CBD Hemp vs. Marijuana Bud


Can You Buy Hemp Flower Online?

By now there are plenty of vendors selling hemp flower online— an almost dizzying number. In this post we’re going to help you parse the cream from the crop and find the most reputable vendors and the best hemp flower for your money. 

By the end of this piece, you will know:

  • About the legality of buying hemp flower online,
  • What you should look for before you buy hemp flower online, 
  • How to find the best hemp flower vendors.

Is It Legal To Buy Hemp Flower Online?

Absolutely! You can buy hemp flower online as well as other CBD products, provided that the CBD is derived from hemp as defined by the 2018 Farm Bill, and not from cannabis containing more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. 

Cannabis plants in the latter category would be considered marijuana (legally speaking) and are not covered under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Read more about the difference between CBD hemp flower and marijuana here.

Can You Ship Hemp Flower?

According to the aforementioned 2018 Farm Bill, cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight are considered to be industrial hemp and can be shipped anywhere the United States Postal Service delivers to. 

Judge James Gilbert ruled as such in the KAB vs. United States Postal Service when he declared that products like CBD oils and edibles derived from hemp, and yes that includes hemp flower, are allowed to be shipped via the postal service.

New federal legislation enacted in April 2021, the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act,” has effectively banned the online sale and shipment of vapes and vaping cartridges. This includes both CBD and delta-8 THC cartridges.

When You Do Buy Hemp Flower Online…

Buy hemp flower online from vendors who include: 

  • Receipts that list the contents of your package 
    • This is required by the United State Post Office for CBD shipments. Vendors should know this and be on top of this requirement. 
  • Transportation documentation and a Grower’s License
    • Like the documentation above, this letter is required and for the benefit of the United States Postal Inspection Service (think the mail police.) If they pull aside a package of hemp flower suspecting it to be a package of THC cannabis, this letter will dispel suspicion and get your package to you faster. 
  • Certificates of Analysis 
    • We’ll talk a bit more about these shortly. But these should be easily accessible via your vendor’s website and included in your package. They may be called something else like “Test Results” or “Batch Testing” but they are crucial and tell you exactly what’s in your CBD product.

Where Is The Best Place To Buy Hemp Flower Online?

Plenty of farms and vendors sell hemp flower online, but you’ll want to do some cursory research on a vendor’s “About Us” page and look into a few things, like: 

How Was The Hemp Flower Grown?

Only buy hemp flower online that was grown in the United States, and then only in fields that have not been treated with pesticides or harmful herbicides. Make sure that when you buy hemp flower online, you’re doing so from farmer’s who embrace sustainable farming practices like integrated pest management solutions and no or low-till farming.

Is The Farm Vertically Integrated?

Be on the lookout for vendors that also own their own fields and produce the hemp flower that they sell. These company/farm hybrids not only can attest to the quality of their hemp flower from seed to bud, but can probably offer said flower at much more reasonable prices than their competitors. 

Sunset Lake is a vertically integrated farm. Check out how our prices stack up against national competitors.

Test Results!!

Does the vendor readily provide the test results for their hemp products? If not, that’s a red flag. Any grower or vendor should have third-party Certificates Of Analysis (colloquially known as a CoA)) that list things like CBD content, THC content, and any other chemicals present in their flower. Don’t buy hemp flower online without seeing these results! 

How do you read your Certificate of Analysis? Check out our handy guide here.

At Sunset Lake CBD, we provide our customers with the test results on all of our hemp flower. See them here.  

At Sunset Lake CBD we also produce all of our own hemp flower, CBD pre rolls, and hemp flower smalls in-house so that you can be sure that you’re buying only the highest quality hemp flower.


Updated July 7, 2021

Disclaimer: This piece is not and should not be considered legal advice. This piece is purely for informational purposes.


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