Q: How do I get a medical marijuana certification?
A: Ask your MD, DO or NP. If they are not willing or able to write one for you, these medical practitioners may be able to help you.
Q: What is the difference between marijuana and cannabis?
A: Nothing. Cannabis is the botanical name for the medicinal plant also referred to as marijuana. We typically call it cannabis here at Remedy.
Q: What if I don’t want to get “high”?
A: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most commonly known compound in cannabis, which is typically associated with the “high” feeling of euphoria. Remedy offers a selection of low THC cannabis products that will not cause intoxication when consumed at the proper dose. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another rarer medicinal component that provides relief without intoxication. Remedy grows two unique plant varieties (“strains”), called “Harlequin” and “AC/DC”, which are uniquely high in CBD and low in THC.
Here are our suggestions to avoid getting high:
- Consume THC cannabis products in very low doses.
- Choose CBD or THCA cannabis products with little or no THC.
- Use the smallest amount possible to get relief
- Carefully select cannabis-infused products (edibles) with known potency and “start low and go slow”
- Try topical products that are applied to the skin, such as Remedy Salve
Q: What if I don’t want to smoke?
A: You don’t have to smoke it. Medical cannabis can be vaporized, taken orally in foods and oils, applied to skin, and absorbed under the tongue. Remedy makes a large variety of smoke-free products and we can help you determine which is best for you.
Q: How much do I take?
A: Cannabis dosing is determined by three main factors: Tolerance, Potency, and method of Consumption. Patients who are new to cannabis have a low tolerance to cannabis and therefore should use very small doses.
Start low and go slow:
Take the lowest dose possible to achieve the intended effects while avoiding possible unintended effects. If you are smoking or vaporizing, start with only a half an inhalation and do not take more for at least a half hour to see if that is enough. If you are ingesting an edible, capsule or tincture orally, consume the equivalent of no more than five milligrams of THC. If you are unsure about the potency, take only a pea-sized amount the first time to be safe. Do not take any more for at least eight hours.
Q: How will it make me feel?
A: Cannabis affects us all differently. Your cannabis experience will be as unique as your body chemistry is. Besides hopefully alleviating the medical condition you are certified to use it for, cannabis may also affect how you feel in other ways as well. For most of us, it is a pleasant experience.
Effects depend on how much you take, in what form, your current mindset and environment, and your own body’s responses. Always take it slow and don’t plan to drive, work, or operate anything for hours after you try it for the first time. Patients have reported the following effects from using cannabis:
- pain relief
- reduced nausea
- increased appetite
- mood lift, euphoria, feeling of intoxication
- giggling and laughing
- relaxation, stress reduction
- creative and philosophical thinking
- increased appreciation or awareness of music
- increased awareness of senses (eating, drinking, smell)
- reduced muscle fatigue
- increased weakness
- behavioral or mood changes
- suicidal thoughts
- increase in body/mind connection
- boring tasks or entertainment can become more interesting or funny
- general change in consciousness
- slowness (slow driving, talking)
- change in vision, such as sharpened colors or lights
- tiredness, sleepiness, lethargy
- stimulation, inability to sleep
- blood-shot eyes
- dry mouth
- difficulty following a train of thought
- cheek, jaw, facial tension / numbness
- racing thoughts
- altered sense of time
- coughing, asthma, upper respiratory problems
- short-term memory loss
- racing heart, agitation, feeling tense
- panic attacks
- lightheadedness or fainting
- clumsiness, loss of coordination
- can precipitate or exacerbate latent or existing mental disorders