Updated on May 4, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Many states in the U.S. regulate marijuana and its component cannabidiol (CBD) differently. CBD has no psychoactive properties. Since a lot of marijuana regulations focus on the components that create a high, CBD legality can sometimes be confusing.
Connecticut has a medical marijuana program, and you can get certain kinds of CBD as a member.
In Connecticut, CBD that comes from marijuana falls under the medical cannabis program. Marijuana-derived CBD often has trace amounts of THC, a psychoactive compound. The presence of THC causes these products to go under more regulation than CBD without THC. So, if you want CBD medicine that has THC in it, you have to sign up as a program member. Connecticut has no recreational program that lets adults use marijuana.
Under the Connecticut General Statutes, CBD falls under the definition of marijuana. That means it is regulated like any other cannabis item. However, ambiguity in federal law allows some businesses to sell CBD without worrying too much. The legality of CBD can vary by legal opinion. You should buy and use non-medical CBD products at your own discretion.
To join Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program, you must have a condition such as:
For patients under the age of 18 years, the following conditions will effectively qualify:
You can find many more qualifying health problems in our Connecticut eligibility guide. Please note that the state does not recognize chronic pain as a standalone condition. However, it does accept many diseases that cause pain.
If you think your condition qualifies for CBD treatment, submit an application using the following steps:
CBD and cannabis do not have many different regulations in Connecticut. By treating marijuana and CBD the same, the state limits the number of patients who have access to relief. However, Connecticut certainly offers more opportunities than states without medicinal cannabis programs.
If you believe you may qualify for the state medical marijuana program, visit a marijuana-friendly doctor today.