Frequently Asked Questions Cannabinoid Hemp Program

1. What is Cannabinoid Hemp?

Cannabinoid hemp is any product processed or derived from hemp, that is used for human consumption including for topical application for its cannabinoid content, that does not contain more than 0.3% THC. Cannabidiol or "CBD" products are an example of cannabinoid hemp products and can come in a variety of different forms including but not limited to tinctures (CBD oil), pills, capsules, balms, lotions and food or beverage products. Other hemp-derived products such as hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, which do not contain cannabinoids, are regulated as foods and not under the scope of this program.

2. Is Hemp the same as Marijuana?

Hemp and Marijuana are different classifications of the Cannabis plant. "Hemp" is used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight). "Marijuana" is used to classify varieties of Cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC (by dry weight) and is known for its psychoactive effects (including a feeling of being high).

3. What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are natural compounds found in the cannabis plant that have different effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most common, but there are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is known for its psychoactive effects (including a feeling of being high). CBD does not produce a feeling of being high and has anecdotally been found to have a variety of wellness benefits.

4. How do I get a license to process or sell cannabinoid hemp?

New York State Department of Health is not currently accepting applications for cannabinoid hemp processor or retail licenses. The Department has issued proposed regulations to implement this program and will be sharing more information as it becomes available.

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