Marijuana FAQs, Uses For Medical Cannabis & Cannabis FormsChowchilla, CA, Atwater, CA, Madera, CA, Merced, CA, Modesto, CA & Planada, CA
ABOUT MEDICAL CANNABIS
Medical cannabis works when the main components (THC and CBD) interact with the our endocannabinoid receptor systems. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in our brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. When a person uses cannabis, the cannabinoids find the endocannabinoid receptors in our central nervous system and bind to them. These interactions can have a variety of effects on immune function, inflammation, appetite, metabolism and energy homeostasis, cardiovascular function, digestion, bone development and bone density, synaptic plasticity and learning, pain, reproduction, psychiatric disease, psychomotor behaviour, memory, wake/sleep cycles, and the regulation of stress and emotional states.
Existing evidence suggests cannabis may support palliative treatments, have antiemetic properties, act as an orexigenic, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory, provide analgesic effects, relieve various symptoms of PTSD, and much more.
Consumption/Use of Cannabis
Cannabis is an annual flowering plant in the Cannabis genus. Cannabis is categorized into two types for consumption: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. These plants contain cannabinoids, which are the active ingredients in cannabis. The most commonly known cannabinoids are THC, CBD, and CBN.
- THC – (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
THC is the principal cannabinoid of the cannabis plant and produces the majority of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.
- CBD – (Cannabidiol)
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, thought to be primarily responsible for body pain relief.
- CBN – (Cannabinol)
CBN is a psychoactive cannabinoid occurring after the degradation of THC, generally resulting in drowsiness.
Traditionally, Cannabis Sativa is used during the daytime due to its high THC levels and its cerebral, uplifting effects. Sativa use commonly results in appetite stimulation, creativity enhancement, and an uplifted mood.
Cannabis Indica is often used at night, as its effects tend to be more sedative, relaxing, and aiding in body pain and anxiety relief. These reactions are attributed to higher ratios of CBD:THC.
Cannabis Hybrids are crossbreeds of sativa and indica strains that display characteristics of both plants. Hybrid plants are usually sativa or indica dominant and are genetically bred according to the desired traits.
Cannabis is a flowering plant. The flower can be smoked or vaporized. It can also be extracted into a concentrated form. To produce concentrated forms of cannabis, a solvent or solvent-less extraction method is used, resulting in oil, hash, or wax. These products can be smoked, vaporized, or infused into food and topical products.
Smoking/Vaporizing: The flower of cannabis can be ground and smoked out of a pipe, water pipe, or rolled into a joint. The flower can also be used with a vaporizer, heating the marijuana to a temperature lower than its combustion level yet high enough to activate the cannabinoids; this is a good option for users who do not want to inhale smoke. The onset of the effects of smoking and vaporizing cannabis is immediate.
Edibles: Concentrated forms of cannabis can be infused into food products. Once eaten, the active ingredients metabolize in the body through the gastrointestinal system. There are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and GMO-free edibles available. When using this form of cannabis, the onset of the effects is typically delayed and lasts longer in the body. Edibles can have varying effects on each person. It is necessary to find a milligram dosage that works best for you. It is recommended to start off with a smaller dose and increase as your tolerance permits.
Tinctures: Glycerine-based or alcohol extracted. Commonly used orally and placed under the tongue (sublingually) or mixed with tea and ingested.
Topicals: The topical use of cannabis can provide anti-inflammatory benefits when applied locally. It is also used to relieve arthritis, as well as joint and muscle pain. This form of use does not induce psychoactive effects.
Concentrated forms of cannabis are measured into milligrams (mg). For people with a low tolerance, a recommended starting dose is 5-10mg.
The Farm responsibly tests its cannabis for levels of THC, CBD, and CBN potency and performs contaminant testing to ensure compliancy with state regulations. Lab testing should be of the utmost importance to the discriminating client who cares about clean growing techniques and desires a reliably pure, potent product. Test results are listed daily on our menus.
Legalities of Cannabis
You can legally use cannabis if you are 21 or older. You can also use cannabis if you are 18 or older and have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card.
If you are 21 or older you can buy and possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. Per California state law; you can also plant, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants in your private residence or on the grounds of your residence. PLEASE BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR LOCAL CITY AND/OR COUNTY CANNABIS ORDINANCE TO ENSURE ADHERENCE TO STATE CULTIVATION LAW(s). If you are 18 or older and have either a current qualifying physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or are a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d), you can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants, unless the physician’s recommendation specifies a higher amount.
You can only buy cannabis at retail outlets licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Medical cannabis patients can only buy from a licensed medicinal retailer.
You can use cannabis on private property. You cannot use, smoke, eat, or vape adult-use cannabis in public places. Property owners and landlords can ban the use and possession of cannabis on their premises. You cannot use cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either a current qualifying physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d). You can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants, unless the physician’s recommendation specifies a higher amount. With a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, you do not have to pay sales tax when you buy cannabis, but you may have to pay other taxes.
You can carry up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. It is against the law for you to have an open container of cannabis in a vehicle while driving or riding in the passenger seat. If you have cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in a sealed package. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle. Even if you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in an operating vehicle.
Yes. If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
No. It is illegal to bring your cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal.
To date, there has NEVER been a recorded fatal overdose of any individual resulting from the over-consumption of cannabis. However, smoking or eating high concentrations of THC can affect your judgment, perception, and coordination, and may lead to poisoning, overdose, injuries, and accidents.
Yes. Cannabis can negatively affect the skills you need to drive safely, including reaction time, coordination, and concentration. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and increases your risk of getting into a car crash. If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
If you are under 21 and caught in possession of cannabis you will be required to complete drug education or counseling and community service (unless you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card). You could also face additional penalties (fines and jail time) depending on where you are, whether it is your second offense and other factors.