Medical Marijuana

Medical
Marijuana

$100

Plus State Fees

New Certifications

$75

Renewals

Walk-ins Accepted!

Qualifying Conditions include:

AIDS, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Crohn’s, Cancer, HIV, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Seizures, MS

Cannabis 101

Here is some information on basic terminology and the kinds of things to expect in a dispensary. Dispensaries are CASH only.

First we will list some common terms you might encounter when dealing with MMJ (Medical Marijuana) and then we will go into further detail, giving you keywords for online research. An excellent online source is www.leafly.com (Keep it local).

Common MMJ terminology:

  • Flower
  • Concentrates
  • Tinctures
  • Lotions
  • Medibles
  • Drinks
  • Oil
  • Rick Simpson Oil
  • Capsules
  • Vape Pen
  • Transdermal Patch

Flower

Primary form of cannabis consumption. There are 3 basic types: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids. The smallest unit sold is a gram. Buying a single gram is a good way to try a strain to see if it provides the necessary relief.

3.5 grams = 1/8 OZ
7 grams = ¼ OZ
14 grams = ½ OZ
28 grams = 1 OZ

Concentrates

As the name suggests this is a stronger (concentrated) form of flower. There are many varieties including: keif, hash, crumble, budder, shatter. These are considerably stronger than flower.

Tinctures

A liquid form used internally for many ailments. Some are alcohol based and some are glycerin based. Usually fast acting often giving quick relief.

Lotion

A liquid form used externally for many ailments.

Medibles

A way of using cannabis that does not involve flame or fire.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: the effects of a Medible can take 45 minutes to 2 hours to be felt. Eat a small portion (approximately ¼ of item) and wait to see how it affects you.

Drinks

Another alternative way to consume cannabis from Iced Tea, coffee, syrups, and tea bags

Oil/Live Resin

A form of MMJ that is typically used in a vape pen..including live resin cartridges.

Rick Simpson Oil

An oil developed especially to help cancer patients. It can be ingested or rubbed on. There are 2 varieties: 1 is high in CBD..the other high in THC.

Capsules

A different delivery method for utilizing cannabis. There are many varieties and strengths..be sure of the dosage.

Vape Pens

A way of consuming cannabis products without open flame. This can be used as a way for people respiratory problems to utilize cannabis. Some are disposable and some use refill cartridges. Typically, they can be used anywhere an E-Cig or vape is allowed, as most of these do NOT have a “cannabis odor”.

Transdermal Patch

A self adhesive medicated patch. There are many varieties: some just CBD..some THC..some CBN..or a mixture of CBD/THC. The length of relief depends on the manufacturer. This is a great way to medicate very discretely.

Have we overwhelmed you yet???? As they say on TV….but wait..there’s more.

Flower comes in 3 basic types:

Indica

A relaxing, stress reducing type usually consumed when you have to relax. They can be very effective for overall body pain relief. Indica tends to make people relaxed/sleepy. It is typically more of a “body buzz”, primarily a night time medication.
 Anti inflammatory effects
 Can help you sleep
 Can give you “couch lock”
 Can stimulate appetite
 Can help with stress and anxiety

Sativa

Usually uplifting with energizing effects. A good choice for daytime medication as it can energize body and mind. It can enhance the senses specially audio and visual…a favorite of artistic types.
 Can help with focusing the brain
 Been known to increase creativity
 Can help keep energy up for tasks on hand
 Can help with migraines
 Can help to relax muscles and relieve pain

Hybrids

As the name suggests a mixture of Sativa and Indica. These strains are usually developed for certain effects/flavors. The percentage of each can usually help you determine if it is the right strain for your situation. Many dispensaries have the information available as to what the percentages of each are. This is very important in determining which strain is right for you.

Types of Concentrates

Are a form of flower that has been processed to increase its potency. There are many forms:

Keif

A powder form made from trichomes separated from the flower during process of prerolls being made. It can be used to make hash.

Hash

Powdered flower processed to make a more potent product. There are many types of hash…the ones called pressed/full melt tend to be stronger. To preserve potency it can help to keep it in a glass container in a cool dark dry area. If it is kept in an airtight container it can be stored in the freezer.

Crumble

Another form which can be stronger than hash. Its name comes from the consistency of the product.

Shatter

Another form that is stronger than hash. It usually comes in semi transparent colors and is used primarily in dabbing.

Wax/Budder/Budda

Softer than shatter..a semi liquid form..also usually used in dabbing.

There are many types/forms of concentrates, some use Butane.. and some use CO2 in the process of making them. The Butane concentrates can have a Butane aftertaste.

Tinctures

Are liquid forms of medication, most commonly based on extractions from cannabis plants. They can be alcohol or glycerin based. Cannabis tinctures can help relieve pain, migraines, seizures, and insomnia. They can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or put in a drink. Tinctures taken under the tongue will be absorbed more quickly. If taken on an empty stomach they can be more potent. Heat will help activate or possibly alter the psychoactive elements, so be careful if you put a tincture in a hot beverage. Waiting 20 to 25 minutes is recommended to see how it affects you. Alcohol based tinctures can be hard for some people to take, so a glycerin based tincture might be more appropriate.

Lotions (ointments/salves)

A topical rub that can convey active Cannabinoids from cannabis into a preparation that can be absorbed through the skin. Due to being unable to reach the central nervous system these products have no psychoactive or sleepy side effects. They can be effective in helping with localized pain such as arthritis and similar conditions.

Medibles

Cookies, pop rocks, rice crispy treats, brownies, chocolate, hard candy, lollipops, infused honey sticks, tootsie rolls chocolate covered fruit, gummy bears, etc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: the effects of a Medible can take 45 minutes to 2 hours to be felt. Eat a small portion (approximately ¼ of item) and wait to see how it affects you.

A few important reminders about Medibles:
*Different strains have different effects.
*Weight and tolerance will alter how the effect is felt.
*Eating medibles on an empty stomach can cause effects to be felt more quickly and strongly.
*Refrigeration can help extend the life of medibles…However, hard candies do not take the humidity well so it is recommended to NOT refrigerate them.

Cannabinoids

Now to explain some of the abbreviations and some of the science behind Medical Marijuana. There are over 80 natural compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. The human body produces its own naturally called endocannabinoids.

There are 4 major cannabinoids that we will be looking at, these are the most
commonly referred to in treatment.

1)THC: (tetrahydrocannabinol)
*probably best known cannabinoid
*psychoactive ingredient
*can help with inflammation and help to relax muscles
*can help stimulate appetite
*can act as psychological stimulant
*can help relieve chronic eye pressure (glaucoma)

2) CBD: (cannabidiol)
*can help ease pain
*non psychoactive
*can help reduce seizures
*has been known to ease inflammation
*can help ease social isolation caused by THC
*can help control certain cancers

3) CBC: (cannabicromene)
*can enhance effect of THC
*can help with sleep
*can help stimulate bone growth
*can stop bacterial growth

4) CBN: (cannbinol)
*can help suppress muscle spasms
*can help reduce eye pressure (glaucoma)
*can help with sleeplessness
*considered an anti-seizure cannabinoid

There are many strains bred for specific effects. Hybrids are helpful in finding the right blend for yourself. Remember, like any medicine it takes time for your body to utilize the cannabis properly…it could take a while to find just the right thing for yourself. The “bud tenders” will gladly assist you. Keeping records of what you buy and how it helped you (or didn’t) is a good way of finding out what works for you. Now we will go a little deeper into the science of cannabis.

Terpenes are components of organic aromatic essential oils. Which is a fancy way of saying….it’s what makes cannabis smell the way it does before usage.

HINT: the smell of the cannabis can be indicative of the type of effect it will have. Also, if you don’t like the way it smells in the jar…you probably aren’t going to like the effect it has…just saying.

Alpha-pinene: this terpene tends to have a pine-like aroma. Among the medicinal effects that can be expected are:
*sleep aid
*anti inflammatory
*stress relief

Myrcene: this terpene tends to have a hops like aroma (think beer). Among the medicinal effects that can be expected are:
*anti cancer
*anti bacterial
*muscle relaxant

Limonene: this terpene tends to have a citrus aroma. Among the medicinal effects that can be expected are:
*anti anxiety
*can help relieve heartburn
*energizing

Linalool: this terpene tends to have a floral aroma. Among the medicinal effects that can be expected are:
*anti bacterial
*pain reliever
*anti epileptic

Your overall best resource will be the bud tender at the dispensary. They are educated to know what their stock can help with. They will keep ALL your personal information confidential.

We are always willing to answer any question we can. If we don’t know the answer we will direct you to someone who does. Our relationship with our patients does NOT end with you getting a card. You are part of our community/family now…..Welcome Friend!!!

From your family at Raven Wellness Center.