Cannabinoids, as a group, have had an uncertain legal status for a number of years. This is rapidly changing, however. On December 20, 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, PL 115-334) was signed into law federally. The legal definition of hemp is the Cannabis sativa L. plant with a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent, by dry weight. Anything above 0.3 percent THC is essentially classified as "marijuana" and is federally illegal, although some states have legalized all forms of cannabis.
In the United States, we are governed by local, state and federal laws. These laws, and their practical enforcement, may vary from state to state and municipality to municipality. There may be situations where local agencies have not updated their laws to remove CBD from their ban of Schedule 1 drugs to date. With the demand of cannabis-based products growing globally, it appears to simply be a matter of time before laws are updated nationwide, allowing for significantly decreased restrictions around cannabinoid consumption. If you are concerned about the legality of a cannabinoid product you are considering, we recommend that you ask for a Certificate of Analysis to be sure you know what you are getting and consult with your medical provider before consuming any product.