Cannabis 101

Cannabis or Marijuana, is known by many different names like Weed, Pot, Herb, Reefer, Bud, Ganja, and also Grass. Different strains (types) have been created over many decades and people all over the world have been using it in one form or another. Strains like Blue Dream, Purple Kush, Dream Lotus, Maui Wowie, Ghost Dawg, and Sour Diesel, are like different “products” or types of Marijuana. Every strain serves different purposes and is cultivated for its unique properties. Each is associated with a varied effect on the mind and body.

Common Cannabis Classifications include Sativa, Indica, and various Hybrids of the two.

Sativa strains are believed to be more energizing. On the other hand, Indica strains are thought to make people feel drowsy and sleepy. A strain comprises CBD and THC chemicals. While sativa has a lower CBD count with higher THC, indica has the opposite. The level of cannabinoids is different in each of the strains.

What is Medical Cannabis?

States that allow the medical use of cannabis primarily allow it to be used for treat arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, pain management and nausea. While holding on to large amounts of cannabis (without proper licensing) is still a criminal offense, recent changes in legislation in many states across the United States call for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal medical use. Used in small amounts, medical marijuana is an effective alternative medicine that is believed to alleviate symptoms of certain medical conditions that may not respond well to traditional medicine.

Medical cannabis is available in different forms and dosages. This includes ingestibles, inhalation products, topicals, edibles, drinkables, and many others. The type of dosage for a patient depends on their therapeutic need and doctor’s prescription. In addition, the dosage also depends on the patient’s lifestyle. CBD oil tinctures are best advised for seniors whereas topical treatment is better for those who do not like to smoke. Edibles, on the other hand, have a long-lasting effect, and are not for those who may want to be out and about or during work hours.

Inhalation products act fast and are meant for patients looking for a fast-acting effect. But topical and ingestible products provide long-lasting effects. Effectiveness of medical marijuana and its different strains varies from one person to another, depending on many different factors. A person’s diet, digestive health, and tolerance level play a role in determining the amount of dosage that person may require.

How To Select Cannabis for Medical Use.

A product’s reliability is crucial when it comes to effectiveness. A patient must evaluate the medicine based on its cultivation quality standard. They should also consider processing protocols and the dispensary that dispenses the medicine.

Here are some key questions:

  • Is the dispensary provider and staff knowledgeable?
  • Can they easily provide answers to clear your doubts?
  • Do they have strong claims to prove that medical marijuana can be effective as a therapeutic solution to your specific problem?

They should also offer workshops to raise awareness about cannabis 101 medicinal use.

Cannabis is a natural therapeutic alternative to prescription drugs. There are options to help many different health issues using medical marijuana. But always speak to your licensed medical practitioner before embarking on your medical marijuana journey to wellness.

Montana and Medical Marijuana.

Montana has legalized the Medical use of cannabis for a few years now. Starting January 1st, 2022, Montana also legalized Recreational Marijuana where anyone over the age of 21 may purchase limited quantities of Medical Marijuana from licensed dispensaries.

For more information on the Montana Medical Marijuana program, visit the program’s official website at: https://mtrevenue.gov/cannabis/

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