“how do I get started? where do I go?…” -Anonymous
I get this question, A LOT. So I am going to address it here. Begin at the begininning, start with the basics.
First, be sure you are committed personally to getting your recommendation. No matter how valid your reason for medicating is be prepared for the stigma backlash. Also, consider you may run into a familiar face at a dispensary or be surprised by a delivery driver married to your assistant.Will you be drug tested? If you answered yes, you may want to reconsider the medicinal adult use of cannabis. Cannabinoids stay in your system for 4-6 weeks depending on usage. I have no personal experience with a product that will fool a drug test to date. Educate yourself on local medical marijuana law and know your rights as a patient. Join groups like Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access – ARMA, Americans for Safe Access – ASA and NormL are a great start. Appreciate your holistic choice to medicate naturally with a plant you can most likely grow yourself. Hooray YOU!
Second, choosing a Doctor. There are a few options out there for patients. Clinics with attentive MD’s, appointments made at an office where you both review your medical history and the Dr. provides a cannabis consultation that should cover methods of consumption and dosage. There is also the online Dr. option. A video chat and credit card can get you a medical recommendation in 30 minutes, depending on your medical history, state of residence and amount of questions you ask. I myself have experienced the online MD to satisfactory results. Shop around for the best deal and good reviews,
Third, acquiring medicine. Feeling brave? Pull up Weedmaps.coM, try and locate an operational dispensary and check it out. Odds are the place is not legit unless it is one of the few legal San Diego dispensary permit holders of which there are currently 8 in operation I believe. (See address list below) A good dispensary is always an experience in itself, the decor, the selection. Ask questions, how else does one learn? Curious about concentrates? Don’t pretend to know more than you do, the good dispensaries provide patients with knowledgeable staff and great customer service. It is an experience every patient should have. You can always call or order online and get your choice of medicine delivered straight to your home. My bit of unsolicited advice: buy tested meds, whatever you choose to medicate with, make sure it is tested.
Fourth, medicate responsibly. Refer to dosing answers you have acquired from your recommending Doctor and effective personal experience. “Start Low, Go Slow”, is best when trying for the first time/a new brand/strain/product or adjusting dosing. Bear in mind as one’s body changes, one’s dosing may change also. Try and consume a dose or two of pure CBD if you find yourself feeling overmedicated, should help regulate any surplus THC symptoms that may be making you feel sick or unwell.
Fifth, embrace the Community. There are many like-minded individuals that share your lifestyle and even your hobbies. I encourage all patients to participate in local cannabis events to learn and socialize. Attend educational events and learn more about what interests you most about cannabis. I encourage you to help build a strong San Diego cannabis community.
Cheers to your good health, Salud!
***I am not a therapist, clinician, doctor, nurse or any type of medical professional. Everything I post is based on my opinion, personal experience, and research.***
Legal San Diego Dispensaries: (via the San Diego County website)
3703 Camino del Rio South,
2335 Roll Drive in Otay Mesa
3452 Hancock St. in the Midway District
658 E. San Ysidro Blvd.
2405 Harbor Drive in Barrio Logan
7128 Miramar Road in Mira Mesa
5125 Convoy St. in Kearny Mesa
10671 Roselle St. in Torrey Pines/Sorrento Valley