Idaho’s state officials technically allow you to make, sell, or purchase CBD products, but you have to follow some pretty strict guidelines, or you’ll quickly find yourself in legal trouble. In fact, despite legalizing some forms of CBD, the majority of CBD products are illegal in Idaho due to one specific rule that other states don’t have.

In this article, we’ll go over the laws that Idaho has in place to regulate CBD, and we’ll go over some of the basic uses of CBD. If you make your way to the bottom half of the article, you’ll find a list of some of our favorite CBD products.

State Laws

If you read the introduction, you know that one law in particular separates Idaho from other states that have legalized CBD oil. In Idaho, CBD products can’t contain any THC. They can’t even contain the .3 percent that the federal government deems acceptable. If you possess a CBD product that contains even the slightest amount of THC, Idaho’s law enforcement officers will consider it a marijuana product.

That obviously creates a lot of problems for anyone in the CBD industry, and it makes it harder for consumers to get high-quality products.

It’s harder on manufacturers because they can only manufacture CBD oil using the stalks of hemp plants or the sterilized seeds. They can’t use the leaves or buds that contain the most CBD oil. Those parts contain trace amounts of THC, and even though they don’t contain enough to cause a psychoactive effect in humans, Idaho’s lawmakers have decided that anything derived from them is a marijuana product.

The parts that manufacturers have to use contain minimal amounts of CBD, and that means that they get a lower yield from each plant that they process. Obviously, that drives up the price of CBD in general.

Consumers are affected because they have to pay higher prices, and the products that they have access to tend to be lower quality than what they can get in other states. When it’s harder to produce the oil that consumers want, manufacturers tend to skimp a little bit.

Food products are also completely illegal in Idaho. You won’t find a pack of CBD gummy bears sitting around in your local gas station. You certainly can’t order any CBD drinks or food items from your favorite dining establishment, either. Considering the fact that CBD drinks and food items are growing in popularity, Idaho is pretty far behind when it comes to the CBD industry.

Finally, since Idaho’s state officials are trying desperately to follow the FDA’s guidelines, CBD products cannot have any therapeutic claims on their packaging. That has to do with the Food and Drug Administration’s rule that bans any therapeutic claims on products that they haven’t approved of. A few other states have decided to blatantly ignore the guideline, but Idaho insists on following it.

That doesn’t really affect which products can be sold in Idaho, but it does affect how much information consumers have access to when they purchase products to treat common ailments. That means that consumers will have to do their own research instead of simply asking shop owners or reading packages.

The good news is that Idaho’s police officers haven’t given anyone any problems for carrying approved CBD products, and since retailers can’t sell products that contain even trace amounts of THC, the average consumer doesn’t have a practical way to purchase illegal products. So, legal issues shouldn’t be too common because of this law.

Federal Laws

As you can tell, most of Idaho’s CBD problems stem from the FDA. That’s almost entirely due to how the federal government allowed the FDA to ban pretty much everything.

First, the 2018 Farm Bill doesn’t actually say that CBD products are legal. It simply says that hemp-derived products with less than .3 percent THC are legal. It doesn’t specifically mention CBD, and that allows the FDA to assume power over CBD regulations on the federal level.

The FDA having power over the regulation of CBD has created issues for nearly every state, and it has created issues for multiple civil service agencies. Police officers are often required to enforce really unnecessary laws in states that aren’t CBD-friendly, and the TSA is put between a rock and a hard place when people try to travel via plane with CBD products. They’re legally required to report any products that aren’t FDA-approved, and that even affects people in CBD-friendly states. That is entirely due to the FDA being a federal agency that has power over the TSA.

Luckily, we shouldn’t have to worry about those issues for more than five or six years. That’s the estimated amount of time it will take for the FDA to start changing its guidelines, and with enough pressure from state officials, we might see changes to those guidelines much sooner than that.

How To Use It

You won’t find a lot of CBD products in Idaho. The law that bans all trace amounts of THC makes it too difficult for CBD manufacturers to make some of the more fun products. So, we’ll list the handful of products that you can find in Idaho, and we’ll tell you how to use them.


Tinctures are just the little glass bottles of CBD oil that you can find just about anywhere. They’re some of the most versatile CBD products, but on their own, they’re some of the most boring products.

A tincture is just regular CBD oil in a little bottle. You use it like you would any other liquid medicine, or you mix it into edible substances to create something a little more interesting. Either way, it isn’t difficult to use a tincture. Squeeze the rubber tip of the cap, unscrew the cap, and then squirt it into whatever it is you want to use the CBD oil with.

Concentrated Pastes

Concentrated paste is basically the same thing as a tincture, but it’s a solid, and it’s a little more potent. It can be used the same way as a tincture, too. However, it doesn’t mix into liquids very well. Think of a glass of orange juice with a lot of pulp in it. That’s what a liquid mixed with concentrated CBD paste is like.

If you decide to use a concentrated paste, try to use less than you would if you were using a tincture. It’s a little more potent because it’s concentrated CBD.


A capsule is probably the most convenient way to use CBD. You just pop one like you would Tylenol. A capsule works at a moderate pace, and it helps a variety of issues. It can be used as a pain reliever, or it can be used for anxiety, depression, and other mental issues. Capsules are also pretty inconspicuous. Unless you tell someone that you’re taking CBD, you shouldn’t have any issues with people gawking at you.

Topical Creams

Topical creams are just lotions and other products that you rub on your skin. You can technically use CBD paste in the same way, but topical creams are designed for your skin, and they often have other benefits such as anti-aging properties and moisturizing properties.

You shouldn’t have any problems applying a topical cream. If you’ve ever used lotion or a face-cleansing cream, you can use topical CBD creams the same way.


Sprays are easy to use, and they’re fairly flexible. You can spray them in your mouth or nose depending on how they’re designed, and you can even spray them onto foods or into drinks. They’re more convenient than tinctures and pastes because you just have to spray them onto things, but they’re usually not as potent unless you spray multiple times, and that can make you run out of CBD spray pretty quickly. Luckily, they’re fairly cheap to replace. So, you won’t go broke if you use them frequently.

Vape Products

One of the most popular CBD products is CBD e-juice. CBD e-juice is just like any other e-juice, but instead of being mixed with concentrated nicotine, it’s mixed with CBD oil.

E-juice allows you to quickly use your CBD in an inconspicuous way, and it’s cheaper than other methods. It also makes it easier for smokers to quit using tobacco since it adds a soothing effect to e-juice.

Also, e-juice is the only CBD smoking product that you’ll find in Idaho. Products such as hemp cigarettes and CannaDip haven’t been legalized yet, and that means that you’ll have to stick to vaping if you want a nicotine-free smoking alternative that contains CBD.

Final Thoughts

Idaho isn’t the worst state if you like CBD, but it certainly isn’t the best. Since Idaho’s lawmakers have banned all CBD products that contain even trace amounts of THC, it’s difficult for manufacturers to create high-quality products. The fact that they follow FDA guidelines also makes it more difficult for CBD users to find good products.

However, CBD is technically legal in Idaho, and you can still find the basic products that helped the CBD industry get to where it is.

If you want to read over all of the CBD laws in Idaho for yourself, you can check out this legal document. It’s more confusing to read than this article, but it’ll allow you to read the rules in the way that the state’s government decided to word them.