6 Things to know about California’s Medical Cannabis ID Program
As we welcome 2018, there’s a number of questions surrounding what that will mean for cannabis consumers both of the recreational and medical kind. First of all, you may be asking why you would actually want it and we have some answers.
Medical cannabis cards will provide a more uniform level of validation for medical patients Senate Bill 420 (SB 420) is an act that mandates a voluntary card registration program that identifies medical cannabis patients. Providing a state ID in California will allow for a more uniform and consistent way to validate medical patients. In addition to this, it does help recognize cannabis for recreational users as well.
The state requires information to register, but it will not hold onto it
In order to register, you will need the following (you can print this out as a checklist):
While this information will be collected, it will be returned upon receiving your registration card. The only information transferred to the state will be your photo, card type (i.e. patient or caretaker), and expiration date of card.
Cards will last for one year
The card is good for one year. If you lose the card, you will have to re-apply for it.
Patients above the age of 18 can apply for a card
If you are under 18, you will need a parent to accompany you. For those that may not have a photo ID, a copy of your birth certificate will be acceptable.
Card owners can begin saving at $15 per week
The voluntary ID program will allow card owners to realize savings. Application fee is $100, but half price ($50) for Medi-Cal card owners. Based on your card and if you are a Medi-Cal card owner, you can begin saving if your weekly spend is $15 a week (More insight on that to come).
Registering is easy and can be done with your local county
We will start finding the application for your local county. In the meantime, check if one is available to you here. If not, let us know!
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San Mateo County
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Overview on the benefits of Medical Cannabis
We’ve come a long way with regards to how the public views cannabis (Otherwise known as pot, weed, bud, marijuana, etc.), especially in the medical field where cannabis has proven to be a highly popular solution in alternative medicine. In the early years, it used to be seen as a natural remedy to ail a number of conditions, then the perception changed and certain industries tried and succeeded to polarize marijuana in the eyes of the public. As a result of this, we have gone through several decades of harsh prohibition laws.
However, we are not here to scrutinize this change, but celebrate its acceptance. The public perception on cannabis has succeeded in gaining back its positive image as more and more states garner acceptance through legalization. As these states move to legalize this plant for either medical or recreational purposes, it has proven to become a positive change for all as it also helps with regulating product quality for patients and regular consumers alike.
Why use medical cannabis?
There’s a number of benefits to using medicinal cannabis, but you may want to consider if it’s right for you. If you’re a patient that has not found the results you are looking for from regular medication or may be put off from the side effects they bring, medical marijuana may be a possible alternative to look into.
In general, the major use of this plant has been seen to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. With that in mind, research has found cannabis to have a positive effect on patients with diseases such as Glaucoma, Cancer, Crohn’s, and Parkinson’s disease – just to name a few. With over 483 compounds in marijuana and cannabinoids including Dronabinol and Nabilone which can be found in FDA approved medicine, it should be no surprise.
Whether you are choosing between a Sativa, Indica or hybrid strain (more covered in our upcoming posts), the THC and CBD are used to lessen the major symptoms found from these serious, and more common, illnesses. A lot of research is still underway on this topic and scientists are looking to find new ways of using the plant to treat other diseases as well.
There are some side effects to consider
While the advantages are evident, no drug is perfect, and cannabis is also known to have certain side effects that you may want to consider. WebMD reports that smoking pot can increase your heart rate over a short period of time, but also mentions that it can lower blood pressure. Dizziness can be a common symptom as well, which is why patients normally start with low doses and then build up their intake to find their optimal dosage.
Smoking medicinal cannabis is also known to irritate the lungs for some, especially those trying it for the first time. If you are one that may experience these side effects, then you may want to consider alternative forms of using the drug. Fortunately, there are alternative options with the introduction of vaporizers and edibles. Those with sensitive lungs may want to consider these options.
Vaporizers burn cannabis (in the form of dry herbs, wax and concentrates) at a lower temperature point to extract the cannabinoids and provide a “cleaner” burn. Edibles are ingested, and may take longer to feel the effects for most patients. Both are less harsh on the lungs, but have been known to provide a different feeling and xperience to many patients.
I’m still interested, where do I start?
Now that you know some of the benefits and side effects, if you feel you are still interested in trying medical marijuana, the first thing you need to do is obtain a card. Obtaining a card is a relatively straightforward process and you'll need to get a consultation from an acting physician in your state. If you are based in California, you can find some of our listings here in our about section.
After receiving your card, you’ll be able to purchase bud at licensed dispensaries. If you are located in the Peninsula of California (Pacifica, San Mateo, San Bruno, etc.), you can have your marijuana delivered by placing an order through the Cannabis Wellness Center’s menu.
While we are making great strides in finding the medical uses for this great plant, keep in mind that cannabis is not recognized in all states (i.e. not recognized on federal level). This means that medical cannabis cards are valid within the state that they are issued in. However, there are a growing number of states may recognize an out of state card. We found a list of some states that recognize out of state cards from Leafly for your reference.
While it is true that cannabis is proving to have a number of significant benefits, and as a result has been recently moved off the list of gateway drugs by D.A.R.E., it’s equally important to recognize that any drug can be abused. With that in mind, it is important use it responsibly so that we can continue to find positive use cases for its medicinal value.
In closing, we hope this article provides some insight on medical marijuana and helps answer some questions you may have regarding the industry.
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