Qualifying for Medical Cannabis

Under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, certain patients with intractable epilepsy may legally obtain nonsmokable forms of low-THC cannabis oil from state-licensed dispensaries.

To qualify for medical cannabis, patients who are permanent residents of Texas and diagnosed with intractable epilepsy must obtain a prescription from a qualified physician who determines the risk of low-THC cannabis is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the patient. Qualified physicians must specialize in the field of examining, diagnosing and treating epilepsy.

Physicians will obtain a concurring determination from a second qualified physician before prescribing medical cannabis, and will register their patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan with the state’s Compassionate Use Registry database. Once registered, patients and their legal guardians will be exempt from certain state laws prohibiting the possession of cannabis in Texas.

There is no age limit to qualify as a medical cannabis patient in Texas. However, patients under the age of 18 may require permission from a legal guardian.

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How do I obtain medicine for myself or a family member?

To qualify for medical cannabis, patients who are permanent residents of Texas and diagnosed with intractable epilepsy must obtain a prescription from a qualified physician who determines the risk of low-THC cannabis is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the patient. Qualified physicians must specialize in the field of examining, diagnosing and treating epilepsy and be registered on the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT). A list of registered physicians and other CURT links can be found on the Texas Compassionate Use Program page, under the “Licensing” tab.

How do I find a physician that is qualified to prescribe medical cannabis?

Physician’s approved by the Department of Public Safety to prescribe medical cannabis can be found here: https://curt.dps.texas.gov/app/public/searchPhysician.xhtml

How do I measure out my medication?

The bottle and box will state the concentration of CBD per mL. Using the 1 mL syringe provided with the product, you can determine how much to measure out for your dose. For instance, to get 50 mg of CBD from a 100 mg CBD /mL tincture, measure out 0.5 mL. For 10 mg, measure out 0.1 mL. A conversion guide is provided with each prescription.

Why use this medication rather than the hemp based CBD products at over the counter stores?

Our medication is of the highest quality possible, starting from cultivation and ending in a child- resistant and tamper evident packaged bottle. The final product is quality tested for pesticides, heavy metals, microbial activity, chemicals and the potency of CBD and THC in the product. In Compassionate Cultivation’s commitment to transparency, test results are publicly available. You can be assured the medicine is consistent and of high purity. Everything is traced and easily tracked to the plant it came from. Hemp based products are unregulated, rarely lot traceable and could be contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides or chemicals.

What’s the binding agent in this oil?

There are two types of binding agent: We use pharmaceutical-grade Coconut MCT Oil or Safflower Oil for those with an aversion to MCT oil.

My doctor has approved my prescription – What are my next steps?

1. Call our dispensary at 512-467-4118 to confirm your prescription is active before placing an order. You will need the patient’s last name, date of birth and last five digits of Social Security Number. (Note: Compassionate Cultivation doesn’t receive notifications of active prescriptions. We must be informed by the patient or physician’s office directly.)
2. After the prescription is verified, patient/caregiver can consult with dispensary staff to choose product size and flavor and confirm dosage and duration.
3. Pick up the filled prescription at dispensary or schedule delivery. There is a delivery charge for orders totaling less than $250. We also offer a 10% discount* for in-dispensary pickup. *Cannot be combined with other discounts.

What do I need to receive my medication, and who is eligible to receive medication on behalf of patients?

A valid ID must be presented and match information in CURT.

MINORS (UNDER 18): Any caregiver who will be picking up or receiving medication on behalf of a patient must inform prescribing physician to enter caregiver’s personal information in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) as a guardian—this includes parents, nurse caregivers, adult siblings or relatives.

Who should I ask about dosage and duration of this medication?

All dosing questions should be directed to you prescribing physician.

What are the side effects when using this CBD medicine?

There are minimal side effects reported with usage. Some patients on higher dosages have experienced mild gastrointestinal issues and mild sleepiness. Please ask your prescribing physician about potential interactions with other medications.

Are there any artificial dyes, added sugars or allergens in your product?

There are no dyes in our products. In our unflavored product, there are no additives; it is strictly cannabis oil extract and USP-grade MCT oil. The Mint product is flavored with all-natural peppermint oil. The Cherry product uses all-natural almond oil containing a minute amount of artificial cherry flavoring. For patients with nut sensitivities or an aversion to MCT oil, we offer an unflavored safflower oil-based option.

Do I need to take my medicine with food or water? Can I take this medication at the same time as my other anti-seizure medications?

There is no indication that taking with or without food or water or with other medications will affect the efficacy of this medicine; however, as with other medications, taking on a full stomach could delay but not dilute the effects.

Does health insurance or Medicaid cover my prescription?

Currently our medicine is not covered by insurance or Medicaid; however, some FSA and HSA cards are accepted. To use FSA / HSA accounts, please make sure you have the associated PIN to complete the transaction.

How do I get a refill on my medication?

Please contact your prescribing physician’s office for a refill. We recommend starting this process approximately one week prior to running out of medication, as sometimes it takes a few days for doctors to get necessary approvals.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, money orders and debit cards. We also have an ACH (automated clearing house) account for direct payment via a patient’s bank account with zero fees. Please ask our dispensary staff for instructions on how to set up an ACH account.

Can I travel with my medication?

IN STATE: When traveling within Texas, always keep your prescription information handy, along with the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) verification phone number (833-244-6702) located on the patient insert and bottle label. Our medicine is treated as a Schedule I substance and prescription verification may be necessary.

OUTSIDE OF TEXAS AND U.S.: It’s important to remember that cannabis-based medicine is a federally illegal substance.* While it’s unlikely you will be questioned, there is no official guidance from the Texas Department of Public Safety on this subject and it is unknown how it would be handled out-of-state.

*This applies to air travel, border patrol and shipping via postal service, as these are federally regulated entities.

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