Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
States like North Carolina may not have legal medical marijuana, but they do have legal CBD. These programs give patients relief in non-legal states. However, North Carolina’s CBD rules have a limited scope. Find out if you could benefit from the state’s CBD program.
Patients with certain conditions can join a state CBD database. An applicant must assign a caregiver to join the registry and become eligible. Regardless of the patient’s age, the caregiver will manage their medication for them. They must be the patient’s parent, guardian or custodian. Nobody else may become the patient’s caregiver, and the patient cannot get medicine on their own.
In theory, a registered patient can get CBD medicine, but it becomes much harder in practice.
While North Carolina CBD laws create a way for patients to become elgible, they don’t give them a source of CBD. A caregiver must travel outside of North Carolina to buy marijuana-derived CBD. But, most states that accept certifications from other states only accept cards. The state registry doesn’t issue cards. Plus, federal law forbids carrying marijuana over state lines.
A patient with an intractable seizure disorder can join the state database — any condition that causes severe, chronic seizures counts. The law considers the condition intractable when it doesn’t respond to at least three traditional treatments.
If you choose to try hemp-based CBD oil from a retail store, you have many options. CBD treats a wide range of conditions. You can use it to relieve symptoms like chronic pain, inflammation and insomnia.
The patient and caregiver need to register with the state together. People of any age can become a patient, but only adults over 18 can register as caregivers. The patient and caregiver must get a recommendation from a certified neurologist and submit an application to the state. They cannot get a recommendation from a general practitioner.
If you don’t qualify for marijuana-based CBD, you could benefit from hemp-based CBD. CBD products made from hemp have some legal ambiguity, but they count as a supplement under federal law. However, they may also count as a hemp-based extract under state law if they have more than 10 percent CBD. Ask a lawyer if you worry about the legality of a CBD extract.
North Carolina still has some progress to make before it has a functioning CBD program. But, the fact that they allow CBD at all is a start. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get updates on North Carolina legislation and more.