It doesn’t matter if you live in Arizona or in any other part of the United States. CBD products are popular nationwide. In fact, they are all around the world. The use of Cannabidiol (CBD) has skyrocketed everywhere that allows it. Many people that use CBD products have said they are amazed at how effective it can be to treat some medical and mental conditions.
In the United States, both marijuana and its cousin plant hemp were illegal for many years. They were both included on the Schedule I Controlled Substance list. Marijuana was known to cause intoxication, and it was thought hemp caused it too. However, it was discovered hemp does not cause intoxication. The cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) causes intoxication. THC is much lower in hemp than in marijuana.
The Farm Bill of 2018 was passed in the United States, and it removed hemp from the controlled substance list. It is now legal nationwide to grow hemp and use cannabidiol (CBD) products made from it as long as they do not exceed 0.3% THC. Hemp is much higher in the cannabinoid cannabidiol than marijuana. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates CBD products made from hemp. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) regulates hemp farming.
What Is CBD Used For?
While it is still early in the game to declare CBD as the new wonder drug, it hasn’t stopped millions of people from using it. Some studies have shown CBD to have benefits such as reducing inflammation, which can help alleviate pain. Some people that formerly depended on addictive opioids to treat pain are using CBD products instead. In some cases, they use CBD as a supplement so they use fewer opioids.
CBD seems to show a anxiety reduction when tested on some rodents. Many medical and emotional conditions can cause anxiety. Some people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) use CBD for its calming and relaxing effects.
Epidiolex is CBD-based medicine that helps reduce seizures in some forms of epilepsy. Thus far, this is the only CBD-based medicine the FDA has approved. It is prescribed to treat seizures associated with Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis complex in patients 1 year of age and up.
Since CBD has been shown to promote relaxation and calm, many people with sleep disorders have also found it useful. The sleep cycle is complex. When it’s disrupted by illnesses, anxiety, and stress, it can cause problems in how you sleep. In some studies, it appears CBD can have a positive impact on sleep.
Why Is CBD Sometimes Illegal?
Today, it is commonly known that CBD products from hemp that contain 0.3% THC or less are legal everywhere in the United States. However, CBD can also be derived from marijuana, which is not legal nationwide. You must live in a state where marijuana has been legalized or has a medical marijuana program to get a CBD product with a higher THC content than 0.3%.
Eleven US states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. Over 30 states have medical marijuana programs that require approval for marijuana use or CBD use with more than 0.3% THC. Another 14 states have decriminalized marijuana. Decriminalization means you may only face a fine, civil penalty, no jail time, and no criminal record. In states where marijuana is still illegal or has been decriminalized, CBD products over 0.3% THC are likely to be treated the same as marijuana possession.
To be approved for a MM program, you must have a recommendation from a licensed physician stating your condition can be reasonably treated with marijuana or marijuana-derived CBD products. States have different qualifying conditions that are acceptable for their MM programs. If you are approved, then chances are you will only be allowed to purchase your marijuana or marijuana-derived CBD products from a state dispensary.
Current CBD Laws In Arizona
As in all US states, you can legally buy CBD products made hemp as long as they contain 0.3% THC or less. Like the state of Nevada, Arizona has legalized marijuana for recreational and medical use for anyone over 21 years old. The Smart and Safe Act was on the general election ballot in November 2020 and was voted in favor of. Adults may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time (28 grams) and have no more than 5 grams of cannabis concentrates. They are allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants at their residence for personal use.
Arizona does have a medical marijuana program. However, since marijuana is legal for recreational and medical use, it is not necessary to enroll in their MM program unless you are under 21 years old. If you are enrolled in the Arizona MM program, it’s good idea to continue enrollment because of tax costs.
When purchasing marijuana for recreational use in Arizona, you will pay a 16% tax rate. If you are an Arizona MM enrollee, the tax rate is almost half of what you would pay for recreational use! In other words, living in Arizona and using marijuana or marijuana CBD-based products for medical reasons you will save money if you are in their MM program. If your ailment is on Arizona’s list of accepted medical conditions, it would be worth the trouble to get a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana use.
When it comes to using CBD products derived from hemp, they are available in Arizona in many stores. You can also order them online. Always look closely at CBD product labels to ensure you are getting a quality product.
There should be a supplement fact panel that includes other ingredients. Net weight, manufacturer or distributor name, should be stated. The label should have suggested uses but not make medical claims. It should say full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate product. Displaying the batch or date code will help if you have an issue after using the CBD product.