Is CBD Legal in California? (CBD Laws in 2021)

Is CBD Legal in California? (CBD Laws in 2021) - NanoCraft


As of 2016, CBD is legal in California.

California made cannabis legal to possess and purchase for individuals 21 and older. Cannabis products are widely available in retailers, dispensaries, grocery stores, and more. However, state law still prohibits any CBD oil from hemp to be added to foods or beverages until the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines it is safe. 

California is well-known for being one of the most liberal states in the US today, so it makes sense that it’s been a big support for legalizing cannabis, since what seems like forever. 

So how did cannabis and CBD come out being legal in the beautiful state of California? Are there regulations and strict parameters around purchasing it in this state?

In today’s article, we’ll touch on the legalities of when CBD became legal here, where and when you can purchase it, what are the different types of CBD, and where you can purchase high-quality CBD from the comfort of your own home.

Let’s dive right in! 


Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, you’ve been wondering about trying CBD oil for a while now, but how and where do you get this holistic goodness?! You’ve (most likely) scrolled through pages and pages and pages of Google search results and websites, with thousands and thousands more to go, seeing no end in sight. *First world problems*

If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana, you might be seeing more holistic, all-natural remedies, like cannabidiol, popping up just about everywhere. I mean, everywhere. Even though you’re seeing it in stores, shops, and online and social media, you may still be wondering, what is it and how does it work. 

Well, I’m here to help share with you the magic behind this wonderful herb that’s turning major heads. CBD is the medical abbreviation of cannabidiol, a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is just one of the hundreds of phytocannabinoids that are present in hemp and marijuana plants. It is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it does not get users “high” or have euphoric effects.

CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning, it won’t get you “stoned”. Rest assured, CBD that is derived from the hemp plant, is legal at the federal level, across the United States. 


According to Senate Bill 420 in 2003 and the California Food and Agricultural Code, Division 24 in 2016, marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational usage in the state of California.

Whether CBD products are sourced from hemp or marijuana plants, they are legal across the board in California.

The 2018 Farm Bill officially helped remove cannabidiol (CBD) from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) definition and inclusion of cannabis. This decision changed the legality of CBD on the federal level in 2018. However, as for a state-by-state basis, CBD is not yet legal in each state.


THC is the medical short term for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. It is responsible for most of marijuana’s physiological effects. 

When most people think of THC they think of “weed” or “Mary J”. THC is very different than CBD, in that it connects directly with cannabinoid receptors, thus, giving a “high” effect to users. THC attaches to these receptors activating them and affecting a user’s pleasure, movements, memory, thinking, and concentration.  

THC may produce mind-altering effects in users, so if you’re wanting a “high-less” effect, CBD with 0.0% - 0.3% THC would be your best choice. THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating that “feel good” euphoria effect that users rave about. However, THC may have potential side effects in users that CBD users aren’t really looking for.

THC is legal in the state of California, medically and recreationally, making it legal for individuals 21 years and older legal to possess cannabis. 


In 2017, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act was passed, authorizing the commercial production of industrial hemp. This act, SB 566, authorized the production of industrial hemp in California. 


Growers in the state of California are required to register with a county agricultural commissioner prior to any cultivation.

Applications are readily available on the CDFA Industrial Hemp Program website, with an annual registration fee of $900. 


The California Department of Public Health has regulations around the labeling of cannabis products. This includes information about where the product comes home, expirations, ingredients, and amounts of THC and CBD present. 

Labels may or may not contain misleading or incorrect information, make unproven health claims and promises, and or be designed in ways that may be attractive to children. 


Along with hemp growers being required to register with a country agricultural commissioner, they must also submit samples of their hemp for THC concentration testing before harvest.

Registrants must submit their registration name, number, and contact information, harvest date, name of seed cultivators, physical address, coordinates, description of the location, and exact acreage of the crop. WHEW.

Once this information has been received, samples can be collected by this commissioner or an approved third-party laboratory for testing. 


If you are a California resident you are in paradised luck! You can pretty much purchase CBD anywhere in this state! The only exception is that restaurants and retailers cannot sell CBD infused food. That’s about the only restriction, as of current in this state.

As usual, we highly encourage doing your own research on CBD oils and products you are interested in buying before pulling the trigger. Since CBD is not yet FDA-approved, there is a high likelihood that companies are selling products with little CBD present, yet claiming their products as “CBD oils”. 


The difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate is the terpenes, flavonoids, and additional cannabinoids present or not present. 

CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD. It comes in a crystallized powder form with no other ingredients. Hence, the word isolate meaning the CBD is purely isolated by itself.

Full-spectrum CBD though, on the other hand, has a “full” plethora of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes present to provide users with what is called an “entourage effect”. 


CBD derived from the marijuana and hemp plant are legal at licensed dispensaries in the state of California.

Shopping online for CBD is also a  totally viable and easy option for purchase. Consumers can buy from a wide array of online options for CBD oils and products, read brand reviews, and have products shipped directly to their homes.

Online CBD shopping offers the users time and detailed information about each product and company. It also gives the user control for price-matching and doing their research before being pressured into purchasing a product they may not know enough about. 

Here, at Nanocraft CBD, we pride ourselves on not only the quality of our hemp but also the consistency and potency of our CBD oils and products. 

CBD salves, lotions, tinctures, and balms can be purchased from specialty stores, storefronts, vape stores, and small pharmacies. Food and beverage retailers may offer CBD products for purchase but are not yet legal. 

Nanocraft offers a wide range of products including CBD oils, CBD powders, CBD infused waters, CBD pills, and CBD topicals.

Each and every one of our products contain only the highest quality hemp-derived cannabidiol, organically grown and farmed, with state-of-the-art farming techniques and standards. 

If you’re wanting a quick absorption, our CBD Drops are a great option. Sublingual application allows for the CBD to be absorbed quickly into the bloodstream via your tastebuds. 

Our CBD Topicals are an athlete favorite when it comes to helping sore muscles and assisting in pain relief.

Our CBD Powder and CBD H2O are a great option if you’re wanting to drink down CBD packed with superfoods, electrolytes, and unique terpenes while you’re working out or need a post-workout shake.

CBD Oil is a stellar option for users and athletes wanting to reap the benefits of CBD quickly. The major benefit of CBD oil is it’s easy-to-apply sublingual administration. The CBD oil absorbs directly into the bloodstream, through receptor cells. 

Not sure which one to try? Check out our CBD Bundles and CBD for Athletes Collections. 

* DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is for educational purposes only. It does not exploit or provide medical advice of any kind. Therefore, any reliance you place on the information below is strictly at your own risk. Please check with your medical provider before starting or changing a CBD routine.
Nanocraft Sciences
Content Writer | Physiologist | Researcher
Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small farm town in Stanislaus County, California. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from CSU Stanislaus and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She is currently in pursuits of a PhD in Health Sciences: Human & Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Northern Utah, specializing in Cardiology and Human Performance. She is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in athletes. Kirsten enjoys educating and informing people about the importance of lifetime movement, plant-based eating, and health research and development. Her passion for natural, lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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