CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, has become a popular treatment for everything from anxiety to chronic pain and has become a viable alternative to opioids for many suffering from difficult-to-treat health conditions. CBD can come in a number of different forms, potencies, and chemical makeups. Depending on the type you want to buy, you may be able to purchase it no matter where you live in the United States or you may face varying legal restrictions. Here’s a more in-depth look at CBD in the United States and where you can purchase certain types.
What is CBD Composed of?
CBD refers to one of the non-psychoactive chemical components in the cannabis plant. CBD does not create a ‘high’ effect in those who use it and it can have a number of therapeutic benefits. THC, the other well-known chemical compound in cannabis, is the substance that causes the ‘high’ and other psychoactive effects. While CBD by itself is not highly regulated in the United States, THC is. CBD can be derived from the hemp or the cannabis plant. In the case of hemp-derived CBD, the THC content is extremely low. In cannabis-derived CBD, the THC content can be anywhere from 0 to 20%.
The legality of CBD can be a little confusing and is all based on where you live. In some states, any type of CBD is legal, regardless of the THC percentage. In others, no cannabis-derived CBD is legal at all. To find out what laws apply to you, look at your state’s marijuana laws.
If you live in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Maine, or Massachusetts, you will not be subject to any restrictions on CBD as recreational use of marijuana is legal.
If you live in Montana, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Hawaii, or Florida, you will be able to buy CBD with some level of THC in it if you have a medical marijuana ID card.
In all other states, you will only be able to buy hemp-derived CBD that has under 0.3% of THC in it. It’s important to note that wherever you live, it is illegal to transport THC over state lines even if both states have legalized marijuana.
Where Can I Buy CBD in States That Have Legalized Recreational Marijuana?
If you live in or are visiting a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, you will be able to buy all forms of CBD either online or at local dispensaries or stores that sell CBD and other cannabis products. If you are visiting the state, you will have to use all of your product before you return home as it cannot be transported over state lines.
Where Can I Buy CBD in States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana Only?
If you want to buy CBD that has over 0.3% THC, you will need to have a medical marijuana ID card. You can get these online or in person depending on your state’s laws. You will need the recommendation from a licensed marijuana doctor to apply for an ID card and will need to prove that you have a medical condition that can be legally treated with marijuana. Once you have your ID card, you can purchase CBD products at any licensed dispensary in the state. If you do not have an ID card, you can still buy hemp-derived CBD products at specialty and health food stores and from some online retailers.
Where Can I Buy CBD in States That Have Not Legalized Any Type of Marijuana?
If you live in one of the states where neither medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized, you will only be able to buy hemp-derived CBD products. You can buy these online or from local health food or specialty stores. These products will contain very little THC and will not produce any psychoactive effects. You can transport these products across state lines as they will contain less than 0.3% THC.
How Do I Choose the CBD Products That Are Right For Me?
If you live in a state where CBD products that contain THC are legal, you will need to decide how much THC you want to include in your treatment plan. The best way to do this is to talk with a knowledgeable medical marijuana doctor or dispensary staff member who can find out more about your medical condition and direct you to the best products for your needs.
If you live in a state where only hemp-derived CBD products are legal, you still need to decide what form in which you’d like to take your CBD. They are typically offered as oils, vapes, lotions, tinctures, or as powders that can be sprinkled on food or into drinks. Speak with a staff member at a specialty store or buy from a reputable online store with stellar customer service to find out which products will work best for you.
Depending on where you live or travel to in the United States, different types of CBD products will be legal. While you can purchase hemp-derived CBD with under 0.3% THC in any state, you will need to be aware of state laws if you want to buy or use CBD products with more THC in them. Educate yourself on state laws as well as how CBD treats your specific health condition to choose the right product for your needs.