CBD In Ohio

2021 Complete Guide

OH CBD 2021

In this Complete 2021 Ohio CBD Guide we’re going to discuss Ohio hemp and CBD laws as well as answer some of the more frequently asked questions such as: is CBD oil legal in Ohio? Can you legally grow hemp in Ohio? Can you make your own CBD oil? And can anyone in Ohio sell CBD? Let’s get rolling.

Hemp comes to Ohio

In the summer of 2019, out in the back of the Ohio Department of Agriculture campus in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, about 15 miles east of Columbus, agency officials planted some hemp clones. To be exact, one hundred clones of CBD-rich strains of hemp were planted. What’s interesting about this is that these were the first hemp plants to be legally cultivated in Ohio in decades. 

Before the US federal government banned cannabis in 1937, Ohio farmers were growing thousands of acres of hemp. Although hemp prohibition was lifted briefly during World War II it was short-lived.

But now, seven decades later, hemp is again growing in the Buckeye State.

The ODA planting stemmed from the July 2019 passage and signing of Ohio Senate Bill 57. The measure officially legalized the cultivation of non-intoxicating strains of cannabis (aka hemp) as well as the production and sale of CBD oil produced from hemp. 

Before SB57, hemp and CBD were lumped together with marijuana. Therefore their purchase and use were only allowed by card-carrying medical marijuana patients. Under the new laws, however, hemp-derived CBD products immediately became legal for all Ohioans — not just medical marijuana patients. 

Ohio’s Department of Agriculture was tasked with creating rules and regulations for hemp cultivation and processing. 

According to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Kyle Koehler, there are three main regulations that the state has to include: 

  1. Hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
  2. The Ohio Department of Agriculture must track all hemp being grown in the state.
  3. All hemp growers must be licensed through the Department of Agriculture.

CBD in Ohio

Although CBD was being sold before the law was passed, it’s popularity exploded once it became legal. Ohioans were buying CBD oil from gas stations, health food stores, and smoke shops across the state. 

However, they weren’t buying their CBD products from Ohio farmers. In fact, all of the CBD oil being sold in Ohio was imported from other states and still is as of the time of writing. That’s because farming hemp is not legal until the state finalizes regulations and begins to issue hemp farming licenses. Officials are expected to do so before the end of January, just in time for farmers to plant their first crop in the Spring of 2020. 

“Here in Ohio, if you are manufacturing hemp products, which includes CBD oil, you have to get a license. Those facilities will be inspected by our safety staff to ensure sanitation and cleanliness. They’ll be treated essentially as  a food manufacturing facility … because that product is going to be ingested by humans, so we want to make sure we are protecting Ohioans through the inspection of those facilities.” — David Miran, executive director ODA hemp program

Under the new hemp regulations, all hemp and CBD products are required to undergo lab testing to assure they fall within the legal level of less than 0.3 percent THC. Furthermore, products will be tested to assure that the amount of CBD claimed on the label is the amount of CBD actually in the product.

Ohio hemp CBD FAQ | 2021

Is CBD oil is legal in Ohio?

The new hemp and CBD law only legalized CBD oil derived from hemp. The definition of hemp as compared to marijuana is that hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. THC is the compound produced in marijuana that’s responsible for the high. CBD oil made from marijuana, aka cannabis oil, is only legal within Ohio’s medical marijuana program, even if it does not contain THC.

Can doctors in Ohio prescribe CBD?

CBD is used to treat a wide array of medical conditions. In addition to acting as a supplemental cannabinoid that interacts with the human endocannabinoid system or ECS, CBD also protects the brain and central nervous system from damage and can act as an antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent.

Because CBD oil is not an FDA approved drug, doctors in Ohio are not permitted to prescribe CBD products. The only exception to this rule is a drug called Epidiolex, manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, which is essentially pure CBD. Doctors are permitted to prescribe Epidiolex to children suffering from certain intractable forms of epilepsy. 

Although Ohio MMJ doctors are not permitted to prescribe CBD oil as they are with pharmaceuticals, they are permitted to recommend CBD oil and THC products to patients they feel can benefit from its use. After visiting the doctor if you have a qualifying condition, you will receive your Medical Marijuana Card from the state.

What medical conditions are being treated with CBD oil in Ohio?

Ohioans are using CBD oil to treat a wide array of medical conditions. Certain conditions make patients eligible to receive a medical marijuana card. However, if a patient chooses not to use products containing THC, then a medical marijuana card is not necessary. 

Medical conditions being treated with CBD oil in Ohio:

Can I buy CBD oil products online in Ohio?

As we mentioned above, although the rules are still being worked out for the sale of CBD products in Ohio, the products themselves have been decriminalized. This means that you can legally purchase CBD oil online and have it delivered right to your door as long as it’s derived from hemp and contains under 0.3 percent THC.

There are numerous shops in the state selling imported CBD products, especially in larger cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, and Toledo. If you want to completely avoid the chance of being pulled over on the way home and hassled for possessing CBD products made from hemp, it’s recommended that you purchase them online and get them delivered right to your doorstep. The websites below list or sell CBD oil and CBD-infused edibles, topicals, and vape oils.

What hemp CBD products are available in Ohio?

Although the rules are still being hashed out in Ohio, as of the time of writing, a wide variety of CBD products and delivery methods are available to Ohians. These include:

The only CBD products that are restricted in Ohio are smokable forms produced by licensed marijuana growers. This includes dried flower, concentrates such as wax, hash, etc.

Where can I legally purchase CBD oil in Ohio?

So, great, CBD oil is now legal, but where can you buy CBD oil in Ohio? That depends. If you’re looking for cannabis oil, the stuff produced from marijuana, regardless of whether or not it contains THC, you have to have an Ohio medical marijuana card and purchase your medicine at a licensed dispensary. 

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Ohio

However, if you are shopping for CBD-rich hemp oil or other CBD-infused products produced from hemp, you’ll find that the number of retail outlets that carry hemp CBD oil is growing in leaps and bounds. Although technically, retailers are not supposed to be selling these products until the rules are worked out, possession of CBD products is not illegal.

Most of the brick-and-mortar stores that sell CBD oil and other CBD products are located in the larger cities in Ohio such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, and Toledo.

Can I legally grow hemp for CBD in Ohio?

Although the state has decriminalized hemp and has set the ball rolling for the development of cultivation and processing regulations, not just anyone is going to be allowed to grow hemp. Farmers will have to obtain a license from the state.

Many Ohio farmers are concerned that the state’s proposed hemp production rules are too restrictive and may exclude smaller farmers. For starters, as it currently stands, farmers will be required to plant at least 1,000 plants or to plant at least a quarter acre. However, officials have said that the proposed rules do give wiggle room for farmers with slightly less than a quarter acre or those who plant slightly less than 1,000 plants — but not much.

Application and licensing costs also are a concern. The state is proposing a $500 application fee and a $500 annual license fee.

At the time of writing, licenses are not yet available. Regulations are still being worked out. The state hopes to have everything in place for farmers to be able to plant the crop in 2020.

Can I legally sell CBD in Ohio?

It is now legal to sell properly inspected CBD products in Ohio outside of state-licensed dispensaries — the key phrase here being “properly inspected.”  This refers to the fact that the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be testing all CBD products produced within the state for safety and accurate labeling. What this means is that products imported from other states might still be technically illegal to sell. 

However, as we all know the fact that CBD oil has been illegal up until recently has not dissuaded retailers in the state from selling CBD products. Nor has the FDA’s stance of no CBD in foods been enforced. Although it looks unlikely that Ohio officials will clamp down on imported CBD products and CBD edibles, anyone considering selling these products really needs to do some homework, talk to a lawyer, and keep up on the developing regulations.

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