Dr. Karen Keough on Prescription CBD Oil vs. Over-the-Counter CBD Products
If you’re looking for CBD oil products, there’s a good chance you can find a store selling some version in just about any direction you travel. CBD specialty stores have popped up throughout Austin with at least eight opening in 2018 alone.
The popularity of CBD oil is due to the vast number of suggested promises it can deliver — everything from easing achy joints to insomnia. Proof that it actually helps these issues is limited, however, there is data that shows it can be effective at managing seizures associated with epilepsy. We’ve seen some impressive benefits among children in our own practice since we began prescribing CBD in 2018. Importantly, the CBD oil used for epilepsy differs from over-the-counter and must be prescribed by a doctor — it’s not available over-the-counter.
So what’s the difference between CBD products you can buy off-the-shelf and ones which must be prescribed?
Child Neurology Consultants’ pediatric neurologist Dr. Karen Keough recently made comments in a story for Community Impact about the differences between over-the-counter CBD and prescription. She stresses that the prescription or medicinal CBD is formulated according to scientific research, where others are not.
Dr. Keough is also chief medical officer for Compassionate Cultivation which is one of only three companies in Texas licensed to produce medicinal CBD.
“This is legitimate medicine, and particularly in the world of epilepsy, it can be exceptionally effective for a small group of kids who try it, and it turns out to be extremely safe,” Dr. Keough said.
Some key differences between doctor-prescribed CBD and over-the-counter products include:
- CBD available in stores is produced from hemp which is an industrial crop in the state of Texas that can be legally grown and then widely distributed. The wide range of over-the-counter products have little quality control, and a large study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that some of these products actually did not contain any medication at all.
- Medical CBD, only available with a prescription, is derived from cannabis, not hemp. Its use and distribution is limited and heavily regulated via the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) because the THC content of medicinal CBD is higher than in over-the-counter products. The regulation and oversight of the TCUP means reliable, high-quality medication.
- While the benefits of over-the-counter, hemp-derived CBD products are based on lots of Internet testimonials, larger scale medical studies show the positive benefits of doctor-prescribed CBD oil on epilepsy patients.
Both retailers who sell CBD products and doctors who prescribe it agree though that there needs to be continued funding and research devoted to the medical use of CBD so that patients can know more about how it will affect them.
This year the Texas Legislature passed a bill that expands the TCUP to many other conditions, including other forms of epilepsy, autism, spasticity due to cerebral palsy and others like multiple sclerosis, and additional progressive neurological diseases. These changes will start within the next month, and many more patients will have access to medical CBD through the TCUP.
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Medical Cannabis in Ontario
Although recreational cannabis has been legalized throughout Canada, those in Ontario seeking out medical cannabis should only seek treatment for medical conditions through approved practitioners.
At CannaWay Clinic, our physicians and medical staff specialize in providing Ontarians with full treatment plans and can offer prescriptions for all forms of medical cannabis products, including CBD oil and products containing THC.
How do I get medical cannabis in Ontario?
The process for obtaining medical cannabis is the same in Ontario as it is in other Canadian provinces, however, the process is still quite different than the process of getting other types of prescriptions. Medical cannabis in Canada is regulated under the Cannabis Act.
At CannaWay Clinic, we help our patients through every part of the process. The first step is to schedule a virtual appointment using our online web form. You do not need a doctor’s referral to schedule an appointment.
Once you have been granted a prescription, you can order your prescription through an Approved Licensed Producer. Medical cannabis is tax deductible in Canada and may even be covered by some health insurance policies.
CannaWay Clinic serves patients across Ontario including Toronto, Ottawa, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and Niagara.
What are the regulations concerning the use of medical cannabis in Ontario?
Although healthcare is governed through provincial bodies, the Cannabis Act is the regulatory framework that guides the use of medical cannabis across the country. CannaWay Clinic is compliant with both federal and provincial legislation that relates to healthcare and medical cannabis.
To access medical cannabis, patients must obtain a prescription from a health care practitioner. At CannaWay Clinic, you will have a comprehensive consultation where a medical cannabis prescription will be granted if deemed appropriate for your ailments or symptoms. Then, a licensed cannabis producer will fill your prescription for products such as CBD or THC oils, cannabis topicals or cannabis flower.
With your prescription, you can travel anywhere in Canada with your medical cannabis. You may not take your medical cannabis with you on international trips at this time.
What symptoms are CannaWay Clinic patients suffering from in Ontario?
Medical cannabis is prescribed to patients suffering from a wide variety of health conditions ranging from chronic pain to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Among the conditions we have seen treated with medical cannabis are:
If you are affected by any of the conditions listed above or if you have another medical issue that you believe medical cannabis might help, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to assess your needs.
Contact us today to schedule your remote consultation
At this time, during social distancing measures from COVID-19, CannaWay Clinic is scheduling remote appointments for your safety. If you are seeking treatment with medical cannabis anywhere in Ontario, please fill out our online form. We will contact you shortly to schedule your Telemedicine Appointment. All appointments are free of charge to the patient.
Located in east-central Canada, Ontario is the economic hub of Canada, with a population of 14.57 million. The capital city is Toronto. Ontario is also home to the nation’s capital Ottawa. Ontario is well known for its national diversity, including the Great Lakes, provincial parks and the majestic Niagara Falls. In 2018, CannaWay Clinic opened up several cannabis clinics including branches in Oakville, Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga, and Etobicoke. Due to the pandemic, we have switched to virtual appointments to serve our patients better.
Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Plan
There are no referrals necessary to book an appointment with one of our physicians.