If you have just received your very own medical marijuana card, you have just opened up doors to a whole new world of treatment options. However, many people who first get their medical marijuana card are a bit hesitant to make their way to a dispensary. It can be a bit overwhelming to try and navigate through all the hoops of your state’s medical marijuana program, and going to a dispensary all by yourself without any knowledge on cannabis products can seem pretty daunting at first. However, you can at least rest in the fact that many people like you are just trying to use medical marijuana to treat their chronic disease or conditions and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.
In this article, I want to talk a little about how to approach going to a medical marijuana dispensary and picking up your first cannabis products. At this point, you should have met with at least one doctor or medical professional who signed off on your medical marijuana application, and this person should have informed you of your current conditions and symptoms and how cannabis can be used to treat such conditions.
This is the first step in making a list of how you want to manage your symptoms to achieve your goals. Before you actually go to a dispensary, you want to plan out what kind of relief you desire from cannabis and how you think that it can help you. This is a super important part of the process because it can help you in picking out which products, strains, and potencies that you want. Sometimes people believe that marijuana is a miracle drug that will solve all of their pain symptoms and problems, and that is just not the case. However, it is true that medical marijuana can be very effective at reducing the severity of pain and symptoms throughout the day.
After you have determined what your treatment goals are, like being able to sleep better or feeling less pain throughout the day for example, you can begin to do some research online about what strains of marijuana may be right for you. While cannabis is only one plant, there are quite literally hundreds of strains (739 to be exact) and each one can have a different effect on your mind and body. With that being said, there are many popular strains out there for all sorts of chronic conditions and symptoms that people turn to on a regular basis.
My suggestion would be to research what kind of marijuana strain is best for people dealing with your certain conditions. You should be able to find plenty of information and possibly even anecdotes and reviews for other people who have tried the strain in question. The important thing is that you have an idea of what you want before you walk into the dispensary.
While I am sure that most employees working at a medical dispensary are going to be friendly and helpful, they are not doctors. Consequently, they are not always going to know which strain is “right for you”, and they shouldn’t have to. Making a list of strains that might be good before you go to the dispensary is great. You can compare different strains and see which ones the dispensary actually has. The employees should be able to help you make substitutions for popular strains based on their recommendations and knowledge about cannabis.
Also, it may be important for you to check the stock and availability of a certain cannabis dispensary before you make the long trip there. Some places run out of stock very quickly!