January is National CBD Month, a recognition worth honoring every day for this wellness breakthrough that has helped countless people live healthier lives. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a beneficial compound found in marijuana. This substance is being studied as a potential treatment for a litany of maladies. One of the reasons CBD is so promising is due to its unique combination of safety and effectiveness.
CBD works by modulating the endocannabinoid system affecting the brain, gut, immune and nervous systems. Unlike its counterpart THC, CBD does not alter the mind or cause addiction. This is where CBD shines; it offers all the good health benefits and stress-mitigating effects, without the concerns of long-term use.
At the Barr Center for Innovative Pain & Regenerative Therapies, we know firsthand about the benefits of this natural alternative to pharmaceutical therapy. CBD has helped patients manage conditions such as chronic pain, bowel disease, auto-immunity, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, neurodegeneration and cancer. And we sell our own private-label organic CBD products, proudly grown in Colorado and developed under my supervision. We have a direct connection with our grower and CBD processor, allowing us to be in touch with the entire farm-to-bottle process.
Frequently patients ask us when to consider using CBD versus medical marijuana. We recommend that all patients start with CBD before moving to marijuana, due to the drug’s long-term cognitive and potential addiction issues. Additionally, CBD is readily available at the Barr Center, while medical marijuana requires an evaluation. If you tried CBD and it failed to work, and have no conditions that may complicate your using medical marijuana (such as atrial fibrillation), we can assist you in completing an application for a medical marijuana card. Please note that pregnant women and nursing mothers are not good candidates for either CBD or marijuana.
To help people understand the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card, we compiled the following information to help guide you through any hazy confusion.
Getting a Virginia Medical Marijuana Card
A medical marijuana card allows you to purchase medical marijuana from a Virginia state-licensed dispensary. To be eligible, you must be a Virginia resident, at least 18 years old, with a valid photo ID or proof of Virginia residency. You must also pay the $50 application fee and not have a felony conviction.
Having a medical marijuana card is a good idea if you suffer from one or more physical or psychological conditions that detract from your quality of life. To qualify for a card in Virginia, a licensed medical provider must diagnose you with one of the following conditions noted below.