Low-THC Cannabis

Low-THC Cannabis

Low-THC cannabis is a safe and natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for
the treatment of chronic pain and debilitating health issues. At TMMD, we are
committed to providing services with integrity and compassionate, client-focused
care.

Experience matters. TMMD has 17 years of experience in interventional pain therapy
and has served for two Texas governors on the prescription drug abuse task force.
When you receive a recommendation from the TMMD team, for medical cannabis,
you can rest assured that you are getting the highest standard of care from one of the
state’s most trusted and respected physicians.

If you would like to learn if low-THC cannabis is right for you, please call us today
at (713)659-HEMP (4367) to schedule a personal consultation with an expert TMMD
healthcare professional. We welcome patients throughout Texas.
On this page, you can learn more about:

 What is low-THC cannabis?
 What conditions can low-THC cannabis treat?
 How does the process work?
 Is low-THC cannabis safe?
 Legal types of low-THC cannabis in Texas
 Benefits of low-THC cannabis
 Low-THC cannabis for seniors
 Is low-THC cannabis right for me?
 Contact us today

What Is Low-THC cannabis?

Low-THC cannabis, or medical cannabis, is a term that refers to the use of the
marijuana plant or its extracts to treat a disease or symptom. Marijuana contains
certain chemicals called cannabinoids. These chemicals are related to delta-9-
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal mind-altering element of marijuana. THC
reduces nausea and increases appetite, making it an effective treatment for patients
with chronic pain, cancer and a number of other health conditions.

Following scientific studies, the FDA has approved two pill-form medications that
contain THC: nabilone and dronabinol, both of which are used to treat nausea and
weight-loss associated with cancer and AIDS. However, the marijuana plant itself has
not yet been recognized or approved by the FDA as medicine. When determining the
risks and benefits of a possible medication, the FDA requires a large amount of data,
stemming from carefully-conducted studies in hundreds to thousands of human
subjects. As of today, there have not been enough large-scale clinical trials to
demonstrate the benefits of the marijuana plant compared to those of its cannabinoid
ingredients.

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislative Session enacted the Texas Compassionate Use
Act (Senate Bill 339) requiring the Department of Public Safety create a secure
registry of physicians treating intractable epilepsy patients with low-THC cannabis. In
2019, the 86th Texas Legislature expanded the program to include additional medical
conditions and physician specialties for which low-THC cannabis may be prescribed.
The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) system has undergone the
necessary modifications to allow additional physician specialty registrations and
support patient prescriptions for these additional conditions (House Bill 3703).

What Conditions Can Low-THC cannabis Treat?

There are a number of conditions low-THC cannabis can treat. The Texas Low-THC
cannabis Compassionate Use Act explicitly allows medical cannabis to be used as
treatment for the following specific diseases:

 Epilepsy (no longer specifically “intractable” epilepsy)
 Seizure disorders
 Multiple sclerosis
 Spasticity
 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
 Autism
 Terminal cancer
 Incurable neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,
Huntington’s)

Texas permits licensed doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for other debilitating
medical conditions that are comparable to the diseases listed above, such as:

A

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

C

  •  
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I; Formerly RSD
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type II

D

  • Dystonia

E

  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

F

  • Fibromyalgia (Severe)

G

  • Glaucoma

H

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

I

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

L

  • Lupus

M

  • Migraines
  • Muscular Dystrophy

N

  • Neuropathy

O

  • Osteoarthritis

P

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

R

  • Residual Limb Pain

S

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis

T

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

How Does the Process Work?

In Texas, if you decide you’d like to try low-THC cannabis, you can’t simply swing
by your doctor or local dispensary and pick up a product. There is a detailed process
that involves medical records, applications and an established relationship with a
state-approved low-THC cannabis physician.

If you are considering low-THC cannabis as a treatment method, your first step is
to schedule an appointment with one of TMMD’s healthcare team. During this initial
consultation, we will evaluate your medical history and current health to determine if
medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment option for your condition.
Low-THC cannabis will not be provided at the initial consultation. If we have
determined that you are a good candidate, you will be issued an order for a specified
amount of THC. Once you have applied and received approval from the CURT
system, you will work with a dispensary to obtain your low-THC cannabis.

 
Is Low-THC cannabis Safe?

Texas has strict rules in place to ensure that low-THC cannabis is cultivated
responsibly and safely. When cultivated in state-approved spaces by professionals and
prescribed specifically by a doctor, medical cannabis is pure, controlled and very safe,
especially when compared to most conventional treatments, like opioids, which can
lead to fatal overdoses. Unlike low-THC cannabis, pharmaceutical drugs can cause
permanent medical problems and lead to side effects such as blindness and organ
failure.

Marijuana is still a drug, however, and shouldn’t be used by everyone. People who are
pregnant or suffer from heart problems or have certain mental issues should not take
marijuana as a medical treatment.
While smoking marijuana is still illegal, and can have adverse effects on the lungs,
low-THC cannabis users can get cannabinoids in other forms, such as topicals,
tinctures or by using a vaporizer, which lessens the negative impact of smoking.
Users may experience minor side effects, including a sense of drowsiness, dizziness,
short-term memory loss and feelings of euphoria or anxiety. If any of these symptoms
occur, consult with your TMMD healthcare team. These kinds of side effects are most
likely related to too high a dose. Many times, simply reducing your dose or
lengthening the interval between doses will alleviate these side effects.

Legal Types of Low-THC cannabis in Texas

Although it is now legal to ingest low-THC cannabis, it is illegal to smoke it.
Currently, the most popular ingestion methods being offered by Texas dispensaries
include:

 Vaporizing: Also known as “vaping”, vaporizing involves heating cannabis to a
controlled temperature that releases cannabinoids without actually causing
combustion. This allows you to safely inhale light vapor and almost 95 percent
of cannabinoids without any of the negative effects of inhaling harsh smoke.

 Tinctures: Perhaps one of the most convenient, effective and underrated
delivery methods, tinctures are liquid concentrations of cannabis.
Cannabinoids and THC are extracted and infused into alcohol or medium-chain
triglyceride (MCT) oils which can then be ingested with a dropper or dosed
sprayer. Tinctures provide excellent dosage control and cannabinoid options.
 Orals: Capsules and other edibles such as wax based compounds and/ or
chocolates may be used as an alternative route of administration. Oral
ingestion is associated with a lower bio-availability that inhalation or
sublingual methods.
 Topicals: When cannabinoids are combined with a penetrating topical cream
or salve, they can be applied directly to affected areas to enter the skin and
body tissues. Topical cannabis is a popular pain management treatment for
many because it does not produce a psychoactive effect.
 Smoking: Some patients prefer the fast-acting effects and control provided by
smoking marijuana.

Benefits of Low-THC cannabis

Marijuana is hardly a new fad. The earliest indication of marijuana use dates back
5,000 years to ancient Romania, where a cup containing burnt hemp seeds was
discovered in a burial site.

Cannabis was also recommended for malaria and menstrual cramps in China around
the same time.

As the health benefits of medical cannabis are becoming more recognized and less
stigmatized, support for the legalization of low-THC cannabis across the country is
steadily increasing.

Low-THC cannabis:

 Reduces pain
 Reduces nausea
 Reduces vomiting
 Increases appetite in patients who are malnourished or undergoing chemotherapy
 Helps with insomnia
 Eases depression
 Slows the progression of inflammatory diseases

 Reduces muscle spasms
 Promotes healthy digestion

The list above is only a brief synopsis of the many symptoms and medical conditions
that can benefit from medical cannabis.

Low-THC cannabis for Seniors

While Americans over the age of 65 account for only 14 percent of the country’s
population, they use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs, including
addictive painkillers. Medical cannabis is an ideal way for many seniors to manage
both their pain and general health. In fact, a recent survey by Quinnipiac University
found that 83 percent of Texas voters aged 65 and older supported low-THC cannabis.

When a doctor prescribes low-THC cannabis for seniors, it is important to start with
slow doses and keep a close eye on the effects of treatment. Tinctures and topicals are
popular options among seniors to address conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis
and insomnia.

Is Medical Cannabis Right for Me?

Millions of people across the country have begun to turn to low-THC cannabis
because it provides relief for a number of health conditions by minimizing symptoms,
reducing pain or eliminating certain issues completely. Our patient-demographic
encompasses a wide range of ages and lifestyles. Many of our patients are concerned
about the toxicity of pharmaceuticals and are seeking a more natural, holistic
alternative to traditional opiates.

If you suffer from a condition which can be effectively treated with cannabis, you
may be wondering if low-THC cannabis is right for you. Although it has successfully
helped millions of people, it is not right for everyone.

The first step you should take when considering low-THC cannabis is to meet with
TMMD and discuss all of your symptoms, questions and concerns. We will assess
your individual needs, explain all of your options and make a recommendation that is
safe, effective and designed specifically for you.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Initial Consultation

If you live in Texas and are ready to enjoy the health benefits of low-THC cannabis,
please contact us today online or at (713)659-HEMP (4367) to schedule a
consultation with TMMD. Our state-of-the-art facility in Houston welcomes patients
throughout the state of Texas.