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Cannabis Product Types
The vast array of different cannabis products allows for consumers to better find a product that fits their unique body and needs.
Extracted cannabis products come in a large variety of forms. Manufacturers use solvent and non-solvent based extraction methods to produce products of different consistencies. There are thick sticky oils, resinous bits, gooey budder, and waxy waxes. Extracts offer higher potency and better flavor which makes them popular with more experienced users. Some popular types of extract include: kief, hash, shatter, budder, droppers, and crumble. Extracts are used in dabbing, vaping, tinctures, or to simply sprinkle over flower in a joint or bowl. Different types of extracts take effect and have different durations based on how they are consumed. Typically users notice the onset of inhalable extracts sooner than those of products taken sublingually. Products taken sublingually can have effects lasting up to 6 hours.
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As medical cannabis has evolved, product manufacturers have found more and more ways to deliver THC and CBD to patients. Presently, there are many different types of items infused with cannabis such as sweet and savory food products, drinks, and capsules. Patients are consuming chocolate bars, gummies, popcorn, coffee, water, and even beer infused with varying amounts of THC and CBD.
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Cannabis buds are often referred to as flower. Many consumers enjoy the ritual and history associated with flower. There are many different strains of flower available making it important to pay attention to a strain’s cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
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Purchasing a pre-roll eliminates the hassle of separating, grinding and rolling cannabis flower into a joint. Pre-rolls offer consistency and portability allowing users to easily and quickly reach desired effects and outcomes. Many users report loving the ritualistic experience of smoking joints and hold a fondness for the aromas and flavors that a part of the process. Pre-rolls allow consumers to smoke favorite cannabis strains without much work. The effects of a flower pre-roll can be felt quickly after inhaling. Some users report noticing effects in as little as 5 minutes that last for up to 4 hours. Dosing a pre-roll is easy –take a puff and see how you feel!
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Vaping is the process of heating cannabis to low temperatures and creating vapor without creating smoke. If you are interested in vaping, there are both all-in-one disposable vapes and cartridges powered by a special battery available to try. Although vaping is similar to smoking as far as onset and duration, research is showing that vaping may be healthier for users lungs. Vaping offers greater cannabinoid efficiency with fewer potential carcinogens. It also allows for more discreet cannabis use as the scent from vapor fades quickly.
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Terpenes (also called terpenoids) are organic compounds that make up essential oils and are present in flowers, trees, and plants including cannabis. They are responsible for the unique smells and flavors of different cannabis strains in combination with cannabinoids to cause different effects.
This terpene may remind you of Christmas trees and will help decrease short-term memory loss. Pinene is present all throughout nature and is what gives an evergreen tree its unique scent.
β–Caryophyllene is the most common terpene found in extracts and is associated with many health benefits. It is of interest to scientists because it behaves like a cannabinoid in activating CB2 receptors.
Often utilized in creating fragrances, Ocimene has a floral, sweet aroma reminiscent of the outdoors. Ocimene also acts as a pheromone involved in social regulation within honey bee colonies.
A close relative to the hops used in making beer, Humulene has a spicy, herbal aroma. Although cannabis is often associated with eating this terpene is actually known for suppressing appetite.
Often tied to euphoria and anti-depressive effects, Limonene is also believed to help with digestive issues. Limonene is abundant in citrus peels but isn’t wholly responsible for lemony scent of some strains.
Offers anti-anxiety and calming effects, especially when taken with CBD. Linalool’s anti-microbial properties are useful for both the plant and the eventual consumer.
Used in the perfume industry, Myrcene relaxes muscles and increases blood-brain barrier permeability. One 7 year study determined myrcene to be the most important responsible for “couch-lock”
This terpene is often associated with sativas and offers many users the experience of mental clarity. Terpinolene has a clean, fresh aroma and is the least prevalent terpene in most strains of cannabis.
How to get your med card
Patients must have a qualifying medical condition recognized by the state. Common conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others. The list is subject to change, so it’s essential to verify current conditions.
Patients need to be certified by a qualified healthcare provider in MA. This provider could be a physician, nurse practitioner, or a psychiatrist. We recommend the Medwell Health team to determine if your condition meets the state’s criteria.
Once certified, patients or their caregivers must register with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMJ). This involves submitting necessary documents, including the healthcare provider’s certification, proof of identity, and proof of residency in Massachusetts.
If approved, the patient will receive a medical marijuana card from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This card grants them legal access to purchase and use medical marijuana from registered dispensaries in the state.
Medical marijuana cards typically have an expiration date, and patients need to renew their registration annually. This involves revisiting a healthcare provider for a reevaluation and submitting the necessary renewal paperwork to the MMJ.
Substance Abuse Resources
It can be hard to admit and accept that you or someone you love has a problem with substance use. Understanding how alcohol or other drugs affect you or a loved one is an important first step toward getting better.
If you are struggling with addiction, call The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline at 800.327.5050 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, and 8am-6pm weekends. You may also visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website to find treatment near you at www.samhsa.gov/find-treatment