CBD Benefits and Legality in North Carolina


Ignoring the benefits of CBD is something that North Carolina officials have had difficulty doing. State laws are a gray area for CBD because there are limitations in place. G.S. 90-87(16) mentions hemp, and it excludes industrial hemp from being included in the definition of marijuana.

Industrial hemp is legal when THC levels are lower than 0.3%.

Since the hemp would not be considered marijuana and not included in any other state laws, it would appear that CBD oil is legal. Patients who want to use hemp for intractable epilepsy are able to source the hemp legally so long as it has a  THC level of less than  0.9%.

CBD’s Effects and Benefits Without THC

CBD has been used to help people with a number of ailments, and this includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Aches
  • Pains
  • Insomnia

THC, and the reason that NC law requires such a low amount of it, is responsible for the psychoactive effects that come with marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, is responsible for the relaxation and pain-relieving benefits that come with cannabis.

CBD doesn’t bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors like THC does. Instead, CBD stimulates the body to create endocannabinoids which are responsible for pain relief and relaxation.

Doctors guidance is often best when trying CBD oils, creams or tinctures. Every illness or disease is different, and this goes for ADHD or anxiety, too. Many parents are even helping their children with ADHD that have been using a variety of medications find some form of relief with CBD.

CBD is also not created equal, and some brands can make a person feel sick. You want to do your research on the brand that you’re choosing because a lot of people get sick or find that cheaper brands, often sold in gas stations, didn’t provide them with any form of relief.

But high-end brands which doctors recommend have more stringent manufacturing requirements and provide the relief that patients are seeking.

CBD has been linked to numerous, general medical treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory. CBD can help patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties can stop the progression of such diseases.
  • Sedative effects have been exhibited in mice, which had stress-induced ulcers. The CBD was able to block anxiety and helped reduce the ulcers in the mice.
  • CBD works with the body’s natural antidepressant, anandamide, reducing the breakdown of the molecule to offer a longer-lasting mood-boosting effect.
  • Cancer-fighting properties have also been linked to CBD in preclinical studies. Growth of the cells and sometimes the prevention of these cancer cells have also been seen.

The impact and health benefits derived from CBD are still being observed in laboratory settings. There have been studies and applications that show that CBD may also be used to fight chronic opioid addiction.

Of course, epilepsy sufferers have also benefited greatly from CBD, especially in the case of Dravet Syndrome where severe seizures can be deadly and debilitating. These common seizures have been controlled through the use of CBD, and one study showed that CBD, sometimes mixed with THC, reduces frequency of seizures for all types of seizures.