Updated on November 7, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
States like Utah don’t have medical cannabis programs, but they do allow CBD. CBD programs give patients access to medicine made with cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in marijuana. Politicians with unfavorable views on cannabis medicine sometimes consider CBD an exception because it doesn’t cause a “high,” making it more appealing to them. Utah’s CBD program lets select patients use CBD legally.
Patients who have a condition that meets the state’s definition of “intractable epilepsy” can join the CBD program. The medication comes in the form of CBD oil with at least 5 percent CBD and less than 0.3 percent THC. An authorized patient can use CBD oil brought in from another state. However, it is illegal to transport cannabis products across state lines, so this rule creates a legal gray area.
If you don’t qualify for the program, you can get retail CBD products. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has a surprisingly accepting view of hemp-based CBD. They want to create regulations for these products to ensure everyone gets high-quality medicine.
Utah issues registration cards to patients with intractable epilepsy who register for one. To have intractable epilepsy, you must have a seizure disorder that doesn’t respond to at least three treatments. Conditions that could qualify include:
Qualifying patients need to apply to the Utah Department of Health. They must live in Utah to become a registered patient. An applicant will require a signed recommendation from their neurologist to submit with their application. Please note that the doctor must be a neurologist, not another type of practitioner. Once you get your card, you can use it to exempt yourself from criminal punishment.
Stores that sell CBD supplements generally have no requirements for purchase. You may have to be over the age of 21, but not in every case. Before you buy a product, remember to check the ingredients and content. Retail CBD has fewer regulations than CBD obtained through an official program.
The Utah CBD program creates a framework for potential medical marijuana programs in the future. Lawmakers can borrow aspects of the CBD program or expand it. These existing rules will make it a little faster and easier to establish a full-fledged medicinal cannabis program. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on any adjustments.