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

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


As of 2019, according to the Hawaii Department of Health, CBD is considered illegal in the state of Hawaii, but it’s complicated.

Hawaii continues to clarify their stance on the state of CBD with a reiteration that they are following all federal laws surrounding it. However, CBD products are widely available in retailers, dispensaries, grocery stores, and more, although 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. 

Hawaii is well-known for being one of the beautiful and relaxing states in the US today, so it makes sense that it’s been a big support for legalizing cannabis/CBD, although this predicament is complex and gray. 

So how did cannabis and CBD come out being not really legal in the aloha state of Hawaii? Are there regulations and strict parameters around purchasing it in this state?

In today’s discussion, we’ll touch on the legal need-to-knows about CBD, when and how you can purchase it, the different types of CBD, and where you can buy high-quality CBD today.

Let’s surf.


Let’s get down to business: you’ve been wondering about trying cannabidiol (CBD) oil for a while now, but how and where do you get this holistic goodness that all your friends are raving about? 

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 CBD, 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 exactly. Well, I’m here to help share with you the magic behind this wonderful herb that’s turning major heads, inside and out. 

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 and contains less than 0.3% THC, is legal at the federal level. More on this below. 


According to Senate Bill 862, Hawaii residents are able to grow, possess, transport, and consume marijuana for medicinal purposes. Individuals who meet this bill’s conditions are allowed to farm and grow up to 7 cannabis plants. 

Federally, CBD products that are sourced from hemp plants are considered legal across the board, including in Hawaii.

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. Hence, the importance here of knowing what the regulations and laws in your current state are pinnacles to your holistic indulgence. 


THC is legal in the state of Hawaii, medically, making it legal for individuals 21 years and older legal to possess cannabis via a medical marijuana program as of 2015.

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.

In order to apply for this marijuana license in Hawaii, you need to be at least 21, proof of residence in Hawaii, and suffering from one of the following:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Epilepsy
  • Lupus
  • Severe nausea/pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 



Due to HRS Chapter 329-D and the oversight of the Department of Health, licensed medical cannabis dispensaries may legally produce and sell products containing CBD and THC in the state of Hawaii. 

Patients must have a medical marijuana card to purchase THC and CBD products through dispensaries in Hawaii. 


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

Each marijuana license may have up to three cultivation locations as well as up to two dispensary locations. 


The State of Hawaii Department of Health Food and Drug Branch 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 Hawaii resident you are in paradised luck. You can pretty much purchase CBD anywhere in this state, even though local officials don’t encourage it. The main exception here is that it is illegal to add CBD to food, beverages, and cosmetics that are manufactured, sold, and distributed in the state of Hawaii. Also, CBD cannot be marketed as a “dietary supplement”. These are about the only restrictions, 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”. It pays to be informed, my people!


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

CBD isolate is 99% pure and a crystallized form of 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”. 

Lastly, broad-spectrum CBD contains a range of naturally occurring compounds from the cannabis plant but typically does not contain any THC. 



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

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 contains 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 Oil 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 its 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 CBD
Content Writer | Physiologist | Researcher
Kirsten is currently in pursuit of a PhD in Health Sciences at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Northern Utah, specializing in Human Performance. She is a Research Assistant at RMUoHP in the Human & Sport Performance Laboratory as well as a Research and Development Writer for Nanocraft CBD. With a background in holistic care as an Exercise and Rehabilitation Specialist and Exercise Physiologist working with chronic pain patients, Kirsten’s desire to further her education and career in lifestyle medicine and cannabidiol research has been nothing short of her fruitful and passionate pursuit. She is very passionate about human physiology and plant-based medicine as well as the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in athletes. Kirsten enjoys educating and informing people about the importance of lifetime movement as well as the influence of cannabis and CBD in sport. Her passion for plant and lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health, education, and holistic practice. 

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