Davisson: Additional treatment options for Hoosiers

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Kayla King  | Friday, February 2, 2018

A number of Hoosiers throughout the state suffer from certain forms of epilepsy and other debilitating diseases that are unresponsive to traditional methods of medical treatment. Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, has shown documented effectiveness in managing the severe symptoms of these and a wide variety of other maladies. This session, I am co-authoring a proposal for a new law that would allow CBD oil to be sold and purchased in Indiana.

While there are many patients who manage their conditions with medication, there are other desperate Hoosiers who do not respond well to conventional therapies. CBD oil has demonstrated tremendous promise in helping alleviate, if not control, the symptoms of diseases like epilepsy. Additionally, CBD oil comes without many of the dangerous side effects associated with powerful prescription anti-epileptic medicines.

Last year, lawmakers established a CBD oil registry under the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) for epileptic patients and caregivers in order to provide an affirmative defense for the possession and use of CBD oil. This past year there was confusion over the legality of the marketing, distribution and possession of CBD oil. This new legislation would work to help eliminate most of the confusion surrounding CBD oil products. It would make the marketing, possession and use of CBD oil legal and specifies that it is not a controlled substance like marijuana.

House Bill 1214 would repeal the state’s registry making CBD oil available to everyone. Studies have proven that CBD oil provides antipsychotic affects that could help Hoosiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Due to the natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, multiple sclerosis patients could use CBD oil to help relive neuropathic pain.

This legislation states only CBD oil containing 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, levels and under would be legal. CBD oil is a compound refined from industrial hemp, which is a specialized cannabis plant strain that already has very low levels of THC, rendering it impossible to abuse as a recreational drug.

This proposal for a new law has been approved by the House of Representatives and can now be considered by the Senate. As your representative, I continuously look for ways to help those in our communities. By legalizing medical CBD oil, Hoosiers suffering from a variety of maladies will have more options.  Please contact me by email at h73@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9769 with any question or comments you have.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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