For Ohio residents seeking to ride on the increased popularity of CBD, several issues come to mind with regard to this natural extract. First, they would like to understand what is CBD and the health benefits associated with it. Secondly, potential users would be interested in the legal considerations and regulatory framework before they make a decision. Finally, users want to access the product conveniently and would like to know where to source it and what aspects to keep in mind when purchasing to ensure value for money.
All these matters are addressed below for those who live in, or visit the Buckeye State.
What is CBD Oil?
The cannabis plant has been a subject of interest to scientists for millennia. Apart from its popularity for inducing a “high” feeling for users, numerous studies have indicated the therapeutic benefits of the plant in managing an increasing number of medical conditions.
Unknown to many people, there are variants of the cannabis plant that do not necessarily give users a euphoric experience.
The genus cannabis has two prominent plants that are revolutionizing alternative medicine. Marijuana and hemp both belong to this genus and are regarded highly because they are the main sources of THC and CBD.
CBD (or cannabidiol) and THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) are among the hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant. Hemp contains large quantities of CBD and trace amounts of THC while marijuana is found to have large quantities of THC than CBD.
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for the “high” feeling experienced by users.
While CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant, it does not cause the euphoric “high” associated with marijuana. CBD oil may contain trace amounts of THC (usually less than 0.3%).
However, it is important to note that CBD oil can be extracted from hemp or marijuana. When extracted from hemp, the oil contains a maximum THC content of 0.3% which is very little to cause any psychoactive effects. CBD oil extracted from marijuana may have slightly higher amounts of THC.
If you need CBD with no traces of THC, you can opt for CBD isolate instead of the full spectrum. CBD isolate is a purified form of CBD with all other cannabinoids and plant extracts removed.
Full spectrum CBD on the other hand is regarded as superior because it contains multiple plant extracts including terpenes which provide the “entourage effect” – the working together of the plant extracts to provide a wholesome healing effect.
The consumption of CBD oil is increasing exponentially due to the link of this cannabis extract to the treatment of various medical conditions. Users have reported relief for conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and arthritis.
As mentioned above, CBD is extracted from cannabis and in many cases the laws governing the production, sale and use of marijuana are largely the same ones applied for CBD oil. However, proponents of CBD oil have long argued that since CBD does not contain THC, or where it does, it’s in trace amounts, it should not be subject to the restrictions of marijuana.
Let us look at the situation in Ohio.
Is CBD oil Legal in the state of Ohio?
Although CBD oil is widely available both online and in retail stores across the state of Ohio, if you are in need of this amazing oil it is important to consider the legal landscape in the Buckeye State.
The use of marijuana in Ohio is governed under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Under this program, marijuana-related products can only be sold in a medical marijuana control program dispensary that is duly licensed (56 dispensaries have been approved so far).
As far as the law in Ohio is concerned, CBD oil (whether produced from marijuana or hemp) is an extract governed under the marijuana program. It can only be sold legally through the dispensaries licensed under the medical marijuana control program.
For you to qualify to access products through the medical marijuana control program, you need to apply and obtain a medical marijuana card. With regard to CBD oil, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued a clarification that “all marijuana products, including CBD oil, can only be dispensed in a licensed Medical Marijuana Control Program dispensary.”
Despite the provisions of this law, boutique shops, health food stores and smoke shops continue to stock CBD oil derived from hemp. You can also buy numerous brands of CBD oil from online vendors who ship to Ohio addresses.
Where to find CBD oil in Ohio
Most of the licensed Medical Marijuana Control Program dispensaries will become operational as 2019 progresses. You can go online or visit some of the local stores that stock CBD oil and purchase any of the countless brands available.
Some local stores include;
- Natural Holistic Products in Centerville (302 Concept Ct,)
- Toledo Hemp Center in Toledo (815 Phillips Ave,)
- Queen City Hemp in Cincinnati (1719 Elm St,)
- Premium Hemp Co. in Willoughby (36495 Vine St suite d,)
- Hemptations in Cincinnati, (2034 Madison Rd,), Dayton (548 Wilmington Ave,) and Sharonville (11353 Lebanon Rd,).
The law in Ohio seems to favor the use of dispensaries under the Medical Marijuana Control Program for anyone who wants to buy CBD oil. Whether you buy CBD oil online, through the marijuana dispensary or from your local store ensure that you get value for money by following the guidelines below:
- Go for CBD oil derived from organic hemp. The hemp plant is known to purify the soil of toxins and other contaminants and if planted in impure soils the pollutants accumulate in the plant tissues.
- Insist on CBD extracted using the supercritical CO2 method to avoid contamination with harmful residues.
- Buy from producers who provide third party lab tests as proof that independent entities have tested the product to ascertain the quality.