Updated on May 26, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Because of its differences from marijuana, some states separate the compound cannabidiol (CBD) from cannabis in the law. Regular marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes psychoactive effects. Meanwhile, separating CBD from cannabis results in a product with much less THC. You can also find more CBD and less THC in hemp, which sometimes has distinct state laws. New Hampshire law has a few of these legal differences going on.
Most forms of CBD medicine fall under New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program. State laws often consider cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC hemp. Anything that goes over that limit gets categorized as marijuana. The majority of CBD that comes from marijuana keeps at least 0.3 percent of the original THC. Meanwhile, hemp plants already have genetics that give their extracts low THC.
New Hampshire doesn’t have many laws that distinguish marijuana and hemp. As of October 2018, the state House plans to research hemp’s industrial uses. But, they have not made anything official. This lack of clarity leaves the rules up to federal law, which puts hemp in a gray area. Some experts believe federal law allows the sale of hemp CBD, while others don’t. However, you can find hemp CBD oil in plenty of retail stores. Many people buy it without worry of arrest.
Overall, patients have the most protections when they join the state medical marijuana program. Having a medicinal cannabis card lets them get CBD medicine legally under state law.
You could qualify to buy CBD medicine through the state program if you have a condition like:
New Hampshire authorizes even more health problems for CBD treatment. In fact, the program covers conditions that cause qualifying symptoms in addition to the health problems themselves. Read our New Hampshire qualification guide to learn more.
If you have one of the above health issues, you can apply for the program. Follow these steps:
While you can likely buy CBD oil from your nearest health store, you may be better off getting a medical marijuana card. If you qualify, you can get quality-controlled medicine and extra legal protections. For more medical guidance, visit a marijuana-positive doctor today.