Idaho Cannabis / Hemp Laws

Disclaimer

Warning: This is a MUST READ if you’re living in the state of Idaho! Bad news – the state of Idaho does not allow any type of cannabis use, with very strict rules related to the use of CBD and CBD-based products. While the use of CBD was made legal in 2018, the use of CBD oil is only allowed for patients with a doctor’s prescription.

CBD Oil In The State of Idaho

The House Bill 577 passed in 2018 by the State of Idaho states that CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC can be used by patients with severe illnesses and only if prescribed by licensed doctors as a recommended treatment. The other uses of marijuana are strictly forbidden, and it does not seem likely that they will change anytime soon.

What is CBD oil?

CBD is one of the many cannabinoid compounds produced by the cannabis plant. There are two main varieties from this plant, the CBD-rich variety called industrial hemp and the THC-rich variety called marijuana. The marijuana plants are used for recreational and medicinal purposes, while the industrial hemp plants are grown as a crop for the production of CBD, fiber and rope, textile, paper, plastic, biofuel, and many other useful applications.

CBD, as the main derivate of hemp, is a molecule with amazing properties. It can boost the immune system of the body, help with pain management; help with arthritic pains, seizures, and epilepsy; relieve symptoms of PTSD (Warfighter products main intent), nausea, stress, depression and a lot more.

It can be used as an oil tincture, as a CBD gel capsule, a CBD-infused edible, CBD cosmetics, CBD vape liquid, CBD-infused bath products, even in CBD infused drinks. Still, the most famous way of using CBD is in the form or a CBD-rich oil tincture. It can be very easily taken, by placing the required amount under the tongue and swallowing it after a minute or so later.

There are CBD-rich and THC-rich varieties of cannabis. The CBD-rich strains are preferred by the medial user community and the THC-rich strains by the recreational user. There are mixed THC/CBD strains that have a 1:1 THC vs. CBD ratio and these are favored by people with less severe health issues and beginner recreational users. Among the 1:1 THC vs. CBD strains, I’ll separate two that have gained a lot of popularity in recent times.

  • Nebula II CBD has about 7% THC and 7% CBD; with a pronounced terpene profile that produces a sweet, earthy, fruity smelling smoke. It has great benefits, like easing stress and pain, helping in the reduction of inflammation and dealing with PTSD and depression. Also, the THC content allows for a slight cerebral buss that leaves your mind focused, euphoric and feeling happy.
  • Sweet and Sour Widow has 1:1 THC vs. CBD content and has a mild effect on the head and body of the user. The smoke smells like pines, citruses and the earth, and it brings a relaxing body effect, uplifting the mind, and bringing on the munchies, effectively chasing away the lack of appetite, as well as relieving symptoms of depression stress and pain.

Idaho CBD Oil Laws

This state has some very strict rules related to cannabis use – namely, it does not allow anything cannabis-related to be legal. The Idahoan Governor is the only one in the entire USA that has banned the use of marijuana and CBD. Still, after a lot of lobbying, in 2018 a bill was passed (past efforts were vetoed by the Governor) that allowed the use of CBD for treating severe medicinal issues.

The use of CBD oil is sanctioned and it is only legal to be used by people diagnosed with severe conditions that are in possession of a prescription from a licensed physician. The users should only use CBD oil from certified manufacturers, with published certificates of analysis, as the oil should contain less than 0.3% THC.

Medical marijuana/weed

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is completely banned in Idaho, which is one of only four US States to have this kind of ban. There is no state-licensed program that supports the research and cultivation of industrial hemp in Idaho, and there are no facilitating conditions that will help anyone in the case of being caught cultivating hemp.

The same goes for marijuana for recreational use. It is strongly forbidden to smoke weed in the Gem State, with penalties ranging from a misdemeanor charge and 1 year in prison for up to 3 ounces, and felony and 5 years in prison for everything over 3 ounces. Sorry, but it looks like the Fortune Seekers will have to look for the holy smoke somewhere else.

How To Buy CBD In Idaho?

Because of the strict laws related to the use of CBD oil, it is nearly impossible to buy this product from licensed retail stores. The only way to do so is to purchase it through online sources and have it delivered to your door. My advice is to look for reputable sources of CBD oil, as these manufacturers usually publish the results of any lab tests online and stand by the labels printed on their products, like the less than 0.3% THC that the Idahoan law prescribes.

If there are any doubts, the use of CBD oil is regulated on a federal level with the Farm Bill of 2014, which is the only good news for the Idahoans.

Conclusion

One of only four US states with such strict laws related to the cultivation of hemp and the use of CBD products, Idaho has only allowed the use of CBD products with less than 0.3% for patients with severe medical issues. Further, there is no medical or recreational use of marijuana allowed here, and anyone caught with weed faces a prison sentence and a monetary fine.

Still, under the 2014 Farm Bill, any US citizen can purchase CBD oil as long as it has less than 0.3% THC, so at least Idahoans can get their CBD products some way. The best way is definitely buying them direct from a reputable company online.

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