Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Marijuana has numerous compounds that each provide their own kind of relief. A component called cannabidiol (CBD) reduces many common symptoms without intoxication. Since it has unique qualities and can come from hemp, CBD often has its own laws. While the Arizona medical marijuana program covers cannabis-based CBD, hemp-based CBD works differently.
Patients who register with the Arizona medical cannabis program can use CBD medicine. Since Arizona does not have recreational marijuana, you must enter the program even as an adult. Once you have a patient ID, you can buy CBD at a dispensary.
However, at the time of writing, the legality of CBD extracts could come into question. The state program even regulates CBD products that have trace amounts of THC, which creates the psychoactive effects of marijuana. But, the state could ban extracts of any kind from the program. Most CBD products count as extracts because you need to separate it from the marijuana plant.
A court ruling determined that extracts don’t count as marijuana in July 2018. This decision could impact the medical cannabis program’s rules. Many legal experts and dispensary owners still sell CBD products because the Arizona Supreme Court didn’t make a statement about it. But, patients should pay careful attention to these events. They could change the way that you buy and use medicine.
Under Arizona’s medical marijuana program, patients with the following conditions can use CBD:
If you have one of the above conditions, you could qualify for a medical marijuana card. Follow these steps to apply:
To learn more, visit our State ID Card page.
Arizona seems to group hemp and marijuana together in their official definition of marijuana. While some states let hemp-based CBD oil slide due to federal law, this does not seem to happen in Arizona. If you don’t know if you can legally get CBD, ask a dispensary in your area. You can also register for our email newsletter to learn about the latest updates in Arizona CBD laws.