Is CBD Legal in Utah? (CBD Laws in 2020)
Kirsten Thornhill |
Is CBD Legal in Utah?
As of December 2018, CBD is legal in the state of Utah. The CBD market in beaUTAHful Utah is quickly following the lead of states like Florida, California, and New York, pretty rapidly.
Interestingly enough, Utah has surprisingly became one of the best places to purchase CBD oils and products in the US. From walking down the busy city streets in Salt Lake City to driving through Southern Utah and stopping in St. George, to cruising through the canyons up to the Mountain West, CBD products can be found just about everywhere in Utah - vape shops, store fronts, wellness centers, etc.
So what’s the catch? Is there anything CBD that’s not legal in Utah? What’s the 411?
In today’s article, we’ll touch on the yes’ and no’s when it comes to buying CBD in the state of Utah, how and where to get it, and what the legalities are across this vast and naturey state.
What is CBD?
Let’s get down to the knitty 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.
Is CBD Legal in Utah?
Hemp-derived CBD is legal in the state of Utah. It is legal both recreationally and medincially for individuals in Utah that are at least 18 years of age and older. As of December 2018, the legalization for the production and sale of hemp-derived CBD products was passed, courtesy of the House Bill 3001.
As the years continue to unfold, medical marijuana in Utah continues to make steady progress towards becoming recreationally legal. Keep in mind though, marijuana is still illegal in Utah for recreational use, it is too still criminalized. Possessing marijuana in Utah is a Class B misdemeanor, aka, getting caught with less than 1 ounce of weed may lead you with a $1900 fine, with 6 months possible prison time. Ek!
What About THC?
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 not legal in the state of Utah, unless you have a qualifying medical condition with a Medical Marijuana Card (MMJ card).
Why is CBD Sometimes Illegal?
CBD can get confusing when it comes to being illegal or legal in each state. As of right now, hemp-derived CBD is LEGAL in the state of Utah. Marijuana-dervied CBD is ILLEGAL in the state of Utah.
According to the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the law categorized all cannabis as a Schedule I Drug, meaning the plant is defined as being highly addictive, with the potential for abuse, and no allowed for medical usage.
However, the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made hemp cultivation federally legal.
At the federal level, CBD is legal if it is 1) derived from the hemp plant and 2) contains less than 0.3% THC. Things can get less clear when you start navigating CBD laws and regulations state to state.
In the state of Utah, you can purchase CBD products. However, there’s no guarantee that what you’re purchasing is what you exactly are looking for. For this reason alone, many Utah-based CBD users and connoisseurs have found themselves in a sticky situation, more than most times.
Can Doctors Prescribe CBD Oil in Utah?
Yes, doctors can prescribe CBD oil in Utah under Proposition 2, which makes medical marijuana legal in 2018 for patients with certain qualifying medical conditions.
The state then established the framework for how medical marijuana would be supplied to patients upon the introduction of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act in December 2018.
For users to apply for a MMJ card in Utah, you must have at least one of the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
How Can I Find Quality CBD Products?
CBD derived from the marijuana plant is only legal at licensed dispensaries in the state of Utah.
Shopping online for CBD though, however, is a totally viable and easy option for purchase too. 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.
Where Can I Buy CBD Products in Utah?
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.
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.
Kirsten Thornhill, MS
Content Writer x Physiologist x Researcher
Human Performance Researcher | Lifestyle Medicine Advocate
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 Rehabilitation. 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.