If you live in a state where cannabis is illegal, you might have a difficult time acquiring legitimate CBD oil from a retail location. Most people turn to the Internet in an effort to buy CBD online, and typically find a range of stores — all claiming to sell the best stuff and ship it right to your house.

The problem is that there are no testing regulations for these products, so the effectiveness and safety of many items on the market has not been proven. Therefore, the onus falls on the manufacturer, to be honest about how much CBD is actually in the oil, where the starting material was grown and how it’s been extracted.

The FDA actually issued a warning for making false claims of effectiveness and medicinal benefits because so many illegitimate companies sell snake oil marketed as CBD that doesn’t do anything (here’s how to avoid that). Despite all these challenges, if you know what you’re buying, hemp-derived CBD oil as a product itself is not illegal, according to federal law.

Is CBD Legal to Buy Online? 

Yes, CBD is legal to purchase online — as long as it is derived from industrial hemp and not marijuana.

Is it Legal to Ship CBD? 

Yes, companies that comply with the 2014 Farm Bill and its 2018 update can ship their products anywhere in the United States. The 2014 bill differentiates marijuana from industrial hemp and permits the cultivation of hemp within the United States, and the 2018 version reaffirms this distinction in more concrete terms that distinguish industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, not a federally scheduled controlled substance.

Is it Legal to Ship Edibles in the Mail

Yes, companies that comply with the above can ship edibles as well.

Which Companies are Compliant? 

Companies growing industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC are in compliance with the law. The DEA has acknowledged that CBD is legal if it’s made from the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant (the mature hemp stalk) because that part of the plant falls outside the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana.

Interested in some of the legislative history of Obama’s Farm Bill, Trump’s follow-up, and the subsequent DEA comments on the Controlled Substances Act? Read our article on the legal background of cannabis vs hemp oil.

A Quick Note About CBD & Drug Testing

If drug testing is a part of the conditions of your employment, you might be concerned about the potential of CBD to cause you to test positive for THC. This isn’t an unfounded concern — however, there isn’t exactly a cut-and-dry way to answer it.

Much of the data we have about CBD is anecdotal, and its potential impact on drug testing is no exception.  There are very few peer-reviewed studies on the subject, but there appears to be a small risk of a false positive for some users. Avoiding full-spectrum products containing traces of THC can reduce your risk of a false positive, but that may not eliminate the risk entirely.

If you are concerned about passing a drug test, you should consider this potential risk when deciding whether CBD is right for you. To learn more about the science of CBD and drug testing, check out our article for a more thorough discussion of how to minimize your risk of a false positive.

How Do I Find Legitimate, Legal CBD Online Stores? 

Unfortunately, you’ll need to do a lot of digging and plenty of research. We have a great list of important questions you should ask any company you consider buying from in our CBD Buyer’s Guide.

What Companies Do We Trust? 

We have been involved in Colorado’s medicinal and legal cannabis industry since its inception, so we’ve seen the expansion from high-quality medicine to social commodity firsthand. Investment dollars have rushed into various sectors of the industry, and the primary focus is ROI. When people see green it’s easy to get excited and focus on the numbers instead of the patients.

Of all the companies we’ve interacted with and tested, Joy Organics has been the standout. Their vertically integrated, Colorado-based facility is as impressive as its product line. Joy Organics uses organic, non-GMO hemp to extract its CBD products, from tinctures to topicals to vape products to softgel capsules.  We’ve personally tested their product line, to great success, and we’ve reviewed the independent batch test results to confirm their high cannabinoid content.

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