Washington has a unique relationship with CBD. Due to recreational marijuana being legal in the state, you have access to CBD products that have a bit more THC in them, and most of the state’s other regulations are fairly lenient, too.

However, the state’s laws are constantly changing, and one major change recently took place. If you’re a CBD user or seller, you’ll want to check out this breakdown of Washington’s state CBD laws.

State Laws

First, you’ll be happy to know that nearly every CBD product is perfectly legal in Washington. The only exception to that is food, but we’ll get to that later.

You also have legal access to CBD products that are produced using marijuana instead of hemp. As of right now, Washington is one of the only states that allow CBD products that have more than trace amounts of THC. However, the higher-potency CBD products are considered to be adult products, and you’ll have to follow the state’s recreational marijuana laws to use them. That also forces you to be a little more cautious when buying CBD products in Washington. In most other states, you can trust that there isn’t any THC in your CBD, but you’ll want to carefully read any available labels if you’re purchasing products in Washington.

Now, we’ll talk about the recent food additive law that Washington passed. Until September 4th, it was legal for restaurants to add CBD to their menu items, and retailers could sell prepackaged CBD food items.

However, Washington decided to fall in line with the FDA’s guidelines regarding food products, and state officials banned all CBD food items in the state. Retailers obviously can’t sell anymore canned CBD drinks or prepackaged snacks, and restaurants are no longer allowed to carry CBD or infuse CBD into their menu items.

That was a very unexpected move, and it surprised distributors and state agencies quite a bit. The state already allows marijuana to be mixed with foods, and it doesn’t make much sense for CBD to banned. This is another issue that the FDA has caused. If you’re selling CBD in Washington, it’s in your best interest to keep food items off of your shelves.

Everything else about Washington’s CBD laws is fairly standard. You can do just about anything that you want with CBD in the state. You just can’t sell food items.

Federal Laws

The federal government’s stance on CBD has been fairly underwhelming. Federal officials insist on leaving the FDA in charge of CBD products, and they haven’t done much to regulate CBD themselves.

That hasn’t affected the CBD industry too much, though. CBD products continue to fly off of shelves across the country, and that’s despite the FDA’s harsh stance on CBD. However, the food industry and the natural medicine industry have both suffered quite a bit by the hands of the FDA.

Food manufacturers and restaurants have a very limited amount of states that they can operate in if they sell CBD-infused foods, and the FDA’s ban on therapeutic claims is upheld in most states. There are exceptions to that such as Nevada and Missouri, but most states tend to follow the rules when it comes to food and medicine.

The most positive thing that the federal government has done for the CBD industry is legalize hemp production. The legalization of industrial hemp for paper, biofuel, rope, and other products left a legal grey area that ultimately led to many states choosing to legalize CBD oil since it is also derived from hemp.

Some states didn’t go that route, and they’re still trying to suppress CBD sales by treating it differently than other hemp products, but the legalization of industrial hemp was a good thing for most CBD users.

Besides that, the federal government hasn’t been very helpful. The murky wording that made CBD legal in so many areas also led to a bunch of problems. Some states only want to legalize certain products, some states couldn’t care less about what CBD products you use, and others have banned CBD oil outright because they see the 2018 Farm Bill as a simple means to create more industrial products.

The varying laws between states make traveling difficult when you’re a CBD user, and it makes it very difficult for distributors to ship their products around the country. Some states have tried to alleviate the distribution issue by only allowing their state’s hemp crops to be used for CBD products sold within their state lines, but that limits the reach of most companies. For instance, a Colorado-based company would have trouble selling items to Florida retailers, and that completely eliminates an entire state’s population from their audience. Other states seem to look forward to arresting truck drivers for carrying large amounts of CBD.

How To Use It

Besides food items, you can use just about any CBD product in Washington. Here’s a list of our favorites.

Marijuana-Derived CBD Oil

Marijuana-derived hemp oil isn’t available in most states. It surpasses the FDA’s .3 percent THC limit, and that makes it a recreational marijuana product. Even in states such as Washington, THC is considered an adult substance. So, this one is only for people who are over 21 years of age.

Since this CBD oil is derived from marijuana instead of hemp, it can actually get you high in some cases. It all depends on the amount of THC that a specific bottle of oil contains. However, it’s primarily used like normal CBD oil. It’s used to treat the same issues, and it’s used the same way. It can even be added to the same food items. It just has a neat little bonus effect that normal CBD doesn’t have.

If you want to have a little fun with your CBD, this is the product for you.

Hemp Cigarettes

Despite banning food items, Washington still allows inhaled smoking products to be sold. It’s a bit odd. You can’t eat anything with CBD in it, but you can smoke it like there’s no tomorrow. Anyways, hemp cigarettes are designed for a very specific audience.

If you’re currently a smoker who is trying to quit, you’ve probably tried vaping. It doesn’t feel the same as smoking a cigarette, and that often makes smokers return to using tobacco products.

Hemp cigarettes are much closer to the real thing, and they’re just as harmless as vaping. Of course, you’re still putting smoke in your lungs. The smoke just isn’t filled with thousands of synthetic chemicals and carcinogens. If you’re not a smoker, there really isn’t a point in using these.

These will probably help you slow down on smoking, too. They’re expensive, and unless you’re fairly well off, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to smoke a pack of these a day.


CBD oil is a great way to get around the ban on food items. If you grew to love a specific CBD food item before they were all banned, you can easily make your own. Next time you go to your favorite restaurant, bring a bottle of CBD with you. You can infuse it into your food right at your table, and it’s perfectly legal.

You can also make your own crazy food items at home with CBD oil, and it’s a lot cheaper to do it yourself than it ever was to purchase CBD foods from restaurants.

You don’t have to use it with your food, though. You can easily use it on its own. Simply pouring yourself a spoonful of CBD oil can relax you, ease your pain, and put you in a better mental state. Doing this isn’t as fun as eating a delicious slice of CBD pie, but it works wonders.

CBD Pet Treats

CBD pet treats usually look exactly like your typical MilkBone bones or chews. However, they don’t just fill your pet’s belly. They also relax your pet.

These are the perfect treats to give to your pet if you live in an area where your pet is constantly being driven crazy by the hustle and bustle of the big city, and they’re also great if your dog gets a bit anxious while you’re at work.

These aren’t replacements for proper pet nutrition and a loving owner, though. You still have to show your pets the love and attention that they need, and you might want to invest in pet training if your pet is always freaking out, but these can be very useful for treating the occasional anxiety attack if you can anticipate it.

Final Thoughts

Washington isn’t a bad place for CBD users. The recent ban on food items is a bit odd, but the state is generally very lenient with all of their cannabis laws. If you can get over the awkward food laws in the state, you’ll truly love the number of products that you can get your hands on in Washington.