CBD also known as cannabidiol is one of many powerful chemical compounds identified in nature — mainly found in hemp plants. CBD is a cannabinoid that is the most well-studied and commonly consumed, like THC. However, the fundamental difference between these two cannabinoids is the fact that CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore, will not cause a high feeling in the mind and body. As such, many have been seeking out CBD for medicinal purposes.
But, when it comes to the legality of CBD, the cannabinoid is still heavily associated with THC. Under the Farm bill of 2018 CBD was made federally legal. Interestingly enough, there is still no age restriction that has been set by the federal government. So, what does this mean?
Well, technically, people of any age can purchase CBD, nationwide. While CBD has been made federally legal, there are many states that have imposed their own laws, which includes state-wide age restrictions or the prohibition of cannabinoids altogether — including cannabis’ non-psychoactive CBD. In this article, we will share all the information you need to understand more about the age restrictions involved with buying CBD.
Is CBD Legal In the USA?
Before we learn about how old you have to be to buy CBD, we must first understand what it is and what the current hemp law is. As we said before, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound naturally occurring in abundance in hemp plants. Extracted using advanced technologies that preserve its purity, CBD may be found and consumed in a variety of forms. So, is CBD legal in the USA?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived products including CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD capsules, CBD topicals, CBD vapes, CBD flower, CBD beverages and many others are legal so long as they contain the mandated THC level of no more than 0.3%. Anything more than that would technically be considered marijuana, thus, illegal to consume.
Nonetheless, the FDA has made some specific statements regarding the age requirements for people purchasing CBD: “If any category of CBD is to be age-restricted, only smokable flower or vaping oils should be sold only to legal adults (18+). However, other forms of CBD (cremes, oils, topicals, edibles, etc.), considering its medical benefit, should not be age-restricted.”
This statement seems aligned with the FDA’s stance on vaping and smoking but does not necessarily adhere to common sense. They state that CBD edibles should not be restricted, despite the fact that edibles can produce the same effects as vaping or smoking CBD.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy CBD?
And also to add to this question, how old do you have to be to buy CBD oil? Or how old do you have to be to buy CBD gummies? To answer all of these questions, we must understand the legality of the cannabinoid. As we mentioned earlier, CBD is federally legal to manufacture, sell, and consume in all 50 states.
While this is awesome, this bill signed into law by the former present doesn’t specify anything in regard to the age limitations for buying CBD. So, this means that it’s perfectly federally legal for people at any age (even minors) to buy CBD products. To add to the confusion, states have been granted the power to regulate hemp on their own terms.
Furthermore, when it comes to online purchases of CBD, they’re legal to ship under the Farm Bill in every state. However, whether you can have products infused with CBD shipped to your front door or not will greatly depend on where you reside. As we said, states have the power to regular their own hemp laws. So for the ones that have diverged from the federal ruling, it may be legal to purchase CBD products online but it may be illegal to actually receive them.
Nonetheless, where CBD is legal, some states have put age restrictions in place, requiring people to be a certain age before they are able to purchase CBD — either you are required to be 18 years of age or 21 years of age. Ultimately, it all depends on where you live in the country and what kind of hemp laws they have in place. There are even some counties and jurisdictions within some states that have set varying standards for purchasing CBD at a certain age.
No doubt, the lack of a regulatory framework for CBD and any cannabinoid for that matter, make things very confusing, especially for those who are new to CBD. But we applaud the states that have recognized CBD medicinal potential. Legalizing CBD allows people to access the plant legally and safely — it’s as simple as that. In states where the cannabinoid is illegal, those who rely on cannabis will still find ways to get the plant; it just may not be not legal nor safe. Thus, legalizing CBD and the cannabis plant in general allows access to those who can truly benefit from it.
Instead of jumping through hoops and getting on the wrong side of the law, legalizing cannabis helps everyday people discover the natural benefits of the plant. Now that we’ve covered a little about the legality of CBD and the age restrictions set in place, no matter if you are 18, 21, or older, below we provide some information you may find useful.
The Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying CBD
The legalization of products infused with CBD for medical purposes has created a safer consumer buying CBD. With less than reputable companies becoming more and more, cannabis consumers must exercise the caution of buying their CBD safely, responsibly and most importantly, legally. The following information below serves to help CBD consumers understand the do’s and don’ts of buying products infused with the cannabinoid to ensure a safe and positive experience.
DO Be Prepared To Verify Your Age.
Like any regulated substance you’ll need to be prepared to show your ID whether you are of age or not. The same can be said if you purchase a CBD product online. As we said, some states require consumers to be at least 18, while others have a higher age minimum of 21. In any case, a company will need to verify your age with a valid form of state or government-issued identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or official ID.
Without your ID, you will be able to make any CBD purchases in store, and online, you won’t be able to receive these products.
DO Ask Questions About The Product.
No matter if you purchase online or offline. If you’re the appropriate age to buy CBD, make sure you get it from a reputable company. It’s important to ask questions and conduct research on the product you purchase. This includes the ingredients, cannabinoid profile, potency, hemp source, the effects and many others.
DON’T Purchase More Than You Need.
CBD doesn’t have an unlimited shelf life. So while it may be tempting to buy up as much product as you can, the truth is that it’s better only to buy what you need and can consume in a timely manner.
This will help to ensure that the product you are purchasing is fresh and has the maximum potency. In addition, it’s also important to remember that CBD products should be stored in a cool, dark place and consumed within 60-90 days of purchase.
DO Be Polite.
If you are unhappy with the price of a product, it’s best to take your business elsewhere. CBD companies typically have multiple products available in a number of delivery methods, so there is likely something that will fit your needs and budget.
Remember, the staff and customer service of cannabis companies are working to help you find the right product, and they want you to have a positive experience. So, take some deep breaths and relax if you ever get frustrated about anything — whether it’s shipping damage or you aren’t happy with your product.
DON’T Ask To Sample The Product If You’re Underaged.
If you are not old enough to purchase your CBD in store, understand that sampling the product is a big no-no at certain businesses. While states may have approved the legalized sale of CBD products, anyone underage consuming CBD products in an establishment will not be allowed.
If you are not of age, you may be able to walk into a hemp shop or store that sells CBD, but you won’t be allowed to purchase. Therefore if you ask to sample a CBD product, know that you will be required to present your ID. If you are not old enough, you may be asked to leave. Those who are underage should save themselves the embarrassment and just not visit any place that he or she knows doesn’t meet the age requirement.
DON’T Buy From Sketchy Companies.
To ensure your safety, it’s best not to purchase from reputable companies that have their license to sell and also meet both state and federal guidelines. The facilities of most of not all CBD companies are monitored by state regulators and are regularly inspected to ensure that their products are of the highest quality and meet all safety regulations.
If you choose to purchase from a sketchy company that offers perhaps cheaper products, you run the risk of not only getting a poor-quality product, but you may also be putting your health at risk.
DO Research The Company.
Even with the variety of CBD companies available, not all are created equal. Before making a purchase, be sure to do your research and read reviews from other customers. This will help you to find a company that has a good reputation and offers high-quality CBD products.
DON’T Use The Products On The Premises.
In general, the public consumption of CBD products is technically legal. But we don’t recommend you doing so on the grounds of a company if you happen to purchase in store. So don’t smoke or consume CBD products in or around a store you purchase from, and save your consumption — whether you’re smoking or vaping — for when you’re safely at home.
Other Factors to Consider When Buying CBD
In addition to the do’s and don’ts listed above, there are a few other factors to look for when it comes to buying weed:
- – DO look for companies that offer promotions and daily deals to save money.
- – DON’T be abusive to staff in store or online.
- – DO store your CBD products in a cool, dry place.
- – DON’T purchase CBD products for those you know who are underage.
By following these do’s and don’ts of buying CBD, you can ensure a pleasant experience that keeps you and the CBD companies operating within the law’s guidelines.
The manufacturing, sale, and consumption has been made legal on a federal level, but the laws still vary state to state. While some states have allowed the consumption of all types of hemp-derived cannabis, there are others that have limited the availability of consuming CBD or any cannabinoid, for that matter.
The more we legalize cannabis, the more normalized the plant and it’s constituents will become. The cannabis community has been working tirelessly for decades to reverse the negative stigma that people have long placed on the plant and its effects. But, because of this stigma, people have been denied proper access to research and education, leaving so many in the dark about the plant’s true benefits.
However, we believe that legalizing CBD nationwide would do wonders for the overall perspective of the plant. And, not only that, but as we’ve seen, the benefits that legalization can provide could change the lives of many, whether it be because of finances, jobs, health and many others.
All this said, it’s important to take into account all of the information presented above and also conduct your own research so you’re on the right side of the law. Doing so will not only help you avoid any trouble, but also ensure the safest, most responsible, pleasant (and legal) CBD experience possible.