Cannabis is quickly becoming the key to a pain-free future. According to a recent CBS News report, people over the age of 55 are “using more and more marijuana” – due in no small part to the fact that many of them live in areas where the drug is now legal. In fact, many seniors are now looking to states where marijuana is legal when planning their retirement moves, according to Money.
This guide is for those who have decided to use cannabis as an alternative to traditional pharmecuetical drugs. It is a straightforward, simple approach to cannabis that will make it easy for you to confidently walk into a dispensary looking for exactly what you need.
Disclaimer: The Travel Joint is pro-choice and is not making a recommendation on your personal health care decisions. Nothing here is meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your physician before replacing any medication with cannabis. Seek out the assistance of doctors that can help you develop a safe replacement plan.
If you live in a medical state you will need a cannabis medical card.
Get your medical card
Many states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes (and several states have legalized cannabis both medically and for adult use). In order to qualify for medical marijuana, patients must have a diagnosed ailment that is on their state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. With the recommendation of a local physician, a qualified patient can obtain a medical marijuana card or authorization to visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products. In states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, adult consumers do not need a medical marijuana card, but may not have access to the same medical cannabis products that are available for patients.
To see a complete list of qualifying conditions by state and who to contact click here.
HelloMD – hello
Cost: $49 for consultation and medical recommendation
Once you join online the process is easy: You’ll fill out basic medical info, upload a photo and a scan of your driver’s license, then join a virtual queue. A short wait will get you to video-chat with a Dr., who will gave you crisp, clear info on what kind of cannabis wis suitable for your symptoms. Once you signed off, there in your inbox is a downloadable recommendation; the actual card will arrive via mail in a few days.
Cannabis is also known as marijuana, weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja and Mary Jane to name a few.
It comes in three strains:
Sativa – Considered a day strain for people looking for invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects. Good for physical activities, social gatherings and creative projects.
Indica – Considered a night strain for people needing help with pain, nausea, muscles relaxation and sleep. Physically sedating.
Hybrids – A mix of both indica and sativa strains with traits that are dominate to one or the other.
Commonly used to treat.
Sativa’s are commonly used to treat.
Mental and behavioral issues
Indica’s are commonly used to treat.
THC vs CBD
THC and CBD are two main and most popular ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids. These are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation.
THC used in conjunction with CBD helps dampen the psychoactivity and side effects that some people consider to be undesirable. Both compounds have an impressive list of ways that they support the human body.
Cannabis contains more than 100 types of cannabinoids, many of which have documented medical value.
Products and strains have been developed to deliver larger doses of different cannabinoids, so knowing which types best treat your symptoms is a handy piece of knowledge to bring to your next dispensary visit.
THC = Psychoactive, Recreational
THC is the ingredient in cannabis that gets you high.
It also helps in fighting the symptoms and the side effects of the following: chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, AIDS, and spinal injuries.
Side effects: Anxiety and paranoia. Increased heart rate, dizziness, dry-mouth, sedation, motor impairment,increase blood pressure while sitting and it will decrease blood pressure while standing. Cough, phlegm, constant cold, and bronchitis when smoked.
CBD= Non-Psychoactive, Medicinal
CBD is the ingredient that counter acts the “high” feeling caused by some high THC strains.
Anti-emetic: It reduces nausea and vomiting.
CBD helps to combat the following health issues: inflammation, stress, depression, anxiety, cancer, epilepsy, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, migraines, arthritis, the side effects of cancer treatments.
The lower health risks of CBD combined with its high efficiency in treating various health conditions make it a better candidate for medical applications than THC alone.
Side effects: Slight dizziness can occure if used without a small amount of THC. Immediate and long-term side effects of CBD appear to be minimal or inexistent. This is still being studied. Research has shown that it is non-toxic and there is no risk of lethal overdose.
Strains to replace your pharmaceuticals.
This is a list of what what strains to look for when looking to help aid specific symptoms.
Find a dispensary
Finding and acquiring cannabis in your area can be a daunting task but you can find a trusted dispensary near you here.
5 other ways to use Cannabis
Smoking is not the only option to consume cannabis. Specifically, seniors and Baby Boomers are being targeted with a new wave of no-euphoria and low-euphoria Cannabis products and treatments for age-related medical conditions.
Topical’s are skin creams or ointments that come infused with the active ingredients in cannabis. They won’t cause euphoria; very tame modality for new patients; targets joint and muscle pain and also can treat skin disorders.
A tincture is a liquid that is infused with cannabis’ active ingredients. They are very approachable for cannabis-averse patients; does not require smoking; faster-acting than eating if held under the tongue.
An edible is a food or beverage that has been infused with the active ingredients in cannabis. They are not smoked, have longer lasting effects, treat body pain and can be very sedative. Edibles come with a rationing disclaimer that should be adhered to to ensure no adverse effects and many are not strain specific so the full range of effects can be unknown until use.
A sublingual is like a breath mint or strip designed to be held under the tongue or inside the cheek. The medicine is absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth. They are faster acting than eating and a very inconspicuous.
Vape pens come in two options, a small, battery-powered, handheld inhaler or a disposable pen that works with cannabis extracts. Vape pens make vapor, not smoke; it’s very easy to dose with a vape pen with no cannabis smell; effects come on in seconds. The pens are easy to use and are strain specific.
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