This week’s vLog: Getting started with cannabis.
Hello again ladies and thank you for joining me for the vLog this week about getting started with cannabis. Next week will be extra special as I have a BIG announcement and introduction for you! But enough of that, THIS week I wanted to talk to you about getting started with cannabis as I get this question A LOT. To be clear I am NOT a medical professional and am speaking in general terms as to provide a litmus of sorts to get you sorted out, or started out as it were.
Okay so, I like what I call the destination approach as it breaks down a lot of information to help provide direction and guidance once you have the legend or key. I am going to give you the formula for your OWN legend/key. Grab a notepad and writing instrument, open up docs in your nearest device, whichever suits you best and write these 7 suggestions down.
Please answer these questions:
- What are you treating?
- What is your desired result or outcome?
- How are you comfortable consuming?
Do your research.
Please utilize the number of informational texts available to help identify effective anecdotal treatments. Amazon plays host to most of the top medical cannabis texts available, for further research data or analytical information please send an info assistance inquiry to email@example.com. My 3 favorites currently include:
- Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook by Robyn Griggs Lawrence (seriously)
- Cannabis Revealed by Bonni Goldstein, MD
- Cannabis Extracts in Medicine by Jeffrey Dach, M.D., Elaine A. Moore and Justin Kander
Speak with a professional.
This allows you an opportunity to ask any unanswered questions you may have of an actual doctor, for peace of mind as well as any clarity or needed confidence in your treatment plan. In addition to that I believe in adding a layer of protection to your access and your rights as a legal medical patient.
Obtaining legal cannabis.
As simple of an answer as this should be, the reality is, it isn’t. Due to the restrictive nature of government in unknown territory access remains to be an issue for some people. For example if you are a patient with mobility issues traveling a great distance to and from a legal dispensary may prompt you to use an illegal delivery service at a lower price point and convenience of home delivery. But that is a whole new ball of wax.
My suggestion is to search your city government page to find out if dispensaries are legal in your city, from there search the county to find the closest city or municipality to host a legally permitted medical cannabis dispensary. Please note: Online cannabis delivery and dispensary directories do not require businesses to be operating legally to be listed on their directories. Hey, I know, it’s a lot to have to sort through on your own, and there is more! It is kind of ridiculous really, but let me share something with you, is it worth the peace of mind knowing you will be visiting an establishment that isn’t going to be raided whilst you are there purchasing your meds? Is it worth avoiding a police incident video montage for the evening news? That’s what I thought.
So now you have located the dispensaries, if possible select a few. Then, call them up. Ask them if they sell lab-tested cannabis and cannabis products? Are they ALL tested? Ask them the types of products they carry and where they source their cannabis? Indoor only? Outdoor only? Then decide which location suits your specific needs best, feel free to share with the staff what you specifically are look for from a dispensary to see if they can accommodate your needs before making a visit.
Read the label.
We do this for everything else we buy, cannabis is no different. Know what is in your meds no matter the product, from topicals to edibles to cannabis flower. Only ever consume lab-tested products you can see results for. Make sure things like batch numbers match up with given results. I hate that I have to specifically mention this but I have come across this. In addition to ensuring clean medicine these results are your roadmap to treatment. The terpenoid and cannabinoid profile* in combination with your personal outcome can help you navigate what is giving you the greatest results.
(*Really great lab results will include full cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles, I lean towards the products that are testing at these levels.)
Trial by fire. It is the truth and where we are right now at this impasse of lack of information and access to obtaining said research/data. We do have some really helpful resources to help guide us, like the reason I mention the importance of lab-results and treatment. Let me give you an example, aromatherapy. I enjoyed a great talk by a confident ph.D. known as Justin Fishedick that really opened my eyes to a new vein of understanding. Much like we all respond to different smells and aromas is how we can compare our responses to cannabis. But fear not, this does not need to be a perilous trial with the tools provided herein. You will have a greater understanding of how to treat yourself and the medicinal history of the plant versus the propaganda most of us were raised on.
and finally #7.
Cannabis is still a federally scheduled one substance, as much of a direct contradiction that is with the U.S. Patent #6630507 for Cannabinoids it remains our reality. As more and more states legalize the more pressure the federal government feels to make a decision. With our current administration the cannabis industry seems precarious at best. Please let me clear, I do not think the states will abide by federal interference on these matters but these actions do have consequences such as the banking quagmire currently bogging the industry and states requiring taxes to be paid. That in itself creates and whole NEW public safety issue.
And that’s all I’ve got!
Thank you so much for your time!