As a recap from last month, over the counter CBD products sold today must not contain more than 0.3% of THC. In the 2018 Farm Bill Act, hemp and hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived CBD, were legalized. However, CBD derived from marijuana is still considered a controlled substance and therefore, not legal. Most over the counter CBD products are made form hemp.
Medical Marijuana (“MM”) on the other hand has become legalized in many states, 33 to date. MM became legal in New York in 2016. In order to have access to medical marijuana in New York state you must go to a registered physician (that can include psychiatrists) who have special training to give you a certification for a prescription. The illnesses that qualify you to use MM are: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioid use disorder.
After you have received the prescription you can go to a dispensery/pharmacy that sells different formats of MM. In New York State, MM can be dispenses by vaping, a mucosal spray and gummies. New products recently allowed for sale include marijuana patches, effervescent tablets and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.
Please contact me if you would like more information about the use of CBD or Medical Marijuana. I have CBD oils and creams for sale in the office.
Quote of the Day:
“If you always give, you will always have.” – Chinese Proverb