As you can see, the Texas CBD laws are complicated. Although the state doesn’t permit marijuana for recreational use — and has a very limited medical marijuana program — hemp-derived CBD is legal and you can easily find such products over the counter and online. Always make sure that your product has a Certificate of Analysis from a third-party laboratory to confirm its CBD content in case you got caught by the police.
The US federal government removed hemp from the list of controlled substances in 2018 under the amended Farm Bill. Hemp is now legal to grow in all 50 states for purposes like clothing, paper, fuel, building materials, food, and health supplements such as CBD extracts.
Texas has one of the most severe marijuana laws in the United States. Marijuana remains illegal for recreational use, with heavy fines for simple possession. Getting busted with less than two ounces of marijuana can get you a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in prison. Any amounts higher than that are punishable with 2-year jail time and can make you poorer by $10,000.
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Buying CBD online is easier and more convenient than making local errands.
Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (up to 0.3%) and higher ratios of CBD. The chemical makeup of hemp makes it unable to get the user intoxicated.
Online suppliers usually have a wider selection of products than local stores. You can choose from CBD oil, edibles, capsules, vapes, topicals, concentrates, and even products for pets. In-store vendors typically offer one or two types of CBD due to limited storage space.
CBD product labels contain important information for consumers, an important resource for CBD consumers.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Access to CBD in Texas requires patients go through a strict medical process that is available only to people with severe illnesses. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Where to buy CBD in Texas
Possession of CBD is legal in Texas, as long as it falls under the .3% THC threshold. The Texas CBD medical program allows CBD with .5% THC for patients with a medical card.
Broad-spectrum means that the product contains CBD and terpenes, but has undergone additional processes to strip out any THC.
If a patient has CBD that contains more than .3% THC, they could face felony charges for possession of cannabis or THC oil. A conviction carries a sentence of 180 days to two years and a $10,000 fine. Read more about the fines involved for possession of marijuana in Texas.
Full-spectrum means that the CBD has been extracted from a hemp plant along with all other cannabinoids and terpenes, including whatever trace amounts of THC the plant may have produced. Consuming full-spectrum CBD may yield better results thanks to the entourage effect, a phenomenon in which the mixture of cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a more pleasant experience.