What kind of cannabis product do I want?

I thought I was familiar with marijuana having been a smoker for almost ten years.

Now the budtender at the dispensary shattered that illusion in hours.

He kept showing me all of these great cannabis products that I had never heard of before. The store had a wide range of tinctures that can be taken orally, under the tongue or with meals or drinks. Just like all of the cannabis products in the store, the tinctures are sold in many strain categories—sativas, hybrids, and indicas. Sativas are known for the mind stimulating effects while we were indicas guess much more characteristically sedative. A hybrid strain is exactly what it sounds like, a combination of sativa and indica qualities. There were skin care creams and capsules available as well. I told him that I wanted flower buds, but was hoping to find a sativa strain for my daily task. He showed me strains like Kush, purple haze, and orange kush. They all had over 25% THC in them and they smelled just amazing. That’s when the budtender asked me if I had ever tried concentrates at all. He started showing me these products like wax and shatter that are forms of concentrated marijuana oil in a secure physical state. He told me that rosin involves harvesting trichomes from the plant while it is still new and wet like from harvest. That way you get a ton of terpenes that normally are removed at the flower buds are slowly dry cured for smoking and vaping.

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I like that we can do online orders now

I wish I could do online orders with my pharmacy.

It’s a local dealer and I’m often stuck waiting on refills for hours at a time.

I have tried to call a day in advance, however it never seems to help as the process gets slowed down until the following morning. Of course there is a big span of pharmacies in most American cities, but I’m stuck with this particular dealer because they’re the only place in a thirty mile radius that carries a scarce and particular medication that I take yearly. I have moved my other medications to one of the bigger pharmacy chains, however I’m still stuck with the seasoned pharmacy for that one prescription. I wish the pharmacy was as good as the local cannabis dispensary when it comes to making the entire order process efficient. Currently you can make online orders on the dispensary’s website before you head to the store. They now have a live menu that is upgraded in real time as products sell out at the actual store. I always make an online order before I head to any cannabis shop. I do not like making the drive only to find out that the shop is out of concentrates like wax, shatter, and rosin. Often the store won’t have any flower buds either, which is a make or break situation for me. I can’t afford high-priced tinctures every time I go to the dispensary, so I’m always looking for more flower jars if they are around. I like all of the strains that have Gorilla Glue #4 in their products.


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We all have a favorite strain

Not everyone is affected the same by every substance, regardless of what category of intoxicant you look at.

When I had surgery, they provided me morphine afterward to stop the acute pain.

My parents were both worried because both of them experienced little effects from morphine in the few times they were in the hospital for different reasons. I had heard that before, however there are just as many who say the opposite. Happily, it worked so well that I wasn’t in too much pain at first right when I came out of surgery. I’m seeing this effect playout every time I visit the nearby cannabis dispensary. There are sativas, hybrids, and indica strains available in tinctures, lotions, skin care, edibles, and flower buds. For each category, there is entirely anywhere between ten choices of strain selection. People discover that particular strains affect their minds better than other strains. Lots of people agree on number one strains, however might differ if you asked them to name their least favorite strain. Because cannabis is a plant with a very diverse set of active cannabinoids and terpenes that all modulate THC in one way or another, you could get an almost endless set of changes of ratios in weird crops. Even though the cannabis dispensary usually has a lot of product changes available, people still get irritated when they don’t have their number one strain whenever they stop by to make an order. And since all the people have their own favorite, it’s impossible for the dispensary to please every person every single morning!



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You need to get your act together

It’s not unusual for me to have loyalty to one particular business, regardless of what industry or need we’re talking about.

I had a number one grocery store for ages until they quit properly staffing their medicine counter on a morning to morning basis.

Forget all of the customers who were forced to wait long amounts of time after the change in staffing, the real victims were the workers. They were suddenly forced to take shifts where they were left alone to answer phones, fill medications, accept drop offs, and process pickups with the cash register. After switching my medications to a new pharmacy, I made a point to stop shopping in that grocery store. If they were going to treat their workers with that level of care, they wouldn’t get another penny from me no matter what. I had a similar experience with a cannabis dispensary that I onced loved and frequented exclusively. When our state had a new medical marijuana program, we only had two dispensaries at the start. One was run poorly and suddenly went under in the following year, however the other dispensary was strong. They were smart to implement a statewide delivery plan while they only had a few dispensaries in total. Today they have something like 48 different dispensary locations all across the state. They still have statewide delivery, however now there’s a cost and they never tell you when they’re going to show up at your house. Originally they’d give you a two hour window and they’d call first thing in the morning on the morning of the delivery to tell you.


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I would rather inhale if given the choice

It has taken me years to get to where I am right now with understanding cannabis.

It seems like more research is shown yearly that further extends our public expertise on how the plant operates with the human mind.

For years the DEA wouldn’t allow research on the medical pros of cannabis, needlessly stopping scientific developments on its varying applications. People who were against marijuana a few years ago are joining long time dope heads in the lines at the cannabis dispensaries. It’s great that cannabis comes in different forms before you even start classifying by strain. For the most part, all strains are either sativas, indicas, or a hybrid of the 2. Sativas are famously known for their mentally stimulating effects and happiness, whereas indicas are often used with sedative and calming effects. I have all of my work during the morning hours, so I only use sativas during the morning and afternoon. It’s nice to unwind at the end of the day with a heavy punching indica, however if I did that in the morning I’d have to take a nap before I even get to 3pm. Thankfully all of the cannabis shops in the state all carry a great collection of sativas, indicas and hybrids. I mostly smoke buds, however occasionally I get varying concentrates for my oil pen. I like oils and topicals, however I’d rather inhale my cannabis if given the choice. The vaporizer cartridges with the distillate oil inside are fantastic for using on the go.


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We finally passed for medical weed!

Many of us stick with traditional weed in it’s dry cured flower form, but it seems numerous dispensaries sell it the minute the jars hit the shelves

I’m starting to get spoiled with my easy availability to get legal marijuana. I spent years dealing with shortages from buddies who knew people in the area who grew it in their houses illegally. Some of this cannabis was great, while often we’d get batches with fungi and other contaminants in the flower buds. I kept hoping and wishing that my state would approve some form of cannabis legislation or if I’d find some way to save enough cash to move across the country to a state where personal use is allowed and taxed. Eventually the tides turned and we managed to get a medical legalisation law through our state’s senate. Within a year we had working cannabis dispensaries available to all who got physician notes for a variety of approved illnesses. They provided doctors the freedom to use an “other” title for any illnesses not specified in the law, allowing discretion and freedom to give the medication to people separate from physically debilitating illnesses. Although I qualified instantly with my PTSD issues, numerous others that I have since met at varying cannabis dispensaries have mentioned getting cards for migraines and anxiety attacks. Regardless of the diagnosis, all people have access to the same variety of products. Many of us stick with traditional weed in it’s dry cured flower form, but it seems numerous dispensaries sell it the minute the jars hit the shelves. I have been unable to get flower products in the last few weeks at my number one dispensary here in town.

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I want a discreet way to smoke

Even though I live in a state where recreational use of weed is legal, I still don’t want all of my friends, family members, and coworkers knowing that I use the plant in my spare time. I wish it had no social stigma attached to it, however the reality is that numerous people would rather discuss booze use in public opposed to weed use. It doesn’t help when the people you like most do not share your opinions on the pros of the plant. That’s why I was beyond happy to at last get a medical marijuana card in my state. Not only would I be protected legally, although I also could finally get all of my marijuana from a safe dispensary. I knew that they offered products beyond classic dry cured flower buds. I was hoping for something a tad more discrete, although I didn’t want something orally like capsules or edibles. My stomach acid is stronger than most people, which results in the THC getting broken down much faster and quicker compared to a normal person. If I want consistent medical pros from using marijuana, I have to inhale it in some way. I was truly happy to get the cannabis oil pens that I saw on display. They utilize a battery in the shape of a pen which screws onto a metal and glass cartridge that you fill with any kind of oil. They’re very discrete compared to any other inhalation plan for cannabis, and some of them aroma like mint.

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CBD product for my dog

I love my french bulldog more than some people love their own children. I’ve had him for the past eight years and I look after him with care. When he got a belly condition late one night, I rushed him to the 24 hour emergency vet that is an hour away from my house. I felt horrible for him because it seems like he’s experiencing muscle cramps in his hips and joint pain through his legs. I wasn’t sure what I should do to help out my poor pup with his chronic pain. There are a few pills available for pets, however nothing seemed to affect his pain and demeanor. I was at a loss when my vet told me I should try giving him CBD. I use marijuana myself, although I never would have considered giving one of its products to my dog for medical treatment. It’s approved for both kids and animals because the CBD is not psychoactive in the same way as THC. I found a pet store locally that sells dog and pet biscuits laced with CBD and cannabis derived terpenes inside. They suggest the CBD for the same reasons my dog needs it, with joint and muscle pain relief being at the top of the list. They also had tinctures you could have your dog eat, inside a drink, or on a piece of food. I am blissful with these pet CBD products because I haven’t seen my dog this happy in years. It’s like watching a miracle in real life, I am so glad and relieved to see him smiling again and playing in the backyard.

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Need help for my neck pain

It wasn’t easy getting through the first few weeks of a neck injury.

I was playing soccer and accidentally ran over the edge of a hill with a tall bank.

I flipped and smacked my body into the ground upon impact. It was painful and I could barely move after it went down. When the paramedics arrived, they were super careful to keep my neck stabilized to prevent a paralyzing neck injury. I was lucky to avoid that particular issue, although I was still in large pain with a drastic neck injury. I’d walk fine, however the pain was going to be a present factor in my life for months and years to come. When I was discussing my plans for the short and long term with my physician, I expressed my issues with taking prescription opiates for longer than a few weeks after the accident. I knew friends and coworkers who became addicted after going down that path. I was surprised when my normal practitioner told me that I should try cannabis for my neck pain. He said that some strains can relieve the pain I’m experiencing in similar ways to the opiate medications, but the addiction problems are not there. You can technically get a marijuana dependence, but it’s in a completely different league compared to opiates. As enthusiastic as I was to try weed, going to the dispensary the first time was stressful. I had to wait in line in the lobby before I could even get back to the room with the products and the budtenders. They showed me some much stuff. I ended up trying a little bit of everything.

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Orange Kush is my go to

My body chemistry has always been different compared to my near relatives.

When I was a kid, my mom and dad were instructed to give me benadryl for my allergy issues.

Hoping that it would also fix my nerves, the benadryl instead affected me like coffee would. When they gave it to me again a year later, I had the same thing occur. I am the only person I think who gets this reaction to taking this pill, however it’s a famous over the counter sedative that makes almost all the people sleepy. When I had to take pills in middle school after I got sick, I was prescribed ciprofloxacin. Both of my folks and all of my siblings had taken it before to fantastic effects. I got sick after taking it once, and started feeling like I had really bad food poisoning until the medicine made it through my belly by the following morning. It can be difficult for me to follow advice from others when I decide whether or not I should take one pill versus another. I had similar troubles with weed. I got a medical card to visit the statewide dispensaries here in town. People kept telling me to go after certain strains, however I’d often have exhausting effects with ones that friends said were their number ones. Then I’d find something of my liking that none of my friends were impressed with. Finally I’ve found a strain that we can all agree is good. The classic Orange Kush is known for its phenomenal effects. It puts me on cloud 9 whenever I have it to put into my vaporizer. Whenever the dispensary has a new batch of Orange Kush available, I always get it.

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