How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in New York

If you’re a New Yorker reading this article, you might be wondering how you can become a legal patient. In 2014, the State of New York approved Assembly Bill 6357 which made medical marijuana legal under a state-regulated program. But unlike in California, they have stricter regulations.

How do you get a medical recommendation?

Truth is, it can be hard to find a marijuana doctor. Practitioners in New York need to obtain a special certification to issue medical recommendations, so access to compassionate care is limited. And that’s where we come in.

We have expanded our top-rated telemedicine portal across New York. On March 13, 2015, the State of New York passed Senate Bill 2405, “The Telehealth Amendment Act” allowing health care professionals to provide online medical evaluations. Several illnesses can make you eligible for medical marijuana including:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Spinal cord damage

Here’s the most convenient way to get your medical marijuana recommendation

  • Log on to www.nymedicalcard.com and have your medical records ready.  We need a recent diagnosis (within the last 12 months) and proof that you tried another intervention besides medical marijuana for 3 months.
  • Once approved, you will receive an email with your recommendation.
  • Register with the New York Medical Marijuana Card Program. The card will be mailed to you and you’re all set to purchase cannabis!

Patient Possession Limits

  • Per New York law, the non-smokable preparations allowed for legal consumption are edibles, oils for vaporizing, inhalers, or capsules.
  • Patients are permitted to have a 30-day supply of approved medical marijuana forms at state-monitored dispensaries.
  • Each certified patient may have up to two caregivers, and each caregiver may serve no more than five certified patients.

Confused about the process? Book an eVisit today to see if your medical condition will qualify.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in California

Many states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. With a recommendation of a physician, a qualified patient can buy, use, or grow marijuana.

Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in California include:

For a complete list, please refer to California Proposition 215, with revised Senate Bill 420.

How to Find Out if You Qualify for Medical Marijuana

Many patients in California have a doctor’s recommendation, and you can get one too.

  • Check-in on our website.
  • Patients must be a California resident with valid state I.D.
  • You will receive a PDF recommendation that same day.
  • We mail out the official paper recommendation same day, you should expect it within 1-2 business days.

How Online Marijuana Evaluation Works

The MMJ evaluation involves a video conversation with our doctor. He will ask about your health issues, medical history, and how marijuana might be beneficial for you. The process is convenient and will last just a few minutes.

Once you have your recommendation, you can legally purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries and deliveries. To continue availing these services, you need to renew your rec annually, which is pretty easy to do.

Patients and their caregivers may obtain one ounce of marijuana in usable form and six plants, with no more than three mature and flowering plants producing usable marijuana at any one time.

To learn more about getting a medical marijuana card, click on the green widget below and chat with us. You may also visit us in our clinic in Santa Ana, CA. It will be helpful to bring your medical records with you and provide us with all essential information about your condition.

cannabis arthritis relief

Get Relief from Arthritis With Cannabis

Over 52 million Americans suffer from arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting the joints. Symptoms include morning stiffness, peripheral neuropathy, inflammation, and persistent joint and muscle pain. One alternative treatment that’s gaining popularity is the use of marijuana.

CBD and THC to the Rescue

The right dose of THC and CBD can help reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. You can consume the herb through smoking, vaping, or ingesting oral forms (edibles and tinctures). Synthetic versions in pills are also available by prescription. In Canada and Europe, Sativex are used for pain relief.

Does Medical Marijuana Work?

A 2011 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology revealed that:

It is reasonable to consider cannabinoids as a treatment option for the management of chronic neuropathic pain, with evidence of efficacy in other types of chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis as well.

In another research published in the journal Rheumatology, CB2 receptors are found in high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients. The use of medical cannabis is shown to fight inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of CB2 receptors.

Different Strains of Cannabis

Cannabis strains vary in the amount of THC and CBD and it’s important to know that because they have different impact to your body. Hybrid strains such as Pennywise, White Berry, and Cannatonic can ease pain and muscle spasm. Sativa dominant strains (e.g. ACDC and Harlequin) also provide therapeutic benefits for arthritis sufferers.

Is it Right for You?

Most painkillers may be addictive and can take a toll on your body. Medical cannabis is a safe alternative to those drugs.

Find out whether using marijuana might be right for your condition. Schedule an appointment with our doctor today!

Marijuana May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

An estimated 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes tender points all over the body. It comes with a wide variety of symptoms including:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive and memory problems (“fibro fog”)
  • Morning stiffness
  • Numbness or tingling of hands and feet
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights
  • Headaches

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, medications can help control symptoms. Many patients also find relief using medical marijuana which  is an affordable and natural alternative to painkillers.

Can Cannabis Treat Fibromyalgia Pain?

The endocannabinoid system seems to play a role in several vital processes. Certain cannabinoids found in marijuana, called phytocannabinoids, provide therapeutic effects to fibromyalgia patients.

Moreover, the National Pain Foundation conducted a survey with remarkable results. Sixty-two percent who have tried cannabis said it was very effective at treating their fibromyalgia symptoms. Massage, swimming, acupuncture, muscle relaxers and other alternative treatments also helped relieve their symptoms.

Synthetic Drug Derived from Marijuana

Nabilone is a synthetic analog of tetrahydrocannabinol. It is FDA-approved for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and regulated as a Class II controlled substance. Fibromyalgia patients can benefit from the drug which offers relief from pain, anxiety, and disability.

Are You Living with Fibromyalgia?

Let us help you improve your quality of life! Those interested in medical marijuana can book an appointment in our clinic or online.

How Does Prozac Compare To Medical Marijuana?

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More than 28 million people in the U.S. have taken Prozac and other related antidepressants. Prozac belongs to a class of drugs known as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).  Although it is an FDA-approved drug, it is linked to a number of side effects like weight gain and sexual dysfunction. If you’re looking for an alternative that can improve your depression symptoms without the unwanted adverse effects, you might want to consider medical marijuana.

Cannabis Proves as Effective as Prozac

Patients experiencing mental health conditions – from chronic pain to PTSD and depression- may benefit from medical cannabis. In one study, the researchers found that endocannabinoids  may be helpful in treating depression that results from chronic stress.

The study pointed out that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids. And this may affect our cognition, emotion and behavior. Using compounds derived from cannabis could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression.

Get Medical Help with Depression

Marijuana is not a miracle cure but it can help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. Chat with us if you need assistance in getting a medical marijuana recommendation.

Treating Colon Cancer with Medical Marijuana

Colon cancer is a malignant tumor arising from the inner wall of the large intestine. Most cases begin as small, benign clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. If not detected and removed early, these polyps become cancerous. Symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits. In addition to the commonly used medical intervention for cancer, cannabis may increase your chance of successful treatment.

Study Suggests Cannabis May Treat Cancer Cells

As we know, cannabis extracts have already been shown to have therapeutic benefits for cancer patients. It helps stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and relieve pain.

Some animal study suggests certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of colon cancer. Researchers investigated the effect of a standardized cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol (CBD) and were able to reduce precancerous lesions and tumor growth in mice. The results may have a “clinical relevance for the use of cannabis-based medicines in cancer patients.”

Patient Success Stories

Many cancer patients have gone into remission using medical marijuana. David Hibbitt described how cannabis oil aided his recovery from colon cancer and infected lymph nodes.
Stephen Estrada, who is battling Stage IV colon cancer, is on chemotherapy and has decided to take the leap. He even included medical documentation and is happy with the results.

What’s Your Story?

Regardless of your age and health status, it’s never too late to take action against colon cancer. If you are considering medical marijuana as an alternative medicine for yourself or a loved one, contact us today!

California Now Offers Recreational Proposition 64

Before recreational law Prop 64 passed, there has been a successful medical use program through Prop 215.
Since 1996, Californians have known a freedom that the rest of the country often envied or feared. When enacted, Prop 215 provided safe medical access and protection from prosecution; for medicating by smoking, eating, vaping or any other intake method your health malady requires.

This movement was more than the hippies who just wanted to grow and smoke flowers for health. In 1996, Prop 215 laid the foundation for the rest of the country to begin to understand and accept this path to alternative remedies. Slowly, state-by-state, medical compassionate use laws have been enacted, and people are beginning to heal. Currently, over half of the states in the US, have voted to allow home medical grows and safe access through dispensaries.

Historically California Set the Medical Bar

Patients and providers used California legalization of safe medical access; to pave the way and set standards for access and care for two decades. That proactive stance has become medical use standards across the nation.

Setting standards for things like, online medical recommendations and online medical access cards. California created these services that have allowed sick people in rural areas, who are bedridden and otherwise unable to get the care they need; have safe access to natural plant based health care.

Prop 64 will not affect the medical system, including, online medical recommendations. For those who are sick online sources and dispensaries, should be considered the foundation for safe medical access through California’s legalization of medical.

This medical charge in the 1990s, allowing patients to help patients heal, teach and grow as a community helped show the citizens that this plant was not as bad as they thought. This knowledge showed this plant contained more health and recreational value than the public knew. As the public perception and fears subsided and became based in hands-on reality, the people began to relax.

Over the last number of years, several other states have allowed recreational use to exist along side of medical access. In each of these states, the use differences are obvious between medical and recreational. For those who need medicine, they need to continue with the system that has been in place for so many years, helping, protecting and healing patients. The recreational market, as great as it is, is not designed to help sick people. Prop 64 is designed to give access to all adults; the medical market is still how the ill will find care.

Prop 64 Adult Use, Rights to Recreate

California voted yes on historical change this November. The yes nod to Prop 64, now gives all adults in California rights to possess one ounce and grow six plants per household. Allowing for all people over 21 to decide how they relax and recreate.

California legalization through, Prop 64, will take effect immediately, but that does not mean you will have access right away. As of right now, anyone 21 or older can possess an ounce, have six plants (but they must be hidden and protected by a lock) and you can still only smoke in the privacy of your home or a private residence.

Immediate for All Users

For now, recreationally, you cannot buy it, you cannot sell it, but you can give up to one ounce away as a gift.

Seeds are not for sale yet, but if someone offers you some for free, you can plant them.

Possession of concentrates up to 8 grams for recreational use, but there is a current conflict with the wording of the law. Part of the law refers to your recreational concentrate limit at 4grams; this conflict will be handled in court, soon. These rules for recreational use will be the system until the laws and regulations are in full effect in 2018.

It will not be until Jan 1, 2018; that stores are allowed to open for access to recreational use and purchasing through Prop 64.  Medical safe access collectives and dispensaries will remain open for medical patients and will not be affected by the 2018 date. Unfortunately, dispensaries will not be selling anything recreational to anyone. You cannot have access to your local clinic without a medical recommendation from your doctor.

The medical compassionate use rules have not changed for now. Through the next couple of years, the medical use system will be subject to licensing and further regulations. For now, Prop 215 is business as usual.

Medical patients should remain using the patient helping patient access model that has been in place for 20 years. Your doctors are still going to know what is best for your conditions. Doctors using online medical systems will still be there to provide you with quality care and protection from persecution for your medical use.

As the dust settles and all adult Californians have equal access to the flowers, edibles, tinctures and oils of their choice; there will be a collective sigh of relief. As a medical patient, you should celebrate your system that has been taking care of you for decades. Soon enough the sick and the well will lift a joint in toast and toke for freedom for all.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help Fight Opioid Addiction

We all know that prescription painkillers and heroin, a class of drugs known as opioids, are causing overdoses and deaths. Opioid abuse racks up over $72 billion in medical costs alone each year, according to a CDC report. Medical experts are now considering the idea that medical marijuana should play a critical role in fighting the painkiller epidemic.

The Effects of Narcotic Drugs

Opioids target the brain’s reward system by flooding the system with dopamine. They are effective in controlling pain, but produce disturbing effects and are extremely addictive. If the person tries to abstain from prescription drugs, withdrawal symptoms appear. These can include:

o  Abdominal pain

o  Agitation

o  Chills

o  Craving the drug

o  Diarrhea

o  Insomnia

o  Irritability

o  Muscle aches and pain

o  Nausea and vomiting

These symptoms can worsen over time and last from a few hours to several days. After the initial withdrawal period ends, Suboxone, Methadone, and Naltrexone are usually prescribed for recovery. But similar to other opioids, these medications can take a serious toll on your body if stopped abruptly.

Can Medical Marijuana Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

The misery caused by opioid addiction are clear and immediate actions must be taken to end the cycle, including finding more effective and safer options for pain relief. This is where medical marijuana comes in.

According to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, the enactment of statewide medicinal marijuana laws is associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates. In conclusion, the researchers reported “states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”

In an article published in The Open Neurology Journal, the authors reviewed past clinical studies on cannabinoids. The use of medical marijuana for chronic pain, nausea, and vomiting – the dominant withdrawal symptoms of opioid abusers – are just some of the interesting findings.

How Effective is Cannabis for Chronic Pain Relief?

An increasing number of studies provide evidence. An Israeli study found that the treatment of chronic pain with medical cannabis resulted in improved pain and functional outcomes and a significant reduction in opioid use. In another 2016 study, researchers surveyed 244 medical cannabis patients in Michigan and provide some compelling data. They found that cannabis:

o  Reduced use of opioids by 64%

o  Decreased side effects from other medications

o  Improved quality of life by 45%

Finding the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain

Medical marijuana can be a viable alternative for difficult-to-treat pain conditions. While it might save patients from the opioid crisis, having a recovery plan works wonders. When considering cannabis for the treatment of pain, it can take a bit of trial and error before you find the most effective strain, dose, and method of administration. Many patients experience therapeutic effects from indica strains which contains higher THC than most sativa or hybrids. It’s important to start low and titrate up accordingly because these strains are highly effective in low to moderate doses.

If you are currently using opioids and want to change your treatment plan, use extreme caution and seek medical supervision.

Smoking Marijuana May Help Lower Eye Pressure

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that can lead to vision loss and permanent blindness. Many factors contribute to the optic nerve damage, including elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Currently, three modalities are present:

  • Medications –  in the form of oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgery

Benefits of Marijuana for Glaucoma

Despite the treatments available, there are some patients who use complementary therapies to control symptoms and treatment side effects.  One of the commonly discussed alternatives is the use of marijuana. It has been demonstrated that smoking marijuana lowers IOP for three to four hours in both normal individuals and in those with glaucoma.

Currently, glaucoma patients continue to rely on marijuana as a successful alternative treatment or as an addition to their prescription eye drops. If you have glaucoma and is considering medical marijuana, it is important to lower your eye pressure round the clock. Researchers estimate you would need to smoke a joint eight to 10 times daily to achieve this.

To find out if cannabis is best for your condition, use our online medical evaluation service.

Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has long been used for therapeutic purposes. Scientific studies reveal that there are many benefits of cannabis use.  Although there are some potential side-effects, these can be minimized by vaping marijuana instead of smoking it.

medical marijuana benefits

There are documented evidence using cannabis to treat the following illnesses:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Involuntary movements

Further research needs to be conducted to treat the following:

  • Chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and vomiting
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight loss related to HIV
  • Tourette syndrome

Getting Started with Medical Cannabis

Cannabis has been around for centuries and is believed to have originated in Central Asia. It has reached an international scale over time. In California. state voters approved Proposition 215 (also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996). Under a physician’s supervision, patients can have legal access to medical marijuana.

The cannabinoids found in the plant paly a role in the treatment for a variety of ailments. These include neuropathic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, nausea, and movement disorders. Cannabis is also an appetite stimulant which can be beneficial for HIV and cancer patients. In fact, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association support the facilitation of clinical research trials. In a 1991 Harvard study, 44 percent of oncologists had advised marijuana therapy to their patients. Meanwhile, in a national survey conducted by the Providence Rhode Island Hospital, nearly half of physicians supported legalizing medical marijuana.

If you want to learn more about medical marijuana and would like to secure a medical card, talk to one of our doctors today!

Smoking Marijuana Linked to Gum Disease

It turns out smoking marijuana is not so great for you.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that heavy marijuana smokers are at risk for gum disease.

The researchers tracked the data on marijuana use and tobacco smoking in a group of middle age people born between 1972 and 1973. They found “a strong association between cannabis use and periodontitis experience by age 32.”

smoking marijuana linked to gum disease

If untreated, periodontitis can cause damages to the soft tissue and destroys the bone surrounding the teeth.

In conclusion, the study revealed that regular cannabis smokers were three times more likely to have significant periodontal attachment loss compared to non-smokers.

Healthier Ways to Use Medical Marijuana

For happy gums and teeth, here are a few suggestions for a smoke-free experience:

Use a vaporizer. It reduces the smoke to up to 95% percent. There’s also less resin buildup so your teeth won’t turn yellow.

Consume edibles. Cannabis-infused products are quickly expanding and you can even make your own. Be sure to start out with a small dose as it can take much longer to kick in and the psychoactive effects may hit you hard.

Use tinctures or tonics. Tinctures and tonics offer better dose control and fast release into the bloodstream and are the most popular way to consume marijuana.

Apply topicals. Products like lotions, creams, patches, and salves provide localized pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects.

Get Legal Access to Medical Marijuana

Now that you’ve explored all your options, use our location finder to get access to medical dispensaries and try your preferred method of consumption.

Cannabis Use May Stop Vision Loss

For years, cannabis has been widely used to help treat certain diseases like glaucoma. The good news is that it can also be beneficial to retinitis pigmentosa.

What is Retinitis Pigmentosa?

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited, degenerative eye disorder that leads to severe vision impairment and blindness. The disease affects roughly 1 in 4,000 people both in the U.S. and worldwide and worsens as the rod photoreceptors in the retina, die off.

How it quickly progress depends on the genetic makeup of your RP. Symptoms include:

  • Decreased vision at night or in low light
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Loss of central vision (in advanced cases)

Can Marijuana Improve Your Vision?

A study published in Experimental Eye Research suggests that cannabinoids may help slow this down.

The researchers at the University of Alicante in Spain used a synthetic form of THC and were able to prevent vision loss in rats with the disorder. The treatment group, which received 100 mg/kg of the synthetic cannabinoid each day, performed significantly better on visual tasks when compared to the group that did not receive treatment.

“These data suggest that cannabinoids are potentially useful to delay retinal degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa patients,” according to Dr. Nicolás Cuenca, the lead author of the study.

The study also revealed that THC seems to protect the inner layers of the retina and other eye structures. More research is needed to form definitive conclusions, the researchers added.

Would you consider cannabis therapy for your eye disorder? Find out if you qualify

Benefits of Vaping Medical Marijuana

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Weed Types: Sativa, Indica and Hybrid

Many patients have tried a variety of medical cannabis strains. You may find Sativa a better choice during the day when wakefulness is desirable, while Indica strains are more suitable for nighttime use for their relaxing effects. Hybrid strains can offer the best of both worlds.

Cannabis Extract May Help Treat Epilepsy Symptoms

A chemical derived from marijuana may be an effective treatment for patients with epilepsy. Speak with our doctor to find out if your condition qualifies for medical marijuana.

Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain, Study Says

Cannabis is an effective treatment for pain. Book your consultation with our MMJ doctor to find out if it’s right for you.

Alzheimer’s Patients May Benefit from Cannabis

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5 Physical Illnesses That A Medicinal Plant Could Cure

Earth’s own natural medicine has many benefits to its patients, whether it’s mental or physical, for pain relief or for healing of the immune system.

Yes, believe it or not, this medicine can indeed help patients heal and improve their immune system. Here are five different examples of physical illnesses where this plant can have a huge impact regarding pain relief and healing:

Cold/Flu

Yes, you can indeed cure your cold or flu just with this medicinal plant. Flavonoids are substances that exists in all plants and helps with fighting the flu and strengthen the immune system, but when it comes to pot, this plant contains flavonoids that are not found in others, which acts as part of the anti-inflammatory effects. It can also help protect your blood cells from rupturing and increase your levels of vitamin C.

Multiple Sclerosis

Research has shown that CBD (Cannabidiol) can be used to treat multiple Sclerosis (MS)-like symptoms. CBD assists with preventing immune cells from mutating and attacking the nerve cells in the spinal cord, which stops the disease from spreading across the body.

Type 2 Diabetes

In May of 2013, a study done by the American Journal of Medicine displayed that this plant could indeed play a key role in controlling people’s blood sugar levels. The study looked at 4657 people, both active and former users of this medicine, and showed that those who were currently still using it had a 16% reduction in fasting insulin levels and a 17% drop in HOMA-IR, which is what measures the insulin resistance and the beta-cell function.

Cancer

The Cannabinoids that exist in this plant can help defeat cancer by inhibiting the tumor growth and killing the cancer cells. The CBD helps with destroying the metastasis, the gene that spreads the cancer to other organs, and the THC, the main ingredient of the plant, naturally activates the endocannabinoids in your body, which further helps destroying the cancer.

HIV

It has been shown that this medicinal plant can help with HIV/AIDS patients with their appetite, mood and pain relief. Now, it has been discovered that daily doses of THC also had some impressive results when treating animals suffering from HIV. There was a decrease in the damage of the immune tissue on the gut; A vital area site for HIV infection.

5 Mental Illnesses That A Medicinal Plant Could Cure

Earth’s medicinal plant contains ingredients that makes it one of the most natural medicines on the planet. Not only is there no risk for an addiction: It’s also one of the top medicines against many different kinds of mental illnesses. To give a further of explanation of the strength of the medicine, here are five different mental illnesses that can be treated by this plant:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also more famously known as PTSD, is an anxiety condition caused after experiencing a disturbing event, such as military combat, sexual assault. One major contributor of PTSD is endocannabinoid deficiency, in which the body stops producing enough endocannabinoids to fill receptor sites, which leads to difficulties in relief of painful memories. The cannabinoids in this plant play a therapeutic role in replacing these missing endocannabinoids, which then can help bring relief of bad memories.

Insomnia

If you’re suffering from insomnia, then taking a hit before bedtime could do wonders for your sleep. In general, Indicas tends to be the better option when looking for a strain to smoke before bed because of the higher amount of CBD which allows the body to become more relaxed and sleepy.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Very small doses of THC can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins, one of the main contributors to Alzheimer’s Disease. This was discovered by a preclinical study made by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014, which also supported the effectiveness of THC and how it prohibits the growth of toxic amyloid plagues that can also contribute to Alzheimer’s.

Depression

Similar to PTSD, this medicinal plant has been shown to be an effective treatment against depression caused by chronic stress. In a 2015 study done by the University of Buffalo, the results showed that stress caused by a decrease in natural cannabinoids molecules found in the brain can lead to depression, which the plant can replace.

Proposition 64 California Now Offers Recreational as well as Medical use for adults.

Before recreational law Prop 64 passed, there has been a successful medical use program through Prop 215.
Since 1996, Californians have known a freedom that the rest of the country often envied or feared. When enacted, Prop 215 provided safe medical access and protection from prosecution; for medicating by smoking, eating, vaping or any other intake method your health malady requires.

This movement was more than the hippies who just wanted to grow and smoke flowers for health. In 1996, Prop 215 laid the foundation for the rest of the country to begin to understand and accept this path to alternative remedies. Slowly, state-by-state, medical compassionate use laws have been enacted, and people are beginning to heal. Currently, over half of the states in the US, have voted to allow home medical grows and safe access through dispensaries.

Historically California Set the Medical Bar

Patients and providers used California legalization of safe medical access; to pave the way and set standards for access and care for two decades. That proactive stance has become medical use standards across the nation.

Setting standards for things like, online medical recommendations and online medical access cards. California created these services that have allowed sick people in rural areas, who are bedridden and otherwise unable to get the care they need; have safe access to natural plant based health care.

Prop 64 will not affect the medical system, including, online medical recommendations. For those who are sick online sources and dispensaries, should be considered the foundation for safe medical access through California’s legalization of medical.

This medical charge in the 1990s, allowing patients to help patients heal, teach and grow as a community helped show the citizens that this plant was not as bad as they thought. This knowledge showed this plant contained more health and recreational value than the public knew. As the public perception and fears subsided and became based in hands-on reality, the people began to relax.

Over the last number of years, several other states have allowed recreational use to exist along side of medical access. In each of these states, the use differences are obvious between medical and recreational. For those who need medicine, they need to continue with the system that has been in place for so many years, helping, protecting and healing patients. The recreational market, as great as it is, is not designed to help sick people. Prop 64 is designed to give access to all adults; the medical market is still how the ill will find care.

Prop 64 Adult Use, Rights to Recreate

California voted yes on historical change this November. The yes nod to Prop 64, now gives all adults in California rights to possess one ounce and grow six plants per household. Allowing for all people over 21 to decide how they relax and recreate.

California legalization through, Prop 64, will take effect immediately, but that does not mean you will have access right away. As of right now, anyone 21 or older can possess an ounce, have six plants (but they must be hidden and protected by a lock) and you can still only smoke in the privacy of your home or a private residence.

Immediate for All Users

For now, recreationally, you cannot buy it, you cannot sell it, but you can give up to one ounce away as a gift.

Seeds are not for sale yet, but if someone offers you some for free, you can plant them.

Possession of concentrates up to 8 grams for recreational use, but there is a current conflict with the wording of the law. Part of the law refers to your recreational concentrate limit at 4grams; this conflict will be handled in court, soon. These rules for recreational use will be the system until the laws and regulations are in full effect in 2018.

It will not be until Jan 1, 2018; that stores are allowed to open for access to recreational use and purchasing through Prop 64.  Medical safe access collectives and dispensaries will remain open for medical patients and will not be affected by the 2018 date. Unfortunately, dispensaries will not be selling anything recreational to anyone. You cannot have access to your local clinic without a medical recommendation from your doctor.

The medical compassionate use rules have not changed for now. Through the next couple of years, the medical use system will be subject to licensing and further regulations. For now, Prop 215 is business as usual.

Medical patients should remain using the patient helping patient access model that has been in place for 20 years. Your doctors are still going to know what is best for your conditions. Doctors using online medical systems will still be there to provide you with quality care and protection from persecution for your medical use.

As the dust settles and all adult Californians have equal access to the flowers, edibles, tinctures and oils of their choice; there will be a collective sigh of relief. As a medical patient, you should celebrate your system that has been taking care of you for decades. Soon enough the sick and the well will lift a joint in toast and toke for freedom for all.

The Benefits of Possessing a California Medicinal Card

Everyone’s favorite drug is getting legalized across the country, but if you’re a resident in California, you’ve probably already had access to Mary-Jane and are familiar with its medicinal effects. If you’re suffering from illnesses such as cancer, anorexia, HIV/AIDS, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, or other chronic illnesses, possessing a medicinal card will greatly benefit both your health and your budget, as you will no longer require to purchase many of the expensive drugs sold by the pharmaceutical industry, and no longer risk addiction as this plant offers no risk of addiction.

One of the greatest benefits of possessing a compassionate use card, you now have access to one of the greatest medicines in the world. There’s no doubt regarding the medicinal benefits of the thc that exist in this wonder-plant, and it’s famous for being the only substance that can cure the nausea that is caused by chemotherapy, retard the onset of blindness from glaucoma, and help you relieve your depression without ruining the chemical balance in your body – all with zero negative long-term side effects.

Outside of having access to this medicine, by possessing a California medicinal card you will finally have access into all of California’s 500 medical dispensaries. These dispensaries are very similar to the coffeeshops in Amsterdam, with dozens of strains to choose from and choices of sativas, indicas, and hybrids. There will also be staff and budtenders that will guide you in finding a strain that suits you and your desire of medicinal effects, and some dispensaries even offer rooms with Volcano vaporizers, so you can medicate with fellow patients at the location and in a safe space.

If you’re unable to grow plants at home, then a compassionate use card is definitely the best option. Having access to these dispensaries and this wonder-drug are among many reasons why you should get a recommendation in California, and outside from the regular medicinal card that you get after an evaluation from your doctor, you can also get an online medicinal card, as well as go through an online medicinal evaluation. Good luck and have fun exploring the dispensaries!

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