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Common Questions about Medical Cannabis in Texas

Is medical cannabis safe?

Unlike over the counter CBD oils, Cannabis is a medicine that is prescribed under the care of a physician to treat your individual symptoms. Medical cannabis is highly regulated to ensure quality and consistency while avoiding harmful contaminants.

Is medical cannabis treatment legal in Texas?

Under the Texas Legislature’s 2019 Compassionate Use Act, it is legal for registered providers to prescribe medical cannabis to patients with qualifying conditions.

In Texas, how much CBD and THC is allowed to be present in cannabis-derived medicines?

The maximum total weight of THC is capped at .5%. There are no limits on the amount of CBD in the medication.

Is there a limit on the amount of medical cannabis that can be prescribed at a time?

Because cannabis is non-toxic, there is no limit to the amount of THC or CBD that a physician can prescribe. There are no time limits to fill prescriptions and there no limits to the number of refills a physician can prescribe.

Can I travel with my cannabis-derived medicine?

Traveling between states with a cannabis product, even with a prescription, is not allowed. When traveling within Texas, always have your personal information and the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) verification phone number with you.

How can medically prescribed cannabis help me?

Medical cannabis provides symptom relief.

Tetrahydroccannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are cannabinoids found in cannabis. These compounds interact with the body’s receptors to mimic a more natural approach to managing symptoms like seizures, pain, nausea, and anxiety.

Why should I use medical cannabis instead of hemp-based products that are legal in all 50 states and sold in stores?

Unlike over-the-counter CBD products, medical cannabis is highly regulated to ensure quality and consistency while avoiding harmful contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, or chemicals.

How do I know if I qualify for a prescription?

To be eligible for a medical cannabis prescription, you must be a permanent resident of Texas and be diagnosed with a qualifying condition.

If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, a seizure disorder, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, terminal cancer, or an incurable neurodegenerative disease you may qualify for a medical cannabis prescription.

What is the Compassionate Use Act?

The Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339)was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2015. The bill required the Department of Public Safety to create a secure registry of physicians treating patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy by prescribing low-THC cannabis.

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 3703 which expanded the program to include additional medical conditions and physician specialties for which low-THC cannabis may be prescribed. The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) system now allows for one board-certified, registered physician to prescribe low-THC cannabis (capped at 0.5%) to patients diagnosed with qualifying conditions.