We are an “education first” dispensary, meaning we put heavy emphasis on all our patients being highly informed about everything related to medical cannabis. We take great pride in staffing individuals who are knowledgeable and able to help you make informed decisions about consuming cannabis for health purposes. Although many people are becoming educated and comfortable with the idea of including plant medicine in their personal health plan, many are just becoming aware of exactly what this plant is and what it can do to benefit the body. Below we’ve provided answers to common questions. For more detailed information see our guides concerning the history of cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, cannabis terpenes, CBD, and learn how you can get your Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Card.
How is Cannabis Medicine?
The body has a complex system for receiving and processing cannabinoids, called the endocannabinoid system. THC or CBD is believed to affect the endocannabinoid system in such a way that alleviates health difficulties and various symptoms, including pain. The endocannabinoid system is key to physical and cognitive processes including fertility, appetite, brain function, mood, and memory.
What Types of Conditions Can Be Treated with Cannabis?
Some studies and many patients have reported relief from symptoms including chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy, glaucoma, Chron’s disease, Alzheimer’s, tumors, cancer, migraines, multiple sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic brain injury, and fibromyalgia. Oklahoma’s law does not currently require a qualifying condition to apply for a marijuana card.
How Does a Cannabis Plant Become Consumable?
Female marijuana plants are grown from seed and allowed to flower outside of the presence of fertilizing male plants, ensuring the plant devotes its energy into growing the high-THC-content flowers. At harvest time, the leaves are trimmed away from the flowers that grow from each stem. The stems are then dried in a process that cures the flowers and turns them into buds, which are then trimmed from the stems.
Additional processing of buds can create concentrated marijuana. The application of pressure and heat on buds produces a waxy substance known as dabs, wax, or resin. Other more liquid concentrates are known as oil and honey.
How Much Does Medical Cannabis Cost?
A patient should probably expect to pay about $40-$60 for one-eighth of an ounce (about 3.5 grams) of buds, which for some patients could last as long as a week. Others with the most severe conditions can use up to one-quarter ounce per day. One gram of concentrates, which may provide as many as 10 doses, can cost about $35 or more. A 7% state excise tax may be included in the price, but dispensaries would also collect any applicable local sales tax.
How Do You Consume Medical Cannabis?
Flower: The buds can be ground into loose material that can be rolled like a cigarette or smoked in any of the many varieties of pipes designed for delivering an inhalable smoke. Smoking is not usually considered an appropriate delivery method for medical marijuana as the smoke itself is known to be harmful to the lungs.
Concentrates: Most are inhaled as vapor (vaporizers can be large, boxy devices or as small as pens) without direct exposure to an open flame. Others can be consumed via tincture.
Edibles: Most are created by infusing oil or butter with activated THC, known as “cannabudder”. Concentrates can also be made into edible candies such as gummies and suckers.
What’s the Difference Between Flower and Edibles?
Smoking marijuana typically produces a stronger immediate intoxication compared to edibles. Vaporizing concentrates also provides an intoxicating high, but the variety of options and delivery devices can make consistent dosing a challenge, so beginners or those using a new vaporizer should take it slowly.
Edibles often can feel much stronger but can be challenging to dose because of how long it takes to feel any effects. Those eating an edible should try to dose no more than 5mg at first and wait at least two hours before consuming another 5mg. The lack of an immediate effects from edibles can increase the risk of excessive intoxication, sometimes called a “marijuana overdose.”
Can Cannabis Expire?
No, properly cured flower buds stored in a cool, dry place can last years, however quality and potency does decline over time. Buds that have been exposed to moisture after the curing process should be discarded because of the likelihood of mold growth and the detrimental health effects mold can have when inhaled.
What if I Get Too High?
Though unlikely, getting too high can happen, particularly to those who have little to no experience with cannabis. We always recommend low dosage and flower with a high CBD ratio as CBD counteracts the sometimes unwanted effects of THC. Additionally, having a good quality CBD extract available will also help mitigate undesirable effects, should the arise.
However, even with great care, sometimes things happen – one of the best ways to reduce a high is to eat a full meal. Milk and fatty foods like a juicy cheeseburger will help reduce a high typically quite quickly. Usually the only tangible effects of “overintoxication” are anxiety and/or paranoia. Aside from the above recommendations, sometimes just mindful breathing or taking a walk can alleviate unwanted effects.
Can You Drive After Consuming Medical Cannabis?
We recommend never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or operating heavy machinery – just like with other controlled substances and alcohol and it is not legal to drive while intoxicated.
THC does not break down in consistent way among users, and there is no legal measurement for what can be considered “impaired.” For most patients, the intoxicating feeling and most severe cognitive effects wear off within about an hour after having smoked marijuana. Most patients should avoid operating any vehicle for at least two to three hours after consuming THC.
Are There Different Kinds of Cannabis?
Cannabis is often grown from seed that has known lineage and genetics. The different kinds are known as strains, and each strain has unique combinations of cannabinoids. These diverse strains mean a patient can select a specific flower that produces the chemical compounds most effective at relieving their symptoms. Cannabis has two subspecies: sativa – generally known more for uplifting cerebral effects; and indica – known for a more sedating “body high”. Most strains comprise some combination of sativa and indica in various ratios and are called “hybrids”.
Did you know GreenLeaf Solutions is Bartlesville’s top rated cannabis dispensary? We take great pride in our award-winning flower, highest quality products, and superior service. Our patients are the reason we do what we do. Drop in Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 7:00pm and let us help you determine if medical cannabis is right for you and your health goals.