A Group Of Medical Cannabis Companies In Texas Are Subsidizing The High Cost Of CBD For Patients

Epilepsy patients in Texas are having great success with CBD for treating seizures, but there's a catch. The cost of the drugs are high and often not covered by insurance, so local businesses are stepping up to create a compassionate patient assistance program.

Epilepsy patients in Texas like Jordan Herrera used to have to take dangerous anti-convolution medications. But now, she has access to cannabis-derived medications such as CBD, a substance Jordan's mother, Janet, says has worked wonders for her.

"It's still trial and error," Janet told powr. "But the CBD-oil, I can tell you, hands down, has done really good things for her."

However, there is a downside. Jordan's new medications are not covered by insurance, and this has caused some financial stress for Janet.

"The coast and expense for me has been exponential."

This is where two Texas-based medical marijuana companiesCompassionate Cultivation and Nox Medicalcome in. They've each decided to donate $5000 to The Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas to create a compassionate use patient assistance program. A new program which Compassionate Cultivation CEO, Morris Denton says should help some who can't afford the medical marijuana get the medication they need.

"And I know that there would be a lot of people out there that wouldn't be able to afford this medicine and really, really need it and can really, really benefit from it," says Denton.

For Janet, this is big step towards helping patients get proper treatment.

"This, right here, is life saving," she said. "And potentially more effective than any anti-convolution medication on the market."

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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