CBD in Arkansas
2019 Complete Guide
Welcome to the complete guide to CBD in Arkansas, 2019 update.
Arkansas CBD Laws 
Is CBD oil legal in Arkansas? Well, now that depends on what kind of CBD oil you’re talking about. Fortunately for Arkansa residents, due to legislation enacted in the state over the past few years, both CBD oil made from hemp and THC oil from marijuana are legal in the state. However, products made from marijuana are only available to those who qualify for the state’s recently launched medical marijuana program.
In this article, we’ll talk about Arkansas’ laws related to hemp CBD and medical marijuana, discuss the differences between the two and why you might want to use one over the other, what medical conditions are commonly treated with these products, and how to take part in the state’s medical marijuana program.
Hemp CBD vs Cannabis Oil From Marijuana
Medical Benefits of CBD
How To Buy CBD Oil in Arkansas
How To Buy CBD Oil Online
Hemp CBD vs. Cannabis Oil From Marijuana
Many experts in the medicinal use of marijuana agree that a balance of THC and CBD is ideal for most medical conditions. However, that doesn’t mean it’s ideal for all people. Cannabis effects each of us differently. Lifestyle can also be a major factor. And, frankly, many people report excellent results in relieving their symptoms with CBD alone.
The evidence for CBD oil’s efficacy in treating most of the conditions above is compelling enough that it has convinced bodies of lawmakers in a number of states to legalize the use of low-THC or no-THC oils. Furthermore, the FDA last year approved a prescription drug known as Epidiolex for the treatment of certain cases of childhood epilepsy. In order to get that approval, the drug had to undergo not one but a series of clinical studies to prove that it was effective and safe to use.
Scores of scientific studies have been undertaken to determine the effects of CBD for a wide array of illnesses. Evidence strongly suggests that THC-free CBD oil provides the following benefits:
- Analgesic (pain reducer)
- Antiemetic (reduces nausea and vomiting)
To better understand the effects of THC and CBD let’s take a couple of minutes here to explain in a nutshell how cannabinoids work.
As we mentioned earlier, both CBD and THC are part of a family of compounds known as cannabinoids. Scores of cannabinoids are produced in cannabis, but THC and CBD are the most abundant.
Cannabinoids act upon the human body in a number of ways, but the most powerful channel for the effects is what is known as the endocannabinoid system or ECS. This is a vast network of cellular receptors and signaling molecules which are produced by the brain and central nervous system.
Oversimplified, the way the ECS works is that if the body detects certain types of imbalances it naturally produces molecules known as endocannabinoids which traverse the bloodstream and interact with cells throughout the body via endocannabinoid receptors.
The cannabinoids found in cannabis, technically known as phytocannabinoids, have the ability to mimic the effects of endocannabinoids as well as provide some unique effects.
The mechanism via which THC causes a high is that it binds to receptors in brain cells known as CB1 receptors. CBD, on the other hand, although it does interact with these receptors, does not bind with them, and therefore is non-intoxicating.
THC and CBD can sometimes have opposing effects, so the balance of the two can be critical in some cases. For example, THC can bring on feelings of anxiety and paranoia, while CBD has been shown to do the opposite and make people feel more relaxed and content.
Cannabinoids also work in the human body in other ways such as providing antioxidant, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties which all result from their direct interaction with germs and other microbes.
Finally, there is another family of compounds produced in cannabis which also has medicinal effects on the human body known as terpenes. As with cannabinoids, there are scores of different terpenes. These oily compounds are the cause of the distinct aroma and flavor of cannabis as well as most other plants, fruits, flowers, and so on. Terpenes have been used for millennia in the treatment of disease including being central to a treatment mode known as aromatherapy. They are so powerful that sometimes just a whiff of a particular terpene can change your mood.
Whereas cannabinoids are measured in percentage of overall weight, sometimes as high as 25% or more in the most potent buds, terpenes, on the other hand, are measured in far smaller concentrations — parts per million. Terpenes readily evaporate and act upon our olfactory system (nose). If you open a package of marijuana, within a fraction of a second it can be smelled many feet away.
Terpenes also have some impact on how cannabinoids affect the body. This combined effect of the ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes found in a strain of marijuana or hemp is known as the entourage effect because these compounds travel together through your body and the effects of the entourage add up to more than the sum of its parts.
So the bottom line here is that THC has different effects than CBD, and products which contain terpenes rather than purified cannabinoids have a different effect than pure cannabinoids.
If you’re planning on using cannabis oils for medical purposes and not just for kicks, then you might want to start with a full-spectrum CBD oil and see if that does the trick before you move on to the hard stuff.
To learn more about Arkansas Medical Marijuana, check out this article.
Now, let’s see where you can buy some CBD oil in Arkansas.
Where To Buy CBD Oil In Arkansas
There are countless boutiques and shops in Arkansas that carry CBD oils and CBD infused products such as edibles, beverages, vape cartridges, topicals, and so on. These shops are especially prevalent in the larger cities in Arkansas such as Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Springdale.
Online shops often offer a much wide array of products than brick and mortar shops. You’ll find things online that you might not find in your local shops — products such as CBD honey to CBD cake pops, CBD-infused beverages, and even CBD cotton candy and popcorn. CBD for pets is also available.
If you’re looking for cannabis products containing THC you’ll have to go through the medical program, get your card, and shop at a licensed dispensary — that is if you want to avoid the risk of being tossed in jail.
Where to buy CBD online
There are several online CBD retailers which sell CBD oil which is legally produced in the United States. Order CBD online and have CBD oil, a bag of CBD-infused gummies or some CBD vape liquid additive sitting on your front doorstep within 24 hours.
- Arkansas Department Of Health: Medical Marijuana Resources
- Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission
- Arkansas Medical Marijuana Rules and Regulations
- Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016
- Arkansas Department Of Health: Medical Marijuana FAQ
- Americans for Safe Access: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations
- Marijuana Policy Project: Medical marijuana program finally taking shape
- NORML: Arkansas Local Decriminalization
- Arkansas Online: Hemp-derived CBD takes off in Northwest Arkansas as medical marijuana lags
- 5News: Nearly 40 More Qualifying Conditions Proposed For Using Medical Marijuana In Arkansas