This post is mainly directed to those of you living in California. I already posted information about cannabis and its use for cancer treatments — now you need to know how to get it. If you live out of state you may have restrictions that don’t apply here. Google information that pertains to your state or click on one of the national resource links listed below and you will find out everything you need to know.
What’s the first step?
First of all, you need a written recommendation. I would first ask my doctor to write me one. If for some reason, he/she won’t — don’t panic, there are licensed doctors who will. You will have to pay out-of-pocket though. The cost for a written recommendation from a licensed doctor is around $65.
How do I find a licensed doctor?
Google Weed Maps. All the licensed doctors and dispensaries will pop up, along with a map. Since I live in Anaheim, all the locations in my surrounding area came up. I was surprised as to how many there are. They are usually “hidden in plain sight” in strip malls because cities who allow dispensaries don’t want them advertised to the public. I already Googled it for those of you who live in Orange County.
If you live somewhere else in California, a different weed map will pop up showing the information you want but it will be in your area.
Do I need an appointment to meet with a licensed doctor?
You don’t need an appointment to meet with a doctor. Their hours will be listed on weedmaps.com/ — but you do need to bring a valid California picture ID. If you have medical documentation, bring it along. It will help substantiate your need for medical cannabis.
If the doctor feels you qualify for medical cannabis, he/she will write you a recommendation that will be valid for one year. It won’t have your picture on it but for an additional small fee you can get a photo identification card. I highly recommend it — just in case law enforcement stops you.
I have my card. Now where do I go to buy medical cannabis?
You go back to weedmaps.com/ The great thing about this site is that it rates dispensaries. It’s like Yelp for weed.
You will also notice that some dispensaries only do deliveries. Actually, that is a great idea for those of you who have limited transportation or don’t want to be seen going into one of these places. There are so many people using medical cannabis these days, including people who work for companies who frown on marijuana no matter what it’s used for. Signing up for delivery is a way to get around that and keep your anonymity.
The dispensary rating system on weedmaps.com/ is also helpful to us newbies. Not all dispensaries are alike. I suggest finding a dispensary that has employees who are knowledgeable about their product and willing to help you find the strain that is right for your medical needs. Once inside a dispensary, you will be surprised how many strains of cannabis there are to choose from.
I live in Anaheim and I am literally surrounded by a half dozen other cities within a couple of blocks. Those cities only go for a couple of miles or less and I am back in Anaheim again. Whoever drew the city property lines must have been stoned because it doesn’t make sense. What I’m getting at, is that each city has their own rules as to where a dispensary can operate and what they can sell. All can sell plants but not all can sell edibles. The great thing is all dispensaries have phones — call them before you drive to their location and find out what they carry — you will find some that some are no longer in business — for one reason or another. Calling ahead of time will save you time and gas.
Let’s say you decide to buy small plants. It’s not hard to grow your own. There are places you can buy everything you need to have a hydroponic grow system in the comfort of your own home. Google “hydroponic stores” in your area to find one. I strongly suggest growing indoors as opposed to outside because when the plant matures it will give off a strong odor that anyone over the age of twelve will recognize as pot. It will invite trouble.
Here is my quick personal story. Several years ago my husband got his medical cannabis card and bought a small plant. He grew it outside in our backyard — the weather in Northern California seems to be an excellent place to grow it because that sucker grew fast. Within a few months it was seven feet tall and I could smell it from a few doors down. My neighbors obviously did too.
Two weeks before it was ready to be harvested, we came home to find we had interrupted a thief who was in the middle of stealing the whole plant. He/she got away with almost half of it by chopping off the plant. We had to immediately cut down the remainder and dry it indoors. We never found out who the pot thief was. They must have jumped over the backyard fence.
That’s why I recommend growing indoors and do not advertise what you are doing. It is legal but that won’t prevent someone from stealing what is yours.
I just found a place on line called BudTrader, an online local marketplace for medical cannabis that includes several states. The ads are updated continuously like Craigslist. It has a lot of information.
If you want more information, like recipes or resource guide, you can find it by clicking on these websites. They are by no means the only sites, they are the ones I found so far.
United Patients Group
Medical Marijuana – Ask Jan
Cannabis as Medicine
THC Total Health Care
Cannabis Search (includes recipes)
NORML Working to reform Cannabis Laws
This list should get you started. If you have more questions, please leave me a comment below or if you want, you can email me for a private conversation.
*** Here comes the disclaimer (of sorts):
I want to make sure my readers understand that there are no magic bullets to guarantee 100% that a cancer patient will fully recover. That goes for patients who choose conventional treatment and alternative. Cancer is a tricky bitch. Even if your doctor tells you there are no signs of cancer, individual cells can lay dormant in the body for years and then BAM it’s back! It doesn’t mean it will. But nothing is for sure.
My doctor read me a list of negative side effects — including cancer from the conventional treatments I was about to get. I signed on the dotted line anyway. It was my “well informed” choice. I knew the risks. And I knew I would do the research myself to find a way to get my immune system back on track.
That is why I stress eating a healthy, alkaline diet and controlling stress. You have a better chance (in my opinion) of remaining cancer free. Most of the patients taking medical marijuana as treatment also included a laundry list of supplements and diet change. It requires effort on the patient to do their part to get well and stay that way. The patient must be part of the team.
I will continue posting updates about medical marijuana and other proven alternative treatments as I find them. I hope this helped you. This concludes my award winning series “Medical Marijuana.”
If you missed my other MM posts – you can find them here:
Medical Marijuana Part 1
Medical Marijuana Part 2
Medical Marijuana Part 3