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Is CBD Oil Legal in Iowa? State Laws & Regulations

Is CBD oil legal in Iowa

CBD has become one of the most commonly used natural alternatives to OTC drugs on the market for treating pain, nausea, insomnia, and much more. CBD’s effectiveness has been so positive that many people’s long-held opinions on the drug are shifting more positively. Why? Because more and more companies are getting into the market and letting people know about CBD and how it can work for them. Many states in the US have legalized the usage of CBD by patients and unlocked the door for research.

Is CBD Legal in Iowa?

In short, no, but there is more to the law than the information at the surface. The Iowa Hemp Act legalized hemp if it contains less than 0.3% THC. However, the legal issue surrounding CBD in the state of Iowa is complex. The matter got so convoluted that, at one point, the Attorney General warned people that the future of CBD in the state was not clear. As such, possessing or selling CBD oil would be an infraction of the law.


The growing debate on CBD and hemp-related products has been a hot issue in the state. More and more people have joined the debate. Now, CBD has taken center stage in Iowa, and even so, the state is struggling to legalize CBD for recreation and medical use. They do have the right to buy CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC. Setting a limit on the content has made fewer products available on the market. Compared to states that have allowed the use of CBD with no restrictions or limitations, Iowa is falling behind. But that is the only current option for those who want to get CBD without breaking the law.

Iowa, a Midwestern U.S. state, sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. It’s known for its landscape of rolling plains and cornfields. Landmarks in the capital, Des Moines, include the gold-domed, 19th-century State Capitol Building, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Des Moines Art Center, noted for its contemporary collections. The city of Cedar Rapids’ Museum of Art has paintings by native Iowan Grant Wood..

Allowing CBD with THC content under 0.3% is in House File 524. This is because THC is what has psychoactive properties (in layman’s terms, it causes the ‘high’). There are many types of CBD available on the market; you can find thousands of products with thousands of variations containing more than 0.3% THC. At the same time, you would have no trouble finding ones that stay below the legal limit. A buyer must know the difference between THC and CBD to make the right decision and not get involved in illegal activity.


There is another important consideration for those who want CBD oil in the state of Iowa. Having the permission of the doctor is key to opening the door to CBD. A patient must have written permission from a healthcare professional if they want to possess cannabis-derived CBD. To obtain permission from a licensed doctor, patients must have a debilitating condition or terminal illness. The state of Iowa is currently deciding on whether to include more diseases, so more people could get covered for CBD. Diseases like PTSD and Alzheimer’s are being considered for CBD coverage. If this updated rule passes, those with Alzheimer’s or PTSD can get CBD oil.

Age Requirements


One must be over 18 to get access to hemp-derived CBD products. This basically refers to CBD with a legal limitation on it. Anybody over 18 can get the drug from a local store or order them online. Iowa may ban all use of CBD with high THC content, but when it comes to staying under the approved limit, Iowa has a less strict law regarding the issue.


Hemp Production


Those who want to produce hemp in the state will need permits from the state. Farmers must have the right license to start growing hemp plants on their farms. Again, they must make sure the hemp they are growing there contains less than 0.3% THC. If a plant has more than the legal limit of THC, it has to be destroyed, or it would be considered an illegal item by the state.


To obtain a license, farmers must be cleared of any illegal activity, as the state will look through all criminal history records to make sure the farmer was never associated with any criminal activity in the past. The farmer would then be eligible to obtain permits from the state, which would allow them to start farming there without violating any law. After obtaining the permit, farmers must notify the department of agriculture and land stewardship to test the THC level in their plants. This test has to be done 30 days before harvesting hemp plants. The inspection charge is $1,000.


After testing, the crop will ready to be transported with a certified crop inspection. You can visit the department’s website to learn more about hemp transportation and the rules farmers should follow to meet the requirements and conditions for transportation.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the rules that all Iowans must follow if they want to get CBD without getting themselves involved in a legal suit. CBD with a high amount of THC is still illegal; only products with less than 0.3% THC would be considered legal by the state. Make sure to consult your doctor for permission and information about the dosage that is right for you. Only a doctor can prescribe you the right CBD dosage, as there are so many options on the market.


Azriel Adelberg
About Azriel Adelberg

MSc Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley An Israeli born organic chemist and PROUD University of California, Berkeley graduate.

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