Delaware was slow to embrace medical marijuana, but the state’s CBD laws have been ahead of the curve for a while.

There are some unique CBD products available in Delaware, and the state has several unique regulations. In general, the state has been more than accepting of CBD.

However, the state’s officials didn’t slouch when it came to creating CBD regulations. If you want to use or sell CBD legally in Delaware, you’ll have to know all of the laws and guidelines. Luckily, we’ve outlined everything for you.

State Laws

CBD was introduced to Delaware’s resident’s way back in 2015. Delaware’s state officials didn’t wait for the 2018 Farm Bill to be passed like many other states did. They immediately started regulating CBD after the 2014 Farm Bill was passed, and that decision has given the state of Delaware an economic boost. It has also created a thriving CBD industry in the state.

The state does have a lot of regulations, though. First, the state’s THC limit is actually higher than most other states. You can purchase or sell CBD that has a THC level of seven percent. That’s quite a bit more than the usual .3 percent limit in other states, but it’s still not enough to make you high.

If you’re a CBD user, you’ll have to ensure that your CBD is within the seven percent limit, or you’ll be punished according to Delaware’s strict marijuana laws. That might not be the case for too much longer, though. State officials have discussed legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and if that happens, you won’t have to face any harsh penalties for possessing the more potent CBD products.

If you’re a CBD retailer, you have a few different laws to follow. First, you’re technically not allowed to sell food products. The FDA has banned them around the country, and Delaware hasn’t officially rejected the FDA’s guidelines. However, you’re unlikely to be punished if you do sell food items with CBD in them. The state’s law enforcement officers aren’t enforcing the food bans, and the FDA doesn’t have the ability to storm across Delaware to shut everyone down. Just understand that it’s illegal, and if Delaware’s law enforcement officers or state officials decide to uphold the bans, you’ll be held accountable for every illegal product that you possess.

Second, you’ll have to cultivate your own hemp if you run a dispensary. Retailers can purchase products from manufacturers, but anyone who owns a dispensary must cultivate their own hemp, and they must extract their CBD oil themselves. If that applies to you, and you fail to do those things, you can get in serious trouble with the Delaware Agricultural Department.

Finally, you’ll have to have your products tested by an approved lab. The point of the tests is to ensure that your products are compliant with Delaware’s CBD requirements. That means that your products will be tested for their THC levels, and they’ll be tested to ensure that they came from hemp plants instead of marijuana plants.

The tests are necessary to keep you in good standing with regulatory agencies in Delaware, and they’ll ensure that your customers are receiving good products. They might be a little inconvenient, but they’re good for the CBD industry.

Traveling around Delaware is easy with CBD oil, but it gets a little more complicated when you try to cross state lines. First, airports will give you problems despite Delaware’s lenient CBD laws. That’s an issue around the country, though. We can’t blame Delaware for that. If you want to take CBD on a plane in Delaware, you’ll have to attain a medical marijuana card. It’s not hard to get one if you have an illness that qualifies you for a card, but if you’re healthy, you’ll have to leave your CBD products at home.

Traveling out of state in a vehicle can also cause a few problems. Delaware is near several states that aren’t CBD-friendly, and if you take your products into one of those states, you can get in a lot of trouble.

The good thing is that Delaware allows you to import CBD products. So, you don’t have to travel to other states to find products that your local stores aren’t selling. You can just order them online. However, we highly suggest ordering products from websites that publicly post their lab results. You don’t want to import a poorly made CBD product, and you don’t want to accidentally buy something that has more THC than what Delaware allows.

Federal laws

Federal hemp laws have gone through several changes over the last decade. Most recently, the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, and that gave states the ability to create their own industrial hemp farms. It also set the groundwork for CBD legalization, but one federal agency has contradicted everything in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The legislative branch worded the 2018 Farm Bill in a way that should have technically legalized CBD across the country. However, it also gave the FDA the power to regulate CBD on the federal level. Since the FDA gets to regulate CBD, its top members have decided to ban anything that isn’t approved by them. Since the only thing they’ve approved is an epilepsy medicine, most CBD products are still illegal to a certain degree.

However, states across the country have pretty much rejected everything that the FDA has said, and they’ve legalized it on the state level. That has created most of the confusion that CBD users and retailers experience. The federal government doesn’t care too much about CBD, and most state governments don’t mind it, either. The FDA’s regulations are what’s causing all of the problems.

How To Use It

Delaware’s regulations don’t limit you very much. You can pick from a wide variety of products, and almost all of them are legal in Delaware. Even the illegal food items can be found pretty easily.

Before you buy any CBD products, check the label to see how many milligrams of CBD a product contains. If a product doesn’t disclose the amount of CBD it contains, you should stay away from it.

Here are four of our favorite CBD products in Delaware.

Concentrated Paste

Concentrated CBD pastes are very potent, and they can be stretched out quite a bit. They’re almost entirely made out of CBD oil. However, they are fairly expensive due to the high amount of CBD in them.

These pastes can be applied directly to your skin, or they can be mixed into food items while you’re cooking. You can even put a little bit in your tea pot when you brew a nice cup of chamomile tea before bed.

You do not want to use absurd amounts of concentrated paste, though. First of all, it’s a complete waste. You don’t need all of that CBD oil to receive all of the benefits of using it. Second, you might end up giving yourself the worst headache you’ve ever experienced.

Some new CBD users experience slight headaches the first few times they use CBD. If that ends up being the case for you, and you use too much concentrated paste, you might suffer from a mind-splitting headache for hours.

CBD Tinctures

You can also buy tinctures of CBD. CBD tinctures are solutions made from CBD oil, water, and sometimes flavorings. They come in small bottles, and they have little syringes that you squeeze to pull the solution out.

These are usually used like children’s cough medicine. Whenever you’re feeling anxious, or when you need to relax, you can just squeeze a dose into your mouth. You can also use CBD tinctures to create CBD food items, but there are better options out there.

CBD Salves

CBD salves can be found in most liquor stores, gas stations, and smoke shops in Delaware, and they’re a lot like concentrated pastes. Salves are used to treat muscle pains, but they can also be used to soothe your mind before you go to bed.

These are cheaper than concentrated pastes, but they can’t be used in as many ways. Since a lot of salve manufacturers add scents to their salves, you won’t want to infuse them into your food.

Pet Products

A wide range of pet products have been produced with CBD to help pets live better lives. It doesn’t really matter what type of pet products you buy, but buy them from a good company, and try different products to find one that your pet truly enjoys.

Here are the different things you can use CBD pet products for:

  • Anxiety
  • Poor social behavior
  • Depression
  • Aging pains
  • To relieve the symptoms of terminal illnesses

Final Thoughts

While Delaware isn’t the best place for pot smokers, it is a great place for CBD users. Delaware’s officials aren’t nearly as picky about THC limits as other states, and they don’t enforce some of the less reasonable laws that the FDA has created.