Updated on April 30, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in the cannabis plant, but does not cause a high like marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill classified hemp —the fiber of the cannabis plant — as an agricultural product, and allowed for the legalization of CBD containing minimal amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis).
CBD products produced from marijuana with a THC content of less than 0.3 percent are not regulated as marijuana in Michigan.
Both recreational marijuana and medical marijuana have been legal in Michigan since 2018. The state is in the process of determining rules for industrial hemp.
Over-the-counter products containing small amounts of hemp-derived CBD, such as oils and creams, are available at retail outlets. If you want to purchase marijuana-derived CBD containing more than 0.3 percent THC, you will need to be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition and register with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP).
You must have one of the state’s qualifying health issues to join the Michigan medical marijuana program. These ailments include:
Michigan considers many more conditions valid for program registration. See the full list by visiting our guide to qualifying for Michigan cannabis medicine.
If you think you have one of the program’s eligible conditions, you can sign up for the state registry. Follow these steps to register:
The rules for hemp-derived CBD in Michigan are ambiguous, and the quality of over-the-counter products is mixed. You don’t have to worry about any confusion with marijuana-derived CBD. We recommend joining the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program to receive the protections and services afforded to you. Locate a cannabis-friendly doctor today to begin the application.