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Using Medical Marijuana Products

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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.

 

USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRODUCTS

The goal with medical marijuana is to use a little then increase your dose until it makes you feel better.

With edibles cake, cookies, candies, etc. and capsules wait two hours before adding more. 

Capsules: (You have daytime and night time capsules so be careful) 

Start with 2 capsules wait 2 hours. If you do not feel the relief you desire add one more capsule and wait another 2 hours. If you still feel you need more relief take the 4th capsule. If you found three works for you then take 3 at one time – next time. Relief from capsules can last for up to 10-12 hours. If you take more the 4 it could make you feel medicated for several days.  

Glycerin Tincture:

Start with ½ teaspoon. Hold it in your mouth 30 seconds so it can absorb thru the soft tissue of the mouth. It will get into your blood steam faster if you use it this way. Effects usually take place in 10-30 minutes and will continue to get stronger for the first hour. If you do not find the relief you need increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon – wait one hour before adding another ¼. Tincture generally will give you relief for 4-6 hours. The tincture can also be rubbed on any rash or sore on the skin.

Edibles: 

Butter (daytime use): Use ½ teaspoon wait one hour so you know how it makes you feel. Can be increased to 1 teaspoon per serving if needed. Use on anything you would normally put butter on.

Coconut oil: (night time use)

Coconut oil will become liquid with a little heat then return to solid stage when cold just like butter does. Use this coco nut oil only for acute pain or to sleep, it is sedative. It can be drizzled over a dinner salad, used by the ½ teaspoon right into your mouth, or to cook foods in place of butter for evening meals.

Honey: (daytime use)

this is one dose to try. Use 1 teaspoon on toast, bread, etc.

Nutella: (daytime use)

this is one dose for you to try on bread, English muffin, or bread.

Candies:

Start with ½ candy to see if you get the relief you want. I use ½ for daytime use so I can work with a clear head and 1 for night time use to sleep well. Suck on the candy so the medicine is absorbed thru the soft tissue of your mouth.

Skin rub: Use this for any place that is painful. It is a mix of herbs. Use a small amount in a small area to make sure you are not allergic to any of the herbs and ingredients. (Wait 1 hour) Once you know your skin is good with the rub you can use it anywhere you have pain. Rub it in well. Can be used for rashes.

Bud Trim:

Chop the bud trim into small pieces by squeezing the bag or in a food chopper or grinder. The smaller the better. 

Decarb your bud trim by setting the oven on bake and 220 degrees. {Place the chopped bud trim in a oven safe glass dish and bake for 40 minutes. This will activate the THC. Let cool. The melted oils will stick to the glass dish so scrape it from the bottom of the dish and use it.

Place the bud trim in a small crock pot along with one 16 fl. Ounce of food quality glycerin. Add one 16 fl. Oz. of distilled water to the crock pot. Leave the lid tilted NOT FLAT so the steam can escape so mixture does not get too hot and burn. Cook on LOW not warm. Start you crock pot in the morning and cook until you go to bed. Unplug the crock pot while sleeping and plug it back in the next morning. Do this for 3 days. Add water as needed to never let you liquid mix get less than 4 inches inside your crock pot. Stir the mix every hour for the first thee – four hours to push the dried bud trim into the liquid. It will tend to float until it absorbs some of the liquid. The bud trim will get heavy and sink to the bottom so stir the mix every few hours to get it mixed into the liquid. If you fail to stir the mix the final product may be weak. The last 4 hours of cooking do not add any water. You want your crock pot to have 3 ½ to 4 inches of liquid when finished. 

Let cool. Place a cotton square over a strainer and poor the liquid into the cotton to strain out the bud trim. Fold the 4 corners of the cotton together so you can squeeze the plant ball to get out all the liquid or as much as you hand strength permits. Put the used bud trim into a glass bowl or a baggie and put into your freezer until next time. Label what strain and the liquid you cooked with and freeze it until next use. After you have cook with the bud trim twice you can add it to any cookie or cake recipe just add an extra egg.

How to Use Cannabis

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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.

 

Question:

How can a registered patient use medical marijuana if they don't smoke?

Answer:  There are three primary ways to use marijuana; inhalation, ingestion and topically as a skin rub. The goal should be “metered doses” in sufficient amounts at regular intervals to provide the desired outcome or effects, pretty much like any medication. 

Smoking marijuana may have originated in the 15th century, the Columbus era or before, ingesting marijuana can be traced back 10,000 years.  No one knows when it became used as a lotion, salve or balm but they can be traced to 5000 years ago in Japan.

Inhalation: 

Smoking is just one form of inhalation.  It is the easiest way to monitor doses. Since a lighter heats to 1970 degrees Fahrenheit the material touched by a lighter combusts, wasting many of the cannabinoids or healing properties. Many patients are choosing to vaporize their medicine,

vaporizing is a lot like a nebulizer. A nebulizer is used for inhaled medications, (pharmaceuticals) such as breathing treatments, glutathione and others. Vaporizers come in a variety of types and models. Some have adjustable temperatures to get exact cannabinoids from the plant, other units are the size of a pen, very discrete and using only a small amount of medicine in the dry herb chamber with heating just below combustion. You can also vaporize liquid marijuana medicine such as glycerin tinctures, wax, hash, and shatter concentrates. There is little odor and no smoke from these and is a great medication method.

Ingestion: 

The best method is eating the fresh flowers if you have the opportunity.  Eating the fresh plant delivers all the plant has to offer, every live enzyme, amino acids, 87 cannabinoids’, terpenoids, even flavonoids and much more.  You share 50% of your DNA with all plant life.

Second best is to juice your fresh leaves in a stainless steel wheat grass juicer. It is believed 1 oz. of cannabis juice offers 600 mg of healing properties of the plant. Take the same plant, dry it and smoke it and it delivers 10 mg. If you are trying to heal an autoimmune disease... let's see. 600 mg. or 10 mg? It’s a no brainer! The dried plant can be juiced in many different juicers, but its best when cold pressed through a wheat grass juicer.

Thirdly for fast release into your blood stream use a tincture taken sub-lingual under the tongue or held in your mouth 10 - 30 seconds before swallowing. The medicine absorbs through the soft tissue in your mouth much quicker than eating it in a food. We can teach you how to make your own CBD tincture using food quality glycerin and your crockpot or alcohol tinctures. Alcohol has been used to extract medicine from herbs for thousands of years.

A fourth method is to infuse healthy oils like fish oil, almond oil, coconut oil, grape seed or olive oil. Through a slow cooking process we 'infuse', transfer the medicine from the flower or plant to the oil, the plant matter is then strained out of the oil. This infused oil can be used in cooking, baking and to make canna capsules specific for energy, pain, sleep, etc. We use the cooked flower or leaves in baked goods, never wasting any of the plant. The oils can also be used as skin rubs, lotions or balms specifically for skin conditions or pain. It is a great way to get the medicine into your body through your skin. Consumption with no psychoactivity. 

Using the right strain or type of marijuana for the conditions you want to treat are key to using marijuana as a medicine. There is no art to getting medicated and no need to get stoned.

Most patients use multiple delivery methods. Each method has its qualities and different effects. Smoking or vaporizing is fast acting, tinctures, edibles, and rubs are the longest lasting. Over medicating can cause undesirable effects lasting for days, it only takes a little. Rotate strains and methods often.  

 

  

 

 

How to Get a MMJ Card

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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.

 

Question:

How does a person get a patient medical marijuana card?

A state issued patient registry identification card allows a patient to use marijuana as a medicine. Providing they stay law abiding with the AMMA (Arizona Medical Marijuana Act). You can read the Laws and Rules at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana. On the left side of the screen are links to a variety of information, click Statues &Rules.

 

#1 A person must have one of the 14 medical qualifying conditions: Aids, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Crones disease, glaucoma, Hep- C, HIV, PTSD, cachexia or wasting syndrome,  severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizure disorder, or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

 

#2 You need to show proof of Arizona residency with one of the following: State issued driver’s license, ID card, photo page in your passport, or last medical marijuana patient ID card.

 

#3 Ask the front desk staff at your doctors office for a copy of one medical record dated within the past 365 days showing your qualifying medical condition listed above in #1 and a current list of medications you are taking. This can be an office visit and/or last labs if your condition can be confirmed with lab reports such as cancer, Hep-C, etc.

Medicals records to confirm chronic pain are a little different. Chronic means over time (more than 90 days) so ask for a copy of one record dated within  365  days and one record for the same condition dated older than one year. If your pain is less than 90 days your records need to show your pain is expected to become chronic (more than 90 days).

Your doctor office will ask you to sign a records release form. If there is a question “what will these records be used for?” Reply, to get a second opinion or to consult with a natural medicine doctor.

Your decision to add medical marijuana to your wellness plan is your business protected by HIPPA as an authorized State MEDICAL program. It is always best if your doctor is onboard with your decisions but it is not required.

 

TIP: Only ask for a few records, they are expensive and time intensive to copy and we do not want to cut a forest down providing records for non-qualifying conditions, please. You may have several qualifying conditions but we only need to prove one. Also some doctor offices may want to charge you if you request all your records. To send records doctor to doctor is no charge, call us if you need help obtaining records or have questions on if what you have will work. If your own doctor will complete the required form in #4 there is no need to request copies of records. If you have no current record within the past year or need help finding previous doctors come in and see us.

 

#4 Next you will need a completed Physician Certification form (required by law).

All doctors who are MD, DO, NP, or HP and have an Arizona license to practice medicine can complete this required form. It can be found and printed at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana click forms. The Arizona laws protect doctors who participate with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program but doctors are not required to participate by completing physician certification forms, therefore most do not. A patient is required to have a doctor participate but doctors are not required to participate, a little awkward. Ask your own doctor if he/she will complete the form for you, perhaps you will be surprised with a yes!

 

Or you can bring the few records you collected in #3 to a doctor who IS willing to meet with you for the purpose of completing the required form. Our doctors are going to check your vitals, discuss your health history, review your medical records, list of prescriptions, and discuss the benefits and risks of using marijuana as a medicine. The doctor will complete the required physician certification form if she believes in her/his professional opinion you would benefit from marijuana. Most certification centers do not charge if you are not eligible.

 

#5 Processing your patient application is the final step. The completed Physician Certification form needs to be submitted (uploaded by computer) to the state health dept. along with your current photo, State issued ID, one more required form provided by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services called a patient attestation form, your SNAP card if on food stamps, and your patient application. AZDHS -Arizona Dept. of Health Services requires the entire application process be completed online using a camera, scanner, printer, and computer skills to upload documents-no paper applications are accepted. You can process your application at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana or we can do the process for you.

 

#6 During the application process in #5 you will be required to pay AZDHS using a Visa or Master card, credit, debit, or prepaid cards only. The State fee is $150 if you are on food stamps it is decreased to $75.

 

MJ Consulting LLC has a sliding scale fee. All prices include your doctor visit, we take your required photo, scan your documents to the health dept., and complete the application for you.

$150 if we obtain and print your records, $125 you bring/mail your records to us, $115 for SNAP food stamp patients provide your own medical records or + $10 if we get your records, $110 Veterans provide your own records + $10 we obtain your records. Specials are listed in area dispensaries and newspapers.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is the only entity who can approve your application and mail you a patient ID card. By law they have 15 business days from the day they receive your application. It is completed in half that time right now.

 

MJ Consulting LLC and our doctors are compliant with all HIPPA, record keeping laws, and procedures defined in the AMMA. This article is for information not medical or legal advice.

 

MJ Consulting LLC

Your “One Stop” Medical Marijuana Community Resource Center and Integrated Health Clinic.

We help take the confusion out of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program.

We are a family owned and operated community center not a dispensary-there is no marijuana at this location.

8540 E. State Rt. 69

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

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When a Patient Passes

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Question: What does a family do when a medical marijuana patient passes away, leaving their family (non-card holders) with marijuana medicine and paraphernalia?

 

Answer: Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) Laws, Rules, and Prop 203 

Do Not address this specific issue with the exception of ARS 36-2801, 19 makes it very clear a person must have a state issued registry identification card to possess marijuana or paraphernalia used for marijuana.”

FYI for program participants and the loved ones that care for them:

Family members are in jeopardy of being charged with possession and transporting illegal drugs, EVEN if they only intend to drop it off at a dispensary or the police department. As of today, we are not aware of any dispensary who will accept or dispose of marijuana or paraphernalia from their customers under any circumstance. It appears from patient testimony that law enforcement has no compassion or tolerance for the mourning family members who find themselves in a situation they had no idea how to prepare for. Thus far, we have not heard of even one incident that had a favorable outcome after police were called.  We believe this intolerance comes from a lack of knowledge regarding the subject, so that is why it is so important that we educate ourselves regarding Arizona’s Rules and Laws pertaining to the legal use and possession of medicinal marijuana. 

What you can do to assure you are caring for your loved one legally:

For those who are caring for a loved one that is being treated with cannabis or with cannabis-based products, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program offers a Caregiver Registration Card. You must apply for this card online via the Department of Health Services website, or at MJ Consulting LLC and once approved, your caregiver card (a state issued photo id), will be mailed to your address. This card allows the registered caregiver to assist a registered patient with the use of medical marijuana, including possession of MMJ even when the registered patient is not present. The requirements for obtaining a caregiver’s license includes a background check, fingerprint cards, and an annual $200 fee. A Caregiver resolves the issue for non-cardholding family members. However, if the registered patient passes away, someone must be responsible for disposing of the deceased patient’s remaining marijuana medicine, any plants if the patient had cultivation rights, as well as any paraphernalia that was used during treatment.

The AMMA states a Registered Patient may assist another registered patient if no compensation for the medicine is received. 

MJ Consultation, LLC provides this necessary end of life service. A reputable registered patient with empty boxes will be in route to the deceased patients’ home within 15 minutes of speaking to you on the phone, to protect your family and home. 

A certificate can be pre-purchased ($25.00) and placed with the patients’ end of life documentation as a directive to the family. When the certificate is used there will be a $1.00 per mile charge added for the pickup. 

Caution to non-registered patients: Don’t leave your fingerprints on any of the items to be removed or put on your person, in your purse/pocket, or in your vehicle. Arrange to have it legally removed with compassion. We at MJ Consulting, LLC know how difficult losing a loved one can be so we offer this service to prevent legal issues, but we also hope to lighten the load a little so you can focus on your family. 

Our after hours emergency phone number is listed on our answering machine.

 

Submitted by: MJ Consulting LLC 

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