How to Incorporate CBD Into Your Physical Therapy Practice

As a physical therapist, it’s important to keep up to date with industry trends to ensure you are offering patients a comprehensive approach to treatment. Over the past few years, topical cannabidiol (CBD) products have grown in popularity, especially in the physical therapy market1 as they have been linked to alternative relief for sore muscles and joints. With so many hemp-derived CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right ones for your patients and practice. 

Let’s dive into the steps you can take to begin incorporating CBD products into your practice. 

Legalization & CBD

When the  Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 AKA 2018 Farm Bill was passed, it removed “hemp” from the definition of “marijuana”, so long as the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3 percent.Despite the fact that on a federal level, hemp crop regulation is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the legislation preserved the FDA’s responsibility over such products.3 For chiropractors looking to incorporate CBD products into their practice, it is crucial to understand the legal status of CBD in your state of practice so that you are acting in line with the law.

Do I Need a License to Use CBD at My Practice? 

The 2018 Farm Bill recognizes the federal legalization of hemp derived CBD in the United States—but not statewide regulations about CBD, which vary by state. Before integrating CBD into your practice, research your state’s laws regarding hemp derived CBD.

At MeyerPT, we sell topical, hemp-derived CBD products to physical therapists in the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington. This is changing frequently due to state regulations on CBD, so check individual products for their availability in your state. 

Educating Your Staff About CBD

As you gear up to begin incorporating hemp-derived CBD products in your practice, take a moment to educate your team on CBD. This is a product that lacks substantial research about its efficacy. In order to build trust with patients when incorporating CBD, you and your team should strive to educate yourselves on how to use topical CBD products. The Harvard Health Blog article “Cannabidiol (CBD) – What We Know and What We Don’t5 provides introductory information on CBD and its uses. 

Choosing the Right Products for Your Practice 

If you typically use topical analgesics in your practice, there are a variety of hemp-derived analgesics available for purchase through MeyerPT. We are dedicated to providing you with the best hemp-derived CBD products on the market. We carry CBD massage creams, oils, serums, and lotions from brands like CBD Clinic and PlusCBD Oil

Determine How You Will Use CBD in Practice

The last step for incorporating CBD products into your practice begins with the services and treatments you currently offer or plan to offer. In order to determine the best possible products to offer your patients, you must first figure out what works and what doesn’t in terms of treatment. 

Consider planning a day to practice using hemp-derived CBD products on yourself or a staff member. Run through the different services that you offer and determine which ones could benefit from using a hemp-derived topical analgesic as an adjunct therapy. For example, CBD products could be incorporated into massage or hand therapy treatments, or they could be applied to the affected treatment area after a therapy session.


For more information about our selection of CBD products and selling CBD products in your practice, contact your account manager at 1.866.528.2144 or get access to professional pricing when you create an account.

Disclaimer

These products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. These products are not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women.

References

1DeBusk, Christina. “How to Incorporate CBD Topicals into Your Chiropractic Practice Legally.” Chiropractic Economics, 8 Aug. 2016, www.chiroeco.com/cbd-topicals-incorporate-chiropractic-practicelegally/.

2AGRICULTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2018 . 20 Dec. 2018, www.congress.gov/115/plaws/publ334/PLAW-115publ334.pdf.

3Abernethy,M.D., Ph.D., Amy, and Lowell Schiller, J.D. “FDA Is Committed to Sound, Science-Based Policy on CBD.” U.S Food & Drug Administration , 17 July 2019, www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-voices-perspectives-fda-leadership-and-experts/fda-committed-sound-science-based-policy-cbd.

4Murray, Jean. “How Do I Get a Seller’s Permit for Sales Taxes?” The Balance Small Business, 23, May 2019, https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-do-i-register-to-collect-sales-tax-in-my-state-398765.

5Designs for Health. “Raising the Curtain Upon CBD.” Chiropractic Economics, 28, Aug. 2019, https://www.chiroeco.com/raising-the-curtain-upon-cbd/.

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