2019 Guide to Medical Marijuana in California
This guide is designed for California patients and want to use Medical Cannabis therapeutically.
Cannabis or medical marijuana refers to the fresh Cannabis plant and dried buds that are used for smoking/vaporizing or in form of edibles and cannabis extracts.
MMJDOCTOR made a very easy process to legally access Medical Marijuana. By visiting one of the locations in San Francisco and San Jose or by Using a Telehealth compliant system, you can become a medical marijuana card holder in minutes.
Medical Marijuana Card: How to become a Medical Cannabis patient in Ca?
A Doctors’s Medical Marijuana Recommendation allows qualified medical Marijuana patients, to possess, consume, transport and grow medical Cannabis under California Proposition 215 and 64. Accessing a 420 MD that specifically evaluates for medical weed use means that Cannabis will be considered as a viable treatment for your qualifying conditions.
Once you decide to try Medical Marijuana as a treatment, you must obtain a medical marijuana card “Recommendation” for Medical Cannabis use from a licensed California 420 MD.
A Medical Marijuana Card is just a little different from a traditional prescription and uses the language, “I recommend” rather than “I prescribe”, to comply with the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, Proposition 215. A Medical Marijuana Recommendation letter or medical marijuana card can be written by ANY CALIFORNIA LICENSED Medical Doctor MD.
A MMJ Recommendation letter or medical marijuana card must include:
- Doctor’s signature
- Date the statement was written (date of evaluation)
- Doctor`s medical marijuana card verification information (website and/or phone number to verify your cannabis card)
- The date of expiration your medical marijuana card – usually for one year
The medical Marijuana Recommendation letter may include, a reason for treatment, the dosage and guidelines of use.
Medical Marijuana Doctors often have systems in place that make it very easy for cannabis dispensaries or medical marijuana clubs to contact them for verification of the physician’s mmj statement. Here at MMJDOCTOR, we are available 24/7 for verification via our website or phone number. It is important that medical records are maintained in a secure, HIPAA compliant system as we do.
Getting a Medical Marijuana ID Card
It is also a good idea to obtain a certified Patient Medical Marijuana Identification Photo Card
Medical Marijuana ID cards help with the registration/verification process at Cannabis clubs and medical marijuana dispensaries; for the first time and renewal visits. Usually, a medical marijuana dispensary will verify your medical marijuana card during registration. MMJ ID Cards expire after a year, same as your medical marijuana recommendation letter, so it is important that you have 24/7 access to your mmj doctor to renew your medical marijuana card.
To get an MMJ ID Card, you need a Doctor’s Recommendation for medical marijuana and a Valid Driver’s license, or photo ID with proof of California Residency.
Does Medical Marijuana Really help?
Over the past 40 years, researchers have found out how the bioactive molecules of Cannabis work. Cannabinoids are the main bioactive molecules of Cannabis that work to moderate brain and body nerve receptors and in effect relief for different conditions such as:
- pain – analgesic
- neurological disorders – sedative, balancing
- immune system – infection – antibiotic
Managing Your Health and Life with Medical Cannabis
Medical Marijuana contains such medical components as:
- THC – Psychoactive
- CBD – Non-psychoactive
- Other Cannabinoids – mostly non-psychoactive
- Essential Oils – non-psychoactive
The combination of the Cannabinoids or Profile of THC, CBD, essential oils and other components give different strains their properties of bouquet, taste and effect. People that do not enjoy a cannabis high would be advised to seek out a strain that is balanced, with lower THC and higher CBD. The difference can be “night and day”.
Common Medical Marijuana Strains
Indica and Sativa – the two main types of Cannabis. Crossbreeding of the Sativa and Indica has led to a wide variety of hybrid strains that provide unique characteristics.
Though strain genetics vary enormously, Indica and Sativa plants are generally distinct in a number of ways. Differences are from the plant’s expression of DNA which codes the proteins that manufacture Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.
What is Sativa
- Plants are tall with thin leaves, grows up to 20 feet tall
- Effects tend to be uplifting and energetic cerebral, spacey or hallucinogenic
- Best for Day use
- Central Asia Origin
What is Indica
- Short plant with wide leaves are densely branched
- Effects are relaxing and calming with body buzz or ‘couch lock’
- Best for night use
- Found first in Pakistan
Indica Strains – Examples
- Skunk Shot
- BC Bud
- Northern Lights
- Purple Kush
Sativa Strains- Examples
- Acapulco gold
- Jack Herer
- Malawi Gold (Chamba)
- Sour Diesel
Hybrids – Examples
- Charlotte’s Web
- White Widow
High CBD Strains
Lightly psychoactive or non-psychoactive strains are making their way onto the medical marijuana market. These pot varieties can provide superior results over high THC strains, complete with the sedating calming effects, less the Cheech and Chong type high.
WAYS TO MEDICATE MEDICAL CANNABIS
Medical Marijuana Dosing Methods
Smoking is the most common method associated with Cannabis. While research shows Cannabis is not associated with lung disease or cancer, vaporization technology is a convenient alternative to concerned patients. Ways to smoke include hand pipes, water pipes, rolling papers, hookahs.
Pipes are the most common smoking device. They are simple, portable and easy to use. Hand pipes trap the smoke produced from burning Marijuana, which is then inhaled.
Water pipes include many variations of bongs and bubblers. The burning Cannabis is pulled through water, which removes some water compounds and the active ingredients are inhaled by the user.
Joints = marijuana cigarettes. Cannabis is rolled in a paper made of hemp, bamboo, and rice.
Vaporizers are now the popular choice for health-conscious marijuana patients. A Vaporizer steadily heats the weed to a temperature, high enough to extract THC, CBD, and other Cannabinoids, but low enough to prevent the release of some potentially toxic compounds. Vaporization significantly reduces odor, which makes for more convenient and inert social interaction.
Vaporizers are also compatible with many forms of Cannabis medications such as oils, concentrates, and wax.
Oral delivery means administration through the mouth of Cannabis derived tinctures, ingestible oils, and infused food/drinks.
Tinctures are usually an alcohol extract of Cannabis that concentrates the active ingredients. Tinctures afford a dosage control, are fast-acting effects and come without the perceived health risks associated with smoking. Ethanol alcohol is commonly used to pull out the solvent fat-soluble Cannabinoids and oils. Vinegar or glycerol is used as well.
Three or four drops of the tincture are placed under the tongue where the active ingredients immediately go into the bloodstream. If swallowed, tinctures are immediately absorbed by an empty stomach and are soon processed in the liver, resulting in a more erratic overall absorption.
Cannabis Oil Capsules
Cannabis oils can either be swallowed directly or be taken in capsule form.
Edibles are defined as any food that contains Cannabis. Normally edibles are baked so that THC is “activated” and becomes psychoactive. Compared to inhalation, edibles are longer lasting and tend to cause powerful full-body, psychoactive effects.
Edibles are often infused into foods with a high-fat content, such as butter or cooking oil. The reason is that the active ingredients are fat soluble and help deliver the medication to the system.
Cannabis oils extracts are added to creams, lotions, and other skin formulations. The active ingredients, such as THC, CBD, and other medicinal Cannabinoids are absorbed slowly into the skin, is then absorbed into the blood and delivered throughout the body.