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Currently, you can find cannabidiol (CBD) in a lot of products – everything from pet treats and drinks to lotions and baked goods. Over the past few years, CBD in Tennessee has been welcomed into farms and for purchase on their retail shelves. With so many CBD items on the market, there can be confusion as to potency, purity, and more importantly the legality of their use.
CBD one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana also comes from cannabis. It contains THC, which has psychoactive properties that can inebriate the user. Unlike marijuana, cannabidiol comes from industrial hemp, has very little THC and no intoxicating high effects on the user.
Marijuana plants have less CBD than hemp. Hemp describes cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC, but these varieties have much higher levels of CBD. Basically, all hemp plants are cannabis, but not all cannabis plants are hemp. CBD extracted from marijuana is illegal in Tennessee.
It is legal to purchase and possess CBD in Tennessee. The state legalized CBD in 2016 with Senate Bill 2125, as long as it’s made from industrial hemp and contains extremely low levels of THC.
Since 2016, state legislators have ruled that patients can have up to 0.9% THC-containing CBD oils in their possession under a doctor’s care and prescription. They also passed a law that allows for the licensed growing and production of the hemp plant with less than 0.3% THC.
Tennessee is so CBD-friendly that, in addition to its many hemp-based small businesses across the state, major retailers have begun selling it, as well. In March of 2019, CVS and Walgreens added CBD topicals into their inventory across the state. In addition, in July, Kroger stores began selling hemp-derived CBD oils and creams in their pharmacy section.
Since the nation-wide legalization of CBD with less than 0.3 percent THC in 2018, one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the highest quality product is to purchase it online. Companies like NuLeaf Naturals are transparent by revealing all of their lab-verified quality reports. It’s important to choose a brand that clearly details their extraction methods, whether their products are organic (hint- some are not!), and if their CBD contains pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, additives, preservatives, or chemicals.
If you’d like to purchase your NuLeaf CBD products in person, you can find Tennessee-based retailers who sell this brand here.
CBD oil is federally legally so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, as mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill. It may not be legal at a state, county, or local level. Check your local laws and regulations before buying CBD oil.
This guide may not be up to date on the current legislation at the state or local level. We recommend you do your research to understand the legalities surrounding CBD oil where you live.