By now, you’ve probably already obtained your medical marijuana card or you know how to get one, and you’re wondering how to get your hands on the actual medicine. While not surprising, medical marijuana isn’t as easy to come by as other prescription medications. But, fortunately, there are a number of ways to obtain medical marijuana.
This guide outlines the different methods you can use to get medical cannabis. As always, we recommend you to read up on your state’s medical marijuana laws and become familiar with the legal way to distribute and possess marijuana. It is not worth losing your medical marijuana certification because you were not well informed.
Method One: Grow it!
Growing marijuana is not an easy task and it takes a good amount of knowledge and investment. Though it is high risk, if done right, it can come with high reward. Growing your own marijuana can yield thousands of plants, potentially saving you a pile of money in the long run.
The first thing you need to do when considering growing your own medicine, is do tons and tons of research. Buy books and search the web to acquire knowledge and skills. After you have done your research, you will need to choose a method with which to grow. You can go old school with soil and high grade lights, or trend with technology and use a new method known as hydroponics.
Hydroponic systems utilizes soil with a special water base that provides nutrients to the plants. The startup cost for this method ranges around $200 and can go up to several thousands of dollars for high end systems. Though this new way of growing marijuana is very expensive in the beginning, it can be very cost efficient in the long run.
If you don’t have room in your house to grow your own, or you simply cannot for other reasons, don’t sweat! There are other methods of obtaining medical marijuana that should be available to you.
Method Two: Find your very own caregiver.
You might be asking yourself, what is a caregiver? A caregiver is a person who is certified by the state to grow and distribute marijuana to certified patients. These people are usually experts in their field, yielding the best medicine that money can buy. They also provide different strains of medical marijuana, and will aid you in choosing the best strain to treat your condition.
The best way to find a caregiver in your area is to search the web or talk to fellow medical marijuana users. Be sure that the person you decide to use is certified and legit. Also, it is best to find a caregiver with whom you can build a lasting relationship and who cares about you and your condition.
You might find the cost of a caregiver to be quite high. This is because the price isn’t only accounting for the medicine but also for the caregiver’s time and efforts. It can be worth it, though, as you will be provided with the upmost care and pure medication.
Method Three: Go to a dispensary.
A dispensary is essentially a business location where medical marijuana is available to patients. This medical marijuana is usually provided by caregivers or qualified patients. Dispensaries are currently not allowed to operate for profit, so most places require a fixed “donation” amount.
Dispensaries are a safe, convenient method to obtain medical marijuana. Some also provide a small selection of marijuana accessories to aid you in the medicating process that you prefer. Search the web to find a dispensary in your area.
Method Four: Locate a compassion club in your area.
If you cannot find a good, trusted caregiver or dispensary in your area, your best bet would be a compassion club. A compassion club, or compassion clinic, is a small clinic/retail store where patients, family, friends, caregivers, etc. can meet up to discuss health conditions and treatments available.
Through a compassion club, medical marijuana patients can network to find local growers and learn all about the medical marijuana community. These clubs provide support during treatment and members try to help in any way possible. Compassion clubs strictly follow state’s guidelines, and practitioners are always careful to be sure that everything is the way it should be.
Method Five: On the street.
If you are having problems finding a legit caregiver or compassion club, you might be tempted to buy marijuana through the black market. This method of obtaining medical marijuana is risky and illegal, so we cannot recommend it.
Your health is top priority, and dealing with the black market can pose a number of serious risks to your health. Marijuana that comes off the black market is not always what they say it is. It is not unheard of for dealers to spike medical marijuana with other serious drugs to give heightened effects. This is dangerous, can give you long term health problems, and can even land you in jail for consuming illegal drugs.
As with health risks, buying drugs off the street is also a threat to your safety. Drug dealers can be bad people, and if you make the wrong move, there is a chance that you could be seriously hurt. If you do choose this method of obtaining medical marijuana, make sure the person you are dealing with is known and trusted.
As far as prices go in the black market, they tend to be on the high side. This is, obviously, because of the risk involved. As mentioned before, we do not recommend this method. Most states that allow medical marijuana usually have a number of dispensaries, caregivers, and compassion clubs. Make sure to do thorough research and networking before turning to the black market.
So after you get your medical marijuana card, you are open to a number of options to obtain the actual medicine. Caregivers and dispensaries are the most trusted and recommended methods to obtain medical marijuana. However, in select locations, these types of services can be difficult to come by. In this case we recommend locating a compassion club and networking and obtaining knowledge through their groups.
Buying medical marijuana through the black market should be your last resort as it is very dangerous and illegal. Make sure you are careful and follow all of your state’s medical marijuana laws.