CBD Oil in Mississippi: Marijuana Laws and Where to Buy
Disclaimer: All of the information in this guide is based on our own research into the topic. We have done our best to use accurate and up-to-date information from respected and credible resources. However, we cannot claim to be a legal authority, and none of the following information should be taken as legal advice.
A Guide to CBD Oil in Mississippi
- Mississippi is trying to catch up with its hemp and CBD regulation.
- There is not currently a hemp-growing program in the state.
- People all over the state are enjoying CBD from retail locations and specialty shops.
- There is no regulation of CBD in Mississippi currently.
- The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force has submitted a document outlining the resources required to develop regulations in the state.
Is CBD Oil Legal in Mississippi?
If you’re hoping to buy CBD in Mississippi, you have a number of options. There are stores all over the state that sell CBD in many forms, and you can even buy packages of items labeled “CBD” at gas stations and convenience stores.
However, despite the wide availability of CBD products, there is still a lot of confusion about what is legal and what is not. In late October 2019, top officials from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Department of Health held a joint press conference warning consumers about the dangers of CBD products on shelves, but never explicitly stating that CBD is illegal.
Mississippi is one of the few states that has not recognized that hemp is not marijuana, and its marijuana laws are restrictive to say the least. Regardless, the officials who held the October press conference mentioned that CBD products may contain opiates and THC, indicating that those are illegal substances but not mentioning that CBD itself is illegal.
This is what is frustrating for consumers in Mississippi. They have to pay just as much attention to what is not said as they do to what is said, in order to decipher laws that should be simple and clear.
Some of the confusion comes from the fact that state lawmakers are just as uncertain as consumers about the legality and safety of CBD, as they await guidance that doesn’t seem to be coming from the FDA.
Are There CBD Laws in Mississippi?
Mississippi is far behind the curve in creating regulations and laws that clarify CBD’s legality and protect consumers. It appears lawmakers in the state are taking a somewhat head-in-the-sand approach, because they are waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to hand down some guidance, but the federal administration is struggling just as much with CBD as the states are. So the state has initiated investigations into how it might proceed without the FDA’s guidance.
Mississippi does have a law in place allowing those with certain types of seizures to receive CBD under very close supervision and a doctor’s recommendation, but retailers are selling CBD everywhere and agents are generally not seizing the products being sold.
There is no hemp-growing program in the state, and Mississippi did not elect to participate in the research pilot program established by the USDA in 2014.
CBD in Mississippi: Understanding Different Types of CBD Products
A familiar sight in most CBD shops, CBD oil is the base product of almost every CBD company, because most of their products are made with the same or similar formulas. Penguin’s selection of CBD oils is versatile, coming in bottles containing 250mg, 600mg, or 1,000mg of CBD for your dosing convenience. Our original flavor is perfect to add to your favorite smoothie or even your morning toast, but we also offer four other delicious natural flavors.
Our CBD oil is made with the best Oregon grown hemp. Comes in mint, citrus, natural, strawberry and cookies & cream flavors.
At Penguin CBD, we understand that CBD oils are not everyone’s preference. Some people would prefer to swallow their CBD and get a move on. We have used our fabulous broad-spectrum formula in easy-to-swallow CBD capsules that travel well and are premeasured so you don’t even have to think about your dose.
Convenient, discreet and travel-ready, our CBD capsules can be taken anywhere with ease. Each capsule contains 10mg of our broad-spectrum hemp extract suspended in MCT oil.
Many CBD companies try to make CBD gummies, but they often miss the mark. When you are taking CBD gummies, it’s because you want a fun snack that also packs a dose of CBD. That’s what we’ve done at Penguin, making delicious CBD gummies that people love, while giving you what you expect from our company—the best darn CBD around!
Made with the purest CBD isolate, our CBD gummy worms are a treat for your taste buds. Every container contains 30 individual worms, with each one packing 10mg of CBD.
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Our CBD cream is a luxurious cream that’s silky smooth and cooling upon contact. Its terpene rich formula is designed to be absorbed quickly.
Industrial Hemp in Mississippi
Almost every state in the country has an industrial hemp program at this point. Some states are operating under the 2014 hemp research pilot program initiated by the USDA to investigate how a hemp crop might become a viable part of the farming economy, while others are operating under the 2018 Farm Bill legislation that allows states to develop their own commercial hemp programs with USDA approval.
Some states are seeing wild success with these programs, and legislators are embracing a way to support farmers looking for a new, potentially lucrative crop. In Kentucky, for example, growers brought in nearly $60 million in 2019 from industrial hemp, and 92 percent of that was grown for CBD.
In order to proceed with hemp and CBD legislation in an informed and well-planned manner, the Magnolia State formed the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force. This group submitted a comprehensive investigative report to the House in December 2019, outlining what is necessary in the state, and the resources required to carry out a robust program addressing both hemp and CBD in Mississippi.
The state is concerned for the health and safety of its residents, and is working to decide how to proceed with developing programs that initiate a new crop economy, allow consumers access to the products they so enthusiastically want and protect the people who purchase CBD. Legislation is likely not coming in 2020, but it is reasonable to expect new laws and programs in the future.
Can I Purchase CBD Online in Mississippi?
CBD specialty shops can be found throughout Mississippi, and these are the places to go if you want to make a purchase at a brick-and-mortar location. Gas stations and grocery stores are not ideal because retailers have probably not put much thought into the CBD products they carry.
The problem with shopping at a specialty store is that you are trusting another person to make responsible decisions about what they sell you. You can spend time researching the products in the store, but it is far more convenient to simply do your shopping online. When you shop this way, you have direct access to information about the products you are considering.
CBD Oil in Mississippi
Officials in Mississippi are concerned about the quality of over-the-counter CBD products in the state because they have seen CBD products come back from forensic testing with opiates and high levels of THC . Some products are not even made with hemp, and they do not have any CBD in them at all, despite what the label says.
This is the danger of having a market that is largely unregulated yet still wildly popular. Companies are taking advantage of consumers who are interested in using a product by making bogus imitations and using deceptive labeling. To prevent possible exposure to dangerous chemicals, you need to do your research.
At Penguin CBD, we understand how frustrating it is to weed through products that may be substandard when you have limited access to vital information. That’s why we created a blog with informational articles, and we make our third-party lab reports available on all of our product pages.
We are happy to answer our customers’ questions, and all our products come with a 30-day guarantee, so you can just chill out and buy your CBD without worry. We are confident that you will feel the same way our many happy customers do when you try Penguin CBD, the best CBD on the market.
Final Thoughts About CBD in Mississippi
Until recently, lawmakers in Mississippi seemed to have their heads in the sand regarding CBD and hemp laws. Last year, however, the state recognized that its residents are wild about CBD, and industrial hemp has the capability of becoming a lucrative crop in the state.
A 13-member commission called the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force spent the year researching and investigating to learn everything it could about hemp and its derivatives, and what it will take to develop a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement program in Mississippi. Based on that document, it appears that lawmakers in the state are genuinely curious about how to make hemp work for residents.
While we wait for legislation to come down the pipeline, however, the CBD market in Mississippi remains the Wild West. CBD is, on a technical level, illegal to sell. But no one is out enforcing it because, frankly, they don’t know how. Most authorities are turning a blind eye while they wait for legislation to catch up with demand.
Take a look at Penguin CBD’s website today, to learn about what it takes to make a product that everyone feels good about.
Here are the current CBD and marijuana laws in Mississippi you need to know.
I Tried Hemp Oil for My MS, and Here’s What Happened
I’ve had multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost a decade, and while I’m on what’s considered to be the most powerful, last attempt, treatment … most of my decade of MS has been about trying anything that might work.
Once I was diagnosed, I immediately became a juicer. I juice as many greens a day, as possible. I stopped consuming dairy, gluten, yeast, wheat, most oats, sugar, caffeine, and anything else one might find in a grocery. Kidding. Sort of.
I rely heavily on chiropractic care and medications. And, yet, the one, almost laughable thing I didn’t know about was hemp oil. When my friend told me she was a representative for a hemp oil company, and thought it would be helpful for my peripheral neuropathy at night, I just stood there with my mouth open. I had no idea about what it was or how it differed from medical marijuana, even.
So I did what I always do. I texted my doctor. His response?: “Go for it!”
Hemp is a really tall plant with big, thick stalk that grows to about 15 feet tall. That’s huge compared to marijuana, which barely clears five feet. They grow in varying ways and different parts are important to different people, for a variety of reasons.
Hemp is both legal and considered safe, hence my doctor’s response. Because of that, it’s reported to be grown in over 30 different countries. Because medical marijuana isn’t legal everywhere in the United States, and controversial all over the world, we don’t have an accurate report of where it’s grown.
What makes these plants of interest to scientists, healers, and those in need of treatment is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is present in both hemp and marijuana, but what makes marijuana psychoactive — giving you the ‘high’ sensation — is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, and studies have shown that CBD is not psychoactive like THC.
The way I explain it to anyone now is: Hemp doesn’t go high. It hits low. It’s considered to be soothing and relaxing.
CBD has been shown to have significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, suggesting that it could be a potential treatment for neurological disorders.
While CBD is not yet FDA-approved for any condition, many studies and user testimonies have shown promising results for a variety of indications.
I used to treat a student with a very aggressive seizure disorder. It was so aggressive, I couldn’t turn the lights on or off in our room while she was there or it could trigger a grand mal seizure. I was talking to her mother on the phone about her progress one day and she confided in me that she’d started using hemp oil, rubbing it on her daughter at night, and that she hadn’t had a seizure since. I was happy to hear.
I think there’s a stigma attached to hemp products, which is why her mother told me in confidence. It’s also why I didn’t find out about how many people use it for multiple conditions until I began to try it for my own peripheral neuropathy and spasticity.
People are scared they’ll be judged. It’s not medical marijuana — though I don’t believe anyone should be judged for their personal treatment plans if it involves this, either. It’s both safe and legal, without psychoactive effects.
So, I began to use the oil on my feet and lower legs, massaging it on topically at night. I almost feel bad saying this — I haven’t had one bad night, in terms of peripheral neuropathy and spasticity in my lower limbs, since trying the Ananda hemp oil.
But it was a different story with the pill form, which I was told would relax me before bed. One study showed that hemp seed supplements with other oils had beneficial effects of improving symptoms in people with MS. But my experience was so bad, I don’t want to rehash.
We believe we had the dosage wrong — we were way off, in my humble opinion — and my friend has begged me to try it again. But for now, I’m too afraid. And frankly, I don’t feel that I need it.
I get so much relief from the topical form, I can’t even put it into words. That is all I wanted. I never dreamed anything would work this well.
So should you run out and get hemp oil from the health aisle in the grocery store? No, it’s not that simple. Not all hemp oil is created equal.
There are certifications and regulations that testify to the quality of the hemp used. These certifications are important because they’re essentially the brand’s credentials. You must research the brand you use. I chose Ananda hemp because they had every certification possible, and they’re affiliated with a higher learning institution to do further research.
Hemp oil isn’t for everyone. How effective it is will depend on your individual symptoms, biology, and dosage. And research hasn’t yet proven its effectiveness. But it’s worked for me, and may work for you.
My advice is to not walk into the world of hemp oil blindly. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor and do thorough research on the different brands and forms of hemp oil before you take the leap.
Jamie is a blogger and author who’s been thriving with MS for almost a decade. Her award-winning blog, Ugly Like Me, is being edited into a book and her work currently appears in 97 countries. She lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.
Learn more about one woman's research and use of hemp oil for her symptoms of spasticity and peripheral neuropathy caused by multiple sclerosis.