First and foremost be proactive. Even if your doctor refuses you an authorization since cannabis is legal for adults 21+ in Washington State you have options open to you. It surprises people but most the medical industry is not well informed on medical cannabis and is not well versed on the endocannabinoid system. Learn about medical cannabis and your condition and be pro-active. That's one of the keys to success to maintaining your health. After all this is YOUR health.
All adults 21+ may possess up to an ounze of cannabis in Washington State for whatever purpose. Each adult may also possess XYZ limits (edibles, hash oil etc) Thus some medical conditions may be easily self treated with a small amount of cannabis that would easily fit within the state's recreational cannabis limit. In addition, perhaps you want to treat a condition which does not fall into the state's parameters for conditions one can be authorized. A prime example would be sleep issues. Sleep issues do not count as a qualifying condition for getting a medical cannabis authorization. Yet anyone can go to any recreational cannabis store and purchase an edible which should allow one to see if it worked for sleep. The key is learning more about your condition and medical cannabis. Learn about cannabis legalities. Be proactive.
First keep in mind that the law has changed and as of the summer of 2015 we are in the middle of regulation. Stay current on legal issues. Regulation goes into effect July 1, 2016 and brings a lot of changes. You will see dispensaries close - some permanently and some temporarily as certain older collectives with their taxes in order will be allowed to apply for a I502 retail license. Until July 1, 2016 patients will be allowed to grow 15 plants, but on July 1, 2016 unregistered patients will only be allowed 4 plants.
Green Buddha believes the most cost-effective approach for the vast majority of patients is to produce their own medicine. Traditionally one of the "miracles" of medical cannabis was its price. One's pain could be relieved for a $1. That's changing. The US health care system - already notorious for bloated costs with little health benefits - is about to take up medical cannabis. It won't be getting cheaper. If you possess an authorization consider growing. It would amaze you how cost-effective it is. Most patients don't need but a few plants.
Additionally until medical regulations come into effect growing your own medicine is the only way to insure you have pesticides free product. If you have no interest or cannot grow, and your use of medical cannabis is small by next summer you might decline to get an actual authorization. The value of an authorization is that it allows one to grow one's own medicine. The tax benefit will be neglible.
A cannabis vaporizer is a device use to vaporize the active ingredients of cannabis. The extracted vapor can be collected in a bag or inhaled directly through a hose or pipe. With no combustion involved there's significantly better efficience in extracting the active ingredients. Smoking wastes approximately one third of the cannabis but vaporizers can get your wastage down to nil, which also saves money. Vaporizing your cannabis saves money, improves your health and is cleaner.
Thanks to 'Dabbing,' it is possible to overdose on cannabis, which until recently would have been laughable. And medibles/edibles should not be taken lightly, as they are the major source of high anxiety calls to poison centers and high anxiety emergency room visits. Cannabis generally interacts in pleasant way as psychoactive substance - but not always. Take your medicine seriously. Concentrates increase the risk of depenency and are a harder hit on the pocketbook. The market selects for potency, whereas a patient best selects on the basis of their own individual health goals. Carefully do your own cost-benefit analysis with integrating medical cannabis into your life. What is the health goal and how much energy and cost is involved in meeting that goal? Practice cannabis critical thinking.
"Dabbing" is a simple concept: a small amount of super-high concentrate (budder, shatter, hash oil)- maybe 80% or more - is put on a heated surface. A puff of smoke is emitted, and then the user inhales the entire puff of super-concentrated smoke.
The effects are immediate -- and they're intense. Folks who have used cannabis daily for 30 years report, "I
am high again!" Other people not so used to the magic plant usually need to sit down for a minute or two
before they can talk again.
Further complicating things the uninitiated believes - erroneously - that edibles are safer than smoking or vaping cannabis. But edibles take up to two full hours to full effect and thus are more difficult to self-titrate correctly. Uninformed patients who do not wait the full two hour onset can obtained bad results. Go very very slowly with edibles and don't pull a "Maureen Dowd."
The average patient who utilizes flower - uses approximately one half ounce to one and half ounces a monthly (14-42 grams). Nonetheless patients with substantial pain or sleep issues could utilize more. Use what you need, self-titration being most successful. You cannot kill yourself with cannabis except by doing something very stupid. Cannabis does not address the brain stem and so literally your heart and lungs cannot be turned off with cannabis as they can with opiates.
Cannabis is biphasic medication.
What does this mean? Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC, while not lethal, can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects at any dose, but drug interactions can be problematic. An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy.
Organic food farming, in general uses practices that conserve
biodiversity, are environmentally sustainable, and when these organic food products are delivered to the
consumer, they are free of synthetic nutrients, and synthetic pesticides.
Pesticide-free means that even if a pesticide – whether toxic or OMRI certified– was used, there is no residual, even a trace amount, present in the final product.
What medical cannabis users want is pesticide-free cannabis.