Vermont’s marijuana laws are exceptionally lenient, but the state’s CBD laws haven’t caught up. While state officials have taken huge steps in the right direction, they didn’t start taking those steps until long after other states had already developed their own dispensaries and regulations.

In this article, we’ll tackle some of the issues that Vermont’s residents are currently facing in regard to CBD, and we’ll tell you all about the legality of CBD in Vermont.

State Laws

As we said in our introduction, Vermont has very well-developed marijuana laws. Marijuana consumers know exactly what requirements they have to meet to use marijuana, and they know exactly where to go to legally purchase it. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the state’s CBD laws.

CBD was first legalized for medical applications in Vermont in 2013, but that is a very different form of CBD, and it’s illegal for recreational uses. It simply contains too much THC, and a medical marijuana card is required for consumers to handle THC products in Vermont.

However, Vermont’s state officials recently legalized hemp-derived CBD for recreational uses, but they also put a few very strict regulations in place. First, you’re only allowed to get it from licensed dealers. That basically means that you still have to go to dispensaries to get CBD products if you want to purchase them at a physical location. The problem with that is that the state hasn’t had time to build and fully regulate dispensaries, yet. In fact, it might take two more years for proper dispensaries to open up in the state due to all of the red tape that potential CBD retailers have to face. In the meantime, you can purchase CBD from medical marijuana dispensaries, but you’ll need a medical marijuana card to do that.

There are a couple of legal alternatives that are open to you, though. First, you can purchase CBD products from licensed dealers online. Keep in mind that they can’t contain THC, or they’ll be considered marijuana products, and they can’t just come from a random website. The products must come from a licensed dealer. To ensure that you get high-quality products online, we recommend researching any brands you decide to purchase from, and we recommend only purchasing CBD oil. Don’t try to order a bunch of trendy products. They’re often made with trace amounts of THC, and that’s illegal in Vermont unless you have access to a medical marijuana dispensary.

Secondly, you can grow your own. Vermont’s state officials were generous enough to allow residents to grow their own hemp plants to make their own CBD. However, you can’t just start a hemp farm in your back yard. You can have two mature plants at a time, and you can have four immature plants on top of that. Try to process your mature plants immediately. If your other plants mature before you process your older plants, you’ll be breaking the law.

Growing your own hemp sounds great, but you should consider a few things before you decide to try your luck with hemp cultivation. Growing the actual plants is fairly easy. You just have to provide them with light, water, and plenty of nutrients. However, extracting CBD oil from them is fairly difficult. It’s an expensive process, and that’s why CBD products tend to be fairly expensive in stores. You’ll have to be able to safely remove the oils without contaminating them, and you’ll have to be able to create solutions that contain the proper amounts of CBD. You also have to ensure that you’re growing hemp plants. You can’t grow marijuana.

If you don’t want to bother with dispensaries or ordering online, and you don’t know how to properly extract CBD from your home-grown hemp plants, you can simply smoke the buds that come off of your hemp plants. They contain CBD, and you’ll be able to experience all of the benefits that CBD offers. However, you’ll also have to inhale smoke to do that. The smoke is very similar to marijuana smoke. It’s nowhere near as bad for you as tobacco smoke, but it still leaves small amounts of tar in your lungs, and it deprives you of oxygen. So, take that into account before you start rolling hemp joints left and right.

Other than the laws we just mentioned, CBD users will have to follow the federal regulations regarding therapeutic claims and edible items, but that’s not too much of an issue right now. Since you won’t be able to find a lot of CBD products, you’re unlikely to find ones that are against those regulations.

All of these laws are going to get a lot better by 2022. They seem strict at the moment because the state is still putting its new bills and regulations into effect. Once everything takes effect, and once all of the dispensaries start opening up, Vermont will be one of the most CBD-friendly states in the nation. The state is already one of the only states that is ahead of the curve with marijuana, and its CBD laws will follow suit.

Federal Laws

The federal government has impacted Vermont’s CBD laws quite a bit. Vermont’s state officials have been trying to stay on the good side of the FDA while still giving Vermont’s residents a fair amount of freedom. That’s why Vermont’s state officials were so hesitant to jump on the CBD bandwagon, and their CBD laws are still way behind those found in neighboring states.

The federal laws are simply too complex and contradictory for states like Vermont to follow them while building a CBD industry in a timely fashion. There are several regulations that don’t make sense, and some of the laws make it seem as if CBD is illegal in general. Cautious state officials have to take their time trying to decipher the laws before they can act appropriately, and that leaves consumers with long waits before they can get their hands on decent products.

Those issues will most likely be resolved within a few short years. The government and the FDA are both being pressured by several state representatives from around the nation, and they can’t resist that pressure for too long.

How To Use It

Your options are pretty limited in Vermont for the time being. That will change by 2022, but we’ll only cover the items that you can use right now.

CBD From A Medical Marijuana Dispensary

This product is not the same as the CBD that you hear about the most. It’s not just a relaxing product that might relieve a little bit of joint pain. It’s medical-grade CBD that contains quite a bit of THC. While it’s not as strong as the marijuana products that you might have illegally used for fun, it is strong enough to get you very high if you abuse it.

This product is designed to help patients who are suffering from some sort of illness. You’ll have to be sick to get a medical marijuana card in order to purchase it, but it’s a lot more potent than what you’ll be able to buy in stores in 2022. Right now, this is the main way that you can easily get CBD without ordering online.

Online CBD Oil

You can technically buy a lot of different CBD products online. We only recommend getting oil, though. Oil is almost guaranteed to meet Vermont’s requirements if it is purchased from a reputable dealer, and it can be used in a lot of different ways .

This isn’t like the stuff that we talked about in the previous section. This is just hemp-derived CBD oil. It is assumed that you would have to drink quite a bit of it to feel even remotely high, and the consequences that your digestive system would have to go through aren’t worth doing that. This is simply designed to help you with joint pain, anxiety, and other relatively minor issues.

Home-Grown Hemp

Vermont’s law regarding home-grown hemp allows you to make your own CBD products if you want to. You can’t legally sell them, but you can use them on yourself. However, it is fairly difficult to make your own CBD oil. You’ll need a proper carrier oil, and you’ll need the equipment necessary to extract the oil in the first place.

A good way to get around that is to simply smoke the buds like you would with marijuana. They aren’t as effective as products that contain concentrated CBD, but they do work.

Pet Products

Pet products aren’t available in Vermont at the moment. You can order them online, but make sure they follow all of the regulations that are in place for human products, and make sure that you buy them from a licensed retailer. Hopefully, the state will focus on regulating pet products in the near future, but state officials are more concerned with regulating the most popular products right now.

Final Thoughts

Right now, Vermont isn’t a great place for CBD users. It’s not the worst, though. You can still use the internet to legally purchase products, and you can grow your own legally. All of the negative characteristics of Vermont’s CBD regulations will likely be removed by 2022.