SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA’S ONLY MEDICAL MARIJUANA PHARMACY
In Louisiana, nine pharmacies were awarded a license from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to distribute and dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients. Medicis Pharmacy, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was awarded the license in the Southwest region which includes Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis parishes.
The Proven Health Benefits of CBD
CBD has been scientifically proven to have a variety of positive effects on the human body. However, not all of these benefits could apply to everyone.
As people react differently to different substances, please seek the guidance from your healthcare professional.
CBD Product Information
Cannabis is a plant that contains over 400 different chemical compounds. The two most commonly known naturally occurring compounds are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).
There are two types of cannabis plants. One type of cannabis plant is marijuana, which contains varying levels of THC, the compound that produces the “high.” Another type of cannabis plant is hemp, which has extremely low concentrations of THC (no more than 0.30%).
CBD is naturally contained in and can be extracted from either marijuana or hemp. Regardless of whether CBD is extracted from marijuana or hemp, CBD will not make you “high.”
What CBD Is
CBD is a naturally occurring compound contained in cannabis plants, which can be extracted, tested and formulated into over-the-counter products for use by consumers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes the potential opportunities that cannabis compounds like CBD may offer and acknowledges the significant public interest in these possibilities.
What CBD Is Not
CBD Supplements Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Cannabis plants contain over 400 different chemical compounds. These compounds act on your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a specialized system in the human body involved in regulating almost all brain and body functions, including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response, our ability to handle stress, and our mobility and muscle health. There have been numerous studies that highlight the potential benefits of CBD and how CBD could support the ECS.
Types of CBD
A Full Spectrum CBD product means the product contains all compounds naturally found in the plant including compounds like CBD, CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), CBC (Cannabichromene), and THC. Full Spectrum CBD may have a stronger natural flavor and odor. Quality Full Spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD with trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, as well as an extremely low concentration of THC (less than 0.30%). This extremely low concentration of THC may still appear as a positive result on a drug test. In such extremely low concentrations, consumers using Full Spectrum CBD products should not feel the psychoactive effects of THC as the THC is only present to help increase the potential “Entourage Effect.”
Broad Spectrum CBD products are identical to Full Spectrum except the product has been processed and refined to remove THC. Broad Spectrum CBD products should contain all cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids naturally found in the plant including compounds like CBD, CBG, CBN and CBC, except THC. Based on lab results, Broad Spectrum CBD products should not have detectable levels of THC. The removal of THC makes Broad Spectrum an excellent alternative to Full Spectrum for consumers who may benefit from CBD but must take drug tests or cannot use Full Spectrum for other reasons.
Isolate CBD products have been processed and refined to remove all compounds naturally found in the plant except CBD. Based on lab results, Isolate CBD products should contain over 99% pure CBD and should not have detectable levels of THC.
Does health insurance cover medical marijuana products if recommended by a doctor?
Even though a majority of states including Louisiana have legalized the use of marijuana in medical treatments, patients will have to pay for medical marijuana products out of pocket at a licensed pharmacy due to the Schedule 1 controlled substance classification of marijuana.
Can a Health Savings or Flexible Spend Account fund the purchase of medical marijuana products?
Medical marijuana has been found to provide relief against a variety of medical conditions such as nausea, chronic pain, and muscle stiffness. However, marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, so the cost of medical marijuana products are ineligible for reimbursement under a Health Savings or Flexible Spend Account.
Does Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan cover the cost of medical marijuana products?
Medication must have FDA approval for coverage under Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans. Since marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, patients will have to pay out of pocket for the products.
Health Benefits of CBD
Anxiety and depression are two of the...
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health problems experienced globally. In general, when a person is diagnosed with either of the two, medications consist of synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. CBD, on the other hand, is a more natural alternative found to be effective in treating both anxiety and depression. Its anti-depressant effects can be traced back to its ability to react with serotonin in the body. When this is managed well, it can help combat the depressive and anxious tendencies that a person may go through.
One of the many effects of CBD is...
One of the many effects of CBD is repairing the damage caused by free radicals, such as UV rays and other environmental pollutants. This makes CBD more effective in interacting with the CBD receptors in the skin. This helps control oil production in the sebaceous glands of the body. The result? Faster healing of damaged skin.
CBD has been found to be effective in...
CBD has been found to be effective in treating pain. CBD binds with the cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for many bodily responses, including pain and immune system response, and interacts with neurotransmitters that help reduce inflammation, thereby assisting in resolving pain.
CBD helps protect a person...
CBD helps protect a person against bone diseases by blocking an enzyme that breaks the bone-building compounds in the body. In effect, this cuts down the risk of diseases, such as Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis.
CBD is found to be effective in...
CBD is found to be effective in reducing blood pressure, which stems from its anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties. The more that the body feels relaxed, the lower the blood pressure becomes. This, thereby, results in overall better heart health.