How to Use a Dispensary to Get Great Advice on MMJ

Medical marijuana is emerging as an excellent treatment for many conditions, but it can be tricky to find the right type of MMJ for your condition. The good news is, thanks to legislation that is regularly relaxing across the United States, more and more people are able to access a treatment that has long been confined to underground usage, and there are more and more dispensaries available in different states that employ people who are passionate about medical marijuana use.

Medical marijuana has been proven to help people suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a number of different conditions. People who suffer from HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, among other illnesses, have found relief from their symptoms thanks to laws that have been relaxed around MMJ. Now that marijuana is legal for recreational use in California, marijuana dispensaries are always opening, and the use of medical marijuana is becoming more and more common.

If you’re new to the world of MMJ, it can be a very intimidating thing to become a part of. Without proper help and education, there isn’t really a good way to just dive into using it, which is why dispensaries can be really helpful to MMJ newbies. If you visit a reputable dispensary, they can give you advice on the form of medical marijuana to take, as well as the strain.

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MMJ dispensaries are a great place to seek tips and advice about using your product.

Medical marijuana comes in a variety of strains, which differ in the types and strengths of cannabinoid that are present. These different strains are better at treating different types of illness, so something that works for someone who is trying to fight the nausea brought on by chemotherapy won’t be as effective at treating anxiety brought on by a psychological condition.

There are plenty of medical professionals operating online who can help you to start this journey. While a lot of in-person primary care physicians may be reluctant to recommend MMJ to their patients, there is a world of expertise online that is helping patients gain access to medical marijuana. If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for recreational reasons, you won’t need a medical marijuana card, but if you do, you can get one online from a trained medical professional. Even if you don’t need an MMJ card, these professionals will be able to give you some guidance as to the strains of medical marijuana that work best for the condition that you’re trying to treat.

When you’re trying to decide on a dispensary to visit, make sure you pick a reputable one with a good following from people who use marijuana for medical reasons. Do your research – visit MMJ forums and listen to the reviews and experiences of people who are in a similar position to you. Education will help you to get access to a dispensary that is truly passionate about helping people, as opposed to somewhere that is just concerned about making money.

 

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Joints are just one of the forms in which medical marijuana can be used.

When you visit your dispensary, make sure you’re honest about the kind of treatment you need so they can differentiate you from someone who is visiting for recreational reasons. Recreational and medical marijuana are very different uses of the same product, so the person you’re getting advice from needs to know what they’re dealing with. Let them know about the advice you got from the medical professional you spoke to online and the strains they’ve suggested. Dispensary employees are not medical professionals, so they can’t make fixed recommendations the way that doctors can, but they can offer anecdotal advice based on reviews from customers who have been in the same position as you.

As well as strains, dispensary employees can give you advice on the form of medical marijuana to take. While many people think of marijuana as solely something that is smoked in joint form, it actually comes in the form of lotions, edibles such as cookies, brownies, and candies, tinctures, and vapes as well as joints. The type of marijuana you take will be based on a number of factors, including your lifestyle, portability, and personal preference.

While medical marijuana feels like something that can be quite alienating, by putting your trust in dispensary employees who have lots of experience with many different types of patients, you’ll realize that MMJ may have the potential to change your life. Be prepared to try different strains and different forms of medical marijuana – along with the help of your local dispensary, you’ll find the right one for you and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

6 Different Forms of Medical Marijuana and How They Can Work for You

There are many myths about MMJ and one of the main ones is that the only form available is joints that you can smoke. The truth is that there are many different forms of medical marijuana and, depending on the condition that you’re treating, they may have wildly differing effects. You may also prefer differing treatment forms due to personal taste, but no matter what your preference, there’s a form of MMJ out there for everyone!

1. Tinctures

A tincture is one of the most highly concentrated forms of medical marijuana in liquid form. It can be bought or made at home, but it should only be attempted by people who are comfortable with making it. It’s a discreet form of MMJ as you can slip it in your purse or pocket and pop a few drops on your tongue as and when you need it. It’s a good entry point for people who are a bit nervous about medical marijuana.

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With edibles, you can have your MMJ and eat it too!

2. Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular forms of medical marijuana, and it’s easy to see why. Who doesn’t want to combine medication with dessert? They take many forms in and of themselves, including lollipops, hard candies, brownies, and cookies. These can also be made at home, but they’re very widely available. Their strengths can vary, so it’s a good idea to discuss your requirements with a dispensary employee so you don’t end up with an edible that’s too strong. It’s also important to make sure that you eat the right amount to properly treat your condition.

3. Oil

Cannabis oil is a natural essential oil that is derived directly from the cannabis plant. It has attracted a lot of media attention for its therapeutic benefits and is one of the most popular forms of medical marijuana. Make sure you don’t take it on an empty stomach, as it can be quite strong. Take a little at first to build up your tolerance, then you can test how much your body needs to treat your condition. It is not as discreet as a tincture, but it is just as powerful; just make sure you pick a strain that is suitable for your condition.

4. Lotions

Lotions are one of the lesser-known forms of medical marijuana, but they’re an excellent gateway for a first-time user. They are usually recommended for people with chronic pain as they can treat conditions locally and quickly. Medical marijuana lotions come in all shapes and sizes, scented and unscented, so there’s a lotion out there for everyone. Try a few different options until you find one that works best for you, but don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you’re a bit intimidated. It can be worse than a beauty counter in some dispensaries!

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Joints are one of the most commonly used forms of medical marijuana.

5. Joints

The old reliable when it comes to medical cannabis, joints and smoking MMJ are one of the most popular forms of treatment. Combining tobacco with medical marijuana, it’s a good form of MMJ for people who are comfortable with smoking. It’s not a form that is particularly discreet, but if you’re happy to smoke at home and enjoy the ritual, it could be the perfect type of medical cannabis for you. Make sure that you pick the correct strain and speak to a dispensary employee to ensure the combination of tobacco and MMJ in the joints is right for you.

6. Vaping

If you’re not comfortable with smoking tobacco, vaping could be one of the perfect forms of medical marijuana for you. You use herb cannabis or oil to create a steam vapor, which you inhale through a special device that can be easily customized. Many people buy into vaping as a lifestyle and learn how to make interesting and cool vaping devices. Vaping is a lot more discreet than smoking joints as it creates steam as opposed to smoke, and it doesn’t smell as strong as smoking medical marijuana with tobacco. You can get a simple vaping pen at any dispensary and an employee can advise you on the best ways to use it.

If you’re unsure as to which of the forms of medical marijuana to take, it’s best to speak to someone at your local dispensary. Once you have your MMJ card, they’ll be able to give you some advice on the best form of medical cannabis to treat your specific condition. You may also like to speak to the medical professional who provided you with your MMJ letter, as they usually tend to specialize in medical marijuana and are best-placed to give you advice. The good news is that in California, you can pick and choose your medical marijuana, so don’t be afraid to try a few forms out until you find the one that’s right for you.

5 Unusual Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana

Now, more than ever, MMJ card holders have so many choices when it comes to how they can consume their medical marijuana. While there are some MMJ purists who stick to smoking or vaporizers, medical marijuana card holders are by no means restricted to these more traditional consumption methods.

Once you have your MMJ card, the world is your oyster as to how you can consume your cannabis. Want to brew it up in a tea? Go for it! Feel like topicals might be more your style? Slather up!

From the weird to the wonderful and everything in between, here are our picks for 5 unusual ways to consume medical marijuana.

Tea

People have been experimenting with tea for thousands of years, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that more and more people are starting to drink medical marijuana-infused tea. Tea – like medical marijuana – is naturally reparative and soothing, so the combination of these two super ‘foods’ is a match made in MMJ heaven.

On its own, tea is full of hard-working antioxidants, theanine and phytochemicals, making it a great body booster in and of itself. As well as that, drinking a warm cup of calming tea has been proven to improve concentration, lower stress levels and even tackle bouts of depression.

Making medical marijuana-infused tea is seriously easy and can be done using the normal method – check out our how-to guide here – or using tinctures – more on those next!

Tinctures

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Tinctures are a great way to effectively administer medical marijuana – and they’re fun to use!

Back in the day, tinctures used to be one of the most popular ways to consume medical marijuana. Nowadays, popularity has dropped off in favor of other methods, but that doesn’t make using tinctures any less effective.

So what exactly is a tincture? Put simply, a tincture is a concentrated form of MMJ that is made by mixing it with an alcohol solution. This concentrated solution is a great way to consume as you can easily regulate dosage. A tincture is stored in a glass or plastic bottle with a dropper implement within the lid. Tinctures are delightfully discreet when it comes to consuming in public thanks to this design – they just look like a regular ‘ol eye dropper.

A tincture is used by dropping the alcohol solution into your food or drink or under your tongue. Those who don’t want to consume orally can apply it directly to their skin. From here the MMJ solution is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

Tinctures are extremely efficient in delivering MMJ goodness, as they contain all 80 of the essential cannabinoids in the medical marijuana plant. Tinctures are also perfect for children with MMJ cards, as they can be administered easily and users don’t experience the psychoactive effects that can come with other methods of consumption.

Topicals

Like tinctures, topicals are another great way to consume medical marijuana without experiencing the psychoactive effects of the plants. As topicals are applied directly to the skin, they don’t come with a head high that can lead to bouts of anxiety or paranoia.

Topicals come in tons of different varieties, most of which you’ll be able to find at your local dispensary. Popular kinds of topicals include balms, creams and lotions.

While topicals may not be great for treating ailments like anxiety or depression, they are really effective at treating chronic pain and inflammation when applied to the ailing area. Topicals also act as an antibacterial agent – meaning they’re great for speeding up the healing process of cuts and scratches.

Suppositories

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Suppositories are one of the most effective ways to reap the benefits of medical marijuana.

While consuming medical marijuana via a suppository may not be one of the most popular methods of consumption, you better believe it’s one of the most effective ones! When you ingest MMJ orally, you lose between 5-10% of the plant’s effectiveness as it’s digested by the gastrointestinal tract.

By consuming medical marijuana in suppository form, you’re bypassing the gastrointestinal tract entirely, meaning nothing is being wastefully digested and you benefit from every ounce of goodness in your MMJ.

The active components of the medical marijuana plant – e.g. the CBD, THC and cannabinoids – are absorbed directly into the bloodstream in a much higher concentration than they would be if they were ingested orally. MMJ suppositories take about an hour to take effect and the effects last up to an impressive 10 hours.

If you’re using your MMJ card to treat any gastrointestinal ailments, using suppositories is highly recommended, as they won’t upset your illness by passing through your digestive tract.

Patches

Patches – or transdermal patches – are adhesive patches laced with medical marijuana that are affixed to the skin. Similar to nicotine patches, medical marijuana patches release small amounts of MMJ onto the skin – and into the bloodstream – throughout the day of wear.

In contrast to topicals or tinctures, patches penetrate all 7 layers of epidermal skin delivering systematic – instead of localized – relief. The handy thing about using MMJ patches is that after you put one on in the morning, you don’t have to remember to keep dosing throughout the day – great for forgetful MMJ card carriers! Patches are non-psychoactive and can be personalized to suit your own dosing preferences.

Choosing the right method of consumption for you is a journey that takes time. It’s important to remember that there is no one umbrella method that suits every MMJ card holder – you’ll have to do a bit of trial and error before you figure out what’s right for you. But when you’ll do, you’ll be on cloud nine.

Is Vaping Medical Cannabis Really Better for Your Health?

Over the past few years, many medical marijuana card users have switched from smoking to vaping their weed. The assumption is that vaping is healthier than smoking because it does not expose the patient to cancer-causing compounds, poisons and tar that come from ingesting smoke into the lungs.

Expert opinion points to vaping as being healthier for the lungs, heart and body while at the same time producing a stronger high that may come as a surprise to a first-time user.

A medical cannabis vape machine heats the weed to approximately 350 F to 400 F, releasing the THC. Vapor from a chamber below the weed-containing chamber rises up and gathers the THC in its misty embrace. This tasty weed-infused vapor is then inhaled. Nothing is burned, so no smoke is created. The substance inhaled is merely THC-laced vapor.

There are many types of vaporizers for cannabis card users to choose from, from basic, cheap models that look like a pen with cartridges containing cannabis oil to expensive, state-of-the-art balloon vaping machines. To ensure safety and quality, invest in a high-quality vape. Don’t waste your herb by using a crappy vaporizer!

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A large body of research says that vaping medical marijuana comes with much fewer health risks than smoking medical cannabis.

It is widely understood and accepted that there are considerable health risks associated with smoking any substance, including medical marijuana. Smoke is very harmful to the lungs.

John Malouff of the University of New England in Australia has done research on the benefits of vaporizing marijuana.

“Aside from all the carcinogens in [smoke], you’re going to get soot in your lungs,” he says. “Because [smoking is] not filtered in any way, it’s really harsh to everything it touches.”

When you smoke, you inhale dangerous carcinogens. Smoking is a proven cause of bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease and cancer. Regular inhalation of smoke leaves a lethal residue of tar in the lungs. 

A large body of research says that vaping medical marijuana comes with much fewer health risks than smoking medical cannabis. Studies have shown that when MMJ is vaporized, most of the dangerous components are substantially reduced or eliminated.

A study that appeared in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics in 2004 found that vaped cannabis contains little else apart from cannabinoids.

A 2010 study by Mitch Earleywine at the University of Albany found that medical cannabis users who suffered from respiratory irritations, such as asthma, shortness of breath and coughing, reported large improvements in their symptoms only a month after switching to a vape pen. Earleywine also measured objective improvements in the patient’s lung capacity.

In 2011, the Global Drug Survey polled 37,000 drug users about their substance use. Using the results of the survey and the best available current research, the group published a series of guidelines for safe and effective drug use called the High-Way Code. Its top recommendation for safe cannabis use was to use a vaporizer.

In 2014 the American Heart Association published a statement saying that electronic cigarettes (which use vapor) “present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

A study released in 2015 by the U.K.’s Department of Health and published by Public Health England found that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent safer than regular tobacco cigarettes.

To date, there are no studies that suggest that vaping has anything like the life-threatening potential consequences of smoking. Although in 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed that if the temperature in a vape pen is very high, formaldehyde — a carcinogenic chemical — can be released. The study also concluded that when vaping is done at a moderately high temperature, no formaldehyde is released.

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Vaping provides the patient with a higher concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC than smoking does.

Another key difference between vaping and smoking is that the high created by vaping your MMJ is usually stronger. Vaping provides the patient with a higher concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC than smoking does. The first time you vape, it is likely that you will get considerably higher than you usually do when you smoke.

This is definitely a plus, but it also necessitates caution. New research tentatively suggests that vaping medical cannabis may lead patients to more quickly develop a tolerance to the drug and may also lead to greater risk of suffering marijuana withdrawal. This suggests that the increased potency of vaping MMJ needs to be kept in mind, and care must be taken to regulate the dosing.

In conclusion, yes, vaping medical cannabis is indeed better for your health, and it also provides a more potent high. That’s a win-win if you ask me. So get your hands on a California medical marijuana card, and start vaping!

Why Everyone Is So Interested in MMJ Tinctures?

If someone mentions medical marijuana, chances are that you’ll automatically think of a blazing joint or even a vape pen. The truth is that there are multiple ways to consume your MMJ. From edibles to smoking, the variety is wide. However, a method that is quickly growing in popularity is actually one of the oldest methods of consuming marijuana. MMJ tinctures are easily bought or prepared, and patients are ensuring that they are becoming more popular by the day.

What Are MMJ Tinctures?

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MMJ tinctures are actually one of the oldest methods of consuming marijuana.

A tincture is a high alcohol-based liquid that has marijuana infused into it. It is usually administered via a dropper onto the tongue from a small bottle. It allows for patients to dose themselves steadily throughout the day. It is also a more discreet way of consuming medical marijuana and is easily transported, given the fact that it is easily disguised.

Where Do You Get MMJ Tinctures?

You need to make sure that you have your medical marijuana card so that you can legally obtain MMJ. Speak to your physician, or get an online consultation and you’ll be given a letter stating your need for medical marijuana. Then you’ll be able to visit your local dispensary and speak to them about the best tincture for you. As with any form of medical marijuana, different strains work best for different symptoms, so make sure you’re informed before you make a purchase.

How Do You Make MMJ Tinctures?

The comfort of a professionally produced tincture is obvious, but what if you want to venture out and make your own homemade tincture? There are two main methods of doing this: the hot method and the cold method. There are positives and negatives to each method, and it is best to research both extensively before you try them out at home.

The Hot Method

Hot extraction means that heat is used to extract the THC from the marijuana buds into the tincture. It’s a far more involved process than cold extraction, but its fans argue that it is totally worth the effort.

First, you’ll need to chop your marijuana buds so you have a greater surface area with which to work. Then, you need to bake it in an oven for four to five minutes at 325°F. After baking, transfer your buds into your alcohol solution using the highest proof of edible alcohol that you can find. This will depend on what is available in your area. Simmer your mixture of marijuana and alcohol in a bowl in a water bath, making sure the mixture never actively simmers.

There are some safety issues in this process, so make sure you are extremely careful. If you’re in any way nervous, cold extraction may be a better option. Finish off your tincture by straining it. YouTube is an excellent resource for finding involved videos that show off every step of this complex process

The Cold Method
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Once you have your medical marijuana card, the easiest way to make MMJ tinctures is with the cold mehtod.

If hot extraction seems too intimidating, you may prefer to do the cold extraction. It takes a lot longer but is far easier for patients who aren’t as familiar with the methods involved in extracting MMJ to tincture form.

All you’ll need for cold extraction is a glass jar, medical marijuana and high-proof alcohol. Fill your jar about three-quarters of the way with medical marijuana. Then, top off the jar with alcohol, leaving some room to stir and shake. Put the lid on your jar, and shake it twice a day for about two weeks. When you notice the color has gone from the MMJ, remove the mixture from the jar, strain it and use it as a tincture. This process is much easier than hot extraction but will produce a slightly weaker tincture than hot extraction.

What’s the Best Way to Use MMJ Tinctures?

The best way to use a tincture is to place one or two drops under your tongue from a dropper bottle. Less is more with MMJ tinctures, and you will have to play with the dosage and frequency until you find the right amounts for you. As the concentration of MMJ tinctures can be a lot higher than smoking, vaping or edibles, take an easy hand at the start. The good thing about a small tincture bottle is that it can be easily slipped into your handbag or pocket, so if you feel the need to use more, it’ll be right there whenever you want it.

MMJ tinctures are a great place to start for someone who may be slightly unsure about the best way to consume medical marijuana. They are discreet, easily transported and without any other side effects just as having to smoke, vape or eat something to ingest the MMJ. As long as you have your medical marijuana card, the world of MMJ tinctures is your oyster, so get out and see what the fuss is about!

Should Medical Marijuana Candy Be a Thing?

Some cannabis card holders may say the question is redundant. Medical marijuana candy already most definitely is a “thing.” The real questions are: Should it be welcomed as an appropriate method of consumption, and should it be as readily available and promoted as all other forms of MMJ?

Actually, we should really be asking ourselves, “Why shouldn’t medical marijuana candy be a thing?” Consuming your MMJ via candy comes with no health risk, so it makes no sense as to why it wouldn’t be a viable option. The only time where this isn’t true is for those with a sugar-sensitive illness such as diabetes or certain forms of cancer. In those cases, it is better to opt for a different method of consumption.

The great thing about medical marijuana is how dynamic it is. People have come up with all sorts of ways to consume it, and the development of MMJ candy is just another fantastic addition to the ever-growing list of consumption methods. This can only be viewed as a good thing as everyone’s needs are different. If there are plenty of options available, then people are able to choose the method best suited to them and their treatment plan.

Why Medical Marijuana Candy Is a Good Thing

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Medical marijuana candy is very discreet to eat, which is important for most cannabis card holders.

A good argument for the promotion of medical marijuana candy as a method of consumption is its ease of use. Candy, by nature, is very easy to consume. You simply pop it in your mouth, and off you go! Additionally, candy is very discreet to eat, which is important for most cannabis card holders who want to consume without drawing attention to themselves.

A great thing about medical marijuana candy is that is makes consuming MMJ more palatable. Some cannabis card holders can find consuming the plant in other forms much harder to stomach, even in normal edible form. This is especially true for those suffering from digestion problems. Medical marijuana candy masks the taste of the cannabis, which means that even those with the most sensitive stomachs can consume with ease.

Things to Consider When Consuming MMJ Candy

Some people may argue that medical marijuana candy shouldn’t be a thing simply because they could land in the hands of children. Kids are naturally curious creatures, and anything left lying around could be accidentally consumed by little ones. This is especially true for kids under 5 who don’t quite have a grasp on what they should and shouldn’t eat. Although this is particularly a problem for younger children, it poses a risk to older ones, too, due to the fact that they look and taste like normal candy.

As with any other potential hazards for your kids, the best way to avoid them getting their mitts on your MMJ candy is to make sure it is kept out of their reach at all times. Additionally, it’s probably a good idea not to consume it when they’re around, or else there will only be a temper tantrum when you say you can’t share the treats with them. Plus, you’ll be undoing Barney’s “sharing is caring” work! If they never see the candy, they’ll never ask for it, so it’s best to keep it out of sight.

The exception to this rule is if your child is the cannabis card holder in your family. In this case, MMJ-infused candy could work as a great method of consumption for them due to the fact they don’t have a strong weed taste and that you can limit their dosage.

Thankfully, cannabis card holders aren’t short on options if they’re looking to invest in some medical marijuana candy. There are a number of MMJ candy manufacturers working in the U.S., and their range of sweets is getting more and more diverse.

The Best Medical Marijuana Candy Your Cannabis Card Can Buy

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If chocolate is your thing, opt for Punch Combos, a chocolate bar that is packed with cannabinoids.

If you’re looking for something with a great THC-to-CBD ratio, go for Dixie Mints, a tasty pack of mints that come in orange, peppermint and mixed-berry flavor. Chill Pills from The Growing Kitchen are hard candies with a high CBD count, which is great for relieving pain, inflammation and insomnia. If chocolate is more your thing, then opt for Punch Combos, a chocolate bar that is packed with cannabinoids. For the vintage candy fans among us, you can’t get better than Remedy Plus’s huge range of old-school candies that are bound to ignite some nostalgia in you. All these products are available state-wide in California once you have a cannabis card.

If you’ve thought it over and decided candy isn’t exactly your thing, perhaps you could be more tempted by edibles instead? They’re just as delicious, and you can make them in the comfort of your own home. Why not check out our 4 Sweet Medical Marijuana Edibles Recipes and our 4 Savory Medical Marijuana Edibles Recipes.

Medical marijuana candy provides another dynamic way for cannabis holders to consume, so there’s no real argument for it not to be a thing. Anything offered to the market that can make patients treatment plans easier or more comfortable should be embraced wholeheartedly.

How to Make Medical Marijuana-infused Tea

With the advent of medical marijuana cards so too came a whole host of new and inventive ways to consume medical marijuana. All across California, MMJ card holders are transforming their cannabis into delicious juices, whipping them up into tasty treats — both sweet and savory — and vaping it away till their hearts’ content. And these are only a few of the ways to consume this super-plant. Long gone are the days where you’d have to smoke a joint to reap the innumerable benefits of this medical marvel.

Although all methods of consumption have their plus points, a new and innovative way to enjoy MMJ has recently come over the horizon: medical marijuana-infused tea. Sure, this may seem a bit out there, but if you (like the thousands of other California medical marijuana card holders across the state) love nothing more than curling up with a hot mug of tea at the end of a long day, this might be the best option for you.

Humans have been making tea for thousands of years, and in that time, all manner of weird and wonderful plants have been brewed. From jasmine to dandelions to nettles, there’s never been a shortage of inventiveness when it comes to this magical drink. So it was a natural progression that people would start experimenting with brewing medical marijuana.

The method for MMJ-infused tea is relatively simple, but you’ll need to make sure you have the following ingredients as well as your California medical marijuana card.

Medical Marijuana-infused Tea Recipe

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There is nothing better than curling up with a hot mug of medical marijuana-infused tea at the end of a long day.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 gram medical marijuana buds
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Tea bag
  • Sugar (optional)

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Butter?” But yes, you will definitely need butter to make the tea for a very important reason: On its own, THC is not water-soluble. Unless it is coated in a fatty substance, you won’t be able to benefit from its ameliorative power. When butter is mixed with the buds, the fat in the butter reacts with the heat of the tea to release the THC from the marijuana buds, allowing it to be ingested.

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on ingredients, here’s your method.

Directions
  1. Grind up the marijuana buds using a pestle and mortar to make sure it’s done well without completely powdering the plant. If necessary, use a knife to cut up any stubborn bits.
  2. Mix the ground marijuana buds with the butter. Make sure all the buds are coated — but not completely soaked — in the butter.
  3. Fill a metal tea ball or diffuser with the marijuana and butter mixture. If you don’t have access to a diffuser, it’s OK to empty an old tea bag. Cut the tea bag open, and fill it with the mixture instead, making sure to fold the tea bag back over so no MMJ spills out. It’ll be a little messier, but you’ll achieve the same results.
  4. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. It’s important that the water isn’t heated using a kettle.
  5. While keeping the water simmering over medium heat, lower the metal tea ball into the pot, and simmer for 30 minutes
  6. If you want a certain flavor to your tea, add in any other tea bag you want for the last 5 minutes of simmering.
  7. Take out both tea bags, and add sugar, honey or any other sweetener you want to.
  8. Sit back, and enjoy!

An even easier way to make MMJ-infused tea is to get a tincture and simply put a few drops into your regular cup of tea. A tincture is a concentrated type of cannabis that is mixed in an alcohol solution and consumed by putting drops either directly onto your tongue or into whatever drink or food you’re having. If you’re in a rush to make your MMJ tea, this is the best method for you as it is much less time-consuming.

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Tea infused with medical marijuana has the same long-lasting, potent effects as other methods of consumption.

Like other ingestible methods of consumption, medical marijuana-infused tea takes approximately one hour to for you to feel its benefits. Also like other ingestibles, it’ll have the same long-lasting, potent effects.

Although medical marijuana is naturally reparative and soothing, there is something that has to be said for the magical powers of tea in and of itself. Tea is the go-to relaxant for many 420 card holders and others alike, and it’s easy to see why: Tea is jam-packed with antioxidants, natural phytochemicals and theanine, which together give the body a boost and have been known to lower stress levels, improve concentration and even ease bouts of depression.

Mixing these two super-ingestibles was a stroke of genius. Their power together is much more effective than it is separate. The preparation of this extraordinary drink couldn’t be easier, so what are you waiting for? Grab your medical marijuana card, and get brewing!

What Are Medical Marijuana Tinctures, and How Do I Make Them?

Medical marijuana tinctures are probably the least controversial way to consume cannabis. They are also the most underrated of all the cannabis products because they are not as fun to take compared to smoking marijuana in a joint. Nonetheless, they are nothing new, despite how new they might be to so many marijuana consumers. Tinctures were actually the main form of medical marijuana until it was banned in 1937. They are an ideal method for both recreational and medical users, especially for children or people with respiratory problems.

Medical marijuana tinctures are a liquid concentration of cannabis where the THC and cannabinoids are extracted and dispersed into alcohol. In the past, tinctures were the most common form of marijuana medication used. Today, tinctures are not as popular, but they are simple to use and can provide an accurate dosage. They are discreet and can be taken on their own or combined with food or drinks, which allows medical patients to take their medication anywhere while still maintaining their privacy.

Medical marijuana tinctures are easy and inexpensive to make, and you can customize the recipe to suit your needs. Below are three methods that will allow you to produce tinctures in as little as an hour. Firstly, you will need the following:

  • Herb grinder or food processor
  • Glass/ceramic bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Kitchen scale
  • Canning jar with lid
  • Tincture bottles with droppers
  • 1 ounce of buds per quart of alcohol
  • The highest proof alcohol you can find

    Method 1: The OG Method

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    Medical marijuana tinctures are easy and inexpensive to make.

  1. Thoroughly dry and grind 4 grams of bud.
  2. Bake the cannabis at 240 degrees in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes to decarboxylase it. This is to create the psychoactive compounds in the weed.
  3. Immerse the cannabis into 2 ounces of high-proof alcohol in a canning jar, stir and cover tightly so that the evaporating alcohol does not escape.
  4. Let sit 2 to 3 hours in a cool, dark place. The longer it sits, the more effective it will become.
  5. Stir the brew again, then strain through a cheesecloth, collecting the liquid tincture in a bowl.
  6. Pour the liquid through the cheesecloth a second time, then bottle the tincture in opaque bottles as soon as possible to avoid exposing it to light.

Method 2: The Cold Brew Method

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Freezing the cannabis maintains the integrity of the cannabinoids and increases the tincture effectiveness.

This cold brew method of creating medical marijuana tinctures freezes the plant matter to maintain the integrity of the cannabinoids and increases the tincture effectiveness. It takes longer to produce the tinctures, and this method works best if you use high-quality cannabis.

  1. Put your well-dried and decarboxylase buds into a freezer bag, and place them in the freezer for a couple hours. Put your bottle of alcohol in there, too, as both plant matter and alcohol must be kept as cold as possible during this process.
  2. Once the buds are frozen, take them out of the freezer and grind them into rough chunks using an herb grinder or food processor.
  3. Combine 1 ounce of ground plant matter with 1 quart of alcohol in a sufficiently large mason jar.
  4. Close the jar, and shake vigorously for at least 5 minutes before putting the jar back into the freezer.
  5. Every few hours over the next 48, pull the jar out the freezer and give it a shake.
  6. After 2 days, strain out the plant matter from the cold liquid tincture through a piece of cheesecloth and save it for use.
  7. Pour the resulting tincture through a coffee filter to remove any fine particles, and bottle the tincture in opaque bottles as soon as possible to avoid exposing it to light.

Method 3: The Warm Brew Method

  1. Mix the cannabis and alcohol in a 1-quart mason jar. Cover tightly, and shake well.
  2. Completely cover the jar to block out all light, which can cause the tincture to go bad.
  3. Place the covered jar in a warm, dry place for 30 to 60 days. The longer you wait, the more potent the tincture will be.
  4. When ready to process, strain the mixture through a double-thick piece of cheesecloth over a mesh strainer into a bowl. The mixture should be dark green.
  5. Transfer the alcohol tincture into opaque bottles, and keep in the refrigerator.

Overall, not only are medical marijuana tinctures a great smoke-free option, but also, they are an ideal method for children or for the elderly who cannot smoke. Tinctures are also a lower calorie alternative to edibles such as brownies and cookies, and they also have a long shelf life when stored properly in a cool, dark place.

Once you have made your tinctures, to use, simply apply drops of the solution under your tongue. The main advantage of this method is that the medicine is absorbed through into the body’s main blood supply to the tongue. The euphoric effects of a medical marijuana tinctures will start to become apparent slightly slower than they would if you were smoking but significantly quicker than they would from an edible. You’ll experience the effects of two to three drops under your tongue in around 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Why More People Are Getting a California Medical Marijuana Prescription

California medical marijuana use became legal in 1990 after the Compassionate Use Act (also known as Proposition 215) was passed. This act allows citizens the right to access medical marijuana as a form of treatment for a variety of debilitating conditions as well as gives doctors the opportunity to prescribe an alternative treatment regime for their patients. Since this act has passed, more and more people are seeking out medical marijuana as a form of treatment for a variety of ailments including AIDS, depression, anxiety, anorexia, migraines, cancer, glaucoma, insomnia and chronic pain. Below are just some of the reasons why people are turning to California medical marijuana as a means of treatment for their medical conditions.

More Research and a Better Understanding of MMJ

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Legalization means more research into the benefits of California medical marijuana.

Doctors and research facilities are now able to assess the efficacy of the drug properly through in-depth investigations, randomized trials and the collation of different data sets from public records. From this research, they’re constantly uncovering innovative ways to harness the positive effects of MMJ to help better treat patients.

This has opened up many doors for people suffering from debilitating illnesses and reduced much of the stigma attached to the controversial medicine. California medical marijuana usage and dosage can now be finely tuned to suit an individual’s needs with tailor-made treatment programs that will ensure the best level of care for afflicted patients.

With backing from the medical community, society’s trust and acceptance of the drug is growing rapidly and is becoming seen as a sensible treatment option for a variety of ailments that would otherwise leave patients taking too many prescriptions and experiencing the unpleasant side-effects of traditional medicines.

Finely Tuned Medical Marijuana Strains to Suit Specific Needs

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Indica medical marijuana strains are known for their sedative effects.

Different strains of California medical marijuana can be cultivated to manipulate the levels of the compound THC, which is the main cannabinoid responsible for the many positive psychoactive effects felt by consuming MMJ. In this same way, growers can also alter the potency of the medical marijuana and the different effects that dosing with it may have. Sativa, for example, is a strain of marijuana that’s known to be more upbeat than indica, which is better known for its sedative effects. Being able to manipulate the genetics of the raw material in this way means that patients can be very selective in the kind of effects they wish they receive from their MMJ, which means they can avoid many of the “negative” side-effects they might associate with the drug.

Different, Inconspicuous Dosing Techniques

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Smoking isn’t the only way to get high on California medical marijuana.

More information on dosing techniques is another major contributor in leading many to consider using medical marijuana as a means of medication. For many, the idea of smoking isn’t all that appealing. Although social acceptance of the drug has definitely grown over the past few decades, lighting up in public can make many patients feel uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can consume your California medical marijuana.

Tinctures

Tinctures are a concentrated, alcohol-based cannabis extract that you dose with by placing one or two drops of the extract underneath your tongue. This form of consumption was actually the most common in the U.S. during the 1920s before Prohibition outlawed the drug completely.

Topical Lotions

Topical lotions are made by decarboxylating (a process that activates the cannabinoids present through heat) your California medical marijuana and extracting the active cannabinoids to create a concentrated cannabis oil. This oil can then be mixed in with regular body lotions or butters and applied directly to the skin for topical pain relief.

Edibles

The world of edibles has moved on a great deal from the stereotypical weed brownies that repopularized the drug in the 1960s and ’70s. Edibles also rely on decarboxylation of the medical marijuana. This can be done simply in the oven with baked goods, or more commonly, a cannabis oil is created and added to recipes to create anything from cakes and cookies to savory sauces and soups. This form of consumption makes dosing in public seem completely inconspicuous and helps put patients at ease.

Easier to Access California Medical Marijuana

If you believe that you have an illness or condition that would be eased by the use of MMJ, then access to your drug of choice could not be easier. After the passing of the Compassionate Use Act, dedicated medical marijuana sites such as MMJ Recs created a quick and easy platform in which to apply for your 420 card. They even provide access to specialized medical marijuana physicians who help to guide you through your new treatment regime and approve your access to the drug.

Healthiest Ways To Consume Medical Marijuana

For those seeking the benefits that come from the consumption of medical marijuana, it can be a surprisingly simple process. In California for example, all you need to do is apply for a medical marijuana card online and assuming that your application is accepted, purchasing, and even growing your own marijuana will become as legal as gobbling down a Big Mac. Not only that, but several online services can issue your license within the hour. (more…)