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WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of 85 known cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. CBD is non-psychoactive and it has generated a great deal of interest in the last several years as a “new way to heal old diseases”. In reality humans have used the cannabis plant for thousands of years to treat all sorts of ailments and diseases, and a century’s-worth of prohibition in the United States and around the world has given a stigma to cannabis that has been difficult for it to overcome.
WHAT IS THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one of the other major cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant and contributes to the majority of the psychotropic effects that are experienced from using marijuana. THC has been shown to have many medicinal and healing properties, but because it is psychoactive it is still illegal to possess in Georgia unless your doctor has registered you with Georgia’s Low THC Oil Registry.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO PATIENTS USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO TREAT?
In Georgia there are eight conditions that may make one eligible for Low THC oil, most of which must be severe or end-of-life. Those are cancer, ALS, seizure disorders, MS, Crohn’s Disease, Mitochondrial Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourettes, Autism, AIDS, Epidermolysis bullosa, Alzheimers Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy and Sickle Cell Disease. In other states patients use cannabis to successfully treat many more conditions, some of which include glaucoma, COPD, PMS, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, fibromyalgia and many more conditions.
WHO CAN AUTHORIZE ME TO POSSESS LOW THC OIL IN GEORGIA?
Georgia law requires that a doctor certify that he has examined you and determined that you suffer from one of the qualifying conditions, many of which must be severe or end-stage. Furthermore, the doctor must have a bona fide doctor-patient relationship with you before he can make the recommendation.
HOW MUCH DOES THE LOW THC CARD COST?
The card, which must be picked up in person at one of 18 DPH offices around the state, costs $25.
HOW LONG IS THE CARD VALID FOR?
Low THC Oil cards are valid for two years.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE LOW THC CARD?
It can take anywhere from two weeks to a month or longer.