Cannabis 101 a.1
Let’s get down to it, please feel free to leave a comment!
Are you prepared personally?
I mention it because many patients who have found such relief or a higher quality of living from cannabis are surprised at the negative reaction they receive from family and friends. The Harsh judgment, comparisons to drug users/abusers, ridiculed and even being disowned by family. The negative stigma attached to cannabis is REAL and in the current age of no filter, anything goes, the intensity of criticism can be fierce, prepare yourself. I personally try not engage in moral debate but do educate when I am faced with fear out of ignorance or want of knowing.
Will you be drug tested?
Make sure you understand the policies on drug testing at your workplace. Nothing is foolproof if your patient status endangers your job/employment you must always be prepared for the consequences. Having a good comprehension of your company’s drug use policies is an advantage, it can help you decide how to manage your patient status in the best interest of all parties. You may have an employer that requires drug testing but also believes cannabis is medicine, knowledge is power.
Educate yourself on local medical cannabis law and know your rights as a patient.
This is a great reference resource I have found to summarize your rights in California:
I recommend you acquire a state patient I.D. card to compliment your Dr.’s recommendation for added security and protection, you can find out how to get yours here:
Cannabis laws are still in development so I highly recommend the next step.
Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access – ARMA, Americans for Safe Access – ASA, and San Diego NormL this will provide you with real-time and reliable information/resources. If you are not comfortable attending a meeting please follow them on social media and review/bookmark their websites.