Your interest in alternative, natural medicine may have led you to try CBD oil, an oil derived from the hemp plant. Because hemp is related to cannabis, there may be trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that is present in marijuana, although CBD oil does not cause a “high.” You may be interested to learn that the Texas Department of State Health Services is considering a statewide ban on CBD oil and products containing CBD.

Because CBD oil is distantly related to marijuana, people have had misconceptions surrounding the substance. They may falsely assume that if you use products containing CBD oil, you are a drug addict or into drug culture, and that the oil is dangerous and can have intoxicating effects. However, CBD proponents make the following claims about the oil:

  • It is safe to use and does not intoxicate or cause hallucinations.
  • People use CBD oil to manage chronic pain, seizures, anxiety and other conditions.
  • It is not habit-forming, unlike prescription opioids.
  • Parents have used CBD oil to manage their children’s seizures.
  • Veterans, low-income families and others who may have limited access to health care rely on CBD oil to manage their pain and other symptoms of serious conditions.

In fact, say proponents, many doctors recommend CBD oil to patients who suffer from chronic pain, rather than subject them to opioids and other medications that can have detrimental side effects. Those who believe in the medicinal properties of CBD oil say that it would be a tragic mistake for the state to ban these products, as many people have found relief from a variety of symptoms that traditional medicine has been unable to treat, and that CBD oil is a harmless natural remedy.

Texas has some of the nation’s strictest cannabis laws. If you rely on CBD oil, you may want to pay attention to upcoming developments on this potential ban.