When you are about to apply for a cannabis card, it is more than likely that your mind will have a lot of unanswered questions about medical marijuana. Is it safe? How do you use it? How do you buy? And the questions arise in number with every passing hour. Well, don’t worry, you are in the right place. I’m going to answer some of the most common questions about medical marijuana so that you can have a clear idea about whether or not medical cannabis is right for you. And when you do make a decision, start by applying for a medical card.
Is it legal?
Yes, medical cannabis is legal in 33 states of the US including California. It was legalized in California in 1996 and ever since has been used as a prominent part of healthcare. The state follows a proper medical marijuana program that regulates the use and handling of medical cannabis according to the marijuana laws adopted by the state. However, every state has its own set of marijuana laws so be careful when traveling to or buying medical cannabis in a different state.
But you must remember that though medical cannabis is legal in your state, the federal government has not yet categorized it as a legal medicine. So using cannabis whether medical or recreational is still illegal under federal law. It is advised that you be careful while using or handling cannabis in areas under federal jurisdiction.
How Do I Use Cannabis?
When it comes to using cannabis, you can choose from dozens of delivery methods. The methods vary from ingesting to inhaling. If your condition asks for quick relief then inhaling can suit you perfectly. You can inhale cannabis by smoking, vaping, or dabbing. Ingesting cannabis is more suited for people who want stronger effects for a long time. Try using edibles, tinctures, or pills. Nowadays, there are other ways too besides inhaling and ingesting. You can use topicals, transdermal patches, bath bombs, oils, shampoos, and many more.
The variety offers you to find a way of consumption that perfectly suits your preference. So take your time to decide which delivery method will suit you best.
Is there a Way to Use Cannabis without Getting High?
Cannabis is characterized by an intoxicated feeling or a ‘euphoric high’. Though most strains that are used as medical marijuana have a high CBD ratio, not everyone is comfortable with getting high every time they take a cannabis dose. In that case, you can use the following alternatives.
One, try Cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabis is made of a number of chemical compounds one of which is CBD. It can be extracted from cannabis plants and used in the form of oils, tablets, topicals, etc. if the CBD is extracted from a hemp plant, its THC (the intoxicating component) content is very low. So by using CBD isolates or full-spectrum products, you can avoid getting high.
Two, you can try consuming raw cannabis if your doctor allows. In raw cannabis, THC and CBD are in the form of acids (THCA and CBDA) which are non-intoxicating. By using raw cannabis in a salad or a smoothie, you can get the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting high.
Why Do I Need a Recommendation?
When you decide to use medical marijuana, you must begin by getting a medical marijuana recommendation. It is important because it registers you with the state as a legal medical marijuana consumer. Only a state-registered medical professional has the authority to give you a medical card/recommendation. Otherwise, the counties in California will not accept your medical card. So be careful when applying for a recommendation online or offline.
In addition to this, you will be able to enjoy the exclusive advantages that are only applicable to someone with a legit medical card. For example, your legal age of consumption will be reduced 18 years, unlike recreational cannabis which is 21 years. And you will be able to possess 8 times more cannabis than recreational marijuana with a medical card.
Can I Overdose on Medical Marijuana?
Cannabis is like any other medication. You have to be careful with the way you use it or you end up overdosing. You’ll know that you have overdosed on cannabis when the high becomes intolerable and you start experiencing the side effects. However, the good news about a cannabis overdose is that it is not fatal. It is very difficult to reach a fatal level of toxicity with cannabis. This is why there haven’t been any reported cases of people dying of marijuana overdose.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Medical marijuana is safe to use as long as you are micro-dosing and properly following the safety precautions. If you go beyond the limits or not follow the precautions, it is possible that you may face the side effects.
If you overestimate your dose or overindulge in cannabis, you will experience physical and psychological side effects like loss of perception, fatigue, impaired reflexes, and sometimes nausea.
What is Cannabis Tolerance?
When you start using medical marijuana, you will observe that with passing time the high becomes less potent, and the number of dose increases. This happens because your body develops a tolerance to cannabis. And the more you indulge in THC the faster your tolerance develops.
Cannabis causes changes in your body that are not normal. So your body’s natural response is to fight it. And with time, your body starts enduring cannabis to a point where it becomes almost ineffective. But you can reverse this tolerance by taking a break or total abstinence for a few days. You can also start planning your sessions, reducing your dose, and taking other steps that can help you manage your tolerance effectively.
Is Medical Marijuana Addicting?
Yes, medical marijuana can become addicting if you do not keep a check on your indulgence. The addiction is more like a dependence on the effects that cannabis delivers on the body. You’ll know if you are addicted when you start to experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, fatigue, headache, mind fogs, etc. without a dose. It will become difficult for you to get through the day.
The addiction is mainly associated with THC so you can avoid getting addicted by using CBD high strains or products and most importantly by maintaining your control.
Though medical marijuana is now easily accessible, it is very important that you are correctly aware of the basic information before you start using it. By answering these most common questions about medical marijuana, I hope that you will be able to make better decisions and be safe while using cannabis. Also, if you feel that someone you know can benefit from this information, do your part and spread the word.