If you’ve ever dreamt about learning Muay Thai in Thailand? Or maybe you’re already in Thailand at a Muay Thai Camp and you want to be able to extend your stay? Alternatively, if you’re looking to finance your martial arts training in Thailand then maybe this StudyMartialArts.Org Guide to Learning Muay Thai in Thailand and Teaching English will be of help to you.
Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp is legal
in all fifty states. However, the legality of CBD is still confusing for many.
We dug into the laws of each state and even hired
a group of lawyers to help us understand the legal landscape.
Both marijuana and hemp are members of the
cannabis family making them similar in many ways. The government classifies
hemp as any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC. It
classifies “marijuana” as any plant of the cannabis family that contains greater
than 0.3% THC.
cbd vaping juice “Marijuana” cannabis
plants have a low percentage of CBD than hemp plants. That’s why most CBD
products use CBD from hemp not marijuana. Because marijuana has higher
concentration of THC, it’s not an ideal choice for producing CBD products.
Using marijuana plants would require extracting some of the THC to make CBD
within the legal limits.
Hemp cannabis plant have a high amount of
CBD and low THC, making them the most efficient plant for CBD processing.
So the bottom line here is, if your CBD
comes from hemp, it is legal.1 CBD made from “marijuana” with high levels of
THC, is only legal if your state legalized marijuana.
Where is CBD illegal?
Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm
Bill, zero THC CBD is not illegal in any state in the USA. That’s right;
according to federal law, it is legal in all 50 states. That said, since the
change in law is relatively new, some states might not fully embrace CBD. This
should change with the new bill, however, it may take time. Below we outline
four different jurisdictional categories based on pre-2018 Farm Bill practices.
States can be grouped into four jurisdictional categories.
These jurisdictions have explicit laws
allowing retailers to sell industrial hemp-derived products.
These jurisdictions include: Alaska,
Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North
Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and
In these jurisdictions industrial hemp
grown in a Farm Bill-compliant agricultural pilot program is explicitly
exempted from the definition of marijuana.
These jurisdictions include: the District
of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.
Gray Area States.
In these jurisdictions explicit
prohibitions against the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products
but that have exemptions in the law for the argument that hemp-derived CBD
products are legal.
These jurisdictions include: Arkansas, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and
States with Concern.
These jurisdictions have no explicit prohibitions against the sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products. However, recent law enforcement actions or pronouncements raise the risk of the retail sale of industrial hemp-derived CBD products.
These jurisdictions include Alabama,
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, South
Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
What are the specific rules in your state?
Concluding Thoughts: Is CBD Legal in 2019?
Yes, it is legal to purchase and consume
hemp-derived-CBD in all 50 states.
Marijuana derived CBD is not legal
The government classifies hemp as any plant
of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC.
It classifies “marijuana” as any plant of
the cannabis family that contains greater than 0.3% THC.
You need to check your specific state for
Federal law permissions for activities
involving industrial hemp are
clear. However, the Farm Bill, and other federal laws on industrial hemp, do
not pre-empt state law.
Just as there are hundreds of
municipalities in the United States that prohibit alcohol sales nearly a
century after Prohibition’s repeal, local and state laws may still restrict the
sale of industrial hemp products even where federal law is clearly permissive.
Some states continue to view CBD that comes
from marijuana as being no different than marijuana itself. The government
classifies any plant of the cannabis family that contains more than 0.3% THC to
Bottom line, it is legal to purchase and
consume hemp-derived-CBD in all 50 states.
Keep checking back in this space for
updates as there is currently a bill going through Congress right now that
could change the way the government views both hemp and marijuana.
The 2018 Farm Bill holds the promise to
clear up many of the misconceptions and confusing elements surrounding CBD. If
you’re interested in learning more about how we came to have these regulations
of hemp read Chapter 2 of our CBD textbook
on The History of CBD. We found a nice summary of this book at https://latestlawjobs.com for anyone who
wants to save time!
A few weeks ago I caught up with SMA student Miguel post training kung fu in China. Miguel booked his training through us, and studied martial arts in China for 3 months during 2018 to 2019. When we connect students to martial arts travel, and training experiences our job doesn’t just stop there. We do our best to prepare students pre-trip, assist them with their travel plans, and then once at the school make sure everything is as they expected. When their kung fu journey is over its my job to check in on them, and get feedback on their experience after they’ve had time to reflect. We do this with a view to keep our information on schools the most up to date and responsive to change. Additionally this offers us the chance to and also to see where we as a company can improve the services we provide for those who book their training through our StudyMartialArts.Org platform. So when Miguel ended his training at Maling Shaolin Kung fu Academy I decided to re-connect with him and get his feedback.
I helped Miguel seen in the picture to connect to Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy located in Xingyi City, Northern Jiangsu Province. The Headmaster of the school Bao Shifu founded the school in 2009. Master Bao is a 32nd generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and someone I knew from when he was a master teaching and Kunyu Shan Shaolin Kung fu Academy in Yantai Shandong. Now with his own school students can learn 7 different styles of Chinese martial arts. The main style is of course Shaolin Kung Fu, nevertheless you can also learn Baji Quan, Tai Chi, Xingyi, Qigong, Sanda (Chinese kickboxing), Wing Chun and Bagua.
Stumbled across this great quote and piece of advice from Adam Mizner. The Head instructor from Heaven Man Earth Internal Arts and the brains behind www.DiscoverTaiji.com. In my opinion one of the best online sites for learning Taiji quan around.
“Why is my qi cultivation not working? Accumulating qi is like saving money, its not just what you earn that counts but most importantly what you spend. There are many ways that we deplete and spend our qi, but there is one main culprit, that culprit is the emotions. Strong unchecked emotions and excessive thought deplete the qi faster than we can accumulate it. This is why a balanced practice must also include cultivation of the self. Cultivation of a stable emotional body is a precursor to spiritual/not self work and also slows down the depletion of our qi.” – Adam Mizner
Adam has dedicated many years to the in depth study of Daoism, western Hermetics and the Buddha Dhamma, and teaches methods from these traditions. He is a senior lay disciple of Ajahn Jumnien in the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. This deep spiritual background has a large influence on his approach to Tai Chi and internal development teaching.
Check out his video from his channel on maintaining conditions.
I recently noted that it is necessary to begin historical discussions by specifying whether we are examining events (or practices) as they actually happened, or the evolution of ideas about them. This is not to say that these two spheres are totally separate. Indeed, our beliefs about what is proper, and where practices came from, tend to have a notable effect on how things like the martial arts develop. But different types of research questions often call for their own sources and methods.
Once we decide that we are going to address the history of an idea, we must still specify who held these beliefs and how they evolved over time. While ideas about martial arts might be more widely spread than their actual practice, they are still far from universal. Such images are always partial, fungible and slowly shifting. It is that incompleteness that makes them useful to…
I was teaching a class on use of the Chinese broadsword and a young man approached me with his sheathed weapon. He explained that it was a steel blade and asked if he could use it instead of a wooden replica. I asked him to unsheathe it and when he did, I saw several rust spots on the blade, indicating that this sword hadn’t been maintained at all for quite some time. I told him that he could use his broadsword and then spent several minutes chewing on him for failing to care for it.
Many gong-fu stylists own one or more weapons, from staffs to swords, and practice various forms with them. However, I have been surprised at the number of them who don’t bother to properly care for these tools. Metal weapons are unpolished and often pitted with rust, wooden weapons are sometimes just tossed into a corner. No respect is shown them at all. “But these aren’t REAL weapons” is the most frequent excuse I am given.
In a Japanese dojo, the weapons (most of which are wooden) are kept placed neatly on a rack against one wall (never the front wall where the kamiza is placed). Although a bokken is wooden and modelled after the steel katana, it is recognized as a very real weapon. It has been used in the past as a weapon and it’s perfect for practice; if it breaks, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to replace. The same is true for most of the other weapons.
Chinese training halls really don’t exist in China, Most training is held outdoors and students, if they’re learning the use of a particular weapon, bring their own from home. These weapons are often unmaintained; oiling metal things such as swords is all but unheard of. This is terribly unfortunate. And brass polish (such as Brasso) is unheard of. I insist that all of my students who own traditional treat them with proper respect and keep them maintained. Even if a sword is wooden or, like the iaito (sword used in iaido training), unsharpened or made of a zinc alloy, they are to be treated as real weapons.
For instance, long wooden weapons, such as staffs and spears, should NEVER be leaned against a wall as this may foster warping, especially if the environment is warm and humid. If they can’t be kept on a proper rack, they can be laid on the floor beside a wall (where they’ll be less likely to be stepped on). Metal weapons should be polished and oiled regularly to prevent rusting and pitting.
Our weapons are “tools of the Way”; tools that can help us better understand our martial art and carry us further along the way. As such, they should be treated with the proper consideration and dignity.
Check out this video on how to clean and maintain a sword.
Lawrence N. Ross. 2017. “Demi Agama, Bangsa dan Negara: Silat Martial Arts and the ‘Third Line’ in Defense of Religion, Race and the Malaysian State.” In Sophie Lemiere (eds.) Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People. Vol. II. Strategic Information and Research Development Centre: Malaysia. Martial Arts and Modern Politics Over the last few […]
I choose to study Kung fu in China , as China is its birthplace, and I wished to learn from the masters who would know it best, who wouldn’t let me give up and push me passed my limits, to reach a style, to push myself and to not let the masters, coaches or fellow students down, to show my respect for them.
Studying in Kunyu Academy has given me many things, confidence in myself. Pride in my accomplishments, life time friends, discipline in both mind and body, and education of an amazing history. But my greatest gain from my training has to be my evolution. I have become a happier and better person since coming here.
Everybody helped me during the training. The master and coach pushed my limits further showing me new heights to achieve for. My group helped me feel welcome, as well as helping me learn. The school earned my respect and I would not let anybody down.
The lessons were hard, but the sense of pride gained when you overcome a precious barrier is ecstatic. The friends you will make help you in every way and in return you wish to help them too. The masters have knowledge to share if you are willing to learn and always help. They smile a lot and are friendly making you want to study harder. The translators are friendly and also teach you a lot.
The only way I can describe Kunyu Shan and the surrounding area is: Paradise on Earth. Everything is beautiful, the city has everything you will ever need. Kunyu Shan is now part of my family and I will be returning.
To book your place at Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Kung fu Academy simple click the link to learn more about the prices per month and to book your place.
Introduction Its been over a month since our last news update, which means that there is no better time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts. In addition to discussing […]