Category Archives: Marijuana

Finding a Location for Marijuana Dispensaries

The number of states that authorized marijuana for medical purposes is continuously increasing, with Maryland and Minnesota being recently added to the list. Business owners in these states who see potential in setting up a medical marijuana dispensary can start looking for locations now. Unfortunately, these dispensaries don’t work the same way as normal brick-and-mortar shops. There are several things to consider: Read the rest of this entry

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Medical Marijuana Use in Oregon

It was back in 1998 when Oregon passed Measure 67, allowing patients to possess, cultivate, and use medical marijuana. However, the legislation doesn’t mean that any patient can rely on cannabis for its medical benefits. Instead, it applies to specific health conditions.

Among these are cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, or treatment for symptoms of cachexia (dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy), severe nausea, severe pain, and seizures, including those due to epilepsy. Any other condition that isn’t among this list is subject to evaluation and approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

Last year, the health agency added two medical conditions to the list: agitation caused by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AD is a type of dementia common in the elderly sector indicated by impaired memory, language difficulty, and loss of personality, and medical cannabis is found to help decelerate these symptoms. Seeing a loved one deal with AD is especially difficult for some family members because at times, the patient’s memory becomes so distorted that they can’t even recognize their own relatives or friends.

Meanwhile, PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder typically brought about by an extremely traumatic experience, like injury or the death of a loved one. Symptoms include sleeping difficulties, lack of concentration, social isolation, and flashbacks (re-experiencing the trauma). Currently, there are ongoing government-funded studies to find solid evidence of the link between PSTD and medical cannabis.

Marijuana Dispensaries Meet Cannabis Storage Needs

Medical marijuana is best obtained from a recognized dispensary for one very good reason: the drug is rather sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture levels. Excess heat and humidity outdoors may cause the drug to lose some of its potency, thereby reducing its therapeutic effects. Consequently, it is recommended that medical marijuana be consumed as soon as possible.

In most cases, marijuana can tolerate temperatures ranging from about 65°F to 78°F; anything beyond this range may already cause the drug to spoil. Tissue damage is likely to occur at 40°F and can become permanent if the temperature dips to the mid to low thirties. In addition, the drug is best stored in a cool, dark place because excess light (especially sunlight) can damage the trichomes, the tiny resin glands found on the leaves and buds that contain active medical ingredients called cannabinoids.

Household storage options are considerably more limited as excessive handling and indoor activity can introduce moisture, dust, particulates, and the like to the drug. If there’s no other option but to store the drug at home, an airtight mason jar should be used. The jar should then be refrigerated, not frozen, to keep the contents cool and fresh for use.

Access Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Inappropriate use of medical marijuana poses serious health risks. For this reason, medicinal marijuana dispensaries need to exercise caution when it comes to the storage and sale of this substance. Should the drug fall into the wrong hands, serious consequences can follow.

Addictive Aspects

Certain components of medical marijuana produces the “high” and pain alleviation people normally associate with the drug. These addictive properties put vulnerable individuals at risk, which is why the drug should not be distributed to just about anyone. Only patients with state-issued IDs and medical certifications that indicate the proper dose should be served. Read the rest of this entry

Can Everyone Visit a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?

From a medical standpoint, marijuana or cannabis is a useful drug that can help treat a variety of diseases. However, this doesn’t mean anyone who is sick ought to visit a medical marijuana dispensary right away, as pregnant women and people with heart disease may experience adverse reactions from the drug. Most people, though, have nothing to worry about—provided they meet the requirements and follow the regulations pertaining to this drug in their locale. Read the rest of this entry

Tips for Opening a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 21 U.S. states as well as in the District of Columbia. For this reason, operating a medical cannabis dispensary bears a huge potential for entrepreneurs. If you are considering joining the fray, keep these things in mind:

Learn about the state laws.

Laws on medicinal marijuana vary from state to state, especially when it comes to registration requirements. For this reason, get an inkling of these laws before deciding on which state to establish your medical cannabis dispensary business. For instance, in Arizona, the Department of Health Services ensures that the number of dispensaries doesn’t exceed the number of pharmacies in the state.

Consider hiring a consulting firm.

Having the business registered with the state’s Department of Health Services is only half of the battle. You also need to plan for inventory control, including its accounting and tracking. You need to think about providing a safe and convenient access for patrons, while at the same time guarding your inventory with heavy security doors.

Employ a physician.

Hire the services of a physician to ensure that patients are treated according to protocol. The doctor doesn’t need to be available on-site all the time, but he or she should at least be available to take calls during those times when a patient happens to be confused with his or her doses. Still, it is a patient’s primary physician who will recommend and prescribe medical marijuana.

Legal Marijuana in Focus: Washington

Today’s state in focus for our special report on the is Washington State. What makes this state different from others who have allowed for the medicinal use of the drug, however, is that it is just one of two in the country—the other being Colorado— where pot use is also approved for recreational use.

Washington’s journey to join the ranks of pot-legal states began in 1998 with Ballot Initiative I-692. Much like California’s Proposition 215, the fate of pot legalization hinged on the vote of the people, which also resulted in a win for the proponents. More than 1.1 million people, almost 59 percent of the state, voted for pot legalization.

Under the initiative, a patient possessing proper documentation from his physician is eligible for the medical use of marijuana. The initiative also stated specific diseases eligible for medical marijuana, which were updated twice: first in 2008 and second in 2010. Chronic renal failure is the latest condition to be added.

In 2012, Washington became the first state to approve pot for recreational use with Initiative 502, which faced little opposition. According to New Approach Washington, a pro-marijuana legalization movement, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess marijuana. It also allowed dispensaries to operate in the state.

As of 2012, there are an estimated 100,000 medical marijuana patients in Washington.

Health Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana

Despite being ridden with controversy, medicinal marijuana has truly emerged as one of the wondrous herbal drugs that offer treatment for the simplest to the most serious of ailments. That’s why more medicinal marijuana dispensaries are getting encouraged and profiting in the business. Here are some of the roles that medicinal marijuana has been proven to play:

Painkilling Power

The component called cannabinoid or CBD gives marijuana its natural anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces pain. Medicinal marijuana, which has been noted to be much more powerful than aspirin, can treat migraine and arthritic pains. The oil form can also be applied on tooth aches and on sunburns.

Cancer Control

Studies have also shown that marijuana reduces the rate of metastasis or spread of some aggressive cancers. It has also been shown to decrease nausea, vomiting and appetite suppression, which are common side effects of cancer therapies.

Brain Booster

Another ingredient of medicinal marijuana called THC has been noted to interfere with some of the adverse brain affectations. For this reason, medicinal marijuana has been used in treating concussions, strokes, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, among several other brain disorders.

Mental Mender

Although the recreational use of marijuana has drawn its fair share of flak in the many decades it has been popular, its medicinal form is slowly helping to revamp its image to something useful and even healthy. So far, it has been found to help fight against substance abuse of opiates, depression, anxiety disorders and even post-traumatic stress.

How Marijuana’s THC Works

If people won’t mind using a longer term for marijuana, it may as well be called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This ingredient is what is said to be responsible for triggering hypersensitivity to visual-audio sensations, making for a “trippy” experience.

Although it can be made synthetically, THC is usually produced in nature where cannabinolic acid undergoes a chemical change as a result of exposure to heat. As a result, the marijuana plant obtains its primary means of defense against disease and other members of the higher food chain. Read the rest of this entry

Cookies at Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Advertisement experts and real estate developers definitely know what they’re talking about when they say “Location, location, location.” What this phrase means is that the location of a home or business is the most important factor in its value, and this has been proven by, of all people, a little girl scout.

What one 13-year old Danielle Lei did was come up with a brilliant idea to significantly boost her Girl Scout Cookies sales. What did she do? She set up shop right outside a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary. How successful was her idea? She sold 117 boxes in just two hours. Read the rest of this entry