Medical Marijuana: The Basics
Whether you’re a rookie or seasoned veteran, updating your knowledge of cannabis (commonly referred to as marijuana) is a wise on-going decision. As the medical marijuana industry grows and matures in Missouri (and nation wide) you’ll notice an overwhelming variety of products: products that vary in flower, concentrates, edibles, vape pens, topicals, and more. That list will continue to grow. Even the most experience persons will have difficulty keeping up with the trends. In efforts of providing a foundation for medicial marijuana we offer this general guide.
Meant to be a high-level overview, we hope this provides a framework to enjoy the benefits of marijuana; medical or recreational. When you have questions, or need assistance contact a Cannabis Caregiver at Knight & Gayles. We are happy to help you.
Storing Your Medical Marijuana
It is very important that you store all marijuana products – medical or recreational in a safe, secure location away from children and pets. Just as you should safe guard alcholic products or prescription medications you must treat medical marijuana with similar responsibility.
At present, Missouri requires that medical marijuana edibles/infused products be sold in child resistant containers. Missouri also requires that other medical marijuana products be stored in or with the orginial packaging from the dispensary. (which can be placed inside your personal storage container)
Nonetheless, to maintain freshness, medical marijuana is best stored in glass containers. These containers should be kept in a cool, dry location. Humidity will vary on geographic location and season.
Where Should You Start?
Good Question. The answer truly depends on you and your experiences. How you consume medical marijuana is entirely your decision. Some may begin with vape pens, others may choose edibles. Most may continue the ole’fashion way – good ole flame and flower. Whichever you prefer we recommend starting small and going slow – called micro-dose. That allows you to get your feet wet before you become fully immersed.
What are strains of Medical Marijuana
Strains are the different varieties of the marijuana flower. Each strain has a unique flavor and combination of active ingredients that provides you a different result. There are thousands of marijuana strains. All which have names – some more creative than others - created by the growers. Some popular strains include OG Kush, Durban Poison, and Alaskan Thunder Fuck (also referred to as ATF, Matanuska Thunder Fuck or Matanuska Tundra)
By now, you’ve certainly seen the various types of marijuana strains. All of which can be used for medical or recreational purpose. Leafly is a great resource.
What Is Indica, Sativa & Hybrid?
They are strains of marijuana. Strains are classified according to their area of origin. Sativa strains originate closer to the equator, grow narrow leaves and are believed to have more energetic effects. Indica strains come from more northern latitudes, have wider leaves and are believed to have more relaxing effects. Hybrid strains are mixtures of Indica and Sativa strains, and offer a more balanced effect.
What’s the difference between THC & CBD?
The marijuana plant can contain up to 150 active ingredients, known as cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most commonly known. Dispensaries are required to label what each product entails including strength and likely effect. THC-rich strains are the most euphoric - the ‘get high’ strains. CBD-rich strains are more restorative, with less euphoria if any.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the oils secreted by the marijuana plant. These oils are responsible for the unique smell and taste of each strain.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The ECS is the biological system that directly connects the body and mind. This system is key to understanding how a state of mind can directly promote health or illness.
Where can I consume?
Consumption should occur in a private non-public location.
At Knight & Gayles we understand there is limited scientific evidence regarding the effective outcomes of medical marijuana however potential treatments may exist for certain medical conditions. We encourage you to maintain a dialogue with your Knight & GaylesMD physician about the outcomes of your treatment. Stay tuned for additional information. We're happy to share our knowledge with you.