Medical marijuana is fast becoming recognized as an effective, powerful remedy for a broad range of illnesses. The changing perception among the medical community and general public means that folks from all walks of life are becoming more receptive to trying cannabis instead of pharmaceuticals that haven’t delivered the relief and healing promised. This new openness puts a spotlight on just how much the public doesn’t know about medical cannabis and how opaque the diagnostic process is.
One of the biggest hurdles new patients encounter after getting their medical patient approval is how to maneuver the actual purchase. Where to go, what to ask for, and how to use the herb are big questions that patients need answers to in order to begin their medical cannabis journey.
Just as a smart shopper does their homework to get the best deal before making a big purchase, an informed patient is the patient who gets the best care. Let’s take a look at the basics you’ll need in order to become the most informed patient you can be. There are different types of dispensaries that serve different MMJ needs. Knowing these distinctions can help you find the best medicine for your specific situation.
- Wellness centers/cannabis clinics – Offer wellness programs in addition to selling cannabis.
- Medical-only dispensaries – Provide only for medical patients and their caregivers.
- Medical-recreational dispensaries – Provide products for medical use as well as recreational products such as dry herb vape pens.
All medical marijuana dispensaries require patients to have a state-issued MMJ license to enter the store and make a purchase.
Common resources for finding the closest dispensaries are: