Medical marijuana is legal in Florida with a prescription, but recreational marijuana remains illegal. But what about CBD? Here’s what you need to know.
Is CBD Legal In Florida?
Yes, hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states including Florida. This is sometimes a bit confusing as many marijuana products are labeled “CBD”. CBD is short for “cannabidiol” the active compound that delivers the medicinal benefits of both CBD and marijuana. It’s sometimes referred to as “cannabinoids” because cannabidiol is a type of cannabinoid.
THC is another type of cannabinoid, which is the active compound that gets you high. Every plant contains a variety of cannabinoids, but few contain a high percentage of the healing cannabidiol found in hemp and marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD contains .3% of THC or less, so it won’t get you high.
What Is CBD?
We touched on this a bit above, but let’s dive in deeper and talk about the different strains of the cannabis plant. Think of your favorite flower, maybe a rose. Roses come in a variety of colors, sizes, and blooms with straight or ruffled petals. They are all roses, but each variety comes from one of over 300 strains of the rosa rubiginosa plant.
Just like roses, there are over 700 strains of the cannabis plant. Hemp (cannabis L. Sativa) is the strain that contains .3% of THC or less. So, while hemp looks similar to marijuana, the plants have unique active compounds. Hemp-derived CBD oil is processed from the flowers. The leaves and stems are utilized for industrial hemp products—such as rope, fabric, paper, and biofuel. To ensure .3% of THC or less, the THC levels are tested during processing.
Can You Purchase CBD In Florida?
If you are wondering where to buy CBD in Florida, you have a few different options. Some health food and wellness stores order hemp products online and sell them in their stores. While convenient, we advise shopping online to ensure product integrity. This young and emerging industry is competitive yet unregulated, so we advise that you identify a brand that:
- Is USDA-Certified Organic
- Grown in the USA
- Is fully transparent and shares their third-party lab results
- Sells a pure product with no additives or fillers
Holmes Organics meets all of these criteria!
Can I Bring CBD Oil On A Plane To Florida?
Things can get a bit tricky when traveling with CBD. If flying internationally, keep CBD at home. CBD laws in Florida allow hemp-derived CBD for anyone over the age of 18. However, you must be able to prove that it contains .3% THC or less. This means that you must keep your CBD in its original container, not in a supplement or pillbox. We suggest putting it in checked luggage if you are checking a bag, in its original bottle.
Every state is different and state CBD laws trump Federal CBD laws. If it’s easier, have your Holmes Organics CBD shipped ahead of time and waiting for you when you arrive.
So, is CBD legal in Florida? Yes! If you are searching for a USDA-Certified Organic hemp-derived CBD, we suggest Holmes Organics. We are fully transparent about our processing. View our US-grown CBD products here!