Resources for Medical Marijuana Oil Patients

When lawmakers passed Georgia’s Low THC Oil law they knew that it was an important first step in bringing meaningful relief to many sick and dying Georgians. They also knew that there were shortcomings, chief of which is the lack of in-state marijuana cultivation or oil production. Because it remains illegal to cultivate marijuana in Georgia patients are largely left to their own devices to educate themselves about and find low THC oil. That’s what we’re here to help you with. If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this website please feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Marijuana in Georgia

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 is the endocannabinoid system?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a group of cannabinoid receptors located through the brain, central and peripheral nervous system of all mammals. The ECS is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

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 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 oil 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 my low THC oil card?

It can take anywhere from two weeks to a month or longer.

Effects of Various Cannabinoids on the Body

Below is a fairly comprehensive profile of medical issues that the primary cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are known known to treat. This guide was compiled by Strain Data, a fantastic resource for patients interested in learning more about the many different strains of cannabis, typical cannabinoid profiles and more.

Pain & Sleep Problems

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Psychiatric & Neurological Disorders

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Eating & Digestive Disorders

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Other Benefits of Cannabis

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The Major Cannabinoids

  • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
    THC is the best-known cannabinoid and is the primary psychoactive compound. It has also been found to be neuroprotective with analgesic (pain relieving) effects.
  • CBD (Cannabidiol)
    CBD is where many of the medical benefits are attributed to cannabis and has resulted in many strains being ‘enriched’ to increase their CBD content. CBD is not psychoactive.
  • CBN (Cannabinol)
    CBN is also non-psychoactive and is generally attributed with a sedative effect. The typical amount of CBN found in most samples of cannabis is less than 1%.
  • THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)
    THCA is the most prominent compound in fresh, undried cannabis. While the compound does not have psychoactive effects in its own right, it does have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects.
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
    THCV is commonly believed to be an appetite suppressant. In addition, recent research suggests that this compound may be helpful in treating metabolic disorders including diabetes.
  • CBG (Cannabigerol)
    CBG is a non-physcoactive cannabinoid and early results suggest it plays an important role in fighting glaucoma symptoms, inflamed bowels and potentially as treatment for bacterial infections like MRSA.
  • CBC (Cannabichromene)
    CBC is perhaps the least understood cannabinoid, but potentially among the most important. It is believed to stimulate bone growth, as well has inhibit inflammation and pain.
  • CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
    CBDA is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. The compound is also thought to offer benefits when dealing with nausea and vomiting.
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
    CBDV has been a relatively ignored cannabinoid until recently where many researchers believe that it may offer another option for the treatment of epilepsy.

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