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In addition to the federal hemp laws laid out in the 2018 Farm Bill, each state has its own state hemp laws. Before we dive in on Ohio Hemp Laws and the legality of CBD in Ohio, it is important to understand the different types of hemp and CBD products that these laws may be applied to.
There are many (somewhat confusing) terms for hemp oil:
- Isolate or THC-Free Hemp Oil has only CBD and all other plant compounds have been removed, THC is undetectable. Pure CBD Isolate can also be purchased in powder form.
- Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil has all plant compounds, including less than 0.3% THC.
- Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil has undetectable THC, but contains other plant compounds.
- PCR (Phytocannabinoid-Rich) Hemp Oil with Zero-THC is a new marketing term for broad-spectrum hemp oil.
- CBG Hemp Oil is a hemp oil from a cannabigerol (CBG) rich hemp strain that has more CBG than is found in CBD Hemp Oil.
- Hemp Flower is the dried and harvested flower of the hemp plant. It can be used whole or extracted to make CBD isolate, Full-Spectrum CBD, or Broad-Spectrum CBD (PCR Hemp Oil).
FAQ: Hemp and CBD Legality in Ohio
Is Full Spectrum CBD Legal in Ohio?
That is a trick question because full-spectrum CBD is not the same as the so-called PCR Hemp Oil! This new marketing term is certainly introducing even more confusion around CBD products.
Ohio does not appear to have any specific restrictions on CBD products. So long as they meet requirements for testing and labeling they can be manufactured and sold in Ohio legally under Ohio hemp laws.
Is It Legal to Ship PCR Hemp Oil to Ohio?
It is legal to ship ALL types of hemp products with less than 0.3% THC to all US States according to the 2018 Farm Bill.
Where to Buy Full Spectrum CBD Oil in Ohio?
In Ohio, you can buy CBD from a store or purchase it online.
Do you need a special license to purchase PCR Hemp Oil in Ohio?
You don’t need a special license to purchase CBD hemp oil (all types) in Ohio, only to grow, test, or sell products.
How Does Ohio Legally Define Hemp?
"Hemp" means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths per cent on a dry weight basis.Ohio Senate Bill 57
Growing and Selling Hemp in Ohio
Ohio hemp laws are explained in Senate Bill 57, along with ORC 928 and OAC 901. Hemp farming, processing, and CBD product sales and manufacturing are all legal in Ohio. Ohio Hemp laws are very detailed. They classify different types of hemp crops depending on their use and also have some hemp varieties which are prohibited (sharing a list with Michigan).
Retail Hemp and CBD products must comply with Ohio hemp laws:
- Products must contain no more than 0.3% THC
- Products must come from a registered farm
- Products must be tested by a licensed laboratory
- The THC must be reported as “total THC” as described below:
"Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol" means the sum of the percentage by weight of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid multiplied by 0.877 plus the percentage by weight of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.Ohio Senate Bill 57
Ohio state hemp laws allow for CBD products such as:
- Hemp topicals
- Hemp concentrates and extracts (oils and tinctures)
- Industrial hemp for building or fiber materials
- Industrial hempseed (food product)
- Industrial hempseed oil (food product)