When considering CBD oil, the first thing you are going to think about is the potential benefits of its use. And, you’ll have to think of other key points, such as legality in your area and the potential interactions with other drugs you need to take. If you manage to check off all of those points, however, you will eventually get to another key issue – the cost. While CBD oil is not as expensive as some other treatment options you may explore, it certainly isn’t free. For those on a tight budget, it might not be possible to purchase the CBD oil needed to begin treatment.
There is an exception to this general rule, but it will only apply to a small number of people. If you need to treat epilepsy, there is a CBD medication which is designed to do that – and that treatment has been FDA approved. So, if your doctor would like you to use that medication to address your epilepsy, you may be able to get Medicaid coverage for your prescription. Otherwise, you’ll be out of luck when trying to get Medicaid to buy your CBD oil.
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.
CBD Oil and Medicaid
Regular marijuana has been used for years as a pain relief option, with it often being legal for medicinal use even in places where it is illegal recreationally. However, those who chose to use it for pain management would still incur the high that comes along with marijuana use, whether they wanted that high or not. By taking that out of the equation, it’s possible to reap some of the benefits of this compound’s pain-relieving effects without having to deal with psychoactive implications. For some, this will be a big selling point, and it will make CBD oil an appealing alternative treatment.
· Gastrointestinal issues – Another possible problem to be encountered is problems with your stomach, such as stomach aches or diarrhea.
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.
Before we get into this section, we need to make one thing clear from the start – the medical benefits of using CBD oil are still very much debated. Some people swear by its abilities, while others are dubious that it offers little more than a placebo effect. There simply is not enough scientific data behind the use of this product to confirm its abilities one way or the other. As you work on deciding whether or not this product is a good option for your needs, you’ll want to do your own research and educate yourself even further on the topic.
Medicare and Medicaid are two separate, government-run and federally funded insurance programs for different, underserved groups of individuals. Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage if you are 65+ or under 65 and have a disability, no matter your income. Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides health coverage if you have a very low income. If a person qualifies for both, they can use both insurances.
The FDA has prohibited the sale of CBD in any unapproved health products, dietary supplements or food. This means that a store can sell as much CBD as it wants, as long it doesn’t make any direct health claims about its product. To avoid these regulations, oftentimes on CBD websites you will see phrases like “CBD has been shown to” or “CBD may help in” rather than “CBD will cure this disease.”
How does cannabis work in your body?
More than just unsafe, these CBD products will not be as effective or provide nearly as many health benefits because of the poor quality. While it is more expensive, getting your CBD from a pure and trusted source is incredibly important to ensure your safety and the products’ efficacy.
The state department that oversees the medical marijuana program evaluates the patient’s online application and, if approved, mails them a medical marijuana card. This process can take up to a month. These cards are valid for a year after they are issued. After that, the patient must meet with their doctor and fill out the application form once again.
Medical marijuana is federally illegal and, while buying and growing CBD is federally legal, CBD in any FDA unapproved health products (all of them) is not. Unfortunately, this means that a federally funded insurance program, like Medicaid or Medicare, will not cover CBD or medical marijuana. Neither Medicare.gov or Medicaid.gov references CBD or potential coverage on their websites. This medical marijuana ban also extends to Medicare Advantage (a type of health insurance plan in the United States that provides Medicare benefits through a private-sector health insurer).
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.