Texas Medical Marijuana Guide: Cannabis in the Lone Star State
Each day, countless Texans find themselves in a grueling battle. Their foes?
Chronic stress, incessant pain, and haunting trauma, just to name a few of the more common ailments.
For years, residents of the Lone Star State have been sold a bill of goods that says traditional Western pharmaceuticals can solve any problem. But—as we know now—many of the synthetic cure-alls pushed by Big Pharma (like benzos, SSRIs, and opiates) have been snake oil, causing more problems than they solve for both the individual and society as a whole.
Fortunately, in recent years, a viable, holistic, and non-addictive alternative to prescription drugs has emerged in the form of medical marijuana to help individuals suffering from chronic, debilitating conditions find real relief without harmful side effects.
But what’s the legal status of medical marijuana in Texas? And how can you apply for your card?
We’re breaking it all down in this comprehensive guide so that you can finally find the healing you’ve been searching for.
The History of Weed Legalization in Texas
Given its proximity to and relationship with policing the border to Mexico—the primary source of the US’s illegal marijuana supply—it’s little wonder why the conservative state of Texas has a complicated history with marijuana, to say the least.
Historically, the state has taken a firm stance in opposition to marijuana. In fact, in 1931, the Texas state legislature passed an amendment that made the possession of any amount of marijuana a felony offense, with a maximum punishment of life in prison.
Despite the initial reluctance, marijuana laws have become increasingly less severe over the decades as societal attitudes have softened and Big Pharma’s ability to sway the narrative has lessened.
The first major step toward legalization began in 2015 with the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which allowed epilepsy patients to use low-THC cannabis oil to treat their symptoms. Since then, further reforms and amendments have been proposed to increase medical access to hundreds of thousands of Texans, including:
- HB 3703 – In June of 2019, the state legislature passed HB 3703, which expanded eligibility for medical marijuana to over 100 medical conditions. It also removed the approval of a second physician.
- HB 1535 – In June of 2021, the state legislature passed HB 1535, which expanded medical marijuana access to patients living with cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also raised the THC cap from .5% to 1% THC by weight.
The Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Texans
For many Texans—especially those dealing with lingering trauma and chronic stress—the expansion of medical marijuana has been a Godsend. Advantages of Texas medical marijuana include:
- Treatment for a wide range of conditions – Unlike pharmaceuticals, which often have a narrow therapeutic focus, marijuana has a broad spectrum of potential benefits, serving as a treatment for a range of conditions, including PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, and more. Medical marijuana is as versatile as it is powerful, allowing patients to potentially address a plethora of conditions with a single, natural remedy.
- Minimal side effects – Traditional medications come with a laundry list of potential side effects, many of which can be life-altering. Conversely, besides the “tell-tale” high that some might find discomforting, marijuana’s side effects are typically quite mild, if present at all.
- Personalized treatment – Every patient is unique. And so is their reaction to medications. Medical marijuana is a dynamic therapeutic that can be personalized to the individual’s needs and tastes. You may find you prefer an Indica to a Sativa, a THC-heavy strain to a CBD-centric strain, or a flower to an oil. Regardless of your individual preferences, there are countless ways to use medical marijuana.
- Natural healing – One of the most glaring issues with pharmaceuticals is that they tend to mask the symptoms rather than treat the root problem. Marijuana, on the other hand, works in harmony with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote natural healing and foster homeostatic balance. Especially useful for issues like trauma, this balance enables a person to sit in the present and focus on untangling the cognitive distortions created by their personal history.
- A safer alternative – Especially for benzos and opiates, the risks of addiction and overdose are severe. In fact, opiates recently passed car crashes as the leading cause of death for adults aged 18-45. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, is non-physically addictive and has zero known cases of fatal overdose.
How To Access Medical Cannabis In Texas with TeleLeaf
If you think medical marijuana could be a boon in your life, you may wonder how to apply for a medical cannabis card in Texas. With TeleLeaf, applying takes just a few simple steps:
- Fill out an online intake form
- Meet with a compassionate medical professional online
- Get approval
- Gain access to medical marijuana
So long as you have a verifiable condition recognized under Texas law, you can take advantage of TeleLeaf’s convenient and streamlined process to secure your medical cannabis card. And we’ll guide you through every step of that process. From beginning to end, our goal is to help you receive the medical treatment and healing you deserve.
At TeleLeaf, we’re not just advocates—we’re patients and users ourselves, and we believe wholeheartedly in the healing power of cannabis.
If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to us today and get started on the path to your Texas medical marijuana card.
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