Quick Facts

What does THC stand for? What does it do?

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the chemical in cannabis responsible for getting you high.

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It has many of the same medical benefits as THC but won’t get you high.

Is marijuana addictive?

Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that about 1 in 11 users becomes addicted to marijuana.

What is the difference between indica and sativa?

Over 99% of today’s marijuana is one of, or a hybrid between, two species: indica and sativa. Indica-dominant strains are known for their body buzz and sedative effects. Sativa-dominant strains have an uplifting quality to help you get through your day.

What’s the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?

Medical and recreational cannabis are the same. Patients with a medical marijuana card in their state often get a tax breaks and discounts on product.

Is marijuana more dangerous than tobacco?

No. In fact, many studies — like this one by the Journal of the American Medical Association — show that cannabis improves health where tobacco harms it.

Does cannabis interact with other drugs?

It can. Check drug interactions here, at RxList.org.

Can I help my state legalize medical marijuana?

Yes. Visit NORML to see if there are any action alerts for your state.

What is a dispensary?

A dispensary is a store licensed to sell medical marijuana.

What are the risks of using cannabis?

Risks include temporary mental effects like anxiety, paranoia, and short-term memory loss; inebriation when performing dangerous activities like operating a vehicle; and physical reactions like respiratory irritation from smoking or vaping.

Will marijuana always get me high?

No. Only strains with THC in them produce psychoactive effects. Also, some people don’t get high because of their tolerance, hormones, or mental state.

How much marijuana is safe to use?

No one has ever overdosed on cannabis. However, consuming too much can be incredibly unpleasant. Always start small and build up to your recommended dose.

What is the difference between vaping and smoking?

Marijuana has traditionally been smoked by burning dry flower in a joint, bong, or pipe. Vaporizing cannabis is a modern preference to heat flower or concentrate to a point below burning so that fewer potential toxins are released.

Will using medical marijuana impair my productivity?

It may improve it. Some patients use cannabis to improve focus and to replace ADD drugs like adderall. Others report that they prefer to take time off mentally straining tasks when consuming. Practice accomplishing small tasks on small amounts of cannabis to see what works for you.

What is a “strain” of marijuana?

The strain lets you know how your cannabis is likely to affect you. Each strain has a unique ratio of THC to CBD, and is either a pure indica, a pure sativa, or a hybrid. It also has its own mix of terpenes — the oils that give each strain a characteristic scent.

What are the benefits of medical marijuana?

Cannabis can improve pain, nausea, appetite, sleep, inflammation, and mood. For a list of conditions that cannabis can treat check out NORML.

Am I too old to use cannabis?

Cannabis can be more beneficial the older you are. The Americans for Safe Access say cannabis can treat several conditions that afflict elderly patients including arthritis, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.

Is cannabis legal in my state?

23 American states have laws on the books permitting the legal use of high THC cannabis for medical purpose. 38 states permit the use of high CBD cannabis. All 50 states and the federal government permit 100% hemp derived high CBD oil — a very weak extract that has questionable medical potential.

How long does it take for an edible to kick in?

Between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

How is marijuana ingested?

Cannabis can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, and applied topically. New methods like inhalers and transdermal patches are becoming available as cannabis enters the legal market.

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