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Can You Buy CBD If You’re 18?

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The simple answer to the question of how old you have to be to buy CBD is: It depends. We’ll explain that answer and give information on what to look for when buying cannabidiol (CBD) products.

Is CBD legal?

Growing the hemp plant CBD is made from is legal. In 2018, a federal bill allowed industrial hemp to be grown legally in the United States for the first time. It also cleared the way for companies to produce products with hemp. Since then, CBD sales have grown exponentially nationwide.

Selling and buying CBD isn’t legal in all states. But not everyone can buy CBD legally. While the federal law allows for growing, some U.S. states don’t currently allow for the sale of CBD. And some states set age restrictions, too.

It depends on what state you’re in, what form of CBD you want to buy, and the store you’re trying to buy it from.

In general, you have to be 18 or older. In some cases, you have to be 21.

In states where CBD sales are legal, brick-and-mortar stores may ask you to verify that you’re 18. Reputable online CBD retailers also have basic measures in place to ask your age.

You’ll likely need to be 21 to purchase CBD from recreational dispensaries. Medical marijuana dispensaries may have additional requirements. CBD products with higher THC levels are regulated by states, and age requirements are in place.

A certificate of analysis (COA) done by a separate lab to confirm CBD and other ingredients is the easiest way for you to know what’s in a product. This lab report should be easy to get online, by email, or come with the product.

Because of CBD’s sudden increase in popularity, stores dedicated to it have popped up all over. And more often, CBD products are showing up in retail pharmacies and grocery stores. But not every product is reputable and high quality.

Before you buy, verify that the products come with third-party testing reports from independent laboratories. These reports will validate the product’s claims. They’ll also help you know what you’re spending your money on.

If you’re shopping online or in a store and these reports aren’t available, steer clear. You may be getting a product that has less CBD than promised, if any at all.

Understanding what you’re buying will help you get a better product. It’ll also help you find one that’s targeted to what you’re trying to address. For example, some CBD products are formulated for nerve pain, while others may be popular for migraine or chronic pain.

CBD extracts come from cannabis plants

The term “hemp” describes cannabis plants that have 0.3 percent or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The term “marijuana” refers to cannabis plants that have more than 0.3 percent THC. But this term is controversial due to its racist and anti-cannabis history. Today, those in the industry prefer to use the term “cannabis” instead.

Both hemp and cannabis come from plants in the same family. That’s why some cannabis products have CBD in them. It’s also why some CBD products have trace amounts of THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the “high” sensation.

Hemp extract isn’t the same thing as hempseed oil

Hempseed oil is made from the same cannabis plant family, but it doesn’t have the properties of CBD and THC. That’s because hempseed oil has no THC and only trace amounts of CBD. This oil is made from the seeds, not the plant itself.

While CBD was legalized with the 2018 bill, hempseed oil has been around for many decades. It’s been used in many applications, from cooking oil to beauty products, long before CBD was made legal.

If a CBD product lists hempseed oil or Cannabis sativa seed oil, the product doesn’t have any CBD. Look for CBD to be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich), or PCR hemp extracts.

Do you have to be 18 to buy CBD? Maybe. It depends on your state’s laws. Here’s more.

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Dear Stoner: Does someone have to be eighteen to buy CBD products? What if they’re made from hemp? I see some in dispensaries and others in regular stores.
J.W.

Dear J.W.: Cannabidiol (CBD) products made from plants grown in a licensed marijuana cultivation can only be purchased at dispensaries, which are open to adults 21 and up and medical patients. However, a cannabis plant with no more than 0.3 percent THC is considered hemp by the federal government, so products from that plant can be sold in all fifty states. Despite their low THC content, hemp plants can still be rich in CBD. Although there are concerns about the long-term effects of hemp-derived CBD, and completely removing THC from medication isn’t always the right therapeutic decision, it’s great to at least see some form of CBD available to patients in non-legalized states.

You can find hemp CBD products at a variety of health stores, food markets and trendy boutiques, as well as smoke and vape shops that sell vaporizer cartridges with CBD oil. There’s no law against selling any of those, including vaporizer cartridges, to minors, but it’s still up to the business. Most smoke shops don’t even allow minors inside, and some require that you be 21 or older to buy CBD products.

“Online, however, is open season,” notes cannabis public-relations expert Emalee Hyde, who counts hemp-CBD vaporizer company Veedverks among her clients. “Any six-year-old with access to Mom and Dad’s account could order hemp-derived CBD.”

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How old do you have to be to buy CBD products? What if they're made from hemp? Our Stoner has the info.