It’s truly a blessing that so many people in the world are coming to the understanding that cannabis-related products are not only good for us, it is formally recommended by more physicians every day for the treatment of acute diseases as well as general health and wellbeing.
Incorporating legal CBD products into your daily food, water, and supplement regimen is just good common sense. Now, all of us (at all ages) are candidates for the consumption of healthful and fully legal cannabis products like CBD oil (aka, cannabidiol). So let’s make sure everyone understands the legal status of this Cannabis-derived extract. So, where to buy CBD oil you ask?
Well, there’s so much more information about Cannabis products of all kinds becoming available to the public, worldwide, these days that for many of us at the beginning of the Cannabis learning curve can be quite confusing at times. New and emerging technologies used within some of the categories of cannabis products are expanding possibilities all the time.
And sometimes, the question of where to buy CBD oil and related products just brings up more questions. Below we will examine the current law in the States where Cannabis in one or another form is completely legal for medical use and/or recreational use.
Where can I get CBD oil?
Where is CBD oil legal?
Where to buy CBD oil, and is cannabis oil different?
What other types of CBD products are available?
What about psychoactivity. – Will it get me high?
What is the best CBD oil?
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
The answer to the question of where to buy CBD oil and other Cannabis products is dependent upon whether medical marijuana has been legalized in your State. In mid-April 2016, Pennsylvania passed legislation proposing legalization of medical marijuana which brings the total number of States with some form of legal Cannabis to 44 States (including DC).
As shown in the chart, there are some States where only CBD-related products are legal as opposed to other Cannabis products in general. If you are living in one of the States that have completely legalized the use of Cannabis for recreational use such as Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, etc… it is widely predicted that you will see the cost of your medication go even higher than Black Market as the State taxes, restricts, licenses, and regulators the entire plant itself and anything derived from it.
Here’s a list of States where “Medical Marijuana” has been legalized as of this updated posting (July 2017). Pending the legislative results from the previous wave of fully recreational use States adopting such a position, upcoming elections in the months ahead will certainly be expanding this list where the use of medical marijuana and related Cannabis products are allowed:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Washington DC
- West Virginia
Where Is CBD Oil Legal?
Pending the lawsuit against the DEA in early 2017, CBD is legal in all 50 States. CBD has always been legal in the U.S. as the CBD is produced from imported hemp oil. Ain’t that great? We don’t even allow our own citizens and farmers who want to grow hemp. We are forced by law to purchase the raw product from other countries. It only makes sense to the racketeers that want it illegal.
The foundation for the aforementioned lawsuit is that late in 2016 the DEA appended their codes for marijuana on their “Schedule of Dangerous Drugs“.
This schedule is the kingpin and legal paradigm upon which Federal marijuana prohibition law is based.
The Schedule’s codes include “all marijuana concentrates” or anything derived from the Cannabis species of plants including the harmless and incredibly healthy plant itself.
This includes CBD even though it has no psychoactive effects and is prescribed on an increasing basis by licensed medical practitioners for a full range of neuropathic diseases and symptomologies, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, anxiety, depression, and many other psychological and developmental disorders like PTSD, ADHD, and even Autism.
In other words, the DEA is not even following their own rules regarding which drugs qualify at which level on the Schedule of Dangerous Drugs.
Is Cannabis Oil the same thing as CBD Oil?
Answer: No.And since we hear the two terms used incorrectly all the time, I thought that the answer could use some more clarification for many of you. We’ll save more detailed, individual descriptions for all the various types of Cannabis-related oils for another post. Nevertheless, important and elementary distinctions between the two are described as follows:
CBDis an individual and natural constituent molecule found in all species of cannabis, and is an abbreviated form of the word “Cannabidiol”. Often referred to as CDB vape oil because of the increasing frequency and popularity of using vaporizers as a method of delivery, CBD is non-psychoactive (won’t get you high) whereas Cannabis Oil contains THC(tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.
Cannabis Oil(marijuana oil and THC oil ) can have any number of cannabinoids including THC present. It comes in a wide range of potency and can be far from pharmaceutical grade – so be aware of its wide range in quality. Currently, the majority of dispensaries provide labeling that will show the assayed values of the amount of THC and CBD in the product.
Generally speaking, the purpose of cannabis oil is to get high, and/or reduce stress, kill cancer cells, and reduce muscle, joint and nerve pain, but it also has scientifically documented health benefits because it contains varying amounts of CBD as well.