At Utah Therapeutic Health Center, we believe it’s critical to give our patients continuous access to educational resources about their cannabis medicine. We want you to be knowledgeable about all things related to Medical Marijuana (MMJ), even if you are a veteran patient. That's why we want our patients to ask questions.
Whether you call it Medical Cannabis or MMJ, the medicine you take for your condition is supposed to improve your quality of life. It is supposed to make you feel better so that you can live your best life. But in order for that to happen, you have to know what you're doing. And that means learning.
Questions are a great way to learn. The more you ask, the more information you get from people who are qualified to answer you. Of course, that means asking the right people. Your QMP and PMP are good folks to ask. So are the staff at your preferred Medical Cannabis Pharmacy. Even other patients with more experience can teach you things.
So what kinds of questions should you be asking? Anything and everything is on the table. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Just to give you an idea, here are some of the questions we field a lot:
A lot of people wonder why Medical Cannabis Pharmacies sell so many different products offering different delivery methods. There are vape cartridges and dry flower for inhaling. There are tinctures that you put under your tongue. There are edibles, waxes and resins, and even topical products (lotions, salves, balms, and creams) that are meant to be applied directly to the skin.
Different delivery methods exist because different qualifying conditions call for them. If your qualifying condition is PTSD for example, a topical lotion you rub on your arm isn't going to do much good. That same lotion might be ideal for a person suffering from chronic pain in a particular joint.
This may be the most frequently asked question in the entire Medical Cannabis community. Truth be told, there is no black-and-white answer. Different delivery methods benefit patients in different ways. Some patients may find vaping works best for them, while for others, it's tinctures. It is really up to the patient, QMP, and PMP to figure out the best treatment method for each case.
Layering is something else people ask us about a lot. Medical Cannabis layering is the practice of using multiple delivery methods simultaneously in order to maximize relief. It is something that takes some time to learn. But once you figure it out, layering can do wonders for helping you feel great.
As a Medical Cannabis user, you know that your Medical Cannabis Card is not valid forever. You have to go back and see your QMP every six months to a year (after the first 90 days). The reason is pretty simple: it's a safety issue. Lawmakers don't want patients continually using Medical Cannabis without ever being evaluated by a QMP. By requiring regular renewals, they guarantee medicines are being used safely and responsibly.
Another question we hear often is: “Why are cannabis medicines so expensive?” There are lots of reasons, beginning with the fact that Utah's Medical Cannabis program is still so new. Our program is slowly maturing, and as we get closer to maturity, prices should come down. But that will take time.
We could post an endless number of questions and answers. Truth be told, there is a lot to learn about Medical Cannabis. So do not be afraid to ask questions. Even veteran patients can learn a thing or two.