choice to choose iPuff CBD oil. I won’t be going anywhere else! I just wish they offered larger sizes!


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