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2022 CBD Laws by State

2022 CBD Laws by State

Although CBD is technically federally legal, unfortunately, the laws surrounding this cannabinoid are a bit complex. 

Keep reading for a rundown of CBD legality on a state-by-state basis. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of 113 different cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. CBD was discovered in 1940 and offers similar pain-relieving and mood-boosting benefits to THC but without the associated psychoactivity. Additionally, unlike delta 9 THC, CBD is fully federally legal and widely available, because it is also one of the most common cannabinoids found in the plant, alongside THC. This cannabinoid is most commonly consumed through oil tinctures and edibles, although topical creams, vapes, and even makeup containing CBD are available today. 

Benefits of CBD

CBD is a mood booster and is known for creating a relaxed, peaceful feeling in its users. Many users also find CBD an effective treatment for:

  • Pain 
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Depression 

CBD can be ingested or used topically for both skincare and medicinal purposes. In recent studies, CBD has shown promise as a treatment for epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD, and others, although more research is required in these areas. 

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the primary psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. This cannabinoid is what gives users the typical “high” associated with marijuana products. Delta 9 is often referred to simply as THC, as opposed to delta 8 or delta 10 which are discussed using their full names to avoid confusion. Delta 9 is currently federally illegal in most states in the U.S.

What Makes CBD Different From THC?

The biggest thing that sets CBD apart from THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the fact that CBD isn’t psychoactive, meaning that CBD won’t give you the same “high” feeling that THC products do. However, that doesn’t mean that CBD is less useful than THC. CBD has a myriad of medicinal benefits that users can experience without the anxiety and heart palpitations commonly associated with THC. While THC has many of the same medicinal properties as CBD, it also gives users a psychoactive experience that may not be ideal for everyone. 

CBD Laws by State

Laws surrounding hemp and marijuana products in the United States are complex, and while some states have legalized all CBD for any use, some states are more strict. This list is an overview of the legal status of CBD in each state as of January 2020.

Hemp-sourced CBD for any use Marijuana-sourced CBD for medical use
Marijuana-sourced CBD for recreational use
Alabama Legal Legal Illegal
Alaska Legal Legal Legal
Arizona Legal Undecided Illegal
Arkansas Legal Legal Illegal
California Legal Legal Legal
Colorado Legal Legal Legal
Connecticut Legal Legal Illegal
Delaware Legal Legal Illegal
Florida Legal Legal Illegal
Georgia Legal Legal Illegal
Hawaii Legal Legal Illegal
Idaho Illegal Illegal Illegal
Illinois Legal Legal Legal
Indiana Legal Illegal Illegal
Iowa Legal Legal Illegal
Kansas Legal Illegal Illegal
Kentucky Legal Illegal Illegal
Louisiana Legal Legal Illegal
Maine Legal Legal Legal
Maryland Legal Legal Illegal
Massachusetts Legal Legal Legal
Michigan Legal Legal Legal
Minnesota Legal Legal Illegal
Mississippi Legal Illegal Illegal
Missouri Legal Legal Illegal
Montana Legal Legal Illegal
Nebraska Illegal Illegal Illegal
Nevada Legal Legal Legal
New Hampshire Legal Legal Illegal
New Jersey Legal Legal Illegal
New Mexico Legal Legal Illegal
New York Legal Legal Illegal
North Carolina Legal Illegal Illegal
North Dakota Legal Legal Illegal
Ohio Legal Legal Illegal
Oklahoma Legal Legal Illegal
Oregon Legal Legal Legal
Pennsylvania Legal Legal Illegal
Rhode Island Legal Legal Illegal
South Carolina Legal Illegal Illegal
South Dakota Unclear Illegal Illegal
Tennessee Legal Illegal Illegal
Texas Legal Illegal Illegal
Utah Legal Legal Illegal
Vermont Legal Legal Legal
Virginia Legal Legal Illegal
Washington Legal Legal Legal
Washington, D.C. Legal Legal Legal
West Virginia Legal Legal Illegal
Wisconsin Legal Legal Illegal
Wyoming Legal Legal Illegal


How is CBD Legal?

How is CBD legal at all? Well, It all comes down to the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This bill changed the legal classification of hemp from a controlled substance to an agricultural commodity and made it so that any cannabis derivative containing less than 0.3% delta 9 THC would no longer be defined as marijuana in regards to the controlled substances act, effectively legalizing CBD.

Why is CBD Illegal in Some States?

As shown above, the laws surrounding CBD vary state-by-state depending on the source of the CBD, as well as its intended use. You may have noticed that CBD is highly restricted in Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota, and its status is still unsettled within these states. This is because the 2018 Farm Bill gave states the ability to oversee the production of hemp, also giving them the opportunity to restrict it. States like California and Colorado that enjoy legalized recreational marijuana also have the most relaxed regulations surrounding CBD. 

Elyxr’s CBD Products

Elyxr’s line of CBD products is a great way to incorporate CBD into your day-to-day life. With our , CBD Flower, and CBD Tincture, you have a choice in how you consume your CBD for migraine relief or a mood boost. Feel like you’re at the spa every day with our CBD Pain Relief Gel, , and , great for relieving topical pain and helping you to relax. With Elyxr, you never have to wonder what is in your CBD products, because all the information is included in our COAs, also known as lab reports. 

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David Nadel is a freelance copywriter and content writer who has been doing content creation since late 2014. He originally worked at a marketing tech company in Boston doing email marketing and SEO display ad campaigns (where he helped to create the content for those emails and banner ads for clients) before going full time as a freelance writer in 2017.

It all started working with clients in the vaping industry in 2013, where David got his opportunities to do more freelance work for that industry the following year because of his success with helping those clients with emails and ads. And, which led him writing for the hemp industry too, as he had already been an avid cannabis enthusiast going all the way back to 2011.

Because of his extensive knowledge and legit passion with non-psychoactive and psychoactive cannabinoids, coupled with his better understanding of shrooms (mushrooms) since 2015, and the kratom/kava industry since 2019, it has allowed him to create some of the most remarkable, out-of-the box, and informative content in the industry.

Even today, David still keeps on top of what’s happening in the cannabis, shrooms, and kratom/kava industries, like new research and data studies, wellness trends, legality, and emerging cannabinoids and strains, in order to supply the most up-to-date, precise educational, fun, and engaging content. That way, new and experienced users alike can really understand what this amazing industry has to offer while still being fully informed.