Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Use of Cannabidiol (CBD) by Individuals with Disabilities for Medical Purposes

Editor’s note: VOR will add information to this page as it becomes available. Consistent with long-held (31 years) principles and mission, VOR supports the right of individuals with disabilities and their families to make informed treatment choices. We specifically take no position on the use of CBD for medical purposes, leaving that decision to the individual, her family and guardian. 

For more than 30 years, VOR has embraced the rights of ALL individuals with disabilities and supports a system that is responsive and respectful of individual needs and preferences.

Individuals with disabilities and, where appointed by a court, their legal guardians, should have the opportunity to make informed choices among all legally available options. They must have full and accurate information about their options, including what services and financial supports are available.

In that spirit, VOR offers this information on the use of Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) which may offer significant benefit to some individuals with disabilities suffering seizures or pain. VOR expressly does not take a position on the effect of CBD oil, but stays true to our long-held position in support of individual, family and legal guardian decision-making. 

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis (“marijuana”) that may have medical benefits for some individuals but does not have the mood altering effect of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is also found in the cannabis plant.

Resources on the use of CBD Oil

Public Health Focus: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Marijuana

Congress quietly ends federal government's ban (LA Times, December 16, 2014) (Note: CBD Oil is legal in 10 States)

CBD and Epilepsy (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)

An Overview of Kentucky’s CBD Extract-Only Medical Marijuana Law 

Kentucky's Law