Buy CBD Online: Is It Legal?

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Despite the many benefits of CBD (cannabidiol), you are often left second-guessing when you are about to buy CBD online. So, it is time that we answer the question you’ve asked countless times while looking for CBD oil for sale.


Is CBD Legal?

In a general sense, cannabidiol oil is legal to be bought and used. However, depending on the state you are in, you’re bound to get a few conditions and requirements before you can do so.

This is due to CBD oils currently being in a legal gray area due to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and the Agricultural Act of 2014 (otherwise known as the Farm Bill).

The former classifies it as a Schedule 1 Banned Substance, while the latter deems cannabis products that contain less than 0.3% of THC completely legal (and as you’ll learn shortly, THC and CBD are somewhat interconnected).

This is why it’s best to consult your doctor and have CBD specifically prescribed for your condition or ailment. Those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or Parkinson's disease, for example, are typically given prescriptions.

Aside from that, make sure that you’re buying from a manufacturer producing quality CBD isolate.

Essential oil made from medicinal cannabis

What to Look for in Buying CBD Online

Contains Less Than the Legal Limits of THC

You have to make sure that the CBD tinctures, CBD vape oil, hemp oil supplements, or any other Cannabis sativa-sourced oil products you’re buying contain no more than 0.3% of THC content.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the substance responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It’s for this reason why there is a limit to how much THC hemp oil products can contain.

Moreover, THC-rich strains of cannabis contain less CBD. By having more of it, a manufacturer would have used a substandard strain to produce CBD hemp oil of somewhat acceptable quality.

With a hemp extract having less than the legal limits for THC content, you are assured that it is federally legal for purchase and consumption.

Look for a manufacturer that has its hemp CBD products tested by a third-party laboratory.

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Certification by a Third-Party Laboratory

These laboratories would sample every batch they manufacture, and the results would then be made available for the public for their scrutiny.

You’re taking a product that can have legal and health drawbacks if it is not done right. Do not depend on the information provided by a manufacturer in regards to their product’s quality and content.

With third-party certification, you get the peace of mind that the Cannabis oil you are buying contains exactly what the manufacturer claims, especially when it comes to the percentages of cannabinoids.

Also, by doing so, you can be certain that the CBD oil products you are buying don’t contain any harmful contaminants. This brings us to the next criteria of the ideal CBD manufacturer.

Uses Certified Organic Raw Materials

You need to look for a manufacturer that sources its raw materials from certified organic sources.

The reason for this is due to the Cannabis plant (aka hemp plant) being a bioaccumulator, which causes the plant to absorb heavy metals from the soil.

With these chemicals abundant in fertilizers and pesticides, any product using chemically-grown cannabis would certainly have substantial amounts of heavy metals.

These heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic which are all toxic for your body. In fact, such substances in food have been found to increase the risk for neurodegenerative disease.

Look for Trustworthy Manufacturers

When you’re going to buy CBD online, the legality and safety of the product should be your most important considerations. This is why it’s crucial that you purchase from a trustworthy company that only offers pure CBD.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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