As medicinal marijuana becomes legal across more states, a growing number of people have become interested in the legal status of CBD oil — a product made using a different compound found in hemp, called cannabidiol.
Unlike medical marijuana, which is only legal in select states, CBD oil is legal to purchase and have shipped to all 50 states as long as (a) the industrial hemp plant grown for CBD was grown in a state where it’s legal, and (b) the CBD extraction process was also conducted at a facility in a state where CBD and hemp are legal. CBD is widely available online and over the counter, with many CBD products taking the form of oil, tincture, tablets and even gummy candy.
In this guide, we’ll explain the legal status of CBD oil in the United States, as well as how CBD compares to medical marijuana from a legal perspective.
Is CBD oil legal?
For the most part, the answer to this question is “yes.” CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, with most consumers purchasing CBD oil, tincture and other products online or through local retailers.
However, there are several key points that need to be understood before you purchase anything containing CBD, whether online or offline.
First, the legal status of CBD can vary from state to state depending on the raw materials used to manufacture the CBD oil. The key difference is whether the CBD oil was produced using raw materials from hemp or from marijuana.
Although both of these plants are forms of cannabis, they have several key differences. Hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the active ingredient in cannabis that causes the psychoactive “high” effect.
On average, hemp contains approximately 0.3% THC or less. This means that hemp, if smoked, vaporized or consumed in any other form, does not produce a high. In comparison, many of the strongest strains of marijuana have a THC content of as much as 30 percent.
CBD oil derived from hemp doesn’t contain any significant amounts of THC and has no “high” or noticeable psychoactive effect, meaning that it’s legal across the country. This is even the case in states that have yet to legalize medical or recreational marijuana.
When is CBD oil illegal?
In certain cases, CBD products may not be legal to purchase or possess for thoseCBD products that are derived from marijuana instead of hemp. Even if these marijuana-derived CBD products may contain little THC, they’re still considered byproducts of a psychoactive drug.
This means that CBD products derived from marijuana instead of hemp might not be legal in certain states.
The specific law can vary from state to state. Confusingly, some states completely outlaw CBD products derived from marijuana, while others have specific CBD laws that allow CBD products based on both hemp and marijuana.
If you live in a state without recreational or medicinal marijuana laws, it’s best to consult local resources for your state before ordering CBD products. You can also check with the sellers of CBD products to make sure that their CBD oil is completely derived from THC-free hemp.
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