With regard to side effects, there is some good news – most CBD oil users don’t experience notable side effects. Everything you put into your body comes with the potential of some side effects, but for the most part, the risk of significant side effects is pretty low when using CBD oil.
· Drowsiness – As with many other kinds of treatments, it’s possible that using CBD oil will make you drowsy, at least to some degree. With that in mind, don’t use this product in any situation where becoming drowsy later would be a problem.
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· Gastrointestinal issues – Another possible problem to be encountered is problems with your stomach, such as stomach aches or diarrhea.
At the point you realize that the purchase of CBD oil may be cost prohibitive for you, the thought of having Medicaid pay for your CBD oil may come into your mind. After all, Medicaid pays for a long list of different health care treatments, so would it be possible to have your benefits pay for this, as well? Unfortunately, the answer is going to be no in most cases.
As for the caregiver administering CBD oil, the same considerations should be made as any individual will make when considering using this product. In other words, the patient’s doctor should be involved in any decision to use CBD oil, as it is important to make sure it’s safe to use with other medications. If a CBD oil product is administered, it should always be given within the guidelines provided with the oil.
Even if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Plan C), you are not going to get coverage. The same is true of Medigap insurance. Insurance companies are very reluctant to cover medical marijuana for many reasons, from fear of federal persecution to uncertainty about its efficacy.
Medicare does not cover medical marijuana. It does not matter that it has been legalized in your state or that your doctor wrote you a prescription. Medicare is absolutely not going to pay for medical marijuana.
Why is this? Many states have legalized cannabis (a scientific term used for marijuana). It has been prescribed for patients suffering from many different conditions, including chronic pain, cancer, seizures, anxiety, and depression. Treatments utilizing the active ingredients of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are more and more common.
Is any of this likely to change soon? While many states may legalize medical marijuana, it is doubtful that the federal government will change the classification any time soon. The politics and bureaucracy surrounding the issue are complex and not currently friendly to legalization or even changing it from a Schedule I drug.
The fact is that marijuana is still not federally legal. It is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs are “substances with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” as defined by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. These substances are not going to be funded by Medicaid or Medicare, both of which are federal services.
It’s worth noting that Medicare.gov does not even address the question. If your doctor has prescribed (if possible) medical marijuana as a treatment, you will have to pay full price from legally licensed dispensaries.
Some of these facilities in some states offer discounts for low-income patients who have a prescription. In some states, low-income prescription patients can get a medicinal marijuana card, which can run as much as $300 to $500. There are options to make it more affordable, depending on where you live, but unfortunately, Medicare is not one of them
No, Medicaid, nor any other insurance, will pay for CBD (cannabidiol) oil. This holds true even if it is prescribed by a physician.
Will Medicaid pay for CBD oil? What if prescribed by a doctor?
To explain, despite the growing popularity of using CBD to treat medical conditions, it has not been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for this purpose. That said, there is one exception that exists. In June of 2018, the FDA approved a prescription CBD medication, Epidiolex, which is used to treat two types of epilepsy. Please note that this is the only CBD product for which Medicaid will pay.
Further complicating the use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes, and Medicaid coverage, is that the DEA (United States Drug Enforcement Agency) still classifies CBD oil as a Schedule I Drug, the same class of drugs as heroin and ecstasy. As a side note, any FDA-approved CBD product with no greater than 0.1% THC (tetrahydrocannabinols) are considered to be Schedule V Drugs. This class of drugs has a low potential for abuse and contains some cough and anti-diarrhea medications.