A Doctor’s Note: Do I Need a Prescription for CBD?

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- Understanding the new laws surrounding hemp and what role CBD is playing in the medical realm.

It’s becoming common knowledge that conventional pharmaceuticals aren’t always the best medicine.

For example, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 47,000 Americans died as a result of opioid consumption in 2017.

The sad fact is that some conventional therapeutics present a significant risk to consumers.

Prescription Drugs

That’s why so many people are now talking about CBD as a potential medicine.

When they do, the most common question they ask is, “do I need a prescription for CBD?”

Let’s begin by first understanding what happened at the end of 2018 when the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act, aka the farm bill, came to pass.

Current Laws About Hemp and CBD Products

The Controlled Substances Act outlines “marijuana” and its derivatives as Schedule I drugs. That includes CBD.

However, the 2018 farm bill did something the CSA does not do: define “hemp.”

Once defined in that bill, hemp was removed from the definition of “marijuana.”

Hemp, and its constituents, were essentially descheduled and legalized by the 2018 farm bill.

The only CBD product to be approved by the FDA, however, is Epidiolex.

Since the FDA has approved only one CBD medication, does that mean you need to get a prescription for CBD?

Do I Need a Prescription to get CBD?

With the legalization of hemp in the farm bill, all CBD products are now legal for personal consumption without the use of a prescription.


However, be sure to speak to your physician about CBD before beginning a new health regimen. 

How Could CBD Help Me?

Since CBD is legal to consume and you don’t need a prescription for it, you might be wondering, “how can CBD help me?”

Let’s look at a few studies to determine what the latest research says about how CBD helps people:

  •       A 2019 study in The Permanente Journal indicated that “cannabidiol may hold benefit for anxiety-related disorders.” They went on to note that it seems to be safer than conventional treatment methods, such as routine psychiatric medication, and that CBD is a “tool for reducing anxiety in clinical populations.”
  •       Another review published in 2019 found that CBD seems to help people curb addictive behaviors and reduce chronic pain. The paper, which was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, noted that CBD “represents an attractive option in chronic pain treatment, particularly in the context of opioid abuse.”
  •       A study published earlier this month, October 2019, found that CBD may have the potential to stifle narcolepsy.

From stemming anxiety to reducing pain to ameliorating drowsiness, there’s no end to the ways that CBD may help you. Keep coming back to this blog to stay up-to-date on the research!

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By Nicholas D. 

Professional Cannabis Writer and Content Creator

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