CBD Shipping 101: Can You Ship CBD and Who Will Ship It? Ready to learn how to navigate the legal gray areas of CBD? Please note, all references to “CBD” or “CBD products” within this post refers to hemp-derived CBD, not marijuana-derived CBD. It shouldn’t take you long to notice that it’s one of the fastest-growing categories, with products ranging from CBD-infused water and toothpaste, to CBD dog treats and even activewear. From supermarkets to teen brands, you can find these products seemingly everywhere today.
With increased legalization and awareness, it’s not just large retailers cashing in. Both local brick-and-mortar shops and online stores are also making moves. CBD market as a whole (both hemp-derived and marijuana-derived, where legal) is expected to reach $20 billion by 2024. More than one quarter of Americans have tried a CBD product. Of those people, one out of seven use CBD products everyday. 49% of consumers have purchased CBD products at a drugstore, and 43% have purchased from online retailers. With the continuous growth in the industry and a market proving it’s more than just a trend, it’s tempting to break into the CBD business yourself.
But before you do, you must do your research, know the legalities and safety protocol, and understand the ins and outs of selling and shipping CBD. To start, CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the active components of cannabis. CBD is thought to alleviate symptoms (e.g., users say it helps ease pain or soothe anxiety — though the FDA will step in if false claims are marketed), without any psychoactive effects from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the component of marijuana that gets you high). Cannabis containing THC above 0.3% is illegal in many countries, including the U.S. However, cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC (known as “hemp”) is legal at the federal level, but legality differs across states. When it comes to selling CBD products, you’ll want to check the state-specific laws around CBD. Products that include hemp, like alcohol, have legal limits on the quantities of certain ingredients that can be included in products — specifically, THC. For some states within the United States, the limit of THC in hemp products is zero. This means any products that contain hemp-derived CBD must contain zero THC. In other states, you can use hemp-derived CBD if the THC content is under 0.3%. This is because of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp production at the federal level across the United States. The Farm Bill states that as long as your hemp-derived CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC, the product is not a federally controlled substance. In this article, we’ll cover how to ship CBD in a way that’s safe and legal for you and your customers. Note: This article is solely for informational purposes and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Even though hemp-derived CBD is much more widely accepted and legalized than marijuana-containing products, CBD is still closely monitored and regulated. Here are the factors that will help you understand whether your supplier’s CBD is legal to ship. The CBD you ship must have THC levels below 0.3%, and you must be able to verify in writing the CBD and THC levels of the products you are shipping. The CBD you sell should come from (extracted from) hemp plants, not marijuana. Talk to an attorney if your CBD comes from synthetic sources, but the THC level must still be below 0.3%. If you’re working with any partners, like a supplier, you’ll need to keep close tabs to make sure that the products consistently hit this standard. Whether you use a CBD supplier or grow it yourself, any CBD product must come from a licensed grower.
In other words, you can’t just ship your uncle’s experimental cannabis plants he grew in his shed. Both you and your supplier can face legal challenges and risk getting arrested or shut down for selling illegal products. Being a licensed grower means a state government official has oversight over the production of the hemp crop. Your CBD-containing products must be third-party tested to demonstrate the chemical makeup of the products you’re selling, including the THC content.
Third-party testing may be a prerequisite for some of the above requirements.