Is vaping marijuana safer than smoking it?

Marijuana affects the brain—altering memory, judgment, and coordination.

Some people think that vaping is a safer way to use marijuana because you’re not inhaling smoke. But you’re still inhaling various chemicals when using a vaporizer. A study of some vaporizer products found the vapor contains toxic chemicals and possibly toxic metal particles from the device itself.7 Scientists continue to study the risks of vaping.

What is K2 or Spice and how does it affect the brain?

The chemicals in many products sold as K2/Spice are unknown. Some varieties could cause dramatically different effects than the person might expect.

K2 or Spice refers to plant materials that have been coated with chemicals similar to the chemicals found in marijuana. Some people mistakenly think K2/Spice and marijuana are the same thing, but they’re not. Sellers advertise K2/Spice as both a “safe” and “legal” substitute for marijuana. Neither is true. Although labels on K2/Spice products often say that they contain “natural” material from plants, their active ingredients are made in labs. These chemicals act on the same brain areas as THC. However, some chemicals in K2/Spice may produce much more powerful, unpleasant, and unpredictable effects, such as extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.

What's the latest on medical marijuana?

Scientists continue to investigate safe ways that patients can use THC and other marijuana ingredients as medicine.

Research has shown that some chemicals in marijuana including THC and cannabidiol (CBD) could have medical uses. Clinical trials are ongoing to develop and test medications that contain THC and/or CBD for pain relief or seizure disorders. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will evaluate the results to determine if these medications are safe and effective for treating these conditions. There are currently three FDA-approved medicines containing THC or THC-like chemicals that treat nausea from chemotherapy and increase appetite in patients with AIDS. These include two forms of a medicine called dronabinol, available as a capsule or an oral liquid, as well as a medicine named nabilone sold as capsules.

Can minors receive a medical cannabis card?

While minors cannot legally obtain marijuana themselves, patients that qualify for medical cannabis that are under the age of 18 may be able to have a designated caregiver, which is either a parent, legal guardian, or an individual designated by a parent or legal guardian.  In some circumstances, an appropriate caregiver may be otherwise approved by the Department of Health.  The designated caregiver must be present when the patient that’s under 18 consumes marijuana.

How long does it take to obtain a medical cannabis card?

Once your doctor has issued you a written certification to obtain a medical marijuana card, it will be processed and shipped to you within 3 to 100 days.  Unfortunately, because of the vast range in laws on the subject, it differs greatly by state as to how long it will take before you receive your card in the mail.

Is medical cannabis covered by insurance?

Health insurance companies do not currently cover cannabis under their policies because the plant is still a schedule I drug on a federal level.

What happens if you use marijuana?

Marijuana affects each person differently depending on their biology, the plant’s potency, previous experience with drugs, the way a person uses the drug, and the use of alcohol or other drugs at the same time. Some people feel nothing at all when they use marijuana. Some feel relaxed or high. Others suddenly get anxious and paranoid; this happens especially when a person uses stronger marijuana, takes too much, or isn’t used to taking it. We’re still learning about how marijuana affects the brain and how long the effects will last—especially after someone stops using the drug

What are the different ways you can consume cannabis?

There’s the classic method of smoking marijuana to feel its effects, but they can also be turned into edibles for food, infused into beverages, extracted into wax or vape juice for vaping, extracted into a concentrate to be used as a tincture, and more.  If your focus for medical cannabis is for pain, you can also rub hemp or cannabis oil on the affected area for relief topically.

Who qualifies for a medical marijuana card and what can cannabis be used for?

The law differs from state to state as to who qualifies for medical cannabis. It can be used as a treatment for symptoms for a variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, AIDs, HIV, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, terminal illnesses, and any other debilitating medical condition that may fall under the law’s umbrella. Some other conditions that patients may face to qualify, however, could include gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, PMS, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more.

Can you still purchase a gun if you have a medical cannabis card?

If you are already legally able to purchase a gun within the United States, you are still allowed to have possession of a gun and purchase it through a private seller; however, you are no longer allowed to purchase firearms from any federal retail store.

Can a doctor prescribe medical marijuana?

A doctor cannot directly write a prescription for medical cannabis.  They can, however, write an order for their recommendation that they deem you fit and qualified for medical cannabis.  Your doctor issuing you a written certification or making that recommendation gives you the green light once you receive your medical cannabis card, however.