Is Cannabis Oil, THC Oil or Marijuana Oil Legal?

By now, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the potential health benefits of using cannabis oil, THC oil, or marijuana oil. But there’s also a lot of controversy surrounding these oils, so you may not be able to buy them easily. One of the reasons why is because these oils aren’t legal everywhere. Keep reading to access some helpful information on these oils and whether or not they’re legal where you live.

A Few Helpful Definitions

Although cannabis oil, THC oil, and marijuana oil could be different names for the same product, there are some differences that you should know about if you’re planning on purchasing any of these oils for your own use. It’s important to know that, oftentimes, these three names refer to oils that contain THC from marijuana. Therefore, the oils will contain high amounts of THC, which is the substance that could make you feel high while also providing medicinal effects on the body.

To further clarify, here’s a basic breakdown of what these oils are:

  • THC oil – this is an oil that’s made when the THC compound is extracted from the marijuana plant. What is THC? Well, it’s basically what causes you to feel high when you use marijuana. However, it does provide medicinal properties that could help with a range of health problems. As you can probably imagine, THC oil is highly regulated.
  • Cannabis oil – this is a concentrated extract that’s derived from cannabis. Therefore, this oil could come from marijuana or from hemp, as these are varieties of cannabis. Typically, however, when you hear the term “cannabis oil,” what’s likely being discussed is the oil that is derived from the marijuana plant. This oil will have higher levels of THC, so when cannabis oil is derived from marijuana, it is highly regulated. However, if the cannabis oil is derived from hemp instead, it will have lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD, or cannabidiol, that will not cause you to feel high.
  • Marijuana oil – this type of oil is also made through the extraction of the THC compound, along with other cannabinoids, from the marijuana plant. It could be used both recreationally and medicinally, but it also contains a high amount of THC, so it is highly regulated as well.

Where Are the Oils Legal, and How Can You Get Them?

If you are interested in purchasing THC oil on the Internet, you won’t be able to because it isn’t legal to do so. The same holds true for marijuana oil and cannabis oil if these are derived from the marijuana plant. On the other hand, if you could find a source that has produced these oils from hemp, you could purchase them online.

You can only purchase oils that are derived from marijuana (and that contain higher amounts of THC) if you reside in a state that has allowed for the legal use of medicinal and/or recreational marijuana. In that case, finding a reputable dispensary will allow you to purchase these oils legally.

Remember, if you live in an area where THC oil cannot be purchased legally, you could instead purchase CBD oil, which is also referred to as cannabidiol oil. This is a legal alternative that can be found for sale throughout every state and around the globe. That’s because it is a separate compound from THC, even though it is also derived from the cannabis plant, and it could provide a lot of the same benefits that come with THC oil without the risk of getting high from its use.

States Where Marijuana-Derived Oils Are Legal to Purchase

States where you can purchase marijuana products legally for medical purposes include Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Delaware, and Maryland.

There are also some states where you can purchase marijuana products legally for both medical use and recreational use. Those states include Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.

Again, you could purchase CBD oil across the United States legally as long as it is sold as a dietary supplement and as long as it is sourced from hemp.

Knowing the legal and illegal types of cannabis oil that are available will help ensure that you purchase this product legally. Just keep in mind that laws could change over time, so it is best to check with your state before you make a purchase.
Eve Wang

Post by Eve Wang , 7 Mar 2018


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