CBD oil is currently being regarded as a sort of over-the-counter miracle drug, and there are some really good reasons for the product’s positive reception.

It doesn’t get you high, and its users claim that it can cure a variety of debilitating ailments. What’s even better is that you can find it in all kinds of forms. Balms and salves sit around on gas station shelves, the medical industry uses sprays and injections, and you can even find it in some food products and drinks.

However, it’s a brand-new product derived from hemp plants, and it’s often lumped in with marijuana or other drugs. The confusion surrounding CBD oil has led to a lot of political tension, and consumers have been left to wonder if they can even use the products despite seeing them in stores.

Our job today is to cover the laws regarding CBD usage in Illinois. Illinois has had access to CBD for a while now, but there’s still a lot of confusion that affects potential customers, businesses, and local law enforcement.

Illinois CBD Laws

CBD oil has been legal in Illinois since Bruce Rauner made the move to legalize it in early 2019. So, there’s very little reason for Illinois residents to worry about anything they find on store shelves.

However, there are a few rules that Illinois residents have to follow to stay on the right side of the law.

First, Illinois residents still can’t buy any CBD oil that is derived from marijuana plants. It has to be made from industrial hemp, and the product has to be tested to prove that it contains less than .3 percent THC.

Any product that exceeds that limit is illegal for stores to sell, and residents can only acquire it through a medical professional that prescribes it. This is because medical marijuana is legal in Illinois with a doctor’s prescription, but recreational marijuana won’t be legal until the beginning of 2020. Any product exceeding the set limit is considered to be a THC product, and it violates Illinois law.

That law will change dramatically in 2020 due to J.B. Pritzker’s stance on legalizing recreational marijuana. In July, Pritzker signed a bill that will make recreational marijuana legal at the beginning of 2020. That law will allow licensed stores to sell THC-infused products, and marijuana will be available on store shelves.

Once that law takes place, customers will be able to find CBD oil products with varying amounts of THC in a legal manner.

Age Limits In Illinois

Luckily, there are no age limits in place for CBD products in Illinois. However, you can expect that to change for some products in 2020.

When recreational marijuana is legalized in the state, it is assumed that it will be restricted to people over the age of 21. Some of the THC-infused CBD oils that are bound to show up will likely be age restricted, too.

Advice For Illinois Residents

Our only advice when it comes to using CBD products is to remain cautious when the new year starts. With THC products inevitably flooding shelves, local laws and law enforcement officers will most likely need an adjustment period to properly regulate the products, and some confusion might take place.

As of right now, you should refrain from carrying it across state lines. While Illinois has shown a great deal of acceptance and tolerance for the new products, some truck drivers and travelers have been arrested for transporting CBD due to the laws being different in other states.

Federal CBD Laws And Their Affect On CBD

The federal government just recently made CBD legal, but due to the law being poorly thought out, it has caused more confusion than anything else.

As of 2018, federal law states that CBD oil is legal across all fifty states. However, the law doesn’t account for the .3 percent of rather useless THC that is present in CBD products.

Despite the products not having enough THC to show up on a drug test or make you high, some states have used the murky wording of the law to punish people for selling CBD products.

Texas is a prime example of this. While they’ve been more accepting of CBD in recent months, it seems that different counties are treating it differently. Some county officials continue to pursue legal charges against retailers for selling CBD products due to the tiny amount of THC in them. THC is still considered to be highly illegal there. Other counties don’t care about it.

Traveling With CBD

Illinois has remained fairly neutral on the topic, and the products are sold without any issues across the state. The problems start when you want to travel.

Since other states are still outlawing the trace amounts of THC in CBD products, an Illinois resident may be arrested and charged with a crime if they are caught with a CBD product on them.

Traveling by plane can prove to be somewhat difficult, too. The TSA has shown a willingness to comply with the federal government’s laws, but they still require you to have FDA-approved CBD oil products. You can’t bring any old jar of CBD balm with you.

We also suggest that you familiarize yourself with the state that you’ll be landing in. While Illinois is unlikely to do anything about you possessing CBD products, some states can arrest you for marijuana possession, and the product doesn’t even contain marijuana.


Despite a few current case studies showing that CBD is safe for consumption, the federal government still requires the FDA to approve CBD products that are used as food, and any products that claim to be therapeutic or otherwise intended for medical uses must also be approved. Of course, individual states have their own laws that affect those things further.

The good thing about this law is that CBD manufacturers have been able to skirt around it quite a bit. All they have to do is refrain from mentioning any therapeutic effects.

That might sound like a bad thing, but having a common item scrutinized for mentioning what should be common knowledge prevents customers from experiencing the life-changing benefits of CBD.

Of course, it has also led to some manufacturers lying about the amount of CBD in their products, and those lies have been at the core of a lot of new regulation debates.

That only affects products that you can buy on store shelves, though. If you’re receiving a high-end product from your doctor, it has already been thoroughly tested for quality.

As for food, it’s a good thing that the food has to be approved for safety. It might make it more difficult for people preparing the food, but it ultimately leads to a better product being produced.

How To Use It

CBD oil isn’t like the joints you were hitting during Woodstock. It’s simply an oil with a lot of great properties. It’s no different than rubbing muscle cream on your aching shoulders after work.

That being said, there are a lot of different ways that you can use it, and there are even more reasons for you to use it.

First, CBD oil is most commonly found in the form of a cream when it’s bought over the counter. It’s used to relieve minor pains, and it is said that it can help you with anxiety quite a bit. Due to the FDA laws the government has in place, some products won’t mention those positive effects on their labels.

You can also pick it up as a bath bomb or lotion to relieve your muscle pains after work, or you can use those products to simply wind down a bit before bed.

It’s not hard to use the products, either. If you’ve used lotion or creams before, then you know exactly how to use the CBD version. There are no limitations or extra steps to follow.

In the medical field, it can be a bit different. People who suffer from epilepsy and other major illnesses typically receive their CBD through a syringe or a spray. This is because the medical field has access to pharmaceutical-grade products, and they often contain levels of THC that exceed state limits.

Pets also benefit from the therapeutic properties of CBD. Pet owners can purchase sprays, creams, and treats that are infused with CBD to help treat conditions such as cancer, muscle and skeletal issues, and even anxiety or depression. All of the pet products differ quite a bit. So, read the instructions before you use them.

Finally, you shouldn’t take any claims as if they’re factual statements. While there is evidence of CBD’s effectiveness, it hasn’t been thoroughly studied, and the claims cannot be backed up by scientific data. That is expected to change soon, but nothing is official as of the date this is published.


Here’s a list of the most common misconceptions about CBD oil:

  • CBD can get you high: That is false. CBD oil contains such small amounts of THC that you can’t get high from it. Mixing it with THC will allow you to get high, but that’s not from the CBD oil itself.
  • CBD is just a placebo: This is debatable. Researchers haven’t studied the effects of CBD long enough to pinpoint the exact benefits in a scientific way, but do you really think a massive portion of the population and multiple studies are all lying? We’re still learning about it in the official sense, but we know that it helps. There is a lot of evidence from the medical field showing its effects on people affected by epilepsy.
  • CBD is illegal: CBD is not illegal. It is approved by the federal government of the United States. However, muddy wording within the law itself has led to a lot of misinterpretations, and states are still confused about what the law means. It’s legal. It just needs more refined laws protecting its use.

Final Thoughts

If you’re an Illinois resident, and you’re interested in CBD, it’s the perfect time for you to try it out. The state has recently made massive strides when it comes to legalizing different cannibinoids, and CBD was one of the first of those strides.

You can experience life-changing benefits by indulging in the newly legalized products on the market, and you don’t even have to get high. It’s safe, non-psychoactive, and widely regarded as a life changer.