What is cannabis or marijuana?

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.

What is THC vs CBD?

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.

What are the differences between “Sativa”, “Indica” and “Hybrid”?

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.

What causes the “high” from using cannabis?

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.

How effective are topicals?

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.

What symptoms do cannabis-infused topicals treat?

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.

What are the effects of edibles?

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.

How much of an edible should I consume?

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.

Can my employer fire me if I fail a drug test even with Marijuana being legal in California for recreational use?

Yes. The California Supreme Court has ruled that employers have a right to drug test and fire patients who test positive for marijuana. 

How old do I have to be to use marijuana?

The general minimum age is 18.

How old do I have to be to purchase cannabis recreationally?

As of January 1st 2018, you must be 21 or older to purchase recreational cannabis.

Do I have to be a resident of CA to purchase and use medical marijuana here?

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.

Can I purchase medical marijuana for others?

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.

Can I take medical cannabis on a plane?

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.

Is it considered Driving Under the Influence if I consume cannabis and drive?

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.

What is CA Prop. 215?

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.

What is CA Prop. 64?

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.

When can I purchase cannabis recreationally in California?

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. 

What is the process for a new patient?

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 NuggMD. 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.

Can I turn my vape pen on and off?

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.

Why when I push the button is my vape not working?

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.

My battery is charged but when I screw in my cartridge and press the button the light flashes and does not heat the cartridge. Is something broken?

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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