CBD oil applications available

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DES MOINES -- Iowans suffering from certain types of epilepsy now have access to an alternative form of medication.

That medicine is cannabidiol, or CBD, oil.

The Iowa Department of Public Health, or IDPH, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Transportation, or DOT, recently established a process to approve and generate CBD registration cards.

Those cards are only available to patients inflicted with specific forms of epilepsy and their primary caregivers.

CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

The drug does not produce the stimulating effect typically associated with marijuana, but it has been found useful in the treatment of epileptic patients.

The ability to register for the CBD oil comes after the Iowa Legislature approved limited usage of CBD through the Medical Cannabidiol Act in 2014.

The CBD Act allows for the possession, usage, delivery and transportation of the chemical, according to the IDPH.

Patients are allowed to legally possess up to 32 ounces of CBD oil, while caregivers are allowed to keep up to 32 ounces per registered patient.

According to the law, it is still illegal to manufacture or sell the oil.

The CBD Act allows for oral or transdermal administration of of the oil, as long as it contains no more than 3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical sought after by recreational users of marijuana.

To receive a registration card, the patient must have the recommendation of a neurologist.

Registration cards are then issued by the DOT and are valid for 12 months.

Cards can be renewed annually, according to the IDPH.

There have been a total of 26 registration cards approved and 17 cards issued to Iowa patients.

There have also been 13 applications received between Jan. 30 and March 4.

Of those, 11 have been approved and two are pending, according to the IDPH.

For more information on requirements for CBD registration cards or to fill out an application, visit the IDPH website at www.idph.state.ia.us.

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