Cannabis 101: How to Buy Cannabis

August 06, 2019


Cannabis 101: How to Buy Cannabis by Anthony Elio

Over the past few years, CBD has become a major topic in the cannabis space, with its medicinal benefits and THC-free nature making it ideal for use in every type of product from lotion to gummies. However, while the casual consumer may be knowledgeable on the basics of CBD, they may not be aware of how to acquire the substance in a convenient manner that checks all the boxes legally. Let’s take a look at a few options you have when it comes to acquiring CBD in its various forms, whether you prefer a brick-and-mortar store or the convenience of online shopping, and examine the current state of the legal status of the substance.

Go to the Store

This is the most direct route for potential CBD users, especially those that live in states with fully legalized cannabis. CBD products, such as tinctures, edibles, and even vape juice, can generally be found at dispensaries, dedicated CBD-related stores, and vape specialty shops. However, it looks as though you won’t always have to make a special trip just to fulfill your CBD needs. MarketWatch recently reported that CVS, the United States’ largest drugstore chain, will begin selling Curaleaf’s line of CBD products in select states, even some that have not fully embraced recreational or medicinal usage.

Go Online

While an adjacent store might be ideal for your CBD needs, no one can argue with the convenience of ecommerce. In terms of where you can purchase CBD online, there are a number of trusted resources available. Dedicated websites such as Discover CBD, HH Outlet, and CBD Outlet Online have been praised for their various offerings by sites like Leafly. For a repeat consumer with specific needs, this is likely the best route, as the sites even offer products specialized for pets such as CBD tinctures and treats.

A Look at the Legal Side

Of course, it is vital to be aware of the legal side of CBD before you complete your order. This is where things can get a little complicated, as there is still a good amount of confusion when it comes to legality, especially in terms of composition and location.

The 2018 Farm Bill was a major disruption for the CBD landscape, as most experts maintain that its passing meant that hemp with very little or no THC would be available for purchase, which would include hemp-derived CBD. However, a state’s lawmakers can still go out of their way to ban such products, and any hemp-derived CBD product that advertises its dietary and therapeutic advantages must be approved by the FDA. Clearly, while the Farm Bill opened up many doors for CBD, there is still some murkiness in the specifics of the substance.

Just keep in mind that, because legislation changes so quickly, it’s important to stay up-to-date on any changes to cannabis-related laws in your area. While the future is bright for CBD, it’s still fighting an uphill battle against years of prohibition and stigma. Make sure to check where your state stands on CBD before going through with your purchase.

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