Cannabis is the proper name of the plant commonly referred to as marijuana. Marijuana is the leaves, flowers and viable seeds of the cannabis plant. This plant has a variety of medicinal benefits and can be consumed in a variety of ways.
THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids each interact differently with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, able to produce a wide range of effects.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, most commonly referred to as THC, is the cannabinoid associated with feeling “high” and having psychoactive effects. Positive effects include: feelings of euphoria, relaxation, reduction of pain, increased appetite, increased sensory perception, increased socialization and reduction of nausea.
Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is known for counteracting THC’s psychoactive effects, as it itself is non-psychoactive. For this reason, CBD is commonly used medically to help treat a variety of conditions such as certain forms of pediatric epilepsy, a broad range of psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and even cancer.
These are all different categories of cannabis which produce a wide range of effects.
Indica is known for its relaxing and calming effects; it’s more of a body high, good for pain, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping — you’ll likely be able to nod out a couple hours after smoking. Recommended for night-time use and for chronic pain.
Sativa is a more upbeat, artistic, and cerebral high. It sparks the imagination and energizes you directly after smoking. It also can keep you awake if you smoke too close to bedtime. Recommended for day-time use.
A Hybrid, as the name suggests, is a combination of the Indica and Sativa plants. The combination is usually either Sativa or Indica dominant which means that one hybrid could give you a body high with a slight head high and others could have the opposite effect.
The “high” feeling from using cannabis comes mainly from the cannabinoid THC. Your body creates its own cannabinoids, which are similar to those found in the Cannabis plant, within the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The chemicals in cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate cannabinoid receptors that are naturally found in the body creating this sensation.
Smoking: The most common method of using Cannabis is to smoke it. Some people roll Cannabis cigarettes called “joints.” You can also roll it in a cigar paper, which is called a “blunt.” Other people use a pipe. Using a pipe is called “smoking a bowl.” You can also use a water pipe, or what is referred to as a “bong.” Most people smoke Cannabis because it provides instant effects through inhalation and it is easier to regulate your intake. Smoking lasts about one and a half to two hours.
Vaporizing: Another way of inhaling the active ingredients of Cannabis is to vaporize it. A vaporizer is a device that heats the plant material to a temperature that vaporizes the THC and other cannabinoids without burning the actual plant material. This is a healthier way of ingesting through inhalation, which many people who use Cannabis as a medicine or do not care for smoking find beneficial.
Edible: Cannabis can be infused into butter, oil, alcohol, and other vehicles to be infused into any number of food products. The effects from eating cannabis can be far different from smoking it. It is a much deeper effect that lasts much longer, lasting from 4 to 6 hours.
Tinctures: A tincture is Cannabis extracted into a liquid, such as alcohol or vegetable glycerin. These liquids are easy to digest for folks who have nausea issues. You can put them in a drink for a discreet method of ingestion. Tinctures are excellent for some medical patients who need a palatable and safe way to take cannabis.
Topicals: Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re non-psychoactive, topicals are often chosen by patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods.
Cannabis-infused lotions, salves, oils, sprays, and other transdermal methods of relief work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. Even if a topical contains active THC, it still won’t induce that intense “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with a high enough THC content.
Topicals are most popularly chosen for localized pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation, but anecdotal evidence is beginning to show a widening spectrum of potential benefits, from psoriasis, dermatitis, and itching to headaches and cramping.
The various levels of THC found in edibles, work together to create an ideal treatment for many disorders / health conditions including chronic pain, muscle inflammation and spasms, autoimmune disorders, nervous system disorders, insomnia, and nausea — provided the patient is well enough to ingest the medication.
As a general rule remember, you can always eat more but never eat less. Everyone will react differently to different amounts of THC and the best method is to start small. Some doctors suggest starting at 5mg doses and slowly increasing after evaluating the effects. Edibles can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to kick in.
You can click “Get a Rec” at the top bar of our website, this will lead you to one of our partners who can connect you with a licensed physician via live video chat from the comfort and confidentiality of your own home. They will guide you through the short process of answering a few questions with the doctor to see if medical marijuana will be beneficial to you. The doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have and may issue you a medical marijuana recommendation. This will become valid immediately and you will be mailed out an ID card and official hardcopy recommendation.
No, this information is kept strictly confidential. The state ID card system has safeguards to protect patient privacy. Patient names and addresses are not kept in the state’s database: the only information retained is a personal photo and ID number. The privacy of medical records is protected by federal HIPAA laws.
Yes. The California Supreme Court has ruled that employers have a right to drug test and fire patients who test positive for marijuana, regardless of having a valid recommendation. Some, but not all, employers will excuse patients if they present a valid recommendation.
The general minimum age is 18 in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
As of January 1st 2018, you must be 21 or older to purchase recreational cannabis.
While residency may not be required to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a doctor, it is required to make purchases of medical marijuana from a collective.
Giving away marijuana, is not a crime in California so long as both of the following are true:
1. You give away not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis, and
2. Any people you give marijuana to are 21 years of age or older.
No. You must be present and be the one who is receiving the delivery.
Travel to different states for medical marijuana patients is difficult because they cannot legally bring their medical marijuana in most cases. Patients should note these guidelines:
1. States without medical marijuana laws can arrest patients under possession laws, even if the patient is registered in their home state.
2. Federal authorities can arrest patients under federal drug trafficking laws if medical marijuana crosses state lines.
3. In states that recognize medical marijuana cards issued by the patient’s home state (called reciprocity), the patient usually still needs to register in the state that they are visiting and acquire any medical marijuana needed there, rather than bringing it with them. In this situation if patients plan to bring their own medical marijuana, they should make sure that the states border one another so that they are not traveling through states where medical marijuana is illegal.
No. The Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advises that even if you are completely legal to possess and use legal cannabis in the state you are departing, and even if you are heading to a state where it is also legal, the answer is still no. This is because airports and flights are governed by federal law.
Yes. It’s still illegal to consume controlled substances and operate a vehicle, boat, aircraft or any other such vessel, and it will continue to be. The exact protocols for determining if a driver is impaired by marijuana will be set out by the California Highway Patrol.
Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, was enacted by the voters and took effect on Nov. 6, 1996 as California Health & Safety Code 11362.5. The law makes it legal for patients and their designated primary caregivers to possess and grow marijuana for their personal medical use with the recommendation of a California licensed physician. Under prop 215, a valid recommendation from a doctor allows patients to grow 6 mature OR 12 immature plants. At any given time patients may have in their possession up to a 1/2 pound (8 oz.) of processed cannabis per patient. Individual cities and counties are allowed to enact higher, but not lower, limits than the state standard.
The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64) is a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California. The full name of the measure is the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”. The initiative passed with 57% voter approval and became law on November 9, 2016. Prop 64 legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older as of January 1st, 2018. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation. Fiscal Impact: Additional tax revenues ranging from high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually, mostly dedicated to specific purposes. Reduced criminal justice costs of tens of millions of dollars annually.
Retail sales for adult use will not begin until licensed stores are in operation after Jan 1, 2018. More clarification on this topic will be available as the Bureau of Cannabis Control releases more information and guidelines. The meantime, Prop 215 patients with a doctor’s recommendation can continue to purchase at medical collectives and dispensaries.
Yes, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of scheduled drugs. However federal law does not say that California laws, or any other state laws, are unconstitutional or should be eliminated.
To become a new patient, please click on the New Patients Verification Tab at the top to fill out the Verification form and sign our membership agreement. Please note that you must have current California Recommendation and a valid California driver’s license or ID card. If you need a recommendation, you can go to our website and click on the “Get A Rec” tab to set up an online face to face doctor consultation through HelloMD. This process only takes about 30 minutes for patients with conditions that the doctor can recommend medical marijuana usage. Your recommendation will then be immediately ready for use. Once all New Patient information is received, we will manually verify your recommendation and give you a call back to take your order. If you have other questions, please contact us. We strive for nothing but the best and look forward to serving you.
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A: Yes! You can turn the vape on or off by pressing the button 5 times, if it is charged when the vape turns on it will flash.
A: Did you turn it off by accident? Try pressing the button 5 times, if it is charged the light will flash as it turns on.
A: Not necessarily, If you screw in your cartridge too tightly it will stop the battery from functioning correctly. Unscrew the cartridge a quarter turn and it should start working.
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