Welcome to the Medical Marijuana Card Doctors Information Center.
Our goal is to not only provide specific services to our customer but equally we want to be able to educate them. This is perhaps the most important thing to us, the education process.
If you are looking for specific information and are unable to find it please call us. If we do not have the information you are looking for we have many resources available to us to find it. The most important thing with the Medical Marijuana information provided in these pages is for you to understand that Marijuana is a natural medicine. Yes, there are some side effects! People often say you get high, but the same can be said for prescription pain relievers. So review the information and keep an open mind and we hope you will see what others have been seeing for centuries.
Medical Marijuana First Timers:
For the first time users of medical marijuana it is important to make your first dosage a small one. You can always increase it as you become more aware of how it will effect your body and treatment. One Sativa strain could and probably will have a different effect than another. You must also realize the effects it has on one person could be totally different than the effect it has on you.
Consider this to be like a prescription pain medication, it works for you but makes your friend sick. Medical Marijuana is a medicine just like one a doctor prescribes to you. The effect of medical marijuana is directly related to the strain selection. We recommend care when selecting appropriate strains to meet your needs. You will need to smoke less of a high-potency cannabis to reach the desired effect. Potency varies with strain.
Medical Marijuana is no different than when you are taking prescription pain killers, sleeping medicines, etc. You must always use precaution.
» Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if impaired by cannabis ( indicas can be especially sedating)
» Cannabis mixed with alcohol may cause vomiting and nausea.
» Heavy smoking with no harm reduction techniques (i.e. smoking small amounts of high potency organic cannabis) may lead to respiratory irritation.
» Hold shared joints and other shared smoking implements so as not to touch your lips to them.
» Choose organic cannabis whenever possible to minimize exposure to radioactivity and chemicals. This is especially important for people with compromised immune systems.
There are many methods and techniques to smoking medical marijuana. We would like you to be aware of some measures to make smoking it safer and more effective.
» Cannabis may be ground or cut and then rolled into a “joint”. Using natural-based rolling papers such as those derived from hemp or rice is recommended for both health reasons and to avoid using tree products.
» Pipes can be used to avoid smoking paper and are useful when smoking small quantities. We recommend glass pipes to prevent ingestion of possible harmful by-products from other pipes made from other sources of material.
» Water pipes can be used to cool the temperature of inhaled plant matter.
» Vaporizers can be used as a smokeless alternative and also provide a uniquely “clear” psychoactive effect.
» A blend of herbs that soothe the lungs can be rolled and smoked with cannabis. We recommended, as well as, offer a herbal smoking blend made up of the following 4 herbs: damiana, coltsfoot, mullein, and peppermint. We do not recommend rolling cannabis with tobacco.
Potency and Tolerances:
The effect of medical marijuana is directly related to the strain selection. We recommend care when selecting appropriate strains to meet your needs. You will need to smoke less of a high-potency cannabis to reach the desired effect. Potency varies with strain
There are many ways to take medical marijuana and by saying "Marijuana Safety" we do not mean overdosing, as you cannot. It is in how you may take it, what devices you use to take it and with whom you may take it with.We always recommend to take your medicine and use your devices as apposed to others. We always recommends that you treat medical marijuana as you would any other prescription drug.
There are several different ways to use the medical marijuana to attain its therapeutic values and benefits. Each of them may be more effective for certain symptoms, based on certain circumstances, and each can be done in a manner that promotes its safety and effectiveness.
Of all the ways to take medical marijuana, the quickest way to feel the effects and to receive its most potent effects is by some form of inhalation. If you were to use another method (eating, smoking, drinking, compresses, tinctures), you might have to use more to get the same therapeutic effects. For the most part, it really comes down to what each individual patient feels most comfortable with. Your caregiver will be able to advise and recommend to you the method that might best suit your needs.
Possible Side Effects:
As with any other prescription or illegal drug, legal medical marijuana does have possible side effects. The main difference between side effects with Medical Marijuana versus prescription drugs that do the same thing as Medical Marijuana is, the side effects of Medical Marijuana are far less severe. Unlike many prescription drugs used for the same thing, there are no significant withdrawal effects when medical marijuana use is stopped or decreased, however symptom relief could cease or be decreased. Minor restlessness, nausea, and fatigue may be experienced.
» Uneasiness: Marijuana usually has a soothing and comforting effect on the mind. Sometimes, however, people do experience feelings of anxiety. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do. Try to stay in environments where you feel naturally comfortable. You may want to avoid busy, noisy, or unattractive places. If your environment is safe and comfortable, and you still have some anxiousness, sit or lay down, breathe deeply, and relax. Eating will often quickly reduce the feeling of anxiety. Then, the next time you use it, try reducing your dosage. Because of our social training, you may have feelings of guilt.
» Hunger: Many people become hungry after using marijuana, and those who need their appetite stimulated use it for this very reason. If you are not using it for this purpose, drink water or juice. If you do wish to eat, eat good nourishing food rather than sweets.
» Thirst: Marijuana often makes people feel thirsty. Because of this, it helps those who need it to hydrate themselves. Drink all the water you wish. Fruit juices are better than coffee, tea, or soft drinks.
» Redness of the Eyes: This will not hurt you. You do not need to use any of the commercial preparations that "get the red out" for cosmetic reasons. If you must go out in public and are concerned about others' reaction to the redness, wear sunglasses.
» Drowsiness: Some people find that marijuana makes them sleepy. If you can and wish to, go ahead and take a nap. As with all medicines that can produce drowsiness, don't drive or operate heavy machinery.
» Insomnia: Some people find that they can't sleep for a while after using marijuana. If this happens to you, try reducing your dosage, and avoid using it for about two hours or so before you want to sleep.
» Short-Term Memory Loss: Sometimes people find it difficult to carry on a complicated conversation, keep track of details, or perform complex tasks. If this happens to you, schedule your time so that you don't have to do these things when using your medicine. Long-term memory is not affected.
» Giddiness: Many people find that things which normally don't seem funny become quite amusing when they use marijuana. Most people enjoy this effect. A good laugh helps the healing power of your body and mind.