Is CBD legal in Arkansas?

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Understanding the Legal Framework of CBD in Arkansas

As a lawyer specializing in food and drug law, one of the questions I frequently encounter is about the legality of cannabidiol (CBD) in various states, including Arkansas. CBD is a compound derived from cannabis and hemp plants, known for its potential therapeutic benefits. However, its legal status can be complex and varies across the U.S. This article aims to provide a clear understanding of the legal status of CBD in Arkansas.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another well-known cannabis compound, CBD does not produce a 'high'. It is often used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. The legal status of CBD depends largely on its source and its THC content.

Federal Law and CBD

At the federal level, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp and its extracts, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. Thus, CBD derived from hemp and containing less than 0.3% THC is legal at the federal level. However, CBD derived from marijuana plants is still considered a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, and therefore remains illegal.

Arkansas Law and CBD

In Arkansas, the situation is a bit more nuanced. The state follows federal guidelines in terms of hemp-derived CBD. According to the Arkansas State Plant Board, hemp-derived CBD is legal to sell and purchase in Arkansas, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. This means that CBD products, including oils, edibles, and creams, are legal as long as they are derived from hemp and meet the THC requirements.

However, CBD derived from marijuana is a different story. Marijuana is still considered a controlled substance in Arkansas, and any CBD derived from this plant is illegal. This includes both medical and recreational use, although there are exceptions for certain medical conditions with a doctor's prescription.


In conclusion, the legal status of CBD in Arkansas is dependent on its source. If the CBD is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC, it is legal to buy and sell in the state. However, CBD derived from marijuana is illegal in Arkansas, with few exceptions for certain medical conditions. As always, it's important to stay informed about the legalities in your specific area and consult with a legal expert if you have any questions or concerns.

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