Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Every state has complicated marijuana laws. With the growing popularity of cannabidiol (CBD), many people get confused when they learn about its legal status. CBD provides no psychoactive effects, making it ideal for a wide range of patients. But, as a marijuana compound, it has a murky legal status. Let’s talk about the differences and similarities between marijuana and CBD in Illinois.
Under Illinois law, marijuana-based CBD falls under the medical marijuana program. Meanwhile, CBD from hemp does not. These two types of CBD actually come from the same plant, but different parts of it. While hemp CBD comes from the marijuana plant’s stalks, marijuana-based CBD comes from the leaves and resin. Industrial hemp laws made this distinction so growers can raise hemp plants legally.
These rules mean you must join the Illinois medical marijuana program to get CBD extracted from marijuana. But, they also suggest that you can get hemp CBD without a patient card. The gray areas in state and federal law let patients buy some forms of CBD without a recommendation.
Since you can find hemp-based CBD in stores, you don’t have to have a certain ailment to get it. However, we recommend joining the medicinal cannabis program for its benefits. The products sold at dispensaries undergo strict quality assurance. Plus, you get the guidance of a cannabis-trained doctor. You could qualify for a patient ID if you have a condition like:
Only Illinois residents over 18 with a patient card can get marijuana-based CBD. You can sign up for the program by following these steps:
Illinois’ rules for hemp-based and marijuana-based CBD give patients broader access to care. You can buy CBD from a store if you can’t join the medical cannabis program. But, we recommend signing up if you qualify. Marijuana-based CBD offers benefits you won’t find in hemp CBD.