CBD Oil in Ohio [Buyers Guide]

Explaining the process
MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on September 20, 2018

CBD oil in Ohio

Being the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana, Ohio finally opened its doors to the world of cannabis on the 8th of June, 2016. Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523, allowing residents of Ohio to treat specific conditions with medical marijuana. To date, 30 of the 50 states have legalized marijuana in some form or another, which is of course incredibly promising for the future of medical cannabis.

To make things easy, we have done the legwork and brought together everything you might need to know about CBD oil in Ohio – what CBD oil is, how it can benefit us medically, and how residents of Ohio can get their hands on it.

*[July 2018 update – while the Ohio Medical Marijuana Registry is currently delayed from their September 2018 start date, residents of the state can still purchase CBD hemp oil in several retail locations or from online sellers and have it shipped to their Ohio address. Continue reading to find out where to buy CBD oil in Ohio].

CBD Is not THC – Understand the Difference!

Once shadowed by its sought-after relative THC, CBD has become one of the most researched and talked about cannabinoids of the marijuana plant. Cannabidiol, as it’s known scientifically, is understood to have wide-ranging healing properties, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and even pain-relieving properties. And unlike THC, it does not produce a “high” – a fact that is making it incredibly appealing for a huge range of potential users.

Throughout recent years, studies on CBD oil have shown it could be incredibly beneficial for the treatment of dozens of serious conditions. It appears that where traditional treatments have fallen short of the mark, CBD oil may be able to offer a safer, more natural form of therapy.

As of now, almost all medical conditions are treated with addictive prescription medications, which usually have a long list of side effects ranging from mild to incredibly severe. With CBD oil, however, you are getting a purely natural treatment that has minimal side effects.

CBD oil comes in two main forms: cannabis CBD oil and CBD Hemp oil. There are quite a few differences between the two, but the main difference is the amount of THC. Also, the legalities of these two oils are completely different; while CBD oil derived from Hemp is legal in all 50 states (according to many of the manufacturers who sell it), cannabis CBD oil with higher THC content is only available to licensed Medical Marijuana Cardholders.

While hemp CBD oil in Ohio is widely available either online or in retail stores across the state, though, those looking to get their hands on a bottle will need to be wary of the source as the currently unregulated market is resulting in many fake products being distributed – some of which are potentially dangerous.

Buying CBD oil from actual marijuana (cannabis) strains at licensed Ohio dispensaries (which as of summer 2018 are not yet operational) is the preferred option for those looking to take advantage of CBD’s therapeutic properties, but in order to qualify, you of course need to go through the rigorous application process for medical marijuana in Ohio. In addition to being a permanent resident of the state (and provide evidence of this), you will need to have an official doctor’s diagnosis verifying that you suffer from one of the following conditions which the state considers treatable with medical cannabis:

• Alzheimer’s disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Cancer
• chronic traumatic encephalopathy
Crohn’s disease
• Epilepsy
• Glaucoma
• hepatitis C
• Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• Chronic pain, severe, or intractable pain
• Multiple sclerosis
• Parkinson’s disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Sickle cell anemia
• Spinal cord disease, or injury
• Tourette Syndrome
• Traumatic brain injury
• Ulcerative colitis

At this moment in time, the Ohio MMJ program is pretty much a mess – registered patients were supposed to be able to begin purchasing cannabis products from licensed dispensaries starting September 2018, but as of July, the patient registry is not even open, no cards have been issued, and the program has been put on hold until further notice.

As such, if you’re wanting to buy CBD oil in Ohio in the meantime, you’ve really got no other option than to order online from a reputable seller (see below for a 2018 review on some of the top brands in the U.S.), or buy from one of the questionable retailers across the state that are selling in smoke shops, health food stores, etc.


Is CBD Oil in Ohio Legal?

Unlike some states (such as North Carolina or neighboring Michigan) which have come right out and said that CBD oil is not allowed and will be treated as any other form of illegal cannabis, Ohio seems to be pretty accepting of hemp-based products that are either bought online, or purchased from a retail seller. We have yet to hear of any legal instances regarding businesses or individuals and the sale, possession, or use of CBD in Ohio.

In fact, one retail operation that strictly sells CBD oils, gummies, and other CBD-infused products, recently opened up a perfectly legal kiosk at Kenwood Town Centre, which is a popular mall in the Cincinnati area.

Does this mean that CBD oil in Ohio is legal beyond the shadow of a doubt? Not necessarily, but the fact of the matter is that thousands of residents in the state are buying – and using – CBD every single day for a variety of conditions, with no legal implications. And on a federal level, it’s of course worth pointing out that hemp CBD is perfectly legal, as long as it is extracted from plants that contain less than 0.3% THC by weight.

CBD Oil for the treatment of health conditions

Before you actually go out and buy CBD oil in Ohio, you’re likely wondering what kind of conditions people actually use it for.

Well, out of the 113 known cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, we know the most about the benefits of CBD and THC. While studies have shown positive effects for other cannabinoids (such as CBC and CBN), CBD still comes up on top as the go-to for a variety of health needs.

CBD works by targeting the body’s Endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as the ECS. Basically, this system is a group of naturally produced cannabinoids that run all throughout the body. When we consume CBD oil, the active compound helps promote the production of natural cannabinoids, which in turns helps to fight against symptoms from a massive range of serious medical conditions, some of which are listed below:


Around 1.1 million Americans are living with AIDS, which is an incredibly frightening amount. The symptoms of this condition can be extremely debilitating, and can range from nausea and vomiting to loss of appetite and rapid weight loss.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been around since the 1980’s, and has of course claimed millions of lives over the years. Treatment has developed over time, but while it may control the virus, the side effects are often as symptomatic as the condition itself: diarrhea, dizziness, incessant pain, nausea and much more make for a miserable existence for the sufferer.

Studies have been done on the effects of cannabis on those suffering from HIV, and the results have shown that it could be effective in the treatment of some of the virus’ worst symptoms. A survey done in 2005 involving 523 patients with HIV found that 27% of them used cannabis to treat the symptoms of their condition. Of these patients, a massive 97% of them stated that the cannabis improved their appetite.

CBD not only apparently has the ability to boost lack of appetite stemming from nausea, but it can also help manage severe and chronic pain, sickness, and depression – all of which are common side effects of HIV/AIDS.

Digestive Problems

It’s no secret that there is an almost infinite amount of digestive problems that individuals experience across the U.S. In fact, an estimated 60 to 70 million people in America are affected with some kind of digestive problem.

Complaints can vary in severity from stomach ache and diarrhea, to more serious conditions such as Crohn’s disease and IBD (irritable bowel disease). For these conditions, you can gain access to hundreds of different prescription drugs, most of which have potential side effects such as ulcers, vomiting, and even internal bleeding.

CBD, on the other hand, is full of anti-inflammatory properties, which is what’s believed to make it effective in the treatment of digestive conditions that cause intestinal inflammation.

There are of course many other conditions that CBD has shown to have a positive impact on, and thus as a resident of Ohio, you should take full advantage of the compounds easy accessibility and range of uses.

How to obtain CBD oil in Ohio

As we’ve said, while we wait for the state’s patient registry to become available, there are other options for obtaining CBD oil in the state.

According to the manufacturers who sell it, CBD oil from hemp is completely legal in all 50 states being that it contains less than 0.3% THC, and is impossible to get you high. For those of you who are purely seeking the medicinal relief of your symptoms (rather than experiencing the mind-altering effects of whole-plant marijuana), you may want to look at getting some CBD oil in this way.

Of course, though, if you are hoping to obtain an MMJ card in the near future for the purpose of purchasing CBD Cannabis oil – i.e. oil that is derived from marijuana and has a higher THC content – all the important information you need to know can be found in our step-by-step guide, how to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio.

Final Thoughts on CBD Oil in Ohio

While Ohio might not be the most simple state to obtain CBD oil in, it is by no means impossible. Progress on the MMJ registry program is being made, albeit slowly, and in the meantime CBD oil is still available to those who need it in one form or another.

If you’re wondering how to buy CBD oil in Ohio or curious as to what some of the top online sellers are, we recommend checking out this recent 2018 review on the top brands and manufacturers in the U.S.

All in all, it is important to recognize just how far cannabis has come in recent years; while Ohio may not have been quick to get on board, there is no denying that the popularity of CBD in America is constantly increasing, and we hope it’s only a matter of time before the natural compound is 100% legal on a nationwide level.

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  1. Nicole Poplin

    I have 2 questions.
    1. My husband and I would both like to try the cbd hemp oil…him for arthritis pain, me for sciatica pain. Problem is, we both get random drug screenings through our jobs and dont want to risk losing our jobs if this would make a test positive since it does contain a small amount of thc.
    2. My son was interested in maybe trying it on my 9 year old grandson for his ADHD, but was under the impression it’s illegal to give to anyone under 18. Is this true, or can he try this with him over the summer to see if it will help him stay focused etc during the school year.

    1. Laura
      Hope this answers your questions

      I am a consultant for an CBD oil company and the .3 of THC (or less – this is what allows it to be legal) will not show up on a drug test.

      You can give CBD to anyone. Maybe try something with a lower amount of cannabinol. They have products that are safe for pets so someone younger than 18 could use it. I would as a parent just administer it to them.

  2. OneWorriedMomma

    I know this is looked down upon but I know it does no harm, I am pregnant and smoke marijuana I am due in 7-8 weeks. I have tried to stop smoking for days on end but have no appetite and when I force myself to eat i end up getting sick. If I smoke I just eat constantly, and even sleep better. Anyway the dr said my baby is small, and that makes me worried to stop smoking that she won’t gain ANY weight. Smoking marijuana is the only way I can eat enough to gain weight also.
    I’m 25, from ohio, and I just heard about a shop down the road from me selling cbd oil, I have researched and been told nothing but positive things about cbd oil. Is that the route I should go? Also, does cbd oil show on a drug test? I know I have to quit smoking, like today. Please help!

  3. B

    Can you help us find a reliable trustworthy source to purchase CBD Oil? We have triplets that the dr are wanting to Rx medication to increase their appetite but too many side affects and read the CBD Oil has been knows to be the best alternative. I’ve showered the Internet to find a Dr willing to speak to me about this and how to properly administer it to our girls. Any help or referrals would be greatly appreciated!

    1. One mom to another

      It will not let me reply to One Worried Mama, but I hope she knows that smoking cigarettes while pregnant lowers birth weight of infants, so smoking weed may have similar effect. You do not need to eat much or gain too much for your baby to grow. I didn’t gain much weight with my 2nd son and he ended up being 6 lbs 15 oz.

  4. kathleen tulevski

    where can I purchase Hemp Derived Cannabidiol for ADHD in Cleveland Ohio?

    1. Adam

      Have you tried any of the companies listed here. They all ship to Ohio

  5. Darla

    I am in Ohio and trying to find CBD to treat my dogs bone cancer. Would the Cannabis Hemp Oil be of any help?

  6. James D. Miller D.C.

    My name is Dr. James Miller and in am a Chiropractor in the State of Ohio. I have been told that I am able to use and sell CBD oil and creams in my office and I can find nothing in with the State Chiropractic, State Medical or the State Pharmacy rules and regulations allowing the sale or dispensing of these products.

    If you have a website that I can review for the legal ability to use these products in my office I would very much appreciate that .

    Than you in advance

    1. Jay, CMA

      Dr Miller-

      Your efforts are appauded! As an Ohio resident it’s good to see great doctors like you trying to benefit their patients.
      Look for CBD products derived from hemp plants. Those have a THC of less than 0.3% and are legal to purchase and sell in all 50 states. I hope this response is helpful to you. Keep up the great work!

      1. Arianna
        CBD sales in Chiropractic Offices

        Hi! I had heard recently that the Ohio state medical marijuana legislation was written in such a way that it doesn’t differential between marijuana and industrial hemp plant extracts. I believe the Northwest Ohio Chiropractic Association has indicated selling CBD oil under a chiropractic license is not allowed. Is that your understanding?

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