August 16, 2022 4 min read

You may have heard that THC-O is legal, which means its much more accessible than traditional THC products. Of course, there are still some restrictions on who can buy it and where it can be sold. Rightfully so–it’s a potent, psychoactive cannabinoid that’s sometimes described as “borderline hallucinogenic.”

Here, we’ll dig into one important restriction–how old do you have to be to buy THC-O products? And do the age limits apply in every state, even when buying THC-O online?

Before you buy, here’s what you need to know:

Table of Contents
Federal THC-O Age Limits
How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy THC-O in Each State?
Is THC-O Legal in Every State?
Will You Need to Show ID to Buy THC-O?
Do You Need to Be 21 to By THC-O Online?
Where to Buy THC-O

Key Takeaways

  • There are very few laws that dictate the legal age for buying THC-O, but most sellers require consumers to be 21 or older.
  • State laws vary, and THC-O may not be legal to buy in every state.
  • You may be asked to verify that you are 21 years of age or older when buying THC-O online.

Federal THC-O Legal Age Limits

There are actually no legal age parameters set by federal law regarding the legal age limits for buying THC-O. In fact, THC-O is not even mentioned by name in the text used to legalize hemp products.

THC-O is, however, classified as a legal hemp product, but federal law does not specify any age limits or other parameters that affect who can access legal hemp products. Instead, the legal age for buying THC-O is left up to state law.

A jar of fresh THC-O flower, which can be purchased online by consumers 21 years and older

How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy THC-O in Each State?

First, we want to address the fact that THC-O laws are still shaky, and sometimes even undecided, at the state level. That also means that there are very few parameters set that specifically affect the legal age for buying THC-O.

Many states allow consumers to purchase hemp-derived CBD products at the age of eighteen, but some may have laws that set the age limit for buying hemp-derived THC products even higher. Some states make no distinction between THC-O, Delta-8, and CBD, and instead lump them all into the “hemp product” category.

Because of inconsistencies in state law, many THC-O and Delta-8 distributors require consumers to be 21 years old to purchase Delta-8 products. This is consistent with the age requirements to purchase Delta-9-THC products in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

In other words, the legal age limit for buying THC-O may not be decided by law, rather by the brands and distributors who sell THC-O. Most sellers will require consumers to be 21 years old to purcchase THC-O or other hemp-derived THC products.

Is THC-O Legal in Every State?

Likewise, every state has different laws (or lack therof) regarding THC-O sales in the state. We mentioned that some states categorize THC-O and Delta-8 together. Some states have passed laws to make hemp-derived Delta-8-THC illegal, and these laws may apply to THC-O products, too.

Other states may only allow THC-O or Delta-8 only when it is made under the states’ recreational or medical cannabis program, meaning it isn’t a hemp product and must be bought at a dispensary.

Some states may not ban THC-O entirely, but they do have restrictions on the type of Delta-8 products that can be sold in the state. For instance, some states do not allow hemp flower to be sold in an unprocessed form, so Delta-8 and THC-O flower would be unavailable.

The states who have some form of Delta-8-THC restrictions include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington

You can learn about Delta-8 laws (which generally also apply to THC-O products) in your state by reading “Where is Delta-8-THC Legal? A State by State Guide to Delta-8 Laws.

A THC-O vape and hemp flower, two of the dosing styles available to adult consumers.

Will You Need to Show ID to Buy THC-O?

Perhaps you’ve lost your ID and want to purchase THC-O in stores. Do you need to show your ID to buy THC-O products?

Since most sellers require you to be 21 years old to buy THC-O and other hemp-derived THC products, you’ll likely need to show ID to prove your age. Any ID that would be accepted in your state for the purchase of cigarettes or alcohol should be acceptable.

Do You Need to Be 21 to Buy THC-O Online?

So, most vendors require you to show ID to purchase THC-O, but what about if you buy online?

Most stores where you can buy THC-O online will require you to be 21 years of age, and they may or may not check for ID. Most stores simply require you to verify your age by agreeing that you are 21 or older or entering your birth date. This varies greatly from brand to brand, so you’ll need to check with your brand of choice to determine if you need your ID or not.

Vida Optima Elev8 THC-O Vape

Where to Buy THC-O Products

You can buy THC-O in stores and online from any state where it is legal. In some cases, the legal buying age for THC-O may vary, but you usually have to be 21 years old to buy THC-O products either in stores or online.

If you’re looking to buy THC-O products online and are 21 or older, check out our THC-O + Delta-8 Vaporizers. This balanced blend of cannabinoids offers a smooth high that’s easy to “sip” to your desire level of lift.

Or, check out our Elev8 Collection to find Delta-8 vapes, candies, gummies, and more. As with all Vida Optima products, our Delta-8 products are 100% Farm Bill Compliant and made according to the industry’s highest standards.


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