Can You Buy CBD Products Online?

With an ever-growing emerging industry, it seems the question, ‘Can you buy CBD products online’? is permeating the internet. We don’t blame you if you’re unsure. As we’ve touched on in other blog posts, the legality of CBD can definitely seem fuzzy because of the close relationship between hemp and marijuana and because the infused product landscape is just so new.

Hemp History At A Glance

The cultivation of hemp dates back more than 10,000 years. Hemp was widely grown and utilized in the US until the 1930s when the leaders of the paper and fiber industries began to view hemp as a threat to their success. False propaganda that classified hemp as one in the same as “marijuana” resulted in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics passing the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 which banned the production, sale, and use of all cannabis including industrial hemp. Then in 1970, the Controlled Substances Act was passed which listed hemp as a “Schedule 1 Drug” which, once again, restricted the growth, use, and sale of the crop. 

Hemp-derived CBD has been in the news a lot in 2019 precisely because recently all restrictions on growing, selling and purchasing legal hemp-infused products have been lifted on a national scale. The Farm Bill passed by Congress in December 2018 made the cultivation and transportation of hemp legal and officially removed it from the Schedule 1 controlled substances list. The Farm Bill was designed to truly enable the commerce of hemp products. This has resulted in the rapid growth of the hemp-derived CBD industry and the interest of many people in learning about the benefits of CBD. searching 'Can you buy CBD products online?' and looking for purchase options. Just in April 2019, there were over 6.4 million searches for CBD on Google. Curiosity has skyrocketed.  

Which CBD Products Can You Buy? 

CBD can come from both hemp plants and marijuana plants. But to be considered legal for purchase online and in retailers such as grocery stores, department stores or spas, CBD has to come from a classified hemp plant (as all Healthy Market products do) with a concentration of less than 0.3% of the intoxicating compound THC. Marijuana, which yields a high amount of THC, typically has concentrations far above 0.3% and is still a controlled substance at the federal level. As a potential purchaser, you may have access to medical- or recreational-use marijuana products that also contain CBD depending on the state laws where you live. 

However, you cannot legally purchase marijuana-derived CBD infused products on the Internet. The good news is that you can buy CBD products online that are derived from hemp and have them shipped to you if you live in the United States, as the federal law now permits interstate commerce of hemp products. Almost all states have also updated or are updating laws related to hemp-derived CBD. Only three – Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota – haven’t yet taken action. 

If you’re looking for plant-based wellness options, you can buy CBD products online here and you can also find CBD products such as Healthy Market’s at a variety of brick and mortar stores. With any emerging trend, it’s important to shop carefully – make sure you’re buying full-spectrum hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD from a reputable company and source. Many products that are sold as CBD or full-spectrum hemp extract infused actually have very low concentrations of CBD or higher than anticipated concentrations of CBD or none at all. In 2019, Leafly conducted a potency study on 47 products. They found 51% of products delivered the promised CBD within 20% of the labeled dosage, 23% of products delivered some CBD, but less than 80% of the dosage promised on the label and 11% of products delivered no CBD whatsoever. The adage ‘you get what you pay for’ very much applies to CBD where there are some very high-quality products and many low-quality imitations. All in all, not all hemp products are created equal. 

So, can you buy CBD products online? Yes, you can. Does that include buying CBD edibles and CBD lotions online? You bet. And at Healthy Market, you can shop with confidence. We use the gold standard of extraction methodologies - industry-leading and safe CO2 extraction - that clears our hemp extract of all potentially harmful solvents or contaminants, leaving it with the utmost purity, potency, and consistency. Also, our products, which include tinctures (oils), gummies, capsules, skin creams and more are lab-tested and you can check the quality of each particular batch on our lab results page.

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