As for marijuana-derived CBD, legal states require you to be at least 21 years of age or older to buy it.
If you reside in a legal state, taking marijuana-derived CBD should be fine, as long as you’re of legal age. Minors should be registered into their state’s medical marijuana program.
What are the Common Forms of CBD Products?
No, you don’t have to be of legal age to buy CBD.
You may use any form of CBD, but if you’re a minor, you’re not allowed to use inhalable CBD forms such as CBD flower and vape. CBD products like these are only available to people above the age of 21.
For a minor requiring marijuana-derived CBD with higher THC content, their legal guardian must enroll them into their state’s medical marijuana program. The minor must also be seen by a certified healthcare professional and diagnosed with one of their state’s qualifying medical conditions.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products became fully legal for sale at a federal level across the entire US, provided they are derived from the industrial hemp plant and contain less than 0.3% THC – the psychoactive compound found in marijuana responsible for the sensation of “getting high” in higher concentrations.
Now that we’ve established some background on the age requirements for CBD, it’s helpful to understand the different types of CBD products available. There’s a range of different CBD products available that are easy to use and incorporate into your daily routine.
Is CBD Legal?
Given the change in legality of hemp and cannabis products over the past few years, it’s natural to be unsure where products stand. Put simply: yes, CBD is legal.
To make sense of the various age restrictions we recommend keeping the following in mind:
Although the hemp plant and the marijuana plant are similar, they remain distinct, and in order to be legal for sale in the US, CBD must be derived from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant.
Online dispensaries are a similar situation, though it’s quite a bit easier for online CBD shops to be less stringent about their clientele’s age. Most reputable sellers will require that you are over 18 and will likely do age checks in some form or another.
Beyond that, if your CBD is hemp-derived and contains less than 0.3% THC, 18 year olds and minors should both (technically speaking) be able to purchase and use it. There are no federal laws about the minimum age for sale or use of CBD, so unless your local laws state otherwise, it should be fair game for minors. This is likely due to how young the industry is, since the federal bill that legalized the production of hemp products on a mass scale was only passed in 2018. As more CBD research comes out — and potentially if the use of CBD becomes more politicized — the minimum age could change in the future.
List of State Laws
Additionally, CBD has been demonstrated to potentially provide long-term health benefits, including boosting heart and brain health.
In all other states, you either must be 18, or there is no age limit.
There are some states where you must be 21 to buy CBD, namely: