Updated on May 4, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
When a state legalizes medical marijuana, they don’t just legalize one medicine — they give patients access to a medicine cabinet’s worth of remedies. One beneficial component of marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) offers relief without a high. Thanks to Alaska’s liberal cannabis laws, you have many ways to access it.
Alaska has legal recreational and medical marijuana. As part of these initiatives, you can buy cannabis products as an adult over 21 or registered patient. In Alaska, many CBD formulas count as marijuana products. This means you can find it in dispensaries across the state.
If you don’t have a 21+ ID or a patient registration, you can also get CBD oil. The Marijuana Control Board used to regulate CBD oil like marijuana. But, now it is part of the state’s industrial hemp industry. Currently, CBD oil is legal for use by people in Alaska as long as it’s sourced from industrial hemp, specifically from the plant’s stalks and seeds. CBD products that are allowed for use in the state must have low levels of THC.
Patients in Alaska’s medical marijuana program can qualify for CBD with conditions such as:
While some of these conditions respond better to THC, many of them can receive CBD treatment.
If you would like to get medical CBD products through the state program, you can:
You don’t need to sign up if you plan to get recreational or hemp CBD products. But, you miss out on the support from a marijuana-friendly doctor.
Until recently, Alaska made few distinctions between hemp and marijuana. Now that they have an industrial hemp program, patients under 21 have access to safe and legal CBD. Medical marijuana has more THC and regulations. However, many patients find just as much relief in CBD supplement products. Sign up for our newsletter to learn about any legislation changes.