Mississippi Marijuana: Part III

MOSELLE, MS (WDAM) - There are two main components in the marijuana plant, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinols) and CBC (Cannabidiols).

According to Mississippi's House Bill 1231, CBD oil will be dispensed with a doctor's prescription only at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The bill states that the CBD oil must be obtained from or tested by the National Center for Natural Products Research which is located at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

"Any use of the material that we're going to produce from here is going to be for research, in other words, some clinician somewhere in Mississippi is going to have to file what you call an IND with the Food and Drug Administration to get the approval to try this material for the treatment of that epileptic condition," said University of Mississippi research professor Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly.

Dr. ElSohly said first the facility must produce enough material that will be needed for the oil.

"On the short term, I'm not sure we're going to be able to satisfy the needs of everybody that needs, you know, this CBD oil," said Dr. ElSohly. 

He said the legalization of cannabis oil is definitely something different for the state.

"It's a big change for Mississippi because Mississippi has been, you know, very conservative," said Dr. ElSohly. 

Dr. ElSohly said the CBD oil should not be confused as medical marijuana. 

"It's not medical marijuana like you have in California or Colorado or any of those other, excuse my language, crazy states," said Dr. ElSohly. 

He said the cannabis oil does not produce a high since THC is taken out. THC is what causes the effects of what is considered to be relaxation, altered space-time perception and even appetite stimulation.

"It's a cannabis extract that is rich in CBD," said Dr. ElSohly. 

In other states, CBD has shown to help relieve convulsions. Dr. ElSohly said he believes House Bill 1231 will help those with epilepsy.

"Cannabidiols or the chemical in the plant material that's responsible for that activity does have and has been shown for many, many years, actually since the early seventies that it does have an anti-epileptic activity or anti-convulsive activity and therefore there is no reason to believe that it will not work," said Dr. ElSholy.

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