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What You Will Learn in This Podcast

How did the podcast get started? (00:00)
Why are many doctors hesitant to get on board with marijuana? (05:46)
What can people expect from this podcast? (07:29)
What is the current state of medical marijuana in Utah? (10:43)
What is Tim, as a medical marijuana expert, going to be bringing to the podcast? (14:52)
Are you going to be able to show patients how to use marijuana? [15:48]
Why do so many say there’s no medical use for marijuana? (22:00)
How can one go about getting medical marijuana? How will the pharmacies work? (26:55)
If I have questions about medical marijuana, or I am a cannabis professional and want to come on the show, how do I reach out? (35:37)

Resources in This Episode

Leafly.com
UtahMarijuana.org
UtahMarijuana.clinic
IAmSaltLake.com
Utah in The Weeds Twitter

Podcast Summary

How did the podcast get started? [0:00]

The Utah in the Weeds podcast is the brainchild of experienced podcaster Chris Holifield and veteran medical marijuana consultant Dr. Tim Pickett, PA-C. Chris and Tim had recently spoken on the 420th episode of Chris’s other podcast, I Am Salt Lake, and the two had such rapport that they decided to start a new podcast altogether, dedicated to the use of marijuana in the great state of Utah. Enter, Utah in the Weeds!

Why are many doctors hesitant to get on board with marijuana? [5:46]

Marijuana has a history of being demonized. From social stigma around anything marijuana-related to fears of marijuana use leading to heroin addiction, many people shy away from marijuana entirely. We seek to break down those walls by demystifying some misconceptions about marijuana and shining some light on the benefits medical marijuana could have for millions.

It’s not just us, either. In fact, certain schools around the country have introduced degrees related to marijuana. The marijuana industry is constantly changing, and one of the most noticeable changes is its legitimization in the professional and educational world.

What can people expect from this podcast? [7:29]

We want to bring more and more professionals from the marijuana industry onto his other podcast, I Am Salt Lake. However, doing so would require a rebrand, we decided to bring that idea to life with a brand-new podcast, Utah in the Weeds, where listeners can expect everything cannabis! From interviews with cannabis professionals to demonstrations of use, we are looking to inform Utah about everything there is to know about marijuana.

What is the current state of medical marijuana in Utah? [10:43]

At the time the podcast was recorded, the first medical marijuana pharmacy was just about to be opened, barring a passing inspection by the government. Calling them pharmacies is little more than an attempt to legitimize the medical marijuana industry, and a more apt name might be “dispensaries.” However, that is a minor gripe compared to the huge benefit that the legalization of medical marijuana would have for the population of Utah.

What is Tim, as a medical marijuana expert, going to be bringing to the podcast? [14:52]

Ultimately it will be the role of an educator. I want to bring on cannabis professionals, authors, pharmacists, and doctors to discuss the ins and outs of the medical marijuana industry. I also plan to perform direct education by demonstrating some of the practical concepts in marijuana, such as growing and usage. 

If you’re a professional in or around the cannabis industry in Utah, please reach out! You can call at 801-841-5554 or email me at tim@utahtherapeutic.com!

Are you going to be able to show patients how to use marijuana? [15:48]

We think so, but this is something we’re still unsure of. In Utah, you’re not allowed to use an open flame to consume your medical marijuana, meaning you must ingest it in the form of an edible or vaporize it using a special tool called a dry-herb vaporizer. Some vaporizers allow you to dial in an exact temperature in order to ignite and release different unique sets of cannabinoids.

Igniting marijuana flower at one temperature will release a completely different set of cannabinoids than another temperature, since each group of cannabinoids have different combustion points. This allows the user to customize their marijuana experience and fine-tune it to their exact needs!

Why do so many say there’s no medical use for marijuana? [22:00]

This goes back to the fact that misinformation about marijuana has been spreading like a bad plague for decades. As children, many of us were told that marijuana is a gateway drug and leads to heroin use. We were constantly reminded that it could land you in jail and is, therefore, nothing but bad news.

Part of the problem is the strict dichotomy of the way people think about marijuana and its relation to the medical field. Many people favor legalizing marijuana because they want safer, more trustworthy solutions to ailments than some of the drugs currently dished out by the medical industry. By the same token, however, the medical field has now been charged with the herculean task of introducing medical marijuana to those same people. The result is a ton of misinformation about marijuana, which causes confusion and slows down the process of change.

But things are changing. People are being educated about its benefits, and the truth is coming to the surface. We’ve seen in the last few years just how much progress has been made, with 11 states legalizing recreational marijuana for those over 21 years old, and 33 states allowing the use of medical marijuana.

How can one go about getting medical marijuana?  How will the pharmacies work? [26:55]

Here’s the basic process for obtaining marijuana in the state of Utah: First, you’ll need to go online and pre-register for a medical marijuana card as a patient. Then, you’ll meet with your doctor, who must be a qualified medical cannabis consultant, and get approval from them to receive your card. 

You’ll only get approved for a card if your doctor finds your condition to qualify for treatment with medical marijuana. After the appointment, and if you get approved for a card, one will be emailed to you. Then, you’ll go to a pharmacy and purchase your marijuana.

Here’s where things can get confusing. When you enter the pharmacy, you’ll typically meet with the pharmacist, who will help determine the dosage you need. If you got your card through Tim, however, you’ll be able to skip this step, since Tim gives dosage recommendations as a service. Only one or two providers in the entire state, Tim predicts, will have the knowledge and experience in cannabis to provide dosing recommendations.

If I have questions about medical marijuana, or I am a cannabis professional and want to come on the show, how do I reach out? [35:37]

To get in touch, you have a number of options, including:

  • Call Tim’s office at 801-851-5554
  • Email Tim at tim@utahtherapeutic.com
  • Visit UtahMarijuana.clinic to set up an actual medical marijuana consultation
  • Visit UtahMarijuana.org to read about medical marijuana and see if you might have a qualifying condition

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