5 Medical Marijuana Accessories That Can Help Patients

Today’s medical marijuana card holders have it better than ever. Thanks to the advent of the MMJ card, we now have a booming medical marijuana market that not only provides users with the miracle plant, but also gives them a whole host of handy accessories to consume it with.

Long gone are the days where you’d have to roll a joint with some paltry papers and a cardboard roach to be soothed by MMJ. Nowadays, with a little help from these excellent accessories, you can consume medical marijuana in more ways than you can count.

Let’s take a look at some MMJ accessories that are helping out patients across the country.

Medical Marijuana Card

First and foremost, the most important medical marijuana accessory that MMJ patients need is their medical marijuana card. Without this, you won’t be able to access MMJ and thus, you won’t have any need for any of the other accessories on this list!

Getting your California MMJ card is a really easy process. First, you fill out a simple questionnaire about things relate you to and your ailment. After this, you’ll be connected to MMJ Recs’ HIPAA telemedicine platform to complete an online consultation with one of our state licensed physicians. This consultation is an easy and noninvasive process, and you’ll find out then and there if you’re eligible for your medical marijuana card.

If you’re found to be suitable for the medical marijuana program, you’ll be emailed your MMJ card recommendation right away, with the embossed official copy being sent to you the next day. For information on how to get a medical marijuana card in New York see our article here.

Vaporizer

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There are many types of MMJ vaporizers, including basic, cheaper models that look like cigarettes, to expensive, state-of-the-art balloon vaping machines.

Vaporizers are fast becoming the most popular way for medical marijuana card holders to consume MMJ. The main appeal of vaporizers is that they don’t force the user to inhale smoke the way that smoking does. As well as this, when you vape your MMJ – as opposed to smoking it – you’re not destroying any of the all-important cannabinoids inside the plant. These cannabinoids are what make your MMJ ease your pain, so you want to keep as much of them jam-packed into your cannabis as possible.

The way a vaporizer works is by heating the MMJ to just below 400°F, releasing the THC inside. This creates a plume of MMJ-infused vapor, which is then quickly inhaled by the user as they pull on the end of the vaporizer. As there is nothing being burned, no smoke is created – meaning that not only is vaporizing better for your lungs, it’s also a lot more discreet.

Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes, from ones disguised to make them look like a cigarette, to bigger balloon vaping machines. We suggest that you take your time choosing you vaporizer and that you invest in one of good quality.

A Good Container

While it may seem obvious, investing in a good container for your medical marijuana is really important. MMJ is a very sensitive plant that needs to be kept in a secure place in order to stay in good condition. If weed is kept in an unsuitable carrier, it will either be lost, damaged or gone stale before you realize it.

Medical marijuana containers come in many diverse forms. Some people like the idea of keeping it in a simple wooden box, which can also store all of their other accessories. Although these are great for keeping at home, they’re not ideal for carrying around with you while you go about your day-to-day business.

Another container popular with MMJ card holders is the Medtainer, a purpose-built medical marijuana holder that is airtight and portable. This will keep your MMJ nice and safe when you’re out and about, and its design means it’s not obviously a weed container – important when you’re trying to be discreet.

If you’re looking for something even simpler, opt for a Stink Sack. These plastic pockets are smell proof and come in a childproof variety, making them very popular among MMJ card carriers with kids.

Pipe

Regardless of what your preferred method of consumption is, it’s always handy to have a pipe. Pipes can easily be thrown in your pocket and carried around – should you be struck with the urgent need to consume some MMJ. Unlike other consumption methods, all you need to do with a pipe is pop in some MMJ, light it up and you’re good to go.

Like vaporizers, pipes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made from glass, metal, wood and plastic. Although plastic pipes are in circulation, we would strongly advise that you never use one, as you’re risking inhaling harmful toxins.

The Monkey Pipe is a simple, handy pipe that is perfect for keeping in the bottom of your bag. Another healthier option would be the Perfect Pipe, a pipe that is similarly easy to carry around, and one that maximizes on THC transfer.

It’s prudent to shop around when deciding on what pipe to use. Although it’s not as important as choosing a vaporizer, you should still choose your pipe wisely to give your body the best it deserves.

Rolling Machine

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Rolling the perfect marijuana joint takes experience, so it may be better for you to invest in a rolling machine.

If you’ve ever tried rolling a joint with no experience, you’ll know exactly how hard this seemingly easy process can be. Learning how to roll can be a long, drawn out process, and even those well-versed rollers can have bad days where their joints leave a lot to be desired.

While this may not be a major problem for recreational users, for medical marijuana card holders, it’s important not to waste your plant in poorly constructed joints. To avoid any rolling-related stress, it’s advisable to invest in a rolling machine. Rolling machines, like this one from RAW, make it so you don’t have to worry about rolling the perfect joint. This can be of immeasurable benefit for arthritis sufferers whose dexterity has been depleted by their ailment.

Although this is only a short list, there are still tons of other great products out there, each designed to make the lives of MMJ patients all the more easy. As the world continues to become more MMJ-friendly, we’ll see even more useful medical marijuana accessories come onto the market.

When it comes to choosing what accessories are best for you, shop around, consider everything and choose wisely.

How to Get Your New York MMJ Card: 3 Easy Steps

In July 2014, New York became the 23rd state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana, following a ‘lengthy and emotional’ debate in the Senate. It ultimately saw the Compassionate Care Act bill being supported by a 49-10 Senate vote.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has made no secret of his staunch anti-marijuana stance in the past, signed the bill into law, opening an 18-month window for the New York Department of Health to come up with a viable and complicit MMJ program. The completed program was subsequently launched on January 7th.

While this was great news for suffering patients who were desperately awaiting the legalization of MMJ, the bill raised a few eyebrows due to it being one of the most restrictive in the country. For the usually forward-thinking New York, it was a concerning conservative move, and one that seemed regressive in the face of pioneering MMJ states like California and Colorado. Only five MMJ producers were licensed by the DOH, and only twenty dispensaries were permitted state-wide.

It was also pretty tough to get your hands on an all-important MMJ card, as the list of qualifying conditions was limited to severe illnesses like cancer, ALS, and Parkinson’s. This made doctors wary of prescribing MMJ; if the patient’s condition was seen as borderline or questionable, the doctor could be prosecuted for illegal distribution.

Thankfully, in the months that followed, leading up to the present, mid-2017, progress was made due to near constant campaigning from MMJ advocates. It is now much easier to secure an MMJ card in New York, as the blanket term ‘chronic pain‘ was added to the list of qualifying conditions. Obviously this has a medically broader reach and gives doctors more freedom in prescribing medical marijuana as a treatment plan.

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There are a few basic steps to follow before you get your New York MMJ card.

But there are a few hoops to jump through before you can access your medicine:

Step One

The first step in getting your MMJ state ID card, the all important key to the kingdom, is finding a certified medical practitioner who can recommend you medical marijuana as a remedy. Locating a doctor is quite simple in 2017; you can visit one in real life, or even avail of handy online caregivers, who will happily certify you legally for an MMJ card, as long as your condition meets the state’s requirements.

Once you have that, there’s a little bit more due process to get through; but fear not, you’re almost there.

Step Two

Once certified, you head on over to https://my.ny.gov/ and find the ‘Health Applications’ icon. Once there, locate the ‘Medical Marijuana Data Management System’ link to register yourself. Bear in mind, you will need an NY.gov account to set up your registration; if you don’t have this, it’s simple to create one, and you can follow the link from the MMJ registration page.

Another important thing to keep in mind during the registration process is that you’ll need to provide proof of identity and residency in New York state. An NY-issued driver’s license is pretty perfect for this as it works for both requirements, but if you don’t drive, you can still use a passport photo taken within the last thirty days, and an official document like a utility bill or government-issued letter sent to you within the last two months.

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An NY-issued driver’s license can be used to register for a MMJ card in New York.

The Compassionate Care Act states there is a $50 filing fee necessary for all applications, but the kind folks at the Department of Health are currently waiving that fee for all patients and caregivers. If you select the ‘Bill Me Later’ option during this stage, the fee will be waived and you’ll be relieved of this particular financial burden.

If your illness or condition incapacitates you, the next and final stage of the application process allows you to designate up to two caregivers who can collect your medicine for you. These caregivers have to be registered, and must bring their registration with them when collecting the MMJ, as well as their patient’s certifications.

Step Three

Once you’ve completed that step, the only thing left to do is sit back and wait for your ID card to be delivered to you!

After your card arrives, there are a few things to keep in mind as you begin benefiting from your medicine. One important point is that you must keep your MMJ ID card on you whenever you’re carrying medical marijuana, not just when you buy it at the dispensary. The safest bet is probably to keep it on you at all times, like you would a bank card. That way you’ll never be caught short if someone happens to question you on your MMJ.

Also, if you change addresses, or for some reason your name, you’ll need to notify Medical Marijuana Program as soon as possible so they can issue a new card.

MMJ is still finding its feet in New York, but the signs are good that things are changing for the better. As more conditions are added to the qualifying list and it gets easier for patients to benefit from medical marijuana, distribution and dispensaries across the state should grow and multiply, making MMJ available to all who require it.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in California

For many people, the thought of getting a medical marijuana card in California can be very intimidating. As marijuana has been thought of and classified as illicit for so long, it can be difficult to change your mind and ignore the stigma to realize that medical marijuana is a necessary and helpful medication that can massively alleviate symptoms caused by a range of illnesses. If you suffer from anxiety, chronic pain, depression, anorexia, multiple sclerosis or a variety of other illnesses, using medical marijuana may prove very helpful in reducing your symptoms.

If you’re a resident in the state of California, it’s not just the great weather for which you can be grateful. California is one of 29 states in the U.S. that will allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. California was the first state to pass a medical marijuana law. Ever since Prop 215 passed in 1996, patients have flocked to the Golden State to take advantage of its patient-centric medical marijuana laws that allow doctors to help patients manage their chronic symptoms. The medical marijuana law is flexible and allows patients to seek assistance from medical professionals in many ways.

Steps to Getting Your 420 Card

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As marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, doctors are not allowed prescribe it. The letter that your doctor will provide you is called a recommendation.

There are some steps you’ll need to follow to get your medical marijuana card in California. You will need a letter from a doctor, but this is not a prescription. As marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, doctors are not allowed prescribe it. The letter that your doctor will provide you is called a recommendation.

You do not have to go to your normal physician if you don’t want to. There are several physicians who work specifically in medical marijuana, and you can even attend an online consultation to get the necessary paperwork.

An online consultation is often the easiest way to get your recommendation. You will have to fill out a consultation form and questionnaire, detailing your reasons for requiring medical marijuana. It is important to pick an online physician that places high importance on your safety and security as a hack or leak of sensitive medical information would be disastrous.

After completing your questionnaire, you will then have a short consultation with a doctor who specializes in medical marijuana. After speaking to you, you will then receive a PDF of your medical marijuana recommendation, and a 420 card and hard copy letter will then be mailed to you, arriving less than a week later.

You will need to have an official form of U.S. identification, but it’s better to use a California ID as some dispensaries will not give medical marijuana to out-of-state residents. Although it is not a legal requirement to be a Californian resident, it is better to be safe than sorry and to comply with the request of your MMJ dispensary.

If you decide to go for an online consultation, it is important to be open and honest with them. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to and to ask if they have any feedback about particular medical marijuana strains that may be more helpful for you and your symptoms. Different medical marijuana strains work on different symptoms. For example, if you have insomnia, you may benefit from a strain that will be completely unhelpful for someone with chronic pain.

Now Plan a Trip to an MMJ Dispensary

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It is very important that you choose an MMJ dispensary where you feel comfortable speaking to the employees and seeking advice so that you can get the best medical marijuana strains for your symptoms.

Now that you have your 420 card, what’s next? You’ll need to visit an official MMJ dispensary to collect your medical marijuana. Before making a purchase, make sure to ask the dispensary if they accept an online letter printed out or if you’ll have to return when your official letter and 420 card have been delivered.

Different dispensaries have different requirements, and you are not obligated to go to any one MMJ dispensary, so feel free to shop around. It is very important that you choose an MMJ dispensary where you feel comfortable speaking to the employees and seeking advice so that you can get the best medical marijuana strains for your symptoms.

Although the process of getting a medical marijuana card in California may seem troublesome, you just need to remember that you can attend doctors and dispensaries that are comfortable for you.

Although the use of medical marijuana may still be stigmatized, the people who provide marijuana recommendations are medical professionals who want to assist patients in getting the best relief possible for their symptoms. You don’t have to go to a sketchy MMJ dispensary or a dodgy doctor. Online providers will give you an open and safe space to get your recommendation.

You also can pick and choose the best dispensary that meets your needs and allows you to use your medication to live your best life. Get online, get your recommendation and blaze up without fear of prosecution. California will protect you and your rights to manage your condition in the best possible way: with medical marijuana.

How Can I Get a Medical Weed Card in California?

Ever since the passing of Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, in 1996, Californians have had the right to legally possess and use medical marijuana. People across the state suffering from all manner of maladies — from chronic pain to epilepsy to multiple sclerosis — now had access to the plant, which, for centuries, has been used for its magnificent healing powers. There was only one catch: Those who wanted to consume the plant had to have a California weed card (also known as a medical marijuana license).

Although Californians recently voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, until the new legislation is brought through completely (and this will probably take about another year or so), you must have a medical weed card to consume marijuana in the state of California. If you don’t adhere to this law, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to arrest, an entirely avoidable outcome if you take the correct steps.

The process of getting your cannabis card could not be simpler and can be done from the comfort of your own home — an important point to make for those who are homebound due to their ailment or injury.

Before you fill out your medical weed card application, you must consider what kind of pricing plan you want to go with. MMJ Recs offers three plans:

Plan One: $49

This plan gets you a medical marijuana recommendation, which will enable you to acquire medical marijuana. This plan does not come with an ID card.

Plan Two: $74

This plan comes with a medical marijuana recommendation as well as an ID card. We recommend getting the ID card as it makes acquiring MMJ much easier and can help you should you come into a spot of trouble with the police. If you’re consuming the plant and get questioned by the cops, you’ll have the least amount of hassle if you have your ID card on you. This plan is our most popular one.

Plan Three: $149

This plan comes with a medical marijuana recommendation, an ID card and a grower’s permit, which will enable you to grow a small number of plants at home. This is a great option for the horticulturally gifted. The exact number of plants you can grow is decided by your own municipality’s MMJ laws.

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In order to acquire a California medical weed card, you must have a recommendation from a state licensed physician.

Once you have chosen the plan that suits your needs, you’ll then be asked to fill out a short, non-invasive questionnaire on the website. This questionnaire will ask you simple questions regarding you and your ailment and won’t take you very long to complete.

After you complete your questionnaire, you will then be connected, via our HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform, to one of our state licensed doctors. In order to acquire a California weed card, you must have a recommendation from a state licensed physician. When connected to one of our doctors, you will be given a full medical evaluation over video call from the comfort of your own home. The virtual nature of our medical evaluations gives our patients total flexibility when it comes to where and when they conduct their appointment. You could even do it from work via your smartphone.

This virtual doctor’s visit will be a straightforward assessment where you’ll be asked about your medical history and your current ailments. Additionally, you’ll be talked through the various benefits and risks associated with medical marijuana use. This consultation will last for around 20 minutes.

All our medical evaluations are completed to the highest standard and are in full compliance with the California Medical Association guidelines on medical marijuana cards as well as the state of California’s telehealth laws.

If our doctor thinks you’re suitable to start a medical marijuana treatment plan, then you’ll be emailed your legal medical marijuana recommendation straight away. This can then be printed and brought to a California dispensary and used immediately. The original embossed recommendation will then be sent via discreet post to you the next day. Once this arrives, you can use it to apply for your state issued ID card from the California Department of Public Health, though this is no longer a mandatory part of the process.

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Medical marijuana has long been hailed a super-plant.

As you can see, the process for getting your California medical weed card couldn’t be much simpler — but it could improve your life immeasurably. Medical marijuana has long been hailed a super-plant and has a proven track record of easing pain, ameliorating depression and anxiety, and in some cases even slowing and reversing the progress of some cancers in the body.

Now that you have your 420 card sorted, it’s time you considered a few more things like what is the best way for you to consume MMJ, what type of MMJ is best suited to treating your specific type of pain and even what delicious edible should you make next.

Who Can Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in California and How To Get One

The Compassionate Use Act, also known as Proposition 215, was passed in the state of California in 1996. This act allows citizens who qualify for a medical marijuana card to legally procure, possess and use medical marijuana. It also provides a safe environment for patients to talk to medical professionals about medical marijuana use and appropriate dosages for their specific needs. Furthermore, doctors are now able to prescribe MMJ for a range of disorders and illnesses. Anyone can apply for a medical marijuana card if they have an ailment they believe would be alleviated by MMJ use. It’s an easy process that can be done online via a quick survey and an interview with a medical professional.

What Proposition 64 Means for Californians

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Don’t get rid of your medical marijuana card just yet.

Recently, the California government passed another law, Proposition 64, which allows any citizen to legally possess and use cannabis recreationally (much like having a glass of wine with dinner). This has left many who rely on MMJ as a means of medication to wonder where this leaves them with regards to access to medical marijuana and the available treatment options.

Although this new proposition has passed and it’s now legal to possess and use cannabis recreationally, the law won’t come into full effect until at least 2018. This means that until the proper legislation is in place, it will still be illegal to purchase recreational cannabis, so citizens without a medical marijuana card will have to rely on being “gifted” the substance if they wish to partake. This new proposition also forbids the use of cannabis in public arenas, so consumers will have to be discreet and keep to private spaces to imbibe.

Why You Should Hold onto Your Medical Marijuana Card

Patients who qualify for and possess a medical marijuana card will not have these obstacles and will be allowed to dose in most places that tobacco use is allowed. Another limitation to Proposition 64 is that citizens can only be in possession of 1 ounce of flowers or 8 grams of concentrate while in public spaces and will be limited to growing just six plants in their homes. Those with a medical marijuana card, however, will continue to be allowed to cultivate up to 100 square feet of MMJ at any given time.

Although Proposition 64 expands the public’s rights to use cannabis, patients who require MMJ as a means of medication will still receive certain allowances that average citizens will not. Many believe that even when the full legislation is in place, patients with a medical marijuana card will be given preferential treatment in regards to access to MMJ. These rights will include the ability to dose in public spaces, the ability to cultivate larger amounts of MMJ, access to shorter waiting times at marijuana dispensaries, foregoing the state’s sales tax, and protection from the fluctuating market value incurred from marijuana being sold as a commercial commodity.

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

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Under Proposition 64, without a medical marijuana card, you can only grow six plants in your home.

As mentioned earlier, anyone with a medical condition who believes that access to MMJ will help to relieve their symptoms will be able to apply for a medical marijuana card from a licensed physician. This can be done in a clinic by asking your primary doctor, visiting a specialized 420 doctor at an evaluation clinic or, to speed up the process, via an online service such as that provided by MMJ Recs.

However, some doctors still don’t feel comfortable prescribing MMJ as a form of treatment, and specialized evaluation centers are often located in hard-to-reach places. With long waiting times and short evaluation time, patients leave feeling uninformed and uncertain about their new treatment plan. Online services not only cut down on wait times, but they also provide access to highly specialized medical marijuana doctors who are able to give patients a tailored treatment plan that outlines the best methods of dosage, the different strains available, and an outline of the different benefits and risks associated with this form of medication.

Medical marijuana is often prescribed to alleviate medical conditions that substantially limit a person’s ability to conduct one or more of life’s major activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s physical and mental health. Some of the most common qualifying conditions include arthritis, glaucoma, AIDS, cancer, anorexia, chronic pain and migraines. There are nearly 50 qualifying medical conditions that MMJ Recs physicians recognize, you can follow this link.

If you apply online, you’ll need to fill out a standard medical form that you can upload along with any other relevant medical documents. The actual evaluation from the medical marijuana physician takes only a few minutes and involves a short phone call or Skype conversation where you’ll provide information about your current condition, medical history and why you believe that MMJ will help to improve your quality of life.

Once you’re approved, your medical marijuana card and official recommendation letter will arrive in the mail complete with your full name, date, patient ID, expiration date (a renewal of your medical marijuana card will be required every year), a doctor’s signature and an embossed seal. With this card, you’ll be able to buy MMJ from licensed marijuana dispensaries or order it online though protected marketplace sites.

Obtaining a medical marijuana card in California couldn’t be easier and is viewed as an appropriate treatment plan for a variety of ailments. If you feel that your life would be improved by the use of MMJ, then you’re just a few clicks away from obtaining your card and full rights to this powerful, life-changing medicine.

What Happens to Your California Medical Marijuana Card When Weed Is Legalized?

There has been a big furor recently over California passing Proposition 64 after the state’’s residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. Prop 64 allows average citizens to legally buy and consume recreational marijuana. California has often been the torchbearer for marijuana use throughout history. In 1996, the state passed Proposition 215, also referred to as the Compassionate Use Act, which allows patients and their primary caregivers the right to possess and cultivate MMJ for their personal use once they’ve obtained a California medical marijuana card from a licensed physician.

But many patients and cardholders are now wondering what this new proposition will mean for their rights and access to medical marijuana once the bill comes into full effect. Read on to find out how Proposition 64 might affect you and why, if you haven’’t already gotten a 420 card, you might still consider applying.

The Bill Won’’t Come into Full Effect Until 2018

Although it is now legal for the 21+ crowd to use, possess and share cannabis, as well as grow it at home, it is still illegal to buy or sell the product. The legislation required for adult-use shops won’’t come into play until at least 2018, which means that getting your hands on any cannabis for recreational use is going to remain a little tricky. If you know someone who has a cannabis plant who is willing to part with it free of charge, then this is, as it stands, pretty much the only way to legally obtain the substance.

Without a California Medical Marijuana Card, You Will Still Be Limited on How Much Cannabis You Can Possess and Grow

As of Nov. 9, 2016, the average citizen is now allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana flowers or 8 grams of concentrate (the product used in vape pens) while walking around in public, without fear of arrest. Recreational users are limited to growing just six plants at a time; however, those in possession of a 420 card can cultivate up to 100 square feet of medical marijuana plants at any given time.

You Will Still Be Allowed to Smoke Your MMJ in Some Public Areas

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If you want to enjoy the full rights you have now, don’t give up your California medical marijuana card.

Although Joe Public will remain limited to smoking or dosing their cannabis in a private space away from the public eye, the new legislation seems to support the view that patients in possession of the properly credentialed California medical marijuana card will still be permitted to smoke their medicine in most places that currently allow tobacco smoking. This will continue to permit patients to properly dose as and when they need it without fear of repercussion.

You’ll Get Access to Fastrack Lanes at Legalized Marijuana Dispensaries

One of the main concerns among the medical marijuana community is that access to their medication will become slower and more complicated once the public is able to buy cannabis from regulated dispensaries. They fear long lines, bureaucratic red tape, and a drop in the quality and consistency of their now medical-grade product. Some who have weighed in on this concern have predicted that post-legalization, many dispensaries will simply have two lines: one for patients in possession of the California medical marijuana card and one for recreational users. This way the product can be kept separate from the recreational product, which will allow for different preferences of the public as many recreational users might favor varied strengths, a tobacco mix or eventually even different flavors.

California Medical Marijuana Card Patients Will Be Exempt From Sales Tax

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There are many benefits to getting a California medical marijuana card online.

If patients are in possession of the government-issued medical marijuana card, they will be able to skip the state sales tax for the purchasing of legalized cannabis. Unfortunately, with the passing of Proposition 64, they will still have to pay the additional 15 percent tax imposed by the bill plus whatever proportion of the cultivation tax and regulatory compliance costs that might come with the ongoing and final legislation of the bill. Furthermore, they might also enforce some additional local taxes that will be permitted under the new legislation.

The Price For MMJ Will Remain Consistent as Market Value Changes

One fear from the MMJ community is that now that cannabis is a marketable and profitable product, it will be subject to the ever-changing market price and street value. However, advocates of the bill have cited the recent plummet of the recreational price of legalized cannabis in the Rocky Mountain state following an oversupply as an example of the security of the price of MMJ. Although prices for recreational cannabis fluctuated quite widely, the price for MMJ remained steady.

4 Ways to Consume MMJ That Your Grandma Won’t Notice

In recent years, medical marijuana has grown in popularity. The once frowned upon herb is now seen as a legitimate form of medication for a variety of ailments. Although it’s perfectly legal to use MMJ when purchased with a 420 card (you can apply for cannabis card online), there is still a perceived stigma attached to this particular form of medication, especially around older family members. This can sometimes lead to awkwardness when dosing in front of them.

But this needn’’t be the case. There are plenty of ways to subtly take your MMJ, leaving you appropriately medicated without having to answer any uncomfortable questions. Below are our top four ways to dose discreetly.

Edibles

The most obvious way to subtly take MMJ in public is by embracing the wonderful world of edibles. Whether in the popular brownie form or something even more subtle such as a gummy bear or lollipop, the combinations are endless. If you can bake it, spread it or munch it, then you can dose with it.

Use your 420 card to pick up some of the medicinal herb, and after a little experimentation at home with different proportions of MMJ (often processed into cannabinol form), you can quickly find the correct dose for your needs. Edibles are a very reliable source of dosing because you can easily tell exactly how much you’’ve taken. You can also quickly identify the limits that you can handle without fear of inducing some of the drowsier side effects caused from medicating with MMJ.

Weed Wine

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Canna Vine is different than any other wine on the market.

Fairly new to the scene — but something that the medical marijuana community is getting very excited about — is the introduction of weed wine. Although the presence of cannabis resin in wine can be predated back to 1700 B.C. (with some cultures even using it as an ancient form of pain relief during surgeries), it’s newfound popularity is thanks to a joint venture, aptly named Canna Vine, by Lisa Molyneux and Louisa Sawyer.

Although not cheap (prices can range from $120 to $400 per half bottle!), this new weed wine has taken California by storm. People say that it’s subtle flavor and mellowing effects make it a far more preferable way to consume MMJ than some of the other harsher methods, such as smoking, vaping or even juicing. Despite it’s bright green color, sipping down on some fine Canna Vine can feel downright distinguished. As MMJ use continues to grow in popularity throughout the world, I think we can expect to find many more examples of this spirited drop hitting the markets and restaurants soon.

Tinctures

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Use your 420 card to purchase tincture, sometimes referred to as the ‘green or golden dragon.

An MMJ dosing method that’’s not talked about as much is the use of tinctures, sometimes referred to as the ‘green or golden dragon’. Putting the enticing mysticism of the nickname aside, an MMJ tincture is just an alcohol-based cannabis extract (or infused alcohol). This method actually used to be the most common form of dosing up until the United States enacted cannabis prohibition.

Many might be put off by cannabis tinctures because they can seem like a fairly intense form of consumption. But the truth is that it’’s the exact opposite. Just as edibles are a great way to track your dosage of MMJ, tinctures are as well. Once you’ve made your tincture (or bought it online with your California medical marijuana card), you can start with just one drop placed under your tongue. If you require a stronger dose, then add one drop per day until you’ve found your perfect MMJ tincture dose.

Topical Lotions

Last, but certainly not least, is the use of topical cannabis lotions. This method is beneficial because it’s free from the cerebral, heady effects of its counterparts. It’s the perfect choice for 420 card holders who need a clear head and relief from localized pain or discomforts, such as muscle aches and soreness.

Topical lotions use the full cannabis extract, which is the thick, decarboxylated oil used to activate cannabinoids. The reason decarboxylation is necessary for topical treatment is because only once the cannabinoids are activated can they be absorbed through your skin. Decarboxylation is the process of activating the THC from the THCA in your MMJ. This is done through drying your bud and then heating it. Decarboxylating your MMJ will drastically increase it’s potency, which means can reduce your dose and get more bang for your buck!

As you can see, there are many different and beneficial ways to go smoke-free when using MMJ. They are all subtle, dignified and a far cry from the naff and outdated stereotypes of cannabis users that arose during the late ’1960s. There’’s nothing to be ashamed of when using your 420 card to dose with MMJ. I say let your flag fly high so that at your next family picnic or dinner, you can feel comfortable unwrapping your delicious plate of brownies, uncorking your Canna Vine or buttering up with a canna-oil lotion. Just remember to label them first. Who knows? Maybe Nana will want in!

4 Mouth-Watering Medical Marijuana Edible Recipes

When it comes to consuming medical marijuana, cannabis card holders are often undeniably inventive. From smoking to vaping to tincturing and even juicing, it has never been easier for us to consume MMJ in a way that best suits our needs and preferences. Although all consumption methods have their advantages, none of them quite live up to the unrivalled tastiness of a medical marijuana edible – and believe us, things have become much more sophisticated than the trusty – but clichéd – pot brownie. With the advent of MMJ cards came more adventurous users, with more gastronomical inventive ideas than those dreamed up by stoner college kids in their dorms.

As all medical marijuana card holders know, different methods of consumption can have different levels of potency, kick-in wait times and effectiveness. For example, smoking MMJ compared to eating it can have vastly different effects as the active ingredients in the plant get absorbed by a completely different part of the body.

Typically, an medical marijuana edible takes a little bit longer to start working – roughly between thirty minutes to an hour. However, what it may lack in speediness, it more than make up for in longevity of effect, with the effects of edibles lasting between 4 to 12 hours depending on the dose.

As with any other type of cooking, it’s vitally important that you get the freshest cannabis for the tastiest results – some back alley weed bought from a local teen simply won’t cut it! To circumvent this, only ever buy from licensed depositories who will provide you with the freshest, most suitable MMJ once you produce your California medical marijuana card.

For all of these medical marijuana edible recipes you’ll need to know how to make cannabutter, the most important ingredient when it comes to making edibles. All you’ll need for an average amount is ½ cup of salted butter and ¼ ounce of cannabis buds that have been finely ground. The recipe goes like so:

  1. Melt the butter on low heat before adding the buds and simmering together for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Using a sieve, strain the mixture into a glass jar making sure to press the buds with the back of a spoon to get every ounce of MMJ goodness out of them and into your cannabutter.
  3. Use, refrigerate or freeze your mixture immediately
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Start your day the right way with medical marijuana edible granola.

Now that you have your MMJ card and cannabutter sorted, we can get onto the good stuff…

The Ultimate in Ultimate MMJ Brownies

Clichéd or not, we couldn’t exactly talk about the best MMJ edibles without giving an honorable mention to the most famous medical marijuana edible of all. With worldwide debate on what exactly the best recipe is, we think we’ve nailed it with this one:

Ingredients:

  • 7 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cannabutter
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Melt both butters over a medium heat before adding the chocolate until thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the flour and baking powder.
  4. Whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a separate bowl until fluffy. Add the chocolate mixture followed by the flour mixture. Mix well.
  5. Pour into greased 8-inch pan and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 25 minutes.

Indulge in a health kick with MMJ-infused granola bars

Granola bars are fast becoming the go-to snack for Californians due to their handiness, and more important, their tastiness! For a medical marijuana edible on the go, check out this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil spray
  • 4-5 cups quick-cook oatmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup cannabutter, melted
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2-cup mix of chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, raisins and coconut flakes

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread evenly into a pan that has been pre-sprayed with coconut oil
  4. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Treat yourself with some cannabis infused peanut butter cookies

You’ve heard of PB & J right? Well how about PB & MMJ?! These delicious cookies are exactly what the doctor ordered:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons cannabutter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 340F
  2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl
  3. Divide the mixture into 15 dough balls and place on a parchment covered baking tray
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
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Bet you didn’t see this one coming?

Indulge in some MMJ Mac and Cheese just like Mama used to make it – sort of!

Ok, this is a bit of a weird one but trust us, once you try this insanely good mac and cheese recipe, you won’t be able to imagine your life before it!

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound elbow macaroni or shells
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For cheese sauce
  • 5 tablespoons cannabutter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ to 3 cups milk, warm
  • 4 ounces smoked mozzarella, grated (1 cup)
  • 8 ounces medium cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, (using canna-oil is optional)
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar, grated (1/2 cup)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cook the macaroni as usual in a large pot of water and salt. Drain well.
  3. Melt the cannabutter in a saucepan before adding the flour to cook for five minutes, whisking constantly.
  4. Add the warm milk and cook for two minutes until thickened. Add the salt, cheese, pepper, nutmeg and paprika before finally adding the cooked macaroni. Stir well as separate out into ramekins.
  5. Mix the canola oil with the breadcrumbs and sharp cheese and sprinkle on top of the ramekins.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the macaroni on top is browned.

Before sinking your teeth in to one of these delectable recipes, it’s important to make sure you have your California medical marijuana card to avoid any issues with procurement and consumption. Once you get this sorted, pick which medical marijuana edible you’re going to enjoy, make your way down to Whole Foods with a bursting shopping list ready to start your new gastronomical adventure.

The History Of Medical Marijuana In California

Marijuana is America’s number one cash-crop and has been around since the founding of America. It is woven throughout the tapestry of our history – the founding fathers even wrote the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper! But for various reasons, its use was prohibited in the 1920s and by the 1930s it was regulated as a drug in every state. Despite the plant’s almost endless uses and medicinal benefits, multiple attempts to legalize marijuana failed. Until now: 30% of the United States of America has decriminalized the use of marijuana. Some states have gone as far as to legalize marijuana’s recreational use – a huge step. And this progress should continue at an exponential rate. California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use and now over 200,000 Californians have received approval. As well as being one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. California’s marijuana journey from legal to illegal and back again has been an interesting one to say the least and one certainly worthy of an article – hence this article! In this article, we will be discussing the history of medical marijuana in California. 

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Medical marijuana in California has a long and illustrious history.

Pre-Criminalization

Hemp is one of the oldest known domesticated plants having been cultivated for over 12,000 years. America’s colonists grew hemp to support its expansion in the Americas. George Washington pushed for the growth of hemp and even grew the stuff himself. Throughout the 18th and 19th century the use of hemp for paper, textiles, clothing, rope, paint, insulation, food, and animal feed became ubiquitous throughout the states. Medicinal preparations of cannabis were sold at pharmacies from the early 1850s. However, much was unknown about the plant and it was dumped alongside opiates as a dangerous poison and this eventually led to its prohibition despite it being a huge cash crop, with a smorgasbord of practical and medicinal uses.

Criminalization

The Poison Act was passed in 1907 and following two amendments – one in 1913 and one in 1915 – the possession of “extracts, tinctures, or other narcotic preparations of hemp, or loco-weed, their preparations and compounds” became a misdemeanor and the sale or possession of “flowering tops and leaves, extracts, tinctures and other narcotic preparations of hemp or loco weed (Cannabis sativa), Indian hemp” except with a prescription, was forbidden.

In 1925, possession, which was previously treated similarly to distribution, became punishable by up to six years in prison, and sales on the black market, initially misdemeanors became prosecutable by up to six years. In 1927, laws made to prohibit opium usage were extended to include hemp. After this point, penalties for marijuana possession, sale, and growth ballooned out dramatically and the possible jail time became substantial – up to 15 years.

Decriminalisation

However things couldn’t continue to degenerate, criminalization of any drug can only have so much momentum as prohibition fails completely to thwart the use of drugs. Even in cases where a drug’s use has negative ramifications physically, mentally – and economically, socially, and culturally by extension – prohibition fails us and helps black market drug dealers. Far better in every case is the governmental controlling of dangerous substances and the rehabilitation – not condemnation – of substance abusers so that they may live normal lives independent of drugs. More and more Californian people began to catch on to this way of thinking.   

Decriminalization of marijuana, which treats the possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil, rather than a criminal, offense, was established in July 1975 when the Legislature passed Senate Bill 95. Proposition 36 of 2000 was approved by a majority of voters, requiring that “first and second offense drug violators be sent to drug treatment programs instead of facing trial and possible incarceration.”

Then in 2010, the CA State Senate Bill 1449 was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This further reduced the charge of possession of one ounce of cannabis or less, from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

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Medical Marijuana in California

In 1996 voters approved of California’s medical cannabis program, proposition 215, making medical marijuana in California legal. This modified state law to grant people with any of a given list of chronic illnesses the “legal right to obtain or grow, and use marijuana for medical purposes when recommended by a doctor”. The law also ensured that doctors would not be reprimanded for recommending the drug, and state and federal governments were “to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need.

So there’s our history of medical marijuana in California. We hope you now have a better idea of how far the state has come and that this will provide a greater sense of appreciation when you smoke, drink, or eat your legally owned medical marijuana. The next logical step is to legalize it in all states. This would have advantages far beyond the medicinal, such as dramatically increased tax revenues for the state (illegal drugs cannot be taxed), and the reduction of drug-related crime.  Make sure you have your medical marijuana in California card so you can start to benefit from the drug’s long list of health benefits.

Can I Consume Medical Cannabis If I Have Depression?

Depression is an epidemic that affects roughly 350 million people worldwide. This painful condition is a leading cause of disability in the world today.  There are mixed reports on the effects of medical cannabis use on depression. Some experts believe that using their California medical marijuana card can help ease the symptoms of depression, while others believe depression symptoms can be worsened by cannabis use.

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Can medical cannabis help those suffering from depression?

Lester Grinspoon, professor of psychiatry at the Harvard School of Medicine, says “I think cannabis has a lot of potential in the treatment of mental illness”, but he goes on to say that, like with any drug, “it will not work for everyone.”

Many depression sufferers refer to marijuana as ‘green Prozac’ because they feel that it hugely alleviates their depression, by lifting their spirits, controlling their painful ruminating, aiding with sleep, and giving them energy.

There are many forms of depression treatment currently available. It’s possible to successfully manage and eradicate even severe depression. All levels of depression can respond well to skilfully applied talk therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Medication is usually not recommended as a first course of treatment for mild or moderate cases of depression, but can be very helpful in managing severe depression. Unfortunately, there is anecdotal evidence that medical professionals can be all too willing to prescribe powerful, mind and life-altering drugs even before talk therapy has been given a fair shot.

There are many different types of antidepressant drugs on the market. Many of them have unpleasant side effects. Of the four most common forms of antidepressant drug, tricyclic antidepressants, MAOIs, SSRIs and SNRIs, all have potential side effects that can sometimes be even worse than the symptoms of the initial depression. What’s more, some studies have shown antidepressants to be no more effective than a placebo. An analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that antidepressants are only effective for people with severe depression, and that patients with mild or moderate depression see little or no benefit from their use. Antidepressants are big business. In 2008 pharmaceutical companies profited $9.6 billion from antidepressant sales alone. Could this mean that unscrupulous doctors are being persuaded to be too trigger happy in prescribing antidepressants?

There is a growing body of research on the benefits of medicinal marijuana as a treatment for depression.

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Medical cannabis can be used in conjunction or instead of with some depression medication under a doctor’s guidance.

Scientists at the University at Buffalo have been exploring whether marijuana could be effective as a treatment for depression caused by chronic stress. They have been focusing on naturally produced chemical compounds found in the brain called endocannabinoids. These compounds play a role in cognition, emotions, and behavior, and they have a chemical makeup similar to that of cannabis. Chronic stress may suppress the brain’s production of endocannabinoids, which can lead to feelings of depression. It appears possible that introducing cannabis into the system may lead to the restoration of normal endocannabinoid function and therefore mood stabilization.

A 2007 study by researchers at McGill University in Montreal showed that low doses of THC can increase serotonin. However, high dosages of THC seemed to decrease serotonin, which worsened depression. “These findings confirm what has been reported by people who smoke cannabis,” said Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, who co-authored the study. “Often it produces euphoria, calmness, sociability, but in other circumstances it can produce bad dreams and negative feelings.” As with everything, sensible dosing is crucial.

There is still a lot of research to be done. According to Dr. Gobbi at McGill “Not only do we have to determine the dose-effect of cannabis on depressive people, but also which kind of cannabinoid may have a positive effect on mood.”

Thomas F. Denson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the California State University at Long Beach, and Mitch Earleywine, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, wrote in their 2006 study titled ‘Decreased Depression in Marijuana Users’, “Those who consume marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana.”

Jay Cavanaugh, PhD, National Director for the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, wrote in his 2003 article ‘Cannabis and Depression’ “Patients who use cannabis to ‘relax’ may be treating the anxiousness sometimes associated with depression. Cannabis aids the insomnia sometimes present in depression and can improve appetite. Better pain control with cannabis can reduce chronic pain related depression. While cannabis cannot yet be considered a primary treatment of major depression it may improve mood when used under physician’s supervision and in combination with therapy and/or SSRI’s.”

It is definitely best to be careful when using your medical card California whilst on conventional antidepressants, and to seek medical advice before going off conventional medicine. Many antidepressants have bad withdrawal symptoms, and if you suddenly stop taking them you can become very ill. Patients must taper the dose down gradually with a physician’s supervision.

It is often not a good idea to be too hasty in letting the pleasant effects of using your California medical card inspire you to give up on your conventional medication. Allan N. Schwartz, PhD, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychoanalyst, stated in his article ‘Marijuana Makes It Worse: Severe Mental Illnesses’, “I have directly witnessed the tragedy of patients going off of their medications for Bipolar Disorder, using marijuana and ending up re-hospitalized in worse shape than any time prior to the relapse…Leaving aside anxiety, those who experience severe depression and who use marijuana end up feeling much more depressed, at least that is what I have witnessed.”

Depression is a complex condition, and it is important to take it seriously and to be thorough in tackling it. It is crucial to get to the bottom of what is causing a patient’s depression. Treating the root causes of the depression is the single best way to cure it for good. Antidepressants can be effective, but they can have very debilitating side-effects. Marijuana can, as studies and anecdotal evidence are now showing, be a very useful weapon in some people’s battle with depression. It is very dependent on the person and their unique circumstances.

It is possible to use your 420 card if you suffer from depression, but only if your physician and therapist are on-board with the idea. Depression is a brutal and life-destroying condition, and must be fought with all of the knowledge, will and determination one can muster.

Medical Marijuana And Modern Medicine: The Real Story

Modern medicine is slowly but surely waking up to the huge health and healing benefits of medical marijuana. MMJ is now being used to treat and manage a whole host of physiological and psychological diseases.

However, despite a slew of studies showing its effectiveness, and mountains of anecdotal evidence from cannabis card patients who have benefited from its use, there is still controversy surrounding medical marijuana. In many circles, marijuana is viewed as a harmful and deviant drug. Rigid thinking in this area means that many people refuse to see cannabis as anything but the dangerous and degrading substance they have been brainwashed into believing it is.

Marijuana’s bad reputation comes from decades of baselessly awful press, and a large amount of deliberate misinformation that’s been peddled by malevolent and cynical forces with sinister agendas.

For much of the 19th century, physicians happily, and to great effect, prescribed Cannabis Indica for a wide range of ailments including nervous disorders, labor pains, nausea, asthma, sexual dysfunction, and headache. Well over 100 studies published in the 19th century validated its effectiveness. Marijuana was well and truly a ‘superstar’ of 1800s medicine. Cannabis was to the 19th century apothecary, what Conor McGregor is to the 2017 UFC.

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Medical marijuana and modern medicine: a match made in heaven?

But in 1937 things changed. The Marijuana Tax Act became law and the use of marijuana for medical purposes or otherwise became illegal. Propaganda was disseminated that said cannabis was of no medicinal benefit and that it was, in fact, sinister and harmful. Stories of people going crazy and committing acts of wild violence and sexual depravity while under the influence of the evil herb marijuana were circulated and the notion that weed was a satanic and horrendous poison seeped into the national consciousness. These wild stories were thoroughly false and baseless, yet a naive populace believed them anyway.

According to author Preston Peet, in his excellent book ‘Under the Influence: The Disinformation Guide to Drugs’, the underlying purpose of criminalizing and vilifying cannabis was to kill the hemp industry, and make the big business interests who ran the synthetic fiber industry even more filthy rich. It seems possible that the alcohol industry, which had just exploded after the end of prohibition in 1933, also stood to benefit from a total ban on marijuana.

Marijuana stayed strictly ‘off the menu’ for doctors and patients (on an official basis at least) for the next several decades, until eventually the mood began to change in more enlightened parts of the nation during the 1990s. California passed Proposition 215 in 1996 which allowed the use of medical cannabis in the state for people with a California medical marijuana card. Gradually other states opened their eyes to the undeniable benefits of issuing medical 420 cards and followed suit, legalizing marijuana for medical use. By the beginning of 2017, 28 US states had legalized medical marijuana.

MMJ is now firmly a part of modern medicine with physicians prescribing a California medical card for physiological conditions such as vomiting, migraines, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, nausea, sickle-cell disease, Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, muscle spasms, and asthma, as well as psychological conditions like anxiety disorder, insomnia, bipolar disorder, depression, and PTSD.

The benefits of cannabis cards for modern medicine are now being thoroughly explored and studies are bringing a whole host of new and unexpected benefits to light. Studies on laboratory animals are showing that the cannabinoids found in MMJ can inhibit tumor growth, and even kill tumors by inhibiting the formation of new blood vessels that tumors need in order to grow. This is an excellent development in the fight against cancer. Cannabinoids even seem to have an advantage over chemotherapy because, while chemo tends to annihilate healthy cells as well as cancerous cells, cannabinoids seem to kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

Not only is MMJ easing the pain and suffering of patients with a raft of different diseases, and showing potential to kill tumors, but it is also, according to research from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, showing great potential to improve neurological functioning after a stroke, and a study from the National Cancer Institute is even suggesting that it could have a protective effect against the development of certain tumors! Hurray for cannabis!

So the real story of medical marijuana and modern medicine is a beautiful love story. There was a passionate honeymoon full of laughter, lust and wild nights. Then came a tumultuous middle period in which mistrust, wild accusations and hurt feelings lead to an acrimonious break-up. But that break-up was ultimately character building, and it let the lovers realize just how much then really meant to each other, and they finally got back together in a wonderful reunion, and a renewed, more mature, and deeper love flourished, and looks set to continue to flourish forever more! Warms your heart, right?

Can Medical Cannabis Work In Conjunction With Medication

What are the effects of using medical cannabis in conjunction with other medication? Does your marijuana interfere with other medication? It is important to understand how any combination of drugs you are taking will work together and the effects that mixing them will have on your body and mind.

In order to avoid any unwanted effects from drug interactions inside your body, it is crucial that you keep your doctor informed and listen carefully to his or her advice.

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If you are taking traditional medical and medical cannabis, we advise asking your doctor what the effects coud be.

Although there is not a wealth of peer-reviewed studies on interactions between medical marijuana and commonly-used medications, there certainly are potential side effects that can occur when MMJ is taken alongside other drugs. Many widely taken prescription and nonprescription drugs, when taken in combination, will react chemically inside the body. These reactions can be good, bad, or benign. Cannabis card patients and their doctors should consider the potential reactions that both prescribed and ‘over the counter’ medications will have with the cannabis they use, because sometimes those reactions are not inconsequential.

Marijuana can have an additive effect when taken in conjunction with certain pain medications. This additive effect, when one drug amplifies the effect of another, is called ‘potentiation’. The effect can be unpredictably strong. Cannabis is often prescribed alongside NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for the relief of pain symptoms from arthritis. The combination is very effective for reducing pain. Patients using their California medical card alongside painkillers need to be careful because the potentiation of these drugs can lead to drowsiness or depression of the central nervous system which controls heart rate and respiration.

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Medical cannabis is a wonderful herb but it’s best to learn about its effects on your body before consuming.

Medications that are dedicated central nervous system (CNS) depressants or sedatives can bring on a feeling of drowsiness. Certain strains of MMJ (usually indica-dominant hybrids) that have a similar effect can greatly enhance the effects of these drugs. Some medications prescribed for insomnia, anxiety, depression and, as previously mentioned, pain relief fall into this category. So be aware that taking sedative drugs and using medical cannabis may knock you out more than expected.

Antihistamines, which are used in the treatment of allergy symptoms associated with hay fever, have a depressing effect on the CNS. Antihistamines can cause drowsiness, so when used in combination with a California weed card can have a potentiated effect.

Antihypertensives are commonly used by people with hypertension to lower their blood pressure. Some strains of medical cannabis, especially sativa-dominant strains, can temporarily increase blood pressure, so if you are taking drugs to lower blood pressure be aware that certain strains of weed may counteract their effects.

Hormone medications can be effected by medical cannabis use. Marijuana can make the oestrogen used in birth control or as hormone replacement therapy less effective. This means the intended effects of these drugs may be compromised. What’s that we hear in the distance?? Oh it’s the the pitter-patter of tiny feet. How exciting!!! Or not. Seriously though, the effects of medical cannabis on birth control pills is often negligible, but it’s always best to be extra-safe and talk to your physician.

Marijuana can slow blood clotting, so when it is mixed with prescription medicines such as warfarin that slow blood clotting, or with nonprescription drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin that have the side effect on slowing clotting, this may result an increased risk of bleeding and/or bruising.

The effect of medications that metabolize within the liver may be strongly impacted by the presence of medical marijuana in the system. Cannabis has been known to slow down, or speed up, certain processes the liver uses to break down medication. This can result in medications being at a higher blood concentration or lasting longer than would normally be the case, or alternatively, being processed more rapidly and losing their effect more quickly. Therefore, the dose or frequency of these medications may need to be adjusted when they are being taken in conjunction with medical marijuana.

It has sometimes been noted that certain medications that may be used to treat patients with cancer, HIV, and people who have had an organ transplant may sometimes interact with medical marijuana. Since many people with these conditions use medical cannabis to manage their symptoms, it is important to check with a doctor to be sure that the particular drugs you are taking are appropriate to take alongside MMJ.

Cannabis has been shown to decrease the effectiveness of metformin (known by the brand name Glucophage) which is used as an aid in controlling the blood sugar levels of diabetes patients, as the effect of lowering blood sugar is opposed by cannabinoids.

Also, marijuana can cross the placenta and be excreted in breast milk, so it’s best for breastfeeding mothers to discuss the potential risks of breastfeeding while using their MM card with their doctor.

So these are some of the more common potential side effects of mixing medical cannabis with other drugs. There can be many advantages to using your 420 card along with other useful drugs, but it is always wise to be conscious and aware of what you are putting into your body, and how those substances will react with each other.

I Have PTSD: Which Medical Marijuana Strain Do I Need?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder that affects certain people who have experienced a highly traumatic event. Being involved in warfare, extreme violence, or a road accident, or being the victim of child abuse, sexual assault, terrorism, or other threats to life can result in a person experiencing PTSD. It is also an affliction that can be treated with the use of medical marijuana.

Approximately 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD, and 11-30% of soldiers returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan have the condition. The main symptoms of this brutal condition are flashbacks, chronic anxiety, depression, insomnia and nightmares. Sufferers respond to innocuous events and cues in the external (and their internal) world with an acute panic response, because they remind them of the initial trauma they experienced.

There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating the benefits of medical marijuana for individuals suffering from PTSD. By aiding in something called memory extinction, marijuana can help reduce the association between innocuous stimuli in the present and traumatic events from the past. It also calms the body and mind, reduces stress, and aids sleep.

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PTSD can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.

There are plenty of studies to back up marijuana’s effectiveness in treating PTSD. A University of Haifa study from 2014 showed that rats that were exposed to trauma, who received a synthetic cannabinoid within 24 hours, did not exhibit PTSD symptoms, however rats that were not treated with the cannabinoid did develop symptoms. This study led to an understanding of the neurological characteristics of the behavioral effects of PTSD. In traumatized subjects there was an increase in brain receptors associated with emotional processing. Cannabis was shown to decrease the numbers of these specific receptors in the areas of the brain that imprinted traumatic memories.

A study by Dr. George R. Greer MD in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2014 showed that participants with PTSD reported, on average, a 75% reduction in major PTSD symptoms while using medical marijuana. Dr. Greer reported, “Many PTSD patients report symptom reduction with cannabis, and a clinical trial needs to be done to see what proportion and what kind of PTSD patients benefit, with either cannabis or the main active ingredients of cannabis.”

As well as evidence from studies, there is also a wealth of anecdotal evidence self-reported by sufferers of PTSD who say that their lives would be unbearable if it wasn’t for the positive impact that medical marijuana has on their debilitating condition.

There is no doubt that medical marijuana is a very effective treatment for PTSD, but not all weed strains are equally effective. Here is a list of seven hybrid strains that people have reported work particularly well in combating PTSD.

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Medical marijuana can help sufferers of PTSD.

Blue Dream is widely available with a California medical marijuana card. It is a mildly high-THC hybrid, and offers very reliable relief from PTSD. The sativa-dominant strain has an energizing and buoyant effect. It contains a nice dose of indica which produces a warm feeling of physical relaxation also. The herb is not very strong, so you can go about your business, feeling clear headed and fully functional while enjoying its PTSD-busting effects.

Grand Daddy Purple is a very pleasant indica-dominant hybrid that produces feelings of happiness, positivity and relaxation. It is often used by cannabis card holders who suffer from depression, and is widely regarded as an excellent strain for treating PTSD.

Stress Killer this is a high-CBD strain created by Royal Queen Seeds and easily available to people with a California medical marijuana card. It has quite low levels of THC, and is ideal for people who enjoy a mild but very manageable psychoactive effect. It will produce a light, sedative high and is ideal for relieving the anxiety that comes with PTSD.

A very popular indica-dominant strain that is famously good for pain and stress relief is Blueberry Kush. This is a big favorite with California marijuana card holders. It puts the body into a very relaxed state, and is widely availed of by PTSD sufferers.

Northern Lights is a massively popular indica-dominant strain that is used extensively by people with cannabis cards who suffer with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. It brings on a mellow high and is a fantastic sleep aid. It takes hold fast and knocks you out hard. Northern Lights and heavy machinery are not happy (or safe) bedfellows!

Even more of an insomnia-wrecker is Master Kush. This is a firm favorite of people who are cursed with chronic and extreme insomnia. It is a very strong strain that is not for first time smokers. You should be an experienced 420 card user before you use this powerful strain! It will knock you out hard and fast, producing a super-mellow high and ultra-relaxed body. Don’t bother getting munch, you won’t be needing it! Oh and make sure you are seated somewhere nice and comfortable when you smoke this awesome strain, because you probably won’t be moving very far for the foreseeable future!

Pineapple Express is a relatively mild sativa-dominant hybrid strain with a THC content of about 20%. The effects are pleasantly relaxing. It provokes a warm, happy feeling, and is eminently usable for during the day. Many PTSD sufferers have enjoyed the effects that this pleasant strain has given them.

Can I Grow Weed With A California Medical Marijuana Card?

California medical marijuana card owners are well served by a small army of friendly, knowledgeable, and well-stocked MMJ dispensaries. But there is also a lot to be said for cultivating your own medical cannabis.

It is a beautiful feeling to sit back, relax, and spark up a bowl that you yourself have reared, tended to, and watched develop over a period of several months. It is a very satisfying experience to grow your own weed, and a rewarding day when you smoke the herb that you have produced with your own hands. It provides a lovely feeling of accomplishment.

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As long as you have a California Medical Marijuana Card, you can grow your own weed.

But what does the law say about cultivating your own cannabis? Does a California medical marijuana card enable a patient to grow their own weed, and if so, in what amounts, and where?

Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, which came into effect in 1996 makes it legal for patients and their primary caregivers to grow their own medical marijuana for personal use, provided they have the recommendation and approval of a licensed California physician.

The law explicitly covers cannabis cultivation for personal medical use only. Under Proposition 215 patients are allowed to grow whatever amount of medical marijuana they require to treat or manage their particular illness. 420 card patients can be prosecuted if they exceed these reasonable limits. They can also get into trouble for exceeding a local jurisdiction’s cultivation limits.

In 2004 a legislative statute went into effect that broadened Proposition 215. It allowed California medical marijuana card patients to form non-profit medical cannabis growing collectives and cooperatives. Many collectives and cooperatives now operate in the state, however, like in so many areas of MMJ law, exact policies vary from local jurisdiction to local jurisdiction, and many local governments within California have banned or restricted the rights of patients to set up collectives. Collectives tend to attract the attention of law enforcement, and large outdoor grows with over 100 plants are risky as, although they are not necessarily in breach of Proposition 215, they carry a five-year minimum sentence under US federal law.

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Do you fancy growing your own MMJ? Just make sure you’re on the right side of the law.

The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which came into effect January 1st 2016, established a system for the permitting of marijuana cultivation and dispensaries. It allows patients to grow up to 100 square feet of cannabis for personal medical use, and primary caregivers with five or less patients to cultivate up to 500 square feet. The cultivation of amounts above this is considered to be growing for commercial sale, and to do this a license is required. Again though, this does not mean a local government cannot enforce its own restrictions or bans on the cultivation of medical marijuana in its own jurisdiction.

Problems with law enforcement are always a possibility when cultivating your own MMJ. Patients have been arrested for growing amounts that police deem over and above what they require, or due to complaints from other residents in an area, or for having dubious recommendations. Patients have ended up on trial, needing to prove the veracity of their medical marijuana cultivation needs. The State Supreme Court has ruled that patients have the same rights to medical cannabis as they do to any legally prescribed drug, thus, patients who have been arrested for cultivation can request dismissal of charges at a pretrial hearing, and the dismissal will be granted if the can convince the judge that there is no probable cause that it wasn’t for medical purposes. Patients in this situation, when acquitted, will have their plants returned to them.

You can grow your medical marijuana on your own private property. However, landlords are not obligated to allow tenants to cultivate medical cannabis on their property, and some local jurisdictions have enacted zoning laws that restrict where medical marijuana can be grown.

Proposition 215 does not allow California medical marijuana card patients to sell their excess cultivated medical marijuana. Legal caregivers and members of growing collectives can charge for their expenses in growing for others, but always on a non-profit basis.

When Proposition 64 comes into effect in January 2018 at the earliest, it will become legal to cultivate recreational marijuana. It will be possible to cultivate up to six plants per residence and possess the marijuana produced by these plants. Local governments may still forbid cultivation outdoors, but must allow it inside a private residence or accessory structure that is “fully enclosed and secure”.

These new cultivation laws will not affect the existing legal rights of California medical marijuana card holders to grow as much as they need under the original Proposition 215, or up to 100 square feet under the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
So yes, it is certainly possible to grow your own MMJ in California, but always be wise and aware of how much you are growing, where you are growing it, and what your local jurisdiction’s specific rules and regulations are.

The Difference Between Smoking And Eating MMJ

You may be thinking that marijuana is marijuana regardless of how it gets into your system, but you’d be sorely mistaken. Smoking, eating, and drinking medical marijuana creates different strength profiles and each process has hugely varying half-lives. And therefore, the type of ailments that each form of ingestion is best suited to treating differs greatly. The two most common forms of marijuana consumption are smoking and eating. Knowing exactly how each form works in the body allows you to make an informed decision as to which is most appropriate to your needs. This article is going to give you the ability to make that informed decision. The only other thing you need to stock up on MMJ is a medical marijuana, card which can be purchased online. Without further ado, let’s get into the differences between smoking and eating marijuana!

 

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Whether you’re more suited to smoking or eating MMJ will depend on your tolerance, preference and ailments.


The Science

There are two places where THC can be processed: in the brain and in the liver. Where THC is processed is dependant on how it enters the system. Eaten cannabis gets metabolized by the liver. Smoked or vaporized cannabis is instead absorbed by the lungs and moves to the THC receptors in the brain.

Getting from edible cannabis to cannabinoids being released through the blood is a slow process – taking between 60 and 120 minutes. The metabolizing of these cannabinoids in the liver happens below the surface with no effects presenting themselves until the cannabinoids are released into the blood plasma. Once released, the effects can last anywhere from four to six hours.

The delayed onset of edible marijuana can mean that inexperienced users may consume too high of a dosage as they confuse the delayed onset with low potency. This can lead to folk to have extremely poor experiences that take many hours to subside. Due to the difficulty in titration with edibles, we recommend the lowest dose possible to achieve therapeutic effects. And from there you can work toward your sweet spot. Patience is key here.

As well as producing a longer-lasting high, eating marijuana produces a much stronger high. This means consumption rates and dosage amounts can be reduced. Many people become interested in edibles because they don’t enjoy the harsh experience of smoking or are worried about the long-term health effects associated with it – this is particularly true of those with lung conditions. Let’s not forget that every drug that has positive effects on the body, also comes with a slew of negative effects – some of which may seem non-existent because they are undetectable. Medical marijuana is no different. So for those requiring frequent marijuana consumption in order to temporarily reduce the effects of chronic pain, or to help with epilepsy etc, having a method to reduce daily dosage while increasing the length and potency of the drug is hugely helpful: meaning they are able to tap into the benefits with much less risk.

Due to the way cannabinoids are metabolised in the liver, in order to have the release of the psychoactive effects of cannabis when eating it, marijuana needs to be heated in some way with a form of fat. You won’t feel a high if you eat it straight without preparation as the digestive system is unable to process THC directly. THC is fat soluble. So cooking with fat – olive oil, coconut oil, butter –  will release the THC from the cannabis and allow it to bind with the fat. Once bound to fat, THC becomes processable by the liver. On top of this, it becomes palatable (don’t try eating raw cannabis unless you are seeking tastebud misery).

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Brownies aren’t the only form of edible MMJ…but they might be the tastiest!

Though edible marijuana is often associated with brownies, or a similar assortment of divine, sugary deserts, almost anything you can think of can be infused with cannabis. It has a strong taste, however, so ensure it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients being experimenting with dosage and dishes.     

On the other hand, the effects of smoked marijuana can be felt within seconds. Smoking marijuana gets THC into the blood much faster and at higher concentrations, but it dissipates far sooner too. This allows even the greenest of users to stop before the point of no return. For this reason, we prepose starting with smoking and moving onto edibles if it suits your ailment or your preferences.

And there you have it, the difference between smoking and eating medical marijuana! Pick whichever suits you and your ailment or settle for a combination of the two. But whatever you do, make sure you have your medical marijuana card before you attempt to purchase. The easiest and quickest way to get your medical marijuana card is online. Happy smoking/eating!

Why Cannabis Oil Is An Excellent Pain Reliever

Customers with medical marijuana cards are now able to buy specifically tailored medical cannabis products to aid them in their fight against pain. Cannabis oil is one of those products.

“The traditional use of Cannabis as an analgesic, anti-asthmatic, and anti-rheumatic drug is well established. Our results would suggest that cultivation of Cannabis plants rich in CBD and other phenolic substances would be useful not only as fiber-producing plants but also for medicinal purposes in the treatment of certain inflammatory disorders.”

Amazingly, this was the conclusion to a paper published in ‘The British journal of clinical pharmacology’ by The School of Pharmacy at the University of London, in 1988. They showed that medical cannabis could be four times more effective than Aspirin at giving pain relief and reducing inflammation. 

The scientists themselves acknowledged that this news was in no way groundbreaking; people have been using medical marijuana as a painkiller for millennia. One of the earliest references is in a Chinese legend in which the mighty king prescribes MMJ tea as an anti-inflammatory, way back in 4700 BC, and there are references to the plant being used both medically and socially in almost all Asian, European and African countries since records began.

What the ancients didn’t understand was the science behind this magical plant. Modern research has begun to unravel the mystery and it is uncovering a wealth of health benefits. The reason cannabis oil is so good for your health is because it has cannabinoids in great abundance. It’s these cannabinoids that are proving exceptionally effective at treating a whole range of ailments. These cannabinols mimic the body’s own naturally produced endocannabinoids, which govern many bodily functions. Sleep, appetite, the immune system, pain and many more areas are controlled by these and when there is an imbalance medical cannabis can help restore that balance without any dangerous side-effects.

THC, the most famous of the 80 odd cannabinoids present in MMJ, has always stolen the limelight as it has the most obvious effects on the brain – for this reason it has been studied more and is understood a lot better than its quieter (and second best known) companion cannabinol, CBD. Because of its effects, commercially THC has been the more sought after cannabinol, so for decades strains were bred for more and more THC potency. This meant that the benefits of CBD were largely overlooked.

But why is CBD that important?

Research is showing that CBD has incredible pain-inhibiting and anti-inflammation properties. One of the most effective ways to reap the benefits of CBD without having to smoke medical cannabis is to ingest cannabis oil. Cannabis oil is the cannabis plant extract. It is chock-full of cannabinoids and generally has higher levels of CBD to THC, although make sure to check before you go ahead with your purchase. Medical marijuana card holders who don’t want any of the ‘stoned’ effect can now buy cannabis oil with no THC in it, allowing them to carry on their day as normal.

The idea that cannabis oil is an effective pain reliever is not up for dispute at this stage

CBD has proved to be very effective in the treatment of epilepsy (even on drug-resistant forms such as Dravet Syndrome). Strains such as Harlequin, Charlotte’s’ Web, Cannatonia have been bred specially to have very high concentrations of CBD and very low level of THC. These strains are being used to produce medical cannabis oil with a low enough THC content to be suitable for even children! So for those of us who don’t want the ‘high’ associated with marijuana, these oils are perfect. But don’t worry, you can still get oils with high THC levels if you want to enjoy the benefits of both of the major cannabinoids.

As a treatment, cannabis oil has been shown to be very effective at targeting certain receptors (glycine receptors) that are important in causing inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain. The test suggested that CBD would be effective at relieving chronic pain for illnesses associated with multiple sclerosis and pain caused by severe nerve damage. Again, the Harlequin strain and Cannatonic strain are going to be most effective with their high CBD contents. These anti-inflammatory strains will provide relief from chronic inflammation pains caused by arthritis.

Back pain, muscle pain and wounds can be treated with these oils. Topicals can be made by mixing cannabis oil with lotions or diluting it with oils such as hemp oil or coconut oil. These topicals have traditionally been used as an antiseptic but can also be used as a burn and bite relief, and rubbed into sore muscles. This method is becoming more popular with people who want the health benefits marijuana has to offer but, again, don’t want to take up smoking.

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Cannabis oil can ease pain and give you back your regular life.

Research is only in its infancy, but the evidence is corroborating the stories and experiences of countless medical cannabis users from over the millennia.

Cannabis oil is a fantastic pain reliever – it can help regulate sleep, smooth running of the digestive system and alleviate anxiety and depression. Taken correctly, cannabis oil is good for you and it’s getting better with every study.

 

Do I Still Need A California Medical Marijuana Card If It Is Legalized?

On November 8, 2016, California voters voted, by a margin of 56% to 44%, to pass Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 in the state. The details of the 60-page proposition are complex. The vote to legalize recreational cannabis use came 20 years after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Now that voters have decided to make recreational cannabis legal, what will become of California medical marijuana card holders? How will their rights be affected? Will medical marijuana users still need a California medical marijuana card to consume their medicine in the state?

For the calendar year 2017 at least, the answer is a definite yes. Proposition 64 will not come in effect until January 2018 at the earliest, which means dispensaries won’t start serving recreational users until at least that date. Implementing regulations is a complicated and time consuming process. Under the new law the ‘Bureau of Marijuana Control’ will not start issuing recreational licenses until at least 2018, and so a cannabis card is fully essential for the entirety of 2017 at least.

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Make the new marijuana laws work for you!

Until the new law comes into effect, anybody who needs to use cannabis for what the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 calls “any condition for which marijuana provides relief” will need to visit their primary physician and request them to write a recommendation, or visit a specialized ‘cannabis doctor’, or get a California medical marijuana card through one of the many online doctor services that enable patients to get a medical marijuana card online.

But even come 2018, when the state is required to begin issuing licenses to recreational weed shops, different localities have the right to set different rules, so it is by no means clear how recreational use will play out. There is a lot of red tape to be hacked through.

There has been some apprehension amongst long-term MMJ users, who rely on easy and reliable access to medical marijuana to control debilitating physical and/or psychological pain. Some patients fear that people who don’t respect the drug and just want to get high are going to clog up the market and give the plant a bad name, while people who genuinely need marijuana as medicine will be forgotten about. They also worry that Proposition 64 will impose stricter regulations on where California medical marijuana card patients can consume their medicine and how much they could grow.

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California medical marijuana card holders will be affected by marijuana legalization – but could it be for the better?

Some patients have also been concerned about how the measure might affect the cost of their medicine. But it looks as though the law will not have an adverse effect on MMJ pricing because it exempts California medical marijuana card patients from paying sales taxes, which will keep consumer costs down. It also caps the cost of getting an optional ID card confirming a person’s status as an MMJ patient at $100, and with many counties now charging up to $175, that could also lead to savings.

Indeed, experts have stated that the passing of Proposition 64 does not negatively affect the rights of medical marijuana patients established in the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and will in fact improve them, so even once Proposition 64 is fully in effect, there will still be advantages to being a certified medical marijuana patient.

While recreational use will not be allowed in public, card-carrying medical patients will still be permitted to smoke medical cannabis in most areas in which tobacco smoking is allowed. And, while recreational consumers will be limited to growing six plants at a time, medical marijuana patients will continue to be able to grow up to 100 square feet of plants.

Proponents of the law believe its implementation will certainly broaden rights and access for California’s 1M+ medical cannabis users.

Matt Kumin, a San Francisco attorney who has represented medical cannabis clients for twenty years, is confident. He has stated “The sky is not going to fall, I think this is actually a new day for medical cannabis patients.”

How will the new law look? Many people predict California dispensaries will simply have two lines, with one for 420 card patients and one for recreational customers. Colorado legalized recreational cannabis in 2012, and recreational sales now account for 60-70% of the market. But both recreational and medical sectors continue to grow year on year in the state.

Much of how Proposition 64 plays out in California will depend on how cities and counties decide to implement it, since each jurisdiction controls what types of cannabis businesses can open and operate inside their boundaries.

Local governments also have the right to impose local taxes on top of state taxes, so while there’s a lot to be hopeful about, things are still a bit unclear, and may be for some time to come, especially in terms of differences between different jurisdictions within the state. For example, there could be areas in California where medical dispensaries are operating, but recreational use is still not happening.

So for the next year for sure, and maybe even beyond, there are definite advantages to being legally recognized as a medical cannabis patient, and having a California medicinal marijuana card, as opposed to being a mere recreational user.

The History of Medical Cannabis in the United States

In recent years, the widespread use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been gaining traction. As more studies are conducted, an increasing amount of evidence supporting the health benefits medical cannabis provides is coming to light – leading to an increase in those electing to obtain a cannabis card.

Whether it’s to assist with the nausea associated with cancer and HIV/AIDS treatments, pain relief, insomnia, anxiety, or a myriad of other ailments, patients are frequently turning to the all-natural treatment it delivers. It’s no wonder that as of June 2016, 29 states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical use.

While it may seem that the United States has been relatively quick to adopt the use of medical cannabis over the past couple decades – and indeed has been when compared to many other countries – the use of cannabis to treat health conditions dates as far back as 2737 B.C.

Thousands of years before the United States even existed, Emperor Shen Neng of China was prescribing marijuana-infused tea to his people. This tea was used to heal gout, malaria, rheumatism, and, rather humorously, poor memory. The wonders of the drug then spread throughout the globe; reaching Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – with doctors prescribing it for both general pain relief and child birth.

Documented evidence of medical cannabis being used in the U.S. did not occur until the late 18th century, when early editions of American medical journals noted that hemp seeds were effective at treating venereal disease, incontinence, and inflamed skin. This was further popularized in the U.S. by the Irish doctor William O’Shaughnessy, who worked as a physician for the British East India Company.

As the use of medical cannabis developed from O’Shaughnessy’s findings, more and more treatments began to utilize its medicinal properties for easing the symptoms of a range of conditions, including cholera, tetanus, and rabies. Year-on-year, the popularity of medical marijuana was growing exponentially.

By the end of the 19th Century, the tide of American attitudes towards medical cannabis began to dramatically shift, falling as quickly as it had risen. Unknowingly to them, it was discovered that between 2% and 5% of the U.S. population had become addicted to morphine, due to it being a secret ingredient within many medicines at the time.

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Medical cannabis has a long, interesting and occasionally amusing history.

The U.S. government was quick to act, introducing the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. While cannabis was not targeted specifically, the very fact that the distribution of morphine and opium was now under doctors’ control, inherently led to a sudden shift in American drug policy. Eight short years later in 1914, the Harrison act was introduced and the consumption of drugs was defined as a crime.

23 states had outlawed marijuana by the year 1937. This was in-part due to the arrival of a wave of Mexican immigrants – many of whom bought the drug with them – or simply to try to limit the amount of morphine addicts who were looking for something new. In the very same year, the Federal Government then passed the Marihuana Tax Act, outlawing the non-medical use of marijuana.

Marijuana was now criminalized, with harsh penalties being enforced upon anyone who was to be found distributing or consuming. The only exception was during World War II, when the government planted vast fields of hemp crops to supply rope to the Navy. Mandatory sentences for drug offenders then came into motion with the passing of the Boggs Act and Narcotics Control Act in the 1950s.

As the 1960s and 70s rolled around, the public perception of marijuana altered, and laws criminalizing the drug were eased. However, the Reagan Administration – with its get-tough drug policies – halted any potential progress from being made, and the use of marijuana continued to indict severe penalties.

This continued until 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. While this was met with a slew of critics – to this day estimating that there are around 1,000 illegal marijuana shops in Los Angeles alone – several more states followed California’s lead in the years to come; with Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Maine all legalizing medical marijuana before the turn of the century.

As the medical benefits of marijuana further come to light, a direct response is being seen in the amount of states that are legalizing the drug for medicinal use with each passing year. In 2016 alone, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas all became additional advocates to the medical cannabis cause – equal to the number of states from the previous three years combined.

Unfortunately, as marijuana remains illegal at the Federal level, acquisition from anyone who is not a licensed physician is strictly prohibited – unless within a state which has legalized the drug for both medical and recreational use – such as Colorado and Washington,
therefore housing licensed dispensaries.

For Californians looking to reap the rewards of the passing of 2016’s Proposition 64, you’ve not too much longer to wait until your marijuana use is not solely limited to medicinal; with the government deadline for issuing pot shop licenses being no later than January 1st 2018.

What’s The Science Behind Medical Marijuana?

For any medical marijuana card holder who’s just as interested in the science behind medical marijuana as they are the effects, delving into the genetic makeup of the plant begins with cannabinoids. The number of diverse cannabinoids contained within cannabis is vast; with scientists recently upping their discovered cannabinoid count from 104 to 111.

Cannabinoids come in all shapes and sizes, with some having much more of an impact on the body than others. For a long time, the solely discussed cannabinoid was tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC was first discovered back in 1964, and is the primary ingredient which provides the feeling of euphoria. THC, along with cannabidiol (CBD), are the key compounds for medicinal purposes.

An increasing number of Americans each year are turning towards medical marijuana for its ability to alleviate pain, insomnia, and anxiety, and also treatment for those suffering from cancer and HIV/AIDS. The medical benefits received from marijuana are due to a combination of cannabinoids, and how they interact with the human body. But how exactly do cannabinoids work?

Cannabinoids are sets of chemical compounds that bind themselves to receptors in the body that make up what is referred to as the endocannabinoid system. Many of our bodily cells possess specific binding sites containing cannabinoid receptors. Not only does our body naturally produce endocannabinoids which influence our appetite, mood, and memory, but as we consume medical marijuana, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD also bind to these receptors.

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Medical marijuana – so much more than just a plant!

Cannabinoids we inhale or ingest work by imitating the compounds already found within our bodies, increasing the potency of the chemical’s effect. THC and CBD are by far the most commonly cited cannabinoids found within medical marijuana. While THC has a strong affinity for the CB-1 receptors found in the brain, CBD prefers CB-2 receptors, which are found throughout the body.

For a current or potential cannabis card holder, knowing the difference between THC and CBD is vital, as they provide remarkably different effects and benefits. As THC is a strongly psychoactive cannabinoid, consuming THC-rich marijuana can help with pain relief and nausea. While CBD is effective at relieving insomnia, stress, and anxiety; THC should be avoided in these instances due to its potential causation.

For the longest time scientists believed that the CBD cannabinoid had little-to-no effect on the CB1 receptor site, however new data now shows that this isn’t the case. While THC has a more direct impact on the CB1 site, CBD has now been shown to influence how the receptor responds to THC stimulation – meaning that depending on the particular ailment, a mix of both THC and CBD may be advantageous.

The cannabis plant itself contains more than 500 natural compounds – with cannabinoids making up a significant percentage. As the wide range of cannabinoid compounds interact with our body’s receptors within the central nervous system and immune system, for example, our body is affected in a litany of varying ways: from loss of short-term memory, to a slowing down of reaction times.

While both THC and CBD have been shown to assist with the treatment of a number of conditions, they aren’t the only important cannabinoids found within medical marijuana.

Cannabinol (CBN) is formed through oxidization when THC is exposed to the air. CBN can provide a less potent but similar psychoactive effect to THC, yet when the two are combined together it can make you feel drowsy – assisting with those suffering from insomnia. Both cannabinoids are also the only ones that have been found to fight pain through the use of endorphins and relaxing blood vessels.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, similar to CBD, and is in-fact the building block for both THC and CBD. While more commonly found in hemp than in varieties of cannabis, it has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure – ideal for patients with glaucoma, as well as a significant pain reliever.

The third most common cannabinoid in the marijuana plant is Cannabichromene (CBC). While CBD often gets all the fame, in some strains CBC can actually take dominance. Research carried out in 2010 found that when coupled with THC, CBC becomes an effective anti-inflammatory, and has shown promise in fighting breast cancer.

With nearly half the states in the U.S. having legalized medical marijuana, it’s no wonder great strides are being made in extracting healing from its chemical compounds. Through latching onto receptors in the body, cannabinoids are able to greatly improve the standard of living for a variety of patients.

While a great source of alternative medicine, if you’ve recently acquired or are thinking about obtaining a medical marijuana card, it’s important to have the science in mind. As cannabis widens the blood vessels and increases heart rate, use is not advised for anyone with a heart condition, for example. But above all, between THC, CBD, and the many other compounds, know which strain is right for you.

4 Awesome Medical Marijuana Smoothie Recipes

Juicing is EVERYWHERE in California these days. From the yoga worshipping goddesses of Los Angeles to the hippies of San Francisco, everyone is getting in on the not so faddish health-fad that is revolutionizing the way we consume our healthy greens. Whilst most California medical marijuana card holders know the many benefits of juicing your MMJ, we dare you to go one step further and enjoy all the benefits of juicing with the added deliciousness of a smoothie.

Like juicing, making a smoothie with your medical marijuana has many benefits over smoking/vaping/tincturing. The main benefit you’ll experience using this method is that by keeping your MMJ raw, you’ll avoid any psychoactive effects that only occur when it is heated – a big plus for those medical marijuana card holders who want to consume their cannabis without the dazed side-effect.

In addition to this, by consuming your MMJ in delicious smoothie form, you’re leaving all the good, medicinal properties of the plant totally unharmed by heat meaning you can benefit from its power completely, with no important nutrients burned out.

To get started on your new gastronomical adventure, all you need is a blender, some ingredients and your California medical marijuana ID card! Here’s our pick of the 4 most awesomely delicious MMJ smoothies that you can make yourself at home.

Start off your day right with the ultimate medical marijuana breakfast smoothie

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Who needs to smoke medical marijuana when you can make a delicious smoothie?

This recipe is perfect to start off your day. The mixture of ultra-healthy kale with cucumber, cantaloupe and banana will mask the weed taste of the smoothie with delicious fruity goodness to get your body moving first thing in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup organic hemp milk
  • ½ Tbsp. organic hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp organic flax seeds
  • ¼ cup organic green kale
  • ¼ cup organic cucumber
  • 1 slice organic cantaloupe
  • ½ banana
  • Fresh raw cannabis (about ¼ cup)

Blend all ingredients except the cannabis until completely mixed. Add your cannabis at the end and blend on pulse until optimum consistency is achieved.

 

Treat yourself with a Pear, Sweet Potato and MMJ smoothie for lunch

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Pick your favorite fruit and build an MMJ smoothie around it!

Smoothies act as the perfect meal substitute for those of us looking to stay away from greasy, unhealthy lunch staples like burgers or burritos. When the mid-day cravings start to niggle at you, grab your blender and opt for this ultimate hunger buster instead.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 pears
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Water as desired
  • Fresh raw cannabis (about ½ cup)

First, dice your sweet potatoes and pears. Then blend these two ingredients well followed by the orange juice. Finally, add your cannabis and water as desired.

 

Beat the afternoon slump with a banana, blueberry and MMJ smoothie

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Combine medical marijuana with fresh fruit and milk: beautiful!

As fruits are naturally low in sodium, fat and calories and high in nutrients, this smoothie is particularly super-human when it comes to giving your body a much needed mid-afternoon boost. The hemp and flax seed add some extra protein and healthy omegas whilst the fruits and MMJ boost you full of medicinal goodness, alleviating your symptoms and tasting delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ cup whole blueberries
  • ½ cup regular almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed
  • 1 tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seed
  • Fresh raw cannabis (about ½ cup)

Blend all ingredients except for the MMJ, only throwing this in at the end so as to avoid heating it with the blade.

Indulge in a luxurious peanut butter, banana and MMJ smoothie

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PB & J? Nah, try PB & MMJ!

Probably the most mouth-wateringly delectable smoothie on the list is the holy-trinity unifying peanut butter, banana and MMJ smoothie. This is the perfect end of day treat that is sure to leave you with a full stomach and a soothed body.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 2 scoops of ice cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Fresh raw cannabis (about ½ cup)

If you’re allergic to peanuts, opt for some equally delicious almond butter instead. Blend all ingredients to completion only adding the MMJ at the very end until optimum consistency is reached. Add ice cubes if desired.

 

Please note that if you’re using your MMJ card to treat cancer, or any other sugar-feeding disease, it’s advisable that you consult your physician on exactly what you can put into your smoothies as certain fruits can be high in sugar and thusly can exacerbate your condition.

Remember, as your blender blends it releases heat so you need to keep your medical marijuana as far away from the blade as possible. The best way to do this is to blend all your other ingredients completely first, then add your MMJ and blend on pulse until you get the consistency you want.

In order to benefit the most from your medical marijuana smoothies, Dr William Courtney, founder of the Cannabis International Foundation (CIF), recommends splitting them up into smaller portions that can be consumed during the day at your leisure. As drinking a smoothie is much more discreet than other MMJ consumption methods such as smoking or vaping, they’re easier to consume at work, on the go, or wherever else you may need them. Tasty and undetectable?! We like the sound of that!

Even if you get stopped in your car by an overzealous cop, you’re not going to get in trouble for having a smoothie with you, especially if you have your cannabis card to hand.

Although making medical marijuana smoothies can seem like a bit of a nut-job idea at first, once you start you’ll understand why 420 card holders all over California are now reaching for the blender instead of the joint – you’ll just wish you started sooner!

3 Must-Try Recipes For Medical Marijuana Brownies

If you’ve received your medical marijuana card online, or through an evaluation service, and have been smoking medical marijuana for any time at all you’ll know that this can result in a serious case of the munchies. In an effort to curb these post-smoke cravings you might be considering edible forms of medical marijuana – the most common of which is marijuana brownies. Or maybe you’re here in search of a different kind of high. Either way, we’ve got what you need! In this article, we are going to provide you with possibly the tastiest medical marijuana brownie recipes so you can eat marijuana to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

Weed Brownie Effects

Unlike smoking medical marijuana, eating it causes a far slower initial release of its cannabinoids – chemical compounds found in marijuana – such as THC and CBD. The high also persists for far longer than that of smoked marijuana, lasting anywhere from four to eight hours.

Making Canna oil/Cannabutter

In order to have the realize of the psychoactive effects of cannabis – namely THC – when eating it, marijuana needs to be heated in some way with some form of fat. You won’t feel a high if you eat it straight without preparation because the digestive system is unable to process THC directly.

Fats can be oil, butter, milk. This is because THC is fat soluble and water insoluble. This means you must cook the cannabis with a fat, such as butter or oil. This will release the THC from the cannabis and allow it to bind with the fat. Once bound to fat, THC becomes processable by the digestive system. On top of this, it becomes palatable (don’t try eating raw cannabis unless you are seeking taste bud misery).

The best way to control potency is to know how much THC is in the medical marijuana you are using. When buying from a dispensary this is listed on the package. Start with a weaker strain and go from there.

Method

Grind up the marijuana in a grinder or blender until it becomes very fine.

Pour oil or butter into a frying pan.

Spread the marijuana across the pan.

Turn the burner on low, until until the oil and powder start to simmer.

Turn burner heat to the lowest setting. Leave the burner on for 3-6 hours (longer is better).

Stir every 30 minutes.

Pour the mixture into a filter to strain all the marijuana bits out.

At this stage, you should have a brown colored oil.

Kitchen Preparations

Make sure you’re baking in a well-ventilated kitchen as cooked weed has a particularly pungent smell. Open a window, turning on the fan, and placing a towel under the door.

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Medical marijuana can transform regular brownies into your new favorite medicine!

 

Just The Best Chocolate and Weed Brownies

Ingredients

2 tbsp. cannabutter

185g unsalted butter

185g dark chocolate (at least 70%)

50g white chocolate

50g milk chocolate

85g self-raising flour

40g cocoa powder

3 large eggs

275g white sugar

 

Method

Cut butter into small cubes and tip into a medium bowl.

Break dark chocolate into small pieces and add to the bowl.

Melt butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally to mix.

Leave the melted mixture to cool to room temperature.

Turn the oven on to 356°F(180C).

Tip flour and cocoa powder into a sieve held over a medium bowl, and tap and shake the sieve so they run through together and get rid of any lumps.

Chop the white chocolate and the milk chocolate into chunks.

Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in the white sugar.

Whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy. It’s ready when the mixture looks really pale.

Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the egg/sugar mixture, then gently fold together with a spatula.

Gently fold in the flour/cocoa powder.

Finally, stir in the white and milk chocolate chunks.

Pour the mixture into a baking tin. Put in the oven for 25 minutes.

 

Coffee Weed Brownies

Ingredients

2 tbsp. cannabutter

2 tbsp. stick unsalted, organic butter

4 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70%)

3 eggs

1 ½ cups white sugar

280g white sugar

2 tsp your favorite ground coffee bean

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)

Lightly grease a baking tin with some butter.

Melt chocolate, over low heat until it’s all melted.

Take the chocolate off the heat and slowly add unsalted butter while whisking.

Next, add the sugar. Whisk until sugar has completely dissolved into the mix.

Add the salt, vanilla extract, eggs, cannabutter and ground coffee beans. Gently whisk for two minutes.

Next, using a spatula blend in flour until completely mixed.

Transfer batter to greased tin.

Bake for 35 – 40 minutes

 

*If you’re unsure if they’re cooked, take a knife and push it to the base of the pan. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked.

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Oh, go on then…

Peanut Butter Weed Brownies

Ingredients

3 tbsp. cannabutter

225g crunchy peanut butter

225g bar dark chocolate, broken into pieces (at least 70%)

280g soft light brown sugar

3 medium eggs

100g self-raising flour

 

Method

Set aside 50g each of the peanut butter and chocolate.

Heat oven to 356°F (180C).

Melt remaining peanut butter, chocolate and all the sugar in a pan, stirring occasionally until the sugar has just about melted.

Turn off heat and use a spoon to beat in the eggs one by one.

Add the cannabutter.

Stir in the flour.

Add to tin.

Melt reserved peanut butter in a pan, until runny, then drizzle over the brownie. Bake for 30-35 mins until it has a crust, but the middle is still slightly runny.

Melt remaining chocolate, drizzle over the brownies.

Allow to cool and then cut into whatever size/number of brownies you’d like.

 

Take these three must-try recipes and bake up a storm. Let us know what you think and feel free to experiment with them in the search of your perfect brownie!

How Medical Marijuana Reduces Deaths From Pharmaceuticals

Marijuana has long been eschewed and demonized by mainstream medicine. Prior to rigorous testing, medical practitioners are extremely wary to recommend the use of any drug to patients for fear of causing more harm than good, as well as for fear of possible backlash – lawsuits, bad press, etc. – and anecdotal evidence has to be overlooked in the medical world. Only conclusive, clinical studies gain the acceptance of doctors and scientists and that’s the way it should be. However, often anecdotal evidence – unequivocal as it may seem – is enough for the general public and they may become frustrated with the medical world’s caution and bureaucracy (in most of the world it has previously been incredibly difficult to study marijuana, as it has long been an illegal substance) leading to its lagging advocacy of certain drugs and procedures. It’s hard to say whether medical science would save more lives moving quicker or if that would be to its detriment, and that’s outside the scope of this article. This article will instead focus on how medical marijuana has reduced deaths from pharmaceuticals since its adoption into medicine. After reading this, if you have one of the 49 conditions aided by medical marijuana, we’re sure you’ll be looking for a medical marijuana card online. Enjoy!

Every day in the US, 2,500 more youths (12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever. More than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin. Prescription drugs give the illusion of safety and this makes them incredibly dangerous and makes their users highly susceptible to overdose.  

The availability of medical marijuana has reduced opioid abuse and overdose deaths because it has offered people an alternative for pain relief. Three of five opioid overdoses occur in people with legitimate prescriptions for pain pills. The replacing of prescription drugs with marijuana reduces opioid-related deaths – there were 1,700 fewer deaths in 2010 alone. Marcus Bachhuber reported on marijuana legalization, “Such laws were associated with a lower rate of overdose mortality that generally strengthened over time.”

The journal, Health Affairs, looked at prescriptions covered by Medicare between 2010 and 2013. They found that “the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as a clinical alternative fell significantly once a medical marijuana law was implemented”. This is significant. The most notable decline was in painkiller prescriptions, which fell by 3,645 daily doses per physician after medical marijuana laws were implemented! There were also statistically significant reductions in prescriptions for drugs used to treat seizures, depression, psychosis, anxiety, nausea, and sleep disorders.

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There is a lot of evidence to suggest that medical marijuana is much safer than opiates.

In 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration found that abuse of the painkiller Fentanyl killed more than 1,000 people that year in the US. It is thirty to fifty times more powerful than heroin. Marijuana, on the other hand, is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose, yet still acts as a painkiller. Pharmaceutical companies are heavily invested in a highly lucrative industry so are unlikely to stop selling dangerous and unnecessary pharmaceuticals. Rather than focusing on changing things at that level – which will prove a slow and difficult process -, legalizing medical marijuana in all states will allow those needing pain relief to find it in a drug that has no chance of killing them from overdose and isn’t illegal. As well as pain relief, the use of medical marijuana has a whole slew of other medical applications, including: nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and seizures. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, and so can be used by those suffering from HIV, AIDS, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective.

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Many practitioners are considering using medical marijuana as a go-to treatment for several ailments.

More than 30 percent of the U.S. population lives under some form of marijuana decriminalization, and according to a multitude of studies, these change in laws have not contributed to an increase in marijuana consumption nor negatively impacted adolescent attitudes toward drug use. It’s time that medical marijuana receives the recognition as a safer alternative to pharmaceuticals so that lives are saved. It’s time that the medical world adopts it not at its outer echelons, but rather at its nucleus. Medical practitioners should be recommending medical marijuana instead of other painkillers in a whole host of circumstances but this won’t happen until its accepted throughout the medical community, and subsequently accepted by all areas of society at large as a viable and safe way to treat ailments.

With all these statistics seemingly indicating that medical marijuana reduces deaths from pharmaceuticals it seems the next logical step is to legalize its use in all states.

Where Can I Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California?

Proposition 215, otherwise known as the Compassionate Use Act, was passed in the state of California in 1996. This law gives individuals the right to use and possess medical marijuana legally. It also allows prospective medical marijuana patients to speak with a doctors regarding medical marijuana use, dosage etc; and, equally important, it allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in dealing with a whole slew of ailments. So if you have an illness that you believe will be alleviated through the ingestion of medical marijuana but don’t yet have your California medical marijuana card, this is definitely the article for you!

What is a Medical Marijuana Identification Card?

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. The MMP (medical marijuana program) web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver’s MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California.

What Medical Conditions Qualify?

MMJRecs physicians recognize over 49 qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. Some of the most common qualifying conditions treated include: AIDS; anorexia; arthritis; cachexia (wasting syndrome); cancer; chronic pain; glaucoma; migraine; persistent muscle spasms; seizures; severe nausea; any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits a person’s ability to conduct one or more of major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the person’s safety, physical, or mental health. The following link provides a full list of the qualifying conditions and symptoms so be sure to check it out before applying: Qualifying Conditions

What Do I Need?

Any form of U.S. identification and a condition for which medical cannabis can be recommended.

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Learn all about your medical marijuana card before you apply, so you know what you can and can’t do with it.

Where Do I Apply For My Card?

You can get a doctor’s recommendation by asking your primary physician, visiting a 420 doctor at an evaluation center or online through a service like MMJRecs.

Any doctor licensed to practice in California can evaluate you and issue a medical marijuana card. However, not all doctors are comfortable recommending marijuana as an aid for ailments. So we recommend a doctor that specializes in the recommendation of Medical Marijuana.

That leaves 420 doctors at evaluation centers and online services. Often evaluation centers are stuck in hard-to-reach places in dangerous neighborhoods, have long wait times, and little time with the doctor, leaving you uninformed about how to use cannabis as an effective treatment option.

Online services such as MMJRecs, have chosen the most knowledgeable medical marijuana doctors from across the state to provide patients with the fastest and most secure MMJ evaluations. They are also highly informative, providing patients with a tailored, deep knowledge of dosage, strains etc, benefits and risks.

Is My Personal Information Safe?

The Medical Marijuana Application System does not contain any personal information such as name, address or social security number. It only contains the unique user ID number and when entered the only information provided is whether the card is valid or invalid. This ensures that only those in need of medical marijuana are able to purchase it. So yes, your personal information is completely safe!

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Getting an MMJ card in California is a simple process for anyone in need of medical relief.

What Does an Evaluation Entail?

You’ll be asked to fill out a standard medical form, and you’ll able to upload any medical documents you may already have. The evaluation itself often lasts just a few minutes and involves a video/phone conversation with a doctor about your current condition, medical history and how marijuana might help you.

Keep in mind, most online evaluation services won’t charge you unless you’re approved by the doctor; the consultation is free otherwise – you can’t lose!

What Now?

Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a digital PDF version of your recommendation via email, which you can use that same day by printing it out – though not all dispensaries accept this version. Next, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card and official recommendation letter in the mail complete with your name, date, patient ID #, expiration date (you must renew your medical marijuana card each year), a doctor’s signature, embossed seal. Now you can enter marijuana dispensaries and make purchases. Alternatively, you can order marijuana delivery through marketplace sites.

And that’s it! Over 1.4 million patients in California have a doctor’s recommendation for using marijuana as medicine, and now you know the ins and outs of the Californian medical marijuana card application, you’re well on your way to all the medicinal benefits of medical marijuana! 

Medical Marijuana and the Law: An Overview

Each and every year, an increasing number of Californians are turning to medical marijuana to help ease a multitude of conditions and ailments. But for those not well versed in the area of medicinal cannabis use, the law is often a topic of concern.

While the use of medical marijuana in California has been a reality for some time for those in the possession of a cannabis card, recent developments, such as the passing of Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, has many people questioning what this means for continued medicinal use.

Since Proposition 215 passed back in 1996, it has been legal to purchase and grow marijuana in California if you have a cannabis card; the most common reasons for doing so being to assist with sleep, nausea, and bodily pain. Obtaining a cannabis card is a relatively simple venture; with online services allowing 24/7 access to doctors who are able to provide a written recommendation within minutes.

Yet even with a valid card, there are certain restrictions which should always be kept in mind. Under Proposition 215, patients are able to obtain whatever amount of marijuana is necessary for their medical needs. However, being in the possession of an excessive amount can still lead to authorities placing you under arrest.

Since January 1st 2016, qualified patients are able to cultivate up to 100 square feet of marijuana for their personal medical use. But just because you are in the possession of a cannabis card, does not mean you are exempt from legal ramifications.  

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Medical marijuana patients need to be on the right side of the law.

Several cases over the years have placed legal patients in trouble with the law due to various reasons. Questionable recommendations; growing excessive amounts; complaints from neighbors, are all things to keep in mind when growing and consuming cannabis. And for those in rented accommodation, landlords also have the right to disallow the use of marijuana on their premises.

Selling marijuana without a license is not allowed under any circumstance. Further restrictions include the location of the consumption of marijuana. Generally speaking, it is ill-advised to consume cannabis in any kind of public area; being within 1000 feet of a school, or within a no smoking zone, can lead to severe police intervention.

As of November 2016, 28 states and Washington DC have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Nevertheless, as federal laws still deem marijuana illegal, transporting it across state lines is strictly prohibited – even if traveling to another legalized state. So if you and Mary Jane were thinking about taking a road trip together, best to reconsider.  

Since the passing of Proposition 64 in November 2016, a common cause for concern among cannabis card holders in California has been how this affects their current rights. The short answer is that if you currently possess a cannabis card, it is still the most effective way of procuring marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Under Proposition 64, Californians are able to grow up to six plants for their personal use, and can purchase up to an ounce without a doctor’s recommendation. However, the general public won’t be able to purchase marijuana in stores until sometime in 2018. So if more than an ounce or immediate use is necessary, a cannabis card is still the way to go.

In addition to this, patients with a state ID card, which can be signed up for with a doctor’s recommendation at county health departments, are eligible for a break in local sales taxes. So while the masses are legally able to consume marijuana in California, those with a cannabis card are still currently at an advantage.

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If you consume medical marijuana, knowing your legal rights is essential.

Since the passing of Proposition 64, additional laws and restrictions will be placed upon the distribution and consumption of marijuana, such as the amount of THC (the psychoactive agent within the drug) allowed within edibles. However, as cultivation limits are less stringent for medical marijuana card holders, homemade products are able to be far more potent if desired.

While the law is altogether kinder to those consuming marijuana for medicinal purposes, there are obvious laws which apply no matter how the cannabis has been obtained. While medical patients are legally able to grow whatever they need, driving a car while under the influence, or attempting to transport the drug onto a plane can have serious consequences.

Under Proposition 64, a Californian flying within state with under an ounce will not face any criminal charges, and may even be allowed to fly with it in their possession. With medical marijuana, the same rules apply. TSA are not obliged to allow marijuana through security however, due to being governed by federal law, which provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently from non-medical.

If you have been strongly considering obtaining a medical marijuana card, it is still the most effective way to obtain the drug. With greater accessibility and far fewer restrictions than that of recreational use, a cannabis card is a quick and easy application away.

Why is a Medical Marijuana Card known as a 420 Card?

For medical marijuana card holders and recreational users worldwide, the term 420 has a certain significance. Each year on April 4th, cannabis users congregate in public areas to mark the date by catching up with friends and smoking some weed – medical or otherwise! Locations made famous for this get together include Hippie Hill in San Francisco, the University of Colorado’s Boulder Campus and UC Santa Cruz’s Campus, whose unofficial 420 event became so big that students received an official email from the University’s Vice Councilor for student events which stated that, “The growth in scale of this activity has become a concern for both the university and surrounding community”. But how exactly did the term 420 become so popular? How is it that a California medical marijuana card is now often being referred to as a 420 card?

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San Rafael High School is where the Waldos coined the term ‘420’.

Well, there’s been quite a backstory to this one, and quite a few myths being circulated too. Whispers have been going around since the 1970s about how the term came about. Depending on who you’re talking to, and what state of inebriation you find them in, people swear that the term for a 420 card was coined as a product of any one of the following: the fact that Hitler’s birthday was April 4th 1889, it’s the number of active chemicals that are in marijuana, it’s the multiplied result of the titular numbers of Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Woman 12 & 35” and many more. Probably the most famous myth attributed to the coining of the phrase is that ‘420’ is police code for ‘marijuana smoking in progress’ – something that has since been debunked as no such code exists in California police code.

In reality, the story behind how a 420 card became known as such is a simple one that was borne out of an easy way to avoid detection when smoking weed. In order to give you a more detailed picture of the origin of the term, we’re going to have to take you back to 1971 in sunny San Rafael, California and introduce you to a group of friends called the Waldos.

The Waldos were a group of five friends from San Rafael High School, simply named for the fact they used to hang out at a wall. One day sometime in 1971, the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who had a plot of land near Point Reyes Peninsula Coastguard Station on which he harvested weed. However, this man was no longer was able to tend to his crop. Armed with a treasure map, supposedly drawn by the grower, the friends decided that they were going to seek out and take the weed for their own. As this was in the days before mobile phone communication, the Waldos decided that they were to meet at precisely 4.20pm, after track practice, at the Louis Pasteur statue outside the entrance to the school. As they passed each other in the hallways, the friends would remind themselves of their plan by saying “420-Louis” to one another which was eventually shortened to 420.

As expected, the first few trips were unsuccessful in locating the patch. Determined as teenage boys are, they continued to search week in week out, each time meeting at exactly 4.20pm beside the statue of Louis Pasteur. Although the friends were disappointed in their failure to find the stash, they had found themselves a new code word along the way. Waldo Steve explains why the word caught on among their friend group: “I could say to one of my friends, I’d go, ‘420,’ and it was telepathic. He would know if I was saying, ‘Hey, do you wanna go smoke some?’ Or, ‘Do you have any?’ Or, ‘Are you stoned right now?’ It was kind of telepathic just from the way you said it,” Capper says. “Our teachers didn’t know what we were talking about. Our parents didn’t know what we were talking about.”

How did a term used by a tiny group of high school stoners evolve into the worldwide phenomenon that it is today? It has a lot to do with Californian band The Grateful Dead. The Waldos were intrinsically linked with the rock band since they upped tools from Haight Ashbury in San Francisco and moved to just a block away from San Rafael High School. Waldo Mark’s Dad looked after real estate for the band and Waldo Dave’s older brother Patrick was good friends with their bassist Phil Leash. The Waldos started to hang out with the Dead at parties and rehearsals where weed smoking was near compulsory. Whenever someone passed around a joint, it was punctuated by someone saying ‘Hey 420’.

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The Grateful Dead were instrumental in propagating the ‘420 card’ phrase.

As the band continued to tour throughout the ’70s and ’80s, the phrase was tossed around in their circles and in their fan communities. However, until High Times magazine caught wind of the phrase, it was confined to within the Grateful Dead subculture. It was only when the High Times wrote about it that it became the international phenomenon that it is today.

Unfortunately for the Waldos, High Times proliferated the myth that 420 and the subsequent phrase of 420 card had originated from California police code instead of their autumn excursions in 1971. When the friends started to hear the phrase more and more they took matters into their own hands and contacted High Times directly in 1998 to set the record straight. After much back and forthing between the Waldos and the magazine it was wholly agreed upon that the friends were telling the truth and that it was them who coined the globally recognized phrase – something that they have yet to cash in on!

So next time you refer to your California medical marijuana card a 420 card, you’ll know exactly who to credit for the term: The Waldos!