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For centuries, cannabis has long been considered a ‘wonder plant,’ cultivated for food, fiber, medicine and even building materials. Today, it is best known for producing cannabinoids like CBD and THC, naturally occurring substances that have a drug-like effect in the body. Used for both medicinal and recreational purposes, these cannabinoids have a growing body of research that shows their therapeutic potential in treating various health conditions, positioning CBD as a sought-after wellness product and lending support to the legalization of medical marijuana in a number of states.

In Texas, CBD is available without restriction, while eligible patients can receive medical marijuana through the Compassionate Use Program, which allows providers to prescribe low-dose THC for those with ailments such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorders and, as of September 1, cancer and PTSD. 

At BluVida Precision Health & Wellness, we offer CBD and medical marijuana to help patients improve their quality of life. We invite you to schedule a consultation today to learn more about the health benefits of CBD or find out if you qualify for our medical marijuana program.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most abundant ingredient found in the cannabis plant. It is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries to address various common concerns, from headaches and anxiety to stomach ailments. Unlike THC, CBD isn’t a psychoactive substance, so it provides relief from pain and other symptoms but does not result in the characteristic ‘high’ of marijuana. This makes it appealing for those who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids without the mind-altering effects. 

The Therapeutic Benefits of CBD

CBD is the perfect booster to add to your morning coffee or post-workout smoothie. It can relieve muscle soreness and effectively speed up recovery to help your body heal after physical activity. CBD is also frequently used as a beauty aid, with studies showing its anti-inflammatory benefits may help treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis or eczema.

In the medical field, CBD is frequently used to ease the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, but other applications include treating high blood pressure, depression, epilepsy and muscle spasms. It can also be used to manage various types of chronic pain. When applied topically, CBD products reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis to provide some much-needed symptom relief. Other forms of inflammation and neuropathic pain also respond to CBD, giving patients with these complex conditions a safe and effective treatment option. 

Other problems that CBD can address include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • Anxiety and depression
  • PTSD
  • Skin conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Obesity

Studies have also found that CBD may improve heart health and act as a natural means of regulating sleep patterns, in addition to having neuroprotective benefits. There’s further evidence that CBD modifies the neural circuits involved in addiction, giving it the potential to reduce cravings and drug-seeking behavior. This wide range of benefits is the reason CBD is gaining momentum as a health and wellness aid, helping patients achieve clear-headed symptom relief without harsh pharmaceuticals or the risk of severe side effects.

How is CBD Taken?

CBD products can be consumed in a number of ways to achieve a therapeutic effect. The most popular ways to use CBD include the following:

  • Oils & tinctures — CBD oils can be taken orally or, depending on the formulation, applied directly to the skin. Tinctures are alcohol-based and can be applied sublingually (under the tongue) for the quickest results. Both oils and tinctures can also be added to food or drinks.
  • Topicals — Topicals include CBD-infused lotions, creams, balms, salves and other products that are designed to be applied directly to the skin. Topicals are a great option for patients with localized pain or skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. 
  • Edibles — Edibles are a discreet and convenient way to consume CBD. Patients have a variety of flavors and options with this method, including gummies, mints, lozenges and lollipops. However, edibles may have added sugars and take longer to kick in.
  • Vaping/smoking — While this method will take effect sooner than others, it exposes you to carcinogens and other harmful chemicals that may be detrimental to your health.

BluVida Precision Health & Wellness offers a range of high-quality CBD products to meet the needs of various patients. Our team will help determine which is right for you, but you can also click here to browse our online shop and see what’s available over the counter.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is the use of THC-containing products to treat or manage a health condition. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in the Cannabis sativa plant that produces the ‘high’ associated with marijuana consumption, but this effect can be therapeutic when used for medicinal reasons. THC has been found to impact the neural pathways involved in appetite, pain, movement, thinking and more, making it appropriate for those with a number of physical or mental problems. The science of medical marijuana is continually evolving, and each day we discover new ways in which this plant can improve our health and wellness.

Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana?

In Texas, medical marijuana is limited to individuals with certain health conditions. If you have any of the following ailments, you may qualify for treatment:

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Muscular dystrophy (MD)
  • Incurable neurodegenerative diseases
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Under the Compassionate Use Program, doctors can prescribe low-dose THC for medical purposes, and use is restricted to medicines that can be swallowed. This includes tinctures, oral mouth sprays, lozenges and gummies. Formulations include varying ratios of THC to CBD, but your provider can help you find the product that’s right for you.

How Do I Become a Medical Marijuana Patient?

Unlike other states, Texas doesn’t use medical marijuana cards. Instead, eligible patients may obtain a prescription from an approved physician. BluVida Precision Health & Wellness participates in the Compassionate Use Program, so you may start here to find out if you’re eligible for medical marijuana. Patients must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent Texas resident
  • Have a qualifying condition
  • Receive a prescription from a registered doctor

Once qualifying patients are added to the registry, they may fill their prescription at a local dispensary. At BluVida, we also provide treatment and management services for those taking medical marijuana, helping individuals find the right dose and optimize their wellness plan for the maximum therapeutic effect.

CBD & Medical Marijuana at BluVida

BluVida Precision Health & Wellness partners with reputable local dispensaries and manufacturers to ensure patients get a superior product at the right dose or in the correct ratio. Both CBD and THC come in a variety of solutions, with each being particularly beneficial for relieving the symptoms of certain conditions. By receiving your medicine from a trusted source, you can be sure it is derived from high-quality plants and meets stringent standards of safety and purity, formulated according to scientific research. When it comes to your health, our goal is to provide only the best to ensure that you feel your best.

Learn More

At BluVida Precision Health & Wellness, we want to empower our patients to improve their well-being and achieve the highest quality of life possible. We support the growing evidence behind the therapeutic benefits of CBD and medical marijuana and have seen first-hand how incorporating alternative treatments can provide optimal outcomes for those with severe and chronic health conditions. To learn more about CBD or medical marijuana in Katy, Texas, contact or call us today at 713-493-7777.