A Look at the Different Cannabis Products Available in Tennessee



The recreational and medical consumption of marijuana is prohibited in Tennessee. Previous attempts to legalize the substance have been repeatedly shot down by opponents. However, some cannabis products can still be legally obtained. Hemp-derived products such as CBD oil and delta-8 are permitted, and individuals with a qualifying condition can be issued low-dose marijuana recommendations by their doctor. Keep reading for a list of cannabis products that are legally available to Tennessee residents.

Different Product Options

Marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, and the rules state that THC products are prohibited in non-legal states. However, a loophole in federal law allows the sale and purchase of non-THC products that provide a typical marijuana-like high and benefits in non-legal states.

CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 are the products that fall through that loophole and are available to individuals in Tennessee (these products must contain less than %.03 THC). Tennessee does not have a medical marijuana program; however, a medical marijuana doctor can provide a recommendation for products containing up to %.09 THC if you have a qualifying condition. Below we list cannabis products that are permitted in Tennessee. All products can be found with CBD, Delta-8, or Delta-9.


Tinctures are cannabis oils that are generally placed in a glass jar with a dropper. These oils can be placed under the tongue, directly onto the skin, or put into foods or drinks. Tinctures help in the absorption of CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 meaning they are fast acting. If placed under the tongue, effects can be felt in as little as one minute. If used on the skin, be sure to check the concentration level and mix with carrier oil if needed.


Cannabis capsules are either filled with a liquid, gel, or powder substance and are taken the same as a daily vitamin or pill medication. Capsules are not high on the list of most effective products but are easy to consume. Many individuals feel the effects of capsules within about 30 minutes.


Concentrates are wax, crystal, or powder substance that have a higher cannabinoid content than those found in a typical cannabis plant. Concentrates are more potent than most other non-THC products and can be used in various ways. The most common consumption methods for concentrates are dabbing and edibles.

One thing to keep in mind is that the possession of marijuana paraphernalia is prohibited in Tennessee, which makes dabbing concentrates difficult. In Tennessee, paraphernalia can be legally obtained if the intended use is tobacco.


Edibles are food or drink items infused with cannabis oils and are most commonly found with CBD, but delta-8, and delta-9 can be purchased as well. You will likely find edibles such as:

  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Hard candy/suckers
  • Gummies
  • Chocolate
  • Tea

When taking edibles, it is important to pay attention to and follow dosing instructions. Taking too much can be an overwhelming feeling, and edibles generally take a long time to wear off.


Cannabis topicals include products such as balms, oils, lotions, transdermal patches, and bath bombs, Topicals are most often used to relieve muscle pain, arthritic pain, tension, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Unlike other non-THC products, topicals do not affect your mental state. Instead, topicals target your skin and muscles.


Vaping cannabis oils is a popular consumption method because vapes are easily accessible and closely resemble the action of smoking THC. Vapes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices filled with tobacco or cannabis oils. When inhaling, the oil is heated, vaporized, and then exhaled as water vapor. Vaping CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 are believed to help the following:

  • Inflammation
  • Relaxation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle pain

There are many types of vapes available, and some function differently than others. Talk to a smoke shop employee about options and usage instructions.

Medicinal and recreational marijuana are both illegal in Tennessee; however, non-THC, hemp-derived products such as CBD, Delta-8, and Delta-9 are legal for adults over 21. Tennessee does not have a medical marijuana program, but individuals with a qualified condition can receive a recommendation for cannabis products containing less than %.09 THC. The most popular products available in Tennessee are tinctures, capsules, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and vapes.


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