Is CBD Legal in Arizona?
Hemp became legal in the United States in 2018 and it opened the doors for the legal distribution of CBD or cannabidiol but not the legal distribution of THC, which is the chemical found in the hemp plant that causes euphoria. Today, CBD has become quite popular for its reported health benefits.
Popularity of CBD
CBD without the THC has, in recent years, become very popular. The chemical has been reported to help with headaches, back pain, anxiety and depression, stress, inflammation, and so forth. While the verdict is still out on the exact benefits of CBD, there is no doubting its popular use for various types of relief. Available in pills, tinctures, oils, creams, and other delivery methods, CBD is becoming a booming business as more and more people flock to using it for its reported benefits.
The Legality of CBD in Arizona
Arizona citizens voted in 2010 to pass Proposition 203, a medical marijuana bill that would give Arizona more choices when it came to marijuana and medical research and use. However it should be noted that this bill, now law, was and still is controversial and was passed by an extremely small margin.
The controversy seems to have been legally solved at least by a court case brought by the ACLU and the Welton Family of East Valley, Arizona. The case was initiated due to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery threatening citizens that he would prosecute them for possession despite the new law. Judge Katherine Cooper’s ruling was that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Law “authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, prepared from the marijuana plant.”
In Arizona, any consumable that contains more than 0.3 percent of the substance THC is illegal. CBD consumables often contain THC, so consumers need to be careful about what they buy if they’re concerned about obeying the law. Legitimate companies selling strictly CBD are helping educate customers on what is and what is not illegal.
In this regard, CBD is legal in Arizona, but any consumable such as CBD oils used in vape pens that contain more than the legally-allowed limit of 0.3 percent THC are still illegal. Again, you have to be careful about what you buy.
Why CBD and Not THC?
CBD may affect our endocannabinoid system by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors of our endocrine system. Cannabinoid receptors may respond to CBD by shifting mood, pain, appetite, and other processes in a positive way. This can explain why you feel good when you put a CBD tablet under your tongue or mix up a tincture. You’re putting something into your body that is reacting beneficially with systems that regulate how you feel and how you think. There are plenty of psychoactive pharmaceuticals on the market that do the same thing, but it’s possible CBD is more effective and safer.
Of course, no claims of effectiveness are being made, however, people are flocking to CBD for all kinds of reported benefits. Now that its availability is more widespread, research is ongoing to help us understand exactly what the benefits might be of CBD.
While CBD and THC are similar in structure, there are some advantages of using CBD over THC. First of all, CBD is federally legal, while THC is not. Second, CBD currently has no known side-effects with the exception of possible drug interactions, while THC has been known to cause slower reaction times, memory loss, coordination problems, etc. Third, CBD and THC have similar benefits and CBD seems to be far safer and now more readily available.
The Bottom Line on CBD Oil in Arizona
The good news in Arizona is that you don’t need a medical marijuana card to purchase CBD so long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC.