Do you live in the United States and want to know if it’s legal to buy CBD to treat a physical, mental, or emotional symptom?
CBD, which is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in hemp and cannabis, has been getting plenty of media attention lately as its therapeutic properties continue to come to light. However, many people do not know there are different forms of CBD, some of which are legal everywhere and others that are highly restricted by drug laws.
What Are the Different Types of CBD?
CBD can be derived from cannabis or from hemp. If it is derived from hemp, it contains very little of the psychoactive compound THC which is the highly restricted substance found in marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD has less than 0.3% THC and does not create any type of ‘high’ effect that many associates with cannabis.
CBD derived from cannabis can have varying levels of THC with some varieties reaching 20% THC or more. Because of this, cannabis-derived CBD is much more highly regulated than hemp-derived CBD.
U.S. Regarding CBD Laws
Though there are federal laws naming cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug and deeming it illegal, each state has its own laws regarding cannabis that apply to those who live there. Currently, there are nine states that have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana. This means that anyone can go to a dispensary or specialty shop and buy marijuana products including CBD with various levels of THC. Those who live in these states do not need to obtain a medical marijuana ID card and they do not need to show a medical need for the drug. However, they cannot take any product containing THC over state lines, even to other states that have legalized recreational use of the drug.
Twenty-two other states have legalized medical marijuana. This means that anyone with a medical marijuana ID card can purchase products from licensed dispensaries in the state. This includes CBD products with various levels of THC. To get an ID card, patients must consult with a licensed marijuana doctor who will go over their health records and determine they have a condition that can be legally treated with marijuana. They will then issue a recommendation that can be used to apply for an ID card with the state. For those who cannot get an ID card, the purchase of CBD products derived from cannabis will still be illegal.
The remaining states have not legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. If you live in one of these states, you will only be able to purchase hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC. While these products can still have beneficial therapeutic properties, they are generally considered not as effective as CBD that is derived from cannabis.
Legally Buying, Shipping, and Transporting CBD
If you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, you can purchase any CBD products from online retailers or from local dispensaries or specialist shops. However, you cannot transport or ship your purchases to other states.
Those who live in states where medical marijuana is legal can buy CBD products from any licensed dispensary in the state if they have an ID card. However, they cannot ship or transport any of their CBD products if they contain more than 0.3% THC. In some cases, they can also purchase CBD products from online retailers.
Those who live in states that have not legalized either recreational or medical marijuana will only be able to legally purchase hemp-derived CBD from online retailers, health food stores, or specialty stores and these products must contain less than 0.3% THC. These products can be transported over state lines or shipped as they contain less than the legal limit of THC.
Finding the Right CBD Product for You
If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, speaking to a professional at a dispensary or a licensed marijuana doctor is the best way to determine which type, form, and dosage of CBD is right for your needs. They can answer any questions you have and direct you to the best products to treat your specific health condition. If you live in a state where marijuana is not legal, you can consult with a staff member at health food or specialty store or contact customer service at a reputable online retailer of hemp-derived CBD products. Once you become familiar with the laws in your state, you can make the best decision for your personal needs.
CBD has become a viable treatment for many conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain to nausea and insomnia. Depending on where you live or travel to, you may be able to legally buy CBD with various levels of THC derived from either hemp or cannabis. It’s best to try out multiple dosages, types, and combinations of CBD to see which one best fits your health needs.