CBD Legality, Accessibility

Another key difference between hemp- and marijuana-based CBD oils is where you can buy them.

Because it contains such a low level of THC, CBD oil from hemp is considered a food supplement and is therefore legal to buy and sell in all 50 states (and in most countries worldwide) without the need for a prescription or medical card.

You can buy CBD hemp oil from smoke shops, your local health and wellness shops, medical and recreational dispensaries.

Marijuana, on the other hand, although now legal in a growing number of US states, is still federally banned as a Schedule 1 drug—and a controlled substance in many other countries around the world—so CBD oil made from marijuana can only be sold in specific state-sponsored dispensaries.

Remember, it’s still not legal at a federal level to sell marijuana products anywhere in the United States. Customers and business owners alike could be at risk if the federal government decides to enforce its laws.

Finally, you should also know that CBD found in marijuana is the same exact chemical compound as that found in hemp. Many people are discovering the same benefits of using marijuana with zero chance of getting high or encountering legal risks. That’s why, in this guide, we‘ll exclusively discuss legal CBD oil made from industrial hemp.