Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Instead of having a medical marijuana program, some states have a CBD program. The compound cannabidiol (CBD) provides benefits without impairment. Lawmakers who don’t approve of cannabis sometimes don’t mind CBD legalization, and South Carolina’s CBD laws give select patients access to CBD medicine.
S1035, also known as Julian’s Law, gives CBD patients legal protection in certain circumstances. Patients with severe seizures can use CBD medicine in specific amounts. However, they usually have to participate in a study to receive it. Julian’s Law does not outline how patients and caregivers can get medicine besides clinical research.
To avoid any penalties, a patient needs to become a study subject. Taking part in research allows them to get legal medicine from a certified doctor.
Any doctor who recommends CBD must do so as part of a clinical trial. The research has to focus on severe forms of epilepsy and involve medicine with over 98 percent CBD. Patients have protection from criminal penalties if they use medicine with 15 percent or more CBD and under 0.9 percent THC. It is unclear what happens when someone has qualifying medicine but doesn’t participate in a study.
South Carolina’s CBD program focuses on people with severe and uncontrollable seizure disorders. They must have an ailment like Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome that does not respond to typical treatments. The program does not accept anyone with epilepsy – they have to have seizures that seriously degrade their quality of life.
If you don’t qualify for the program’s CBD, you could still benefit from retail CBD. This supplement relieves symptoms like inflammation, pain and sleep disorders in some patients. The federal government generally lets patients buy these products throughout the country.
Patients do not have to complete an application to become eligible for CBD treatment. They simply need a doctor’s recommendation. As we mentioned earlier, this doctor has to lead a study on CBD and epilepsy and include you as a subject. Keep an eye on clinical trials recruiting patients in South Carolina.
If you opt for hemp-based CBD from a retail store, do your research first. You don’t have to meet any requirements to buy it. But, that also means it has fewer regulations. Check the ingredients, CBD/THC content and store reputation before buying.
While South Carolina has a limited CBD program, it still provides more patients with relief than if the state didn’t have it. Clinical trial subjects can find legal and natural relief safely. Sign up for our newsletter to see if South Carolina legislation changes in the future.