Davisson: Providing Hoosiers relief with CBD oil

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, April 20, 2018

Hoosiers deserve the right to access medications and treatments that will provide them therapeutic relief, whatever illness they face. This session the General Assembly passed a new law allowing the use and distribution of CBD oil, in an effort to give a wider variety of treatment options to those suffering from illnesses that do not respond to conventional medicines.

While there are many patients who manage their conditions with conventional medications and treatments, there are other desperate Hoosiers who do not respond well to those therapies. Thankfully, CBD oil has demonstrated promise in helping alleviate, if not control, the symptoms of certain diseases. Additionally, CBD oil comes without many of the dangerous side effects associated with powerful prescriptions, notably painkillers.

CBD oil has shown documented effectiveness in treating epileptic patients, specifically children, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. Hoosiers seeking relief from different health issues and disorders can now legally purchase and try CBD oil as a treatment option for them. Senate Enrolled Act 52 allows any person to buy, sell or possess CBD oil, as long as it meets certain requirements. CBD oil products will need to meet testing, registration and labeling requirements, and not contain more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

The most common misconception with CBD oil is it can give you the “high” that THC does through marijuana or hash use. CBD oil products, while derived from a certain strain of the cannabis plant, known as industrial hemp, cannot be used as a recreational drug due to the extremely low levels of THC.

I would like to make clear, I am not promoting the use of medical marijuana. That issue is separate from the use of CBD oils. My hope with CBD oil is to expand safe treatment options for Hoosiers and get them a remedy that works for them. If you have any questions or concerns about this issue or others, please contact me at h73@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9769.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

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

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