CBD is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States today. In recent years, hundreds of CBD wholesalers and retailers have popped up across the country, and the market is still growing.
However, because the industry is so new, there is still some confusion around legality matters. While hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, there are some differences in laws and regulations at the state level. If you sell CBD oil or CBD-infused products, it is important to be aware of your state’s regulations surrounding CBD. Below, we’ve provided some information on age restrictions for in-store purchases of CBD.
Age Restrictions for Purchasing CBD in the U.S.
The US government legalized the use of hemp-derived CBD products in 2018. Now, buyers can purchase CBD from retail stores without needing a prescription or doctor’s permission. Stores are selling everything from CBD-infused food products to drinks, bath bombs, and more. But the laws governing CBD sales are confusing, to say the least. It doesn’t seem like anyone is getting carded for buying CBD, but new consumers may wonder, are there age restrictions for purchasing over-the-counter items?
Well, that depends on what you’re buying. There are currently no federal laws that restrict certain age groups from purchasing CBD in the form of an oil, topical, pill, or tincture. However, there are still laws that prohibit the sale of smoking devices to minors. That means that retail stores cannot sell CBD vape products to individuals who are under the age of 18.
Why Some Retail Stores Refuse to Sell CBD to Minors
Unlike other cannabis compounds, CBD doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect. Hemp-derived CBD products contain very low levels of THC, so they will not induce a feeling of being high. For this reason, there is less controversy regarding CBD consumption. Many parents feel comfortable administering CBD to their children because they know it will alter their state of mind.
However, because research is still in early stages, we still don’t know for certain whether or not CBD affects brain development. For this reason, some retail businesses have decided to restrict CBD sales to adults only.
Age Restrictions for Buying Cannabis in Colorado
In Colorado, both hemp and marijuana products are legal for sale. However, in order to purchase marijuana, buyers must be 21 years or older and able to present a valid ID. It is the responsibility of retail stores to check ID’s to make sure that the sale is legal.
For CBD sales, there are no age restrictions. So long as the products contain less than 0.3% (the federally legal limit) of THC, then they can be legally sold to anyone. The only type of CBD that cannot be sold to minors is vape products.
Important Matters to Keep in Mind
However, it is important to know that the FDA has not given its full approval on CBD sales. In fact, in recent months, the FDA has issued warnings to businesses who are marketing CBD as a dietary supplement or are making claims about medical benefits.
Furthermore, whether or not businesses can sell CBD in food and beverage products is still a gray area. Although many businesses are doing it anyway, that does not mean that these items are legally approved by the FDA. Additionally, some states have decided to enact laws that ban CBD-infused foods and beverages.
Interstate commerce is also another gray area, and businesses should take caution to research and follow state laws.
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Hemp Depot is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted CBD wholesalers. For more information regarding CBD legality, please contact our office. Our team will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.