Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound that is found in hemp and marijuana. While it comes from the same plant, It is not the same as weed and does not have the same psychoactive properties as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the other, more intoxicating compound found in marijuana.
If you want to ease tension and inflammation without the high, CBD products (which are completely THC-free) are completely safe and accessible. You can even get it in a variety of forms, from gummies to cookies to a shot of CBD oil in your smoothie.
If you are looking for CBD products, keep reading for a list of reputable places to purchase them in Florida.
A History Of Marijuana In Florida
Marijuana has been prohibited in the state of Florida since the early 1930s, when an ax murder was blamed on the perpetrator’s addiction to “marijuana cigarettes.” It was not until 2014 that the Florida legislature passed an act allowing one strain of cannabis to be administered to cancer and epilepsy patients.
2016 was a big year for medical marijuana, as all strains were approved for treating terminal patients. Also, a citizen referendum introduced the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative and it passed by a wide margin.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes! CBD is legal in the State of Florida as long as the THC content is less than .3%. Anything with a THC content over that limit is a marijuana product and must be purchased from a registered dispensary. Recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Florida, so be sure to check your products for THC content.
The Benefits of CBD
CBD has been shown to treat various conditions, but many studies are in the early stages, which is why CBD can be a little controversial. However, the results thus far conclude that CBD is safe and non-intoxicating, with plenty of benevolent effects on the body.
Anecdotally, CBD has done wonders for some patients, but that differs from person to person. Meanwhile, Scientists have been conducting trials using CBD to treat pain from arthritis. CBD has been known to treat anxiety and insomnia, allowing people to fall and stay asleep. It’s also effective in treating epilepsy patients.
How To Spot A Reputable CBD Seller
When it comes to CBD, finding a good source is paramount. Here are some tips on how to spot a good alternative vendor:
- Knowledge: Your vendor should be knowledgeable about its products and dosages. The people working at the shop or dispensary should be able to help you with any questions or concerns you have.
- Variety: Different people prefer different methods of consuming CBD. A good seller won’t just have pens, tinctures, and oil – it will also have cookies, candies, chocolate, and other edibles.
- Transparency: The seller should be transparent about the extraction process. Products should be clearly labeled as CBD-only, as THC products are still controlled in Florida.
- Certification: Only buy CBD products that have been verified by third-party labs. Products can contain traces of pesticides and heavy metals, so be sure that your CBD products are getting tested.
The Best Places To Get CBD In Florida
If you are looking for a reputable CBD seller, then American Shaman in St Pete Beach is a good place to start. Not only does it sell excellent CBD products, but you can also speak to a CBD wellness consultant who will give you samples and recommendations.
There are a few American Shaman branches in Florida, including Miami, Sarasota, Brandon, Daytona, Tampa, and more! But our favorite spot is the LGBTQ-owned location in St Pete Beach.
Fluent Cannabis Dispensary
Formerly known as Knox Cannabis Dispensary, Fluent is positioning itself as a pioneer of medical marijuana products. It has a wide array of THC, CBD, and blended products. Keep in mind that you need a medical marijuana card if you are buying THC.
Earth Florida Jax CBD Store
Looking for CBD in Jacksonville? Want to support a local shop versus bigger cannabis conglomerates? Earth Florida Jax CBD Store is a family-owned cannabis-focused business that delivers locally!
Your CBD Store
If you find yourself in Ocala, Florida, make sure to stop by Your CBD Store. It has everything from CBD bath bombs to vapes, so you have the full spectrum of products to try. It only sells its own formulations of products called Sunmed, which undergoes a rigorous process to ensure that there is no THC.
Other Places To Get CBD
CBD vendors and online selling are great ways to get your fix, but if you are looking for more variety in one place, then you can’t beat the Alternative Products Expo. The expo features the newest and most exciting alternative products from smaller sellers, ranging from CBD sleep aids to Kratom – a pain-relieving plant used for chronic pain and heroin withdrawal.
CBD is legal in Florida, but you have to be sure you are buying from trustworthy vendors. Though online shopping has become a popular choice for buying CBD, it always pays to try out products first. If you can speak to a CBD specialist, even better.
There are many ways to get CBD in Florida – you can either visit your local shops or head over to the Alternative Expo to see the latest and greatest from the industry.
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