Updated on May 26, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
When we think of medical marijuana laws, we often imagine the cannabis plant and its products. But, many laws define marijuana medicine based on their components. The cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t cause a high like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does. Because of this trait, it sometimes goes under different rules than other components. Arkansas’ medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs create some of these differences.
In Arkansas, CBD regulations depend on the CBD’s source. While all CBD comes from the cannabis plant, some types of cannabis or parts of the plant fall under the definition of hemp. According to Arkansas’ definitions, a cannabis plant that has zero THC counts as hemp. Their industrial hemp laws follow the definitions of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. This act considers any amount of THC as a Schedule I substance.
These rules mean that CBD medicine with any form of THC in it requires a medical marijuana card. Most cannabis grown for medical purposes has at least trace amounts of THC. Fortunately, the hemp industry gives you greater access to medicine with no THC. Arkansas’ hemp market features highly regulated infused products.
If you want CBD medicine with a little THC, you must get a patient card. You can join the Arkansas medicinal cannabis program if you have an ailment like:
Arkansas has a lengthy list of qualifying conditions. Find all of them in our Arkansas Qualification Guide.
Patients who plan on getting CBD from a retail store don’t have to have a specific condition. However, we recommend seeing a cannabis-trained doctor for expert advice.
Do you think you have one of the medical marijuana program’s eligible conditions? Apply by following these steps:
Each type of CBD has something to offer. When you get CBD medicine from the program, you can specify how much THC you want. THC often enhances the effects of CBD and provides extra symptom relief. But, THC-free medicine has fewer restrictions. Consider your options carefully before choosing a medication. Then, sign up for our newsletter to learn more about any program expansions.