The FDA has historically been strict when it comes to health claims or content that could be understood as medical advice — and makes no exception for CBD.
CBD oil usually comes with a dropper to allow consumers and patients to measure out their dose. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Licensing requirements for CBD
Hemp growers must also submit samples for THC concentration testing no more than 30 days before harvest. Registrants must submit their registration number, name and contact information, anticipated harvest date, name of the seed cultivar(s), physical address, Global Positioning System coordinates, general description of the location, and acreage of the crop, and the name and contact information of the laboratory to conduct the testing for THC content.
Currently, California’s definition of CBD is consistent with the federal definition. According to a letter issued by the Attorney General’s Office, “although California currently allows the manufacturing and sales of cannabis products (including edibles), the use of industrial hemp as the source of CBD to be added to food products is prohibited. Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human and animal consumption, CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement.”
New formulations of CBD allow the cannabinoid to be used in a variety of ways. Photo by: (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Registered medical marijuana patients are allowed to possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana. However, if this limit isn’t enough for his medical condition, then he’s allowed to possess the marijuana amount consistent with his medical needs — provided he has a doctor’s recommendation, of course.
Patients (may they be registered or not) and adults over the age of 21 have safe access to legal marijuana. All you need is to present your medical marijuana card or a valid ID when buying weed in California.
The marijuana forms allowed in California include smokable flowers, vapes, cannabis-infused edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and topicals.
How Much Marijuana Can I Buy or Grow?
Both hemp and marijuana produce CBD, and in California, both of these CBD sources are legal.
What to look for when shopping online:
The state also allows cardholders to grow the number of marijuana plants they need for their medical problems. Local ordinances have the right to ban or limit the number of plants for medical cultivation, so always check your local laws before growing marijuana plants.
Don’t cross state borders with any type of marijuana-derived products or CBD products containing higher than 0.3% THC.
Now that you are familiar with marijuana’s history in California, how does CBD fit into all of this?
Online stores are often cheaper and faster than shopping in-store. Also, they usually have discounts and special offers that you would not find locally.
Unlike flowering marijuana plants, industrial hemp contains minimal THC. That means it doesn’t produce the intoxicating effects commonly associated with marijuana.
CBD is a relatively new product without any strict regulations governing it. There are hundreds of products on the market that contain little to no CBD, even though they advertise otherwise.
The CBD industry is rapidly growing and changing. Laws and regulations in the United States are still developing, so it may be challenging to find a reliable source for your CBD needs.
If you follow the steps above, you will be able to find a quality product that suits your needs in no time. Finding this information about products sold in-store can be time-consuming.
You may be able to find CBD in dispensaries, head shops, vape stores, and health supplement retail outlets.