Hemp CBD Oil; No Medical Marijuana Card Needed
Hemp CBD oil products are legally available without a prescription throughout the entire U.S. and in at least 40 other countries.
With cannabis policies quickly evolving throughout the United States, it’s important to remember that a selection of cannabidiol (CBD) products is already available for you to legally purchase, even without a medical marijuana card.
Over the past twenty years, there have been thousands of studies investigating CBD and its natural effects on the body. CBD, a natural non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the stalks, seeds, and flower of cannabis plants, interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to encourage homeostasis (balance) within your systems.
Because more people are learning about CBD’s botanical properties, the demand for CBD oil products has surged in recent years. Many people, perhaps yourself included, are wondering if and how they can legally access CBD .
Good news! Provided CBD products are made from oil that’s been extracted from hemp and not from marijuana, they are available to buy throughout the U.S. states and many other countries without the need of either a doctor’s recommendation or a medical marijuana card.
How It’s Legal to Buy Hemp CBD Without a Prescription
While marijuana and THC are prohibited under federal law, hemp and CBD were officially excluded from the United States Controlled Substances Act with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill . Provisions in that bill made it federally to grow hemp and to process hemp-derived products for commercial purposes. This means that CBD products that are made from these particular excluded parts of hemp aren’t prohibited under federal law.
The CBD hemp oil products available in most major markets, including those from Medical Marijuana, Inc., are made from hemp. This is good news for those throughout the U.S. who have come to rely on CBD and its balancing properties.
Hemp, a member of the Cannabis sativa L. plant species, contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, which means hemp-derived products are not psychoactive like medical marijuana. Hemp is, however, naturally abundant in cannabidiol, making it possible to extract a legally accessible cannabis oil that contains significant levels of CBD.
CBD Oil Regulations
Hemp-based CBD products are treated and sold as natural wellness products in the U.S., which means they are available nationwide to purchase online or in stores.
Full-spectrum CBD hemp oil is an excellent source of CBD, but also contains the following:
- Various other cannabinoids
- Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids
- Vitamins A, B, C, and E
The FDA’s DSHEA guidelines prohibit the endorsement of CBD or hemp oil for any specific medical benefit. We encourage you to investigate for yourself the findings of the thousands of reputable published studies that have investigated CBD and its effects.
Where Hemp CBD Oil is Legal Without a Prescription
Because CBD hemp oil is an imported hemp product and contains only trace levels of THC, it is exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act prohibition on marijuana. This means you do not need a medical marijuana card to purchase CBD hemp oil products.
Medical Marijuana, Inc. offers an extensive lineup of CBD hemp oil products in our online CBD shop and ships directly to all 50 U.S. states and over 40 countries worldwide, no prescription required. Our array of CBD products include:
The wide varieties of CBD hemp oil products range in price and potency to help meet the needs of everyone interested in supporting their systems with CBD.
When You Need a Medical Marijuana Card
While marijuana remains prohibited under federal law, 33 U.S. states and Washington D.C. have passed their own laws permitting patients who obtain a recommendation from a physician to legally access marijuana. Patients who want to buy marijuana from a dispensary for medical purposes must first get a medical card.
Medical marijuana laws are responsible for regulating the rules around the access and possession of cannabis products that are derived from marijuana. These federal and state marijuana laws have no effect on the legalization of CBD hemp oil, which can be purchased without the requirement of a medical card.
Browse our overview pages on CBD hemp oil for more information.
Hemp CBD Oil; No Medical Marijuana Card Needed Hemp CBD oil products are legally available without a prescription throughout the entire U.S. and in at least 40 other countries.
Marijuana, Hemp, CBD Oil: What’s Legal and Where
Jan. 8, 2019 — As the legalized cannabis industry in the United States grows with nearly every election, consumers interested in these products have more and more options. But they might also have more questions, given the different sources of the products, the difference in federal and state laws, and the difference between those that make you high and those that don’t.
And November’s midterm elections, along with action by Congress late in 2018 to legalize hemp in the Farm Bill, brought even more changes to the landscape. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant with a negligible amount of the high-producing THC found in marijuiana.
Here is a scorecard of what’s legal and what’s not.
Marijuana & the States
Even though, thanks to the Farm Bill, hemp lost its status as a Schedule I drug – one that has no proven medical purpose and potential for abuse – marijuana did not. That means even though many states have legalized its use, the federal government still considers marijuana and CBD products derived from marijuana in almost any form to be illegal. But so far, federal law enforcement officials have not used their power to swoop in and shut down marijuana operations in states that have legalized it.
The list of states where medical or recreational use of marijuana and CBD is legal keeps growing. Thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., have passed medical marijuana laws (including 10 states and the nation’s capital where recreational and medical use is legal), says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Also, 14 states have enacted CBD-explicit medical laws.
And, according to Armentano, all cannabis products, including marijuana and medical CBD, are illegal in Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
What About CBD Products?
CBD products sold online run the gamut, from tinctures and creams, to gummies and pills, to coffees and teas. Most experts believe the Farm Bill makes it clear that consumers anywhere can legally buy these products if they’re made from low- or zero-THC hemp. But that could change if your state’s lawmakers explicitly act to ban them.
CBD products are often marketed as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers that can also help with insomnia and anxiety. Some strains of CBD are popular with parents of children with severe epilepsy.
Within days of the Farm Bill becoming law, the FDA issued a statement saying any hemp-based CBD product that is marketed as having therapeutic benefits or as a dietary supplement is illegal to sell unless the FDA has reviewed and approved it. Opening the marketplace, it seems, also opened the products to regulatory oversight.
And the FDA would still have authority over hemp products used as food, says Todd Harrison, an attorney and chairman of the Venable LLP law firm’s FDA group in Washington, D.C.
And what about buying CBD products online, especially if you are in a state where CBD is not legal or is restricted? There are more unknowns than knowns.
”I think there is very little risk for consumers,” says Harrison, especially if it is a CBD product made from hemp. “If you are buying CBD from marijuana, there might be a risk.” But, he says, “I don’t think the states are going to take action against the consumer.”
Jonathan Miller, JD, general counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, an industry group, says, “I’ve never heard of anyone being arrested for buying CBD online.” He has heard about store owners selling CBD products being cited.
What the New Law Means for Hemp
Industrial hemp has potential for food, medicine, and even car parts. And it’s been called a potential boon for Kentucky farmers looking for an alternative to their tobacco crops.
Industrial hemp can be grown only under specific conditions, such as in state pilot programs.
Under the new law, state governments, not the federal government, would primarily regulate the hemp products.
Hemp “will [now] be an agricultural commodity,” like wheat or oranges, Miller says. “It does not impact marijuana-derived CBD.”
The provision in the new Farm Bill, he says, clarifies “the legality of hemp-derived CBD.”
Even with the Farm Bill provision, state or local governments can impose stricter limitations, Miller says. Right now, about 15 states have “pretty strong pro-hemp CBD statues. All the rest are vague or silent.”
“It is going to bring some level of clarity to this market,” NORML’s Armentano says.
It will carve out an exemption for traditional hemp plants, defined as having a maximum of 0.3% of THC, he says. “Those are no longer defined as controlled substances.”
While the language implies that compounds derived from those plants and put into products would also be exempt, it’s not explicit, Armentano says, so gray areas remain.
The list of states approving medical or recreational use of marijuana and CBD keeps growing. Thirty-three states have passed medical marijuana laws. Twelve states have enacted CBD-explicit medical laws.