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You can get CBD oil without any THC in it. You just have to be careful when you get it and read the label or read the description if you’re ordering it online. There should be no problem with Medicare if you use CBD oil that does not have THC in it. Yes call Medicare and ask, that is a good idea. Green mountain hemp company has a great 600 mg product. Contact them on line and they can help. Good luck!
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Medicare will not pay for medical marijuana in any form, even if prescribed. Perhaps that's what he means.

Why would Medicare deny you coverage? Call the patient advocate department of your local hospital and ask.
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Unfortunately there is a lot of ignorance about CBD and THC in the medical community, so always check the reality with the company you are wanting to cover you in health insurance.

Having said that, if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you can apply to use the CBD/THC version, the state will give you an ID card and you are legal with coverage no matter what.

If you do not want to go through the process of applying for medical marijuana in your state so you can purchase it, then there are legal versions of CBD with almost no THC, sold on 50 states and online. The use of these will not incur any drastic issues for you or for your relationship with any insurance company.
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Judysai422 Apr 11, 2019
My 94 year old father's PCP told him to try the oil on his skin where there is pain, but not to use orally. I agree with you, balancedCaring.👍
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CBD that is sold everywhere these days has the THC extracted. If it had THC it wouldn't be legal to sell.

Medical marijuana does have THC.
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I saw a program on Hulu about cooking with cannabis. There are a gazillion varieties, strengths, etc. I believe you can find out IF the CBD oil has THC.

And then just call Medicare, and ask them! You might as well get the facts from the source.
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I do not believe this is true at all. Many people use marijuana which does not exclude them from medical treatment. NOW The federal prohibition on prescribing marijuana means Medicare will NOT cover the cost of medical marijuana; however, Medicare should cover the cost of other medications and treatments.

When in doubt call your Medicare representative.
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lindabf Apr 11, 2019
HempWorx also has CBD without THC
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He doesn't want you to use products that will actually help. All medical doctors poopoo any natural resources.

So sad to see people needlessly suffering and dying because big pharma makes prescription writing so lucrative that "doctors " won't even educate themselves on the benefits of integrative care.

They don't deny coverage for drug usage. They don't even check unless there is a reason.
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cherokeegrrl54 Apr 11, 2019
You took the words right outta my mouth!!!!! And what you say is so true!! I use homeopathic remedies when i can afford them....i even splurged and bought kratom....it did help a lot with some of the chronic pain in my rt knee that i need surgery on. But it was too expensive. Its a shame what the medical “profession” has become today. Its laughable really...but not funny at all when so many are suffering so needlessly. As u say, its all about the almighty $$
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CBD comes from the hemp plant, THC is minimal and does not have the same effects as what comes from a marijuana plant. Hemp and CBD are legal at the federal level.

That said hemp is not regulated and has to be below a certain percentage of THC to be considered hemp. Since hemp is not regulated concentrations vary.
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MumsHelper Apr 11, 2019
So, what you're saying is that hemp does not get you high unless you use it to make a rope and climb a tree 👍
Couldn't resist 😜
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As far as I know arriving at the ER with an unprescribed drug in your system will not affect your insurance coverage, however, I agree with the idea of calling medicare and asking them. On the other hand, if you arrive at an ER with an unprescribed drug in your system or even alcohol, you could be denied certain treatments and other medications until your blood work comes back clean. It's just their way of preventing possible interactions.
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I do not think that is true. Medicare can’t deny you coverage if you have it and of course go to a provider that accepts Medicare.

Why would they test your blood for THC as the “gate keeper” to be admitted & treated? Someone has to have a written order and have a medical rationale to have the test run.

But that’s a great suggestion...call Medicare and ask them.

There are states were recreational marijuana is legal. Some seniors smoke pot in those states and I have never heard Medicare denying payment as being an issue. Medicare will not pay for the medical marijuana products though- they are paid for out of pocket.

Medical marijuana is legal in 30+ states now. Is your state one of them? If so apply for a medical marijuana card.

CVS will begin selling CBD products soon as well as other pharmacies.

Let us know what you found!
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faeriefiles Apr 13, 2019
Where I am (Tennessee) drug testing is considered a standard part of an ER visit and is done before surgeries and every few months when taking certain RX drugs. From what I understand, it is considered "medically necessary" due to the possibility of drug interactions and/or adverse reactions some drugs can induce during surgical anesthesia etc. Basically, everytime I have required surgery or visited an ER drug tests were done. Anything in my system can affect the treatment options available to me. They seem to have my safety in mind.
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