Jul 09 , 2020
By now, we’re pretty sure most of you will have heard about CBD and the miraculous health benefits this cannabinoid is associated with. As the legalisation movement has made tremendous headway in recent years, research has shown that there is a lot more to cannabis use than just getting high!
In fact, CBD won’t get you high at all. It’s non-psychoactive, but does have plenty of positive uses of its own. This realisation has meant that the popularity of CBD extracts (like CBD oil from Healthworx CBD), CBD tinctures (like CRFT CBD's Mint Tincture), and other forms of the compound have exploded in popularity in recent years.
In the following article all about the legality of CBD products and the age at which you can buy and use CBD, we’ll cover:
- What CBD is.
- Why WeedRepublic loves CBD products.
- Different CBD containing products on the market today.
- The age limit of buying CBD oil and other products in the United States.
- The minimum age you can buy CBD in Canada.
- How old you need to be to buy and use CBD in the United Kingdom.
By the end, you should be pretty knowledgeable about CBD and the legality of it. So, let’s start already.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol if you want to be all scientific about it, is one of the most prominent cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp plants. The most famous cannabinoid, or the one that’s most revered by cannabis smokers around the world, is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC for short). This is the compound in cannabis that gets you high.
CBD, by contrast, doesn’t get users high. It’s non-psychoactive but does offer a range of health benefits that we’ll discuss below.
CBD products come in many forms but there are two main varieties -- full spectrum and CBD-only products. The legality of the product often comes down to which variety it is made using.
Full spectrum products will contain traces of cannabis, whereas CBD isolates will not. The presence of THC, which is still a controlled substance in much of the world, is often the reason for a CBD product’s illegality.
CBD is typically manufactured using industrial grade hemp (with a THC content of less than 0.3%). Left in this state, the product will be a full-spectrum extract. With further chemical processes, waxes, other compounds, and THC can be completely removed, leaving behind pure CBD.
Why WeedRepublic Loves CBD
As mentioned, CBD products have all kinds of health benefits for their users. This is because we humans have what’s known as an endocannabinoid system (ECS). In fact, most living things do. You don’t need to have ever smoked weed or eaten something containing hemp either!
Living creatures naturally produce their own cannabinoids that interact with the ECS. This maintains balance in many of the body’s processes. However, sickness or other causes can mean that the body doesn’t produce enough cannabinoids, and this is where WeedRepublic’s favourite plant comes in.
Phytocannabinoids is a fancy name for cannabinoids that come from plants - like CBD, THC, and the hundreds of others. These can supplement the cannabinoids that the body is supposed to produce at times when it’s running low of its natural supply.
The use of such supplements can help the body deal with all kinds of ailments. The CBD binds to our cannabinoid receptors, sending different messages to the brain. These messages can help to alleviate the following conditions:
- Trouble sleeping.
- Trouble eating.
- Skin conditions.
And these are just some of the benefits we know about too. Given that the body is literally built to use these cannabinoids, there will no doubt be lots of uses we’ve yet to realise!
What CBD Products are Available?
The global public is only just starting to wake up to the benefits of CBD use. That said, there are already plenty of different products on the market that contain either full-spectrum CBD extracts or CBD isolate. We’ve listed some of what’s available below:
- Tinctures (such as this Mint Tincture using pure CBD isolate).
- Inhalers (such as one from CBD Luxe).
- Nasal sprays (such as the CBD Nasal Inhaler from boom.boom).
- Patches (such as the Transdermal CBD patches from Pure Kana).
- Vaporiser liquids (such as this Pink Lemonade Vape Juice).
- Capsules (such as these Raw Hemp Oil Capsules).
- Suppositories (such as these 50mg CBD Suppositories).
- Shatters/waxes (such as the CBD Shatter from Healthworx CBD).
- Edibles (such as Hemp Extract-infused Gummies).
- Body care products (such as this Hemp Salve).
- Pet supplements (such as Creating Better Days Nano-CBD oil for pets).
Legal Age to Purchase CBD in the US
Since all cannabinoids are illegal at the Federal level, there is no universal age at which you can buy CBD in the US. However, there are numerous states that allow for either legal recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. In these states, the use of CBD is legal, as long as it falls within the legislation the state enforces.
Unlike alcohol, which is given a minimum legal age of 21 years at the Federal level, there isn’t a concrete answer to the questions of “how old do you have to be to buy CBD online?” or “how old do you have to be to buy CBD gummies?” Different states differ massively in their legal cannabis product provisions and the situation is changing all the time, meaning that anything legislation-related we publish runs the risk of becoming dated extremely quickly.
Whilst there isn’t an official age limit for US CBD buyers, reputable companies selling CBD products will often require that their customers be over the age of 18. Although there has been nothing to suggest that CBD use is dangerous, the idea is to maintain a self-regulated industry whilst waiting for Federal and State lawmakers to catch up to the explosion of innovation surrounding the weed and hemp industries.
By demanding that customers are over 18 years of age to purchase CBD in the United States, companies give the impression of responsibility, which is all-important when the Federal government could still technically shut down any company dealing with products related to the still-controlled substance cannabis.
Legal Age to Buy CBD Products in Canada
In Canada, things are a little clearer. Hemp-derived products and cannabis itself is legal at the national level. The Cannabis Act of 2018 made it legal for individuals to buy cannabis flowers, seeds, and oils. However, it initially excluded chemical extractions.
CBD fell under the definition of a chemical extract. However, the law was amended in October 2019 to include cannabis and hemp-derived extracts made using solvents. This made CBD legal at the state level for recreational use. In terms of its medicinal use, CBD has been legal since 2001.
In terms of an age restriction on products that contain CBD in Canada, there isn’t one. Meanwhile, those purchasing actual cannabis must be 19 years of age in most of the country and 18 in Alberta and Québec.
How Old Do I Need to Be to Buy CBD Oil and CBD Products in the UK?
The least progressive nation we’re looking at the minimum age to buy CBD at is the UK. Both recreational and medicinal cannabis remains illegal in the UK. Actually, medical marijuana is now legal in a few extreme cases but good luck going to your GP and asking for marijuana products!
The UK’s medical marijuana doesn’t come in bud form either - you’re much more likely to be prescribed some synthetic cannabinoids. Users complain that these are nothing compared to the real thing but it’s something of a start towards full legalisation.
CBD products sold in the UK must have no trace amounts of THC. UK CBD oil, therefore, must be a full isolate. If there is any of the controlled substance THC in the product, it’s illegal and you can’t buy it no matter how old you are.
CBD isolates, like Creating Better Days' 994mg CBD isolate, can be either illegal or legal, depending on their branding. If the product is sold as a medicine, it’s illegal. CBD manufacturers cannot make claims that their products can treat illnesses or diseases. Well, they can, but they must first register as a medical distribution company and this isn’t cheap!
By contrast, CBD sold as a food supplement is perfectly legal in the UK. CBD isn’t listed on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This means that people of any age are free to buy products that contain CBD - even if recreational and medical marijuana is still a pipedream for the Brits.
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Confusing No More
Hopefully this article all about CBD hemp extracts clears up a bit of the confusion surrounding age restrictions on buying CBD. As you can see, legislators around the world are having a hard time legally defining a substance that has no psychoactive properties but remains closely linked to a substance that has been demonised for the best part of a century.
If the legalisation movement continues to make progress - and there is little to suggest it won’t - we anticipate a further relaxing of the rules surrounding CBD oil and hemp extracts. After all, they’re not dangerous, don’t get you high, and are remarkably good for you too. If it makes no sense to criminalise the use of weed, it makes even less to police a related health supplement!