With states like Oregon decriminalizing small amounts of illegal drugs and legalizing psilocybin, you could say the true winner of the 2020 election was drugs. And nothing won bigger than cannabis. New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana have approved it for recreational use, while Mississippi will be offering it for certain medical conditions. Right now, you’re more likely to live in a state that has some form of legalized cannabis than not. And even if you can’t get weed, hemp-based CBD is readily available across the country.
But if you’re new to all this, it can be confusing. What’s the difference between hemp-derived CBD and marijuana-derived CBD? If you live in a state where cannabis is available recreationally like Massachusetts, does that mean your friend in California can ship you some weed? And on a much more basic level: What should you buy to deal with all the stress of this year?
First, hemp-derived CBD is simply much easier to find. It’s legal across the country because it contains less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the compound in cannabis that’s psychoactive. That’s not to say it won’t affect you. If you’re using it to relax or fall asleep, it’s effective — it’s just not quite like being high.
As for the second question: No, you can’t get a friend to ship across state lines. That’s still illegal. Every state grows and produces its own THC-based products, and state laws about what’s legal and illegal are complicated. For example, in California, anything goes, while in New York you can only get vapes and tinctures.
With that in mind, we tried to simplify things in our shopping guide. Below are some suggestions for hemp CBD-based gifts that can be shipped anywhere in the country and are great for beginners and advanced users alike. And if you do want to get something for the stoner in your life who really knows their weed, we also included a few items they can use while smoking or making their own edibles.