Do You Need a Medical Card to Buy CBD?


In recent months, the Senate passed an updated 2018 Farm Bill that created some massive waves within the hemp industry. In particular, it reclassified the hemp plant by separating it from the marijuana plant. So, while they were both of the cannabis plant, they were no longer legally considered to be interchangeable. This was a huge and positive change for the hemp-based CBD industry, as one of its primary goals is to separate its image from how medical and recreational marijuana is viewed.

You might not be aware, but there are significant differences between marijuana and hemp-based CBD, one of which is whether you need a medical ID to purchase it. Learn all necessary information about the CBD definition and what you need to buy it.  

Distinguishing Between Hemp and Marijuana

As mentioned, the recent 2018 Farm Bill sought to separate hemp from marijuana and thereby revised existing cannabis laws. To do so, the bill acknowledges that hemp is part of the cannabis plant, but adds that in order to be considered industrial hemp, it must not contain any more than 0.3% THC. Hemp-based products that comply with this restriction were then reclassified and moved from their Schedule 1 illegal status. This allows for the following to occur:

  • Expansion of state-licensed hemp cultivation
  • Authorization of hemp-based products to be carried across state lines, whether for personal or commercial reasons
  • Removal of restrictions on the possession, sale, and transport of any hemp-based products

What This Means for CBD

Thanks to the Farm Bill 2018, CBD will now be considered legal if and only if it can be classified as hemp-based. In order to do so, it must:

  • Be grown by a state-licensed farmer
  • Be grown in compliance with the rules of both state and federal legislation
  • Contain no more than 0.3% THC

Any CBD that contains more than 0.3% THC will be considered as indistinguishable from marijuana. So, hemp-based CBD, such as that sold by BioCBD+, is now legal and available for purchase. To obtain such items, you will not need a medical card to purchase any hemp-based derivatives.

Do You Need a Medical Card to Buy CBD?

As discussed, if you want to buy CBD without any THC, you will not need a medical certification if it comes from hemp. However, if you wish to purchase CBD with higher THC contents, which is basically marijuana, you will indeed be required to have a medical marijuana identification card, issued by a registered practitioner, in most states. The details of CBD legal states vary and are thus important to understand.

In recreational/medical states such as California, you can simply walk into a dispensary and obtain either marijuana-based or hemp-based CBD. All you have to do is show a valid ID or driver’s license that confirms that you are over the age of 21. Recreational states include:

    • Alaska
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Nevada
    • Oregon
    • Vermont
    • Washington
    • Washington D.C.

In medical states, you will have to qualify as a patient by a practitioner in order to purchase marijuana-based CBD. Qualifications depend upon the state, with some having much laxer requirements such as pain, anxiety or post-traumatic stress, and others requiring much more stringent medical conditions such as epilepsy or cancer. Medical states that allow for the sale of any form of CBD and THC include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Currently, the only states where you would be incapable of purchasing marijuana-based CBD are:

  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota

How to Use CBD Oil

There are four primary delivery methods for CBD hemp. They are:

  • InhalationVaping CBD is one of the most common and accessible methods to consume CBD that may lead to the benefits of quick relief. With a CBD vape, a vaporizer heats up the cannabidiol oil, and then you breathe in the vapors.
  • Ingestion – Consuming CBD via CBD oil or CBD capsules is simple and easy, especially for children. The effects take longer to occur with this method, as opposed to using a vape pen.
  • Sublingual – Similar to oral administration, you place the dosage beneath your tongue and allow it to dissolve before you swallow. This allows for a quicker release due to its entering the bloodstream far quicker than when digested.
  • Topical – Creams and oils are ideal for helping to potentially minimize localized surface pain in either the joints or muscles. That said, topical CBD oil is not suitable for anxiety, stress, or relief from seizures.

Purchasing CBD

Now that hemp-based CBD has experienced legalization, you can now purchase it online without any form of a medical card. When determining the right CBD for you consider the following:

  • Ask about the cannabidiol oil and its CBD content
  • Read reviews from previous users
  • Ask about its origin, potency, purity, and additives – such as hemp extract

Fortunately for you, hemp-based CBD is now available. If you are interested, be sure to check out BioCBD+ and our list of fantastic all-natural, hemp-based, CBD products!

BioCBD+ respects and appreciates the hard work the FDA does, and the disclosure below is required by The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

FDA Disclosure:

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.


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  2. Borque, A. Forbes. How Hemp And The Farm Bill May Change Life As You Know It. (2018).
  3. Berke, J. Business Insider. New Jersey lawmakers postponed a critical vote to legalize marijuana — here are all the states where pot is legal. 2019.




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