If you weren’t confused enough yet, consider that 18 states have laws allowing for medical CBD use (also known as “non-psychoactive medical cannabis”) for a select number of conditions, such as treatment-resistant epilepsy in children. Similar to the areas where medical marijuana is legal, you have to obtain a prescription to get CBD in these states, with the additional caveat that the product cannot contain high levels of THC. 

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The passing of SB 218 through the Kentucky legislature created a new subsection of KRS 260.850m to 260.289, in which the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board outlines the purpose of an industrial hemp research program, establish license provisions, and create new requirements and license application procedures. This state’s approach is for the potential medical and industrial applications.
Looking at New Zealand’s stance on CBD, it seems like they take it more seriously than some other Western countries, and they state that CBD is a controlled substance and “Individual patients are not permitted to import CBD or any other cannabis based products.” So from a legal standpoint, you’re not allowed to order it. However, I would still try to buy it online and see if it passes customs. Just make sure to buy something cheap so if it does get confiscated, it won’t be a major loss. I’m not lawyer, but it’s highly unlikely that you would get into legal trouble even if it is confiscated.
While overstimulation of the CB1 receptor may lead to symptoms such as high blood pressure and abnormally high cholesterol levels, CBD is a CB1 antagonist, so it is not likely to cause such issues. Furthermore, the World Health Organization has recently issued a global report on CBD, claiming that it has a good safety profile and minimal adverse public health effects.
More human studies are needed to fully understand the range of risks and side effects that CBD oil may cause. Studies of CBD oil aren’t common. This is partially because Schedule 1 substances like cannabis are highly regulated, causing some obstacles for researchers. With the legalization of marijuana products, more research is possible, and more answers will come.
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