Does Medicare cover medical marijuana and CBD oil?

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My pain management doctor wants to take me off of opioids and prescribe either medical marijuana or CBD oil.

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No, not even in the state's that have legalized it for medicinal uses; probably because it is still not acceptable on the federal level.
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Check your own state. In Michigan, it’s not currently covered.
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You may want to see if it's covered in the your state. But you always have a choice.
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Wow, you have a progressive doctor, that’s good. Mine says if you try any of those things, even hemp oil, he will taper you off the opioids then dismiss you from his practice.

I hate to be left wondering if they would help more than opioids, but have no choice for now.
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Snowcat60 Oct 1, 2018
Becky you always have a choice. Allopathic doctors support Big Pharma and no, they do not want you trying something that is free, natural an cannot be patented.
And yes, CBD oil and marijuana will help you and also keep you from becoming an opioid junkie, not to mention they are good for you.
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I've never seen a case where Medicare has covered medical mj or CBD oil.

I wanted to add to the conversation that I recently tried CBD oil to see if it would help with my anxiety and sleep/fatigue issues. I can't say that it did; I can't say that it didn't. It was relatively expensive, 1 oz each of oil tincture at two different strengths, 1oz - 500mg, 1oz - 1000 mg. The 1000 mg was around $90usd at a local "smoke shop." You can purchase CBD online or local specialty shop.

Another natural substance that's come to my attention recently, has claims to help pain and anxiety, is Kratom. I'm going to try it. As long as there is no dependency issue, or major side effects issue, I'm very happy to have natural traditional plant-based medicines to try.
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gladimhere Oct 1, 2018
Ali, do not try Kratom. There was something on the news here lately, can't remember what, but was frightening. Start here,
https://www.centeronaddiction.org/the-buzz-blog/interview-federal-trade-commission-senior-attorney-mamie-kresses-about-cracking-down-?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwLn8r-Tm3QIVSpPtCh1i1wklEAAYAiAAEgK-X_D_BwE
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You might ask a grandchild where you can get it LOL. I am not kidding. I have a very bad back and 2 grandchildren at different times told me where they could get some CBD oil for me that had no smell. One of them is sort of a hippy and she assured me the company where she shops is very careful. I am in California. I think my main reason not to do it right now is I volunteer for the Sheriff's Department and it doesn't seem right. But, if it meant going off opioids I would try it. My brother takes some sort of marijuana in a brownie every night to help him sleep. We are in our 80's. As for cost, that hasn't been discussed with me.
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Very doubtful that its prescribed AND COVERED by insurance.

I have had no experience with CBD oil, although I have heard good things about it.
Marijuana is not legal in my state, but if it were, I think I would happily forgo my opioid "dependency" for it. The effects, acc to my neighbor who does use it for her Grave's Disease, are good, but not long lasting enough. Also, you smell like doobie wherever you go. I don't judge--but a lot of people might.

I wish you luck!
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Snowcat60 Oct 1, 2018
The very best way to get all the benefits from medical marijuana is to vape it, not smoke it. Also the oils are terrific too! Both ways keep you from smelling like “doobie”. And they last longer than traditional smoking.
I love CBD oil and get mine from Charlottes Web in Colorado, which come from the marijuana stavia plant with little or no thc and is legal in all 50 states. It is pricey but the benefits are so worth every penny. Beware there are many CBD oils out there that are fake and can really harm you with their additives, it’s always best to do your research first.
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While it’s true that CBD is legal in all 50 states, there are situations when it isn’t legal. The difference between legal and illegal typically depends on several important factors determined by the state in question. There is, however, one very important factor that is a crucial determinant across all states, and that is where the CBD is derived from–hemp or marijuana.

https://medium.com/cbd-origin/is-cbd-legal-legal-status-of-cbd-2018-d1b4a0ed42df

Google CBD oil legal?
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It’s only legal in some states and only at the state level. No insurance will pay for it.
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CBD oil is legal, and can be purchased or on the internet, but I don’t think insurance covers it.
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rocketjcat Sep 28, 2018
I purchase it at my hairdresser in NY.
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