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Smoking and Vaping Medical Marijuana: Is it Safe?

Smoking and vaping medical marijuana: is it safe?

Many cannabis users are already familiar with smoking marijuana bud or flower. This tends to be the most common method of administration, and has been for centuries. As more and more medical dispensaries continue to open, Missouri and Maryland patients will find they have access to a wide variety of cannabis options. These include vaping medical marijuana from disposable vape pens, other vaporizer products, creams, salves, tincture, elixirs, mints and other products.

Until these additional methods are widely available, the most common way to use medical marijuana is by smoking or vaping. This brings up the frequently asked question – which is safer, smoking or vaping medicinal marijuana?

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Want To Get A Cannabis Master’s Degree? Now You Can!

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Students at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) will soon have some interesting studying to do as the university has recently announced a cannabis master’s degree program. That’s right … you can earn a master’s in sticky reefer! We break down all the details of this exciting new program. We also ponder what’s in store for the future of cannabis.

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Can Someone With A Criminal Record Get a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

Not every medical marijuana patient has a spotless criminal record. Mistakes happen. People do foolish things. They get caught. They serve time. It’s a part of life. But not every state allows those with previous criminal convictions to get a medical marijuana card. 

The Green Health Docs Advocacy Team takes a look at whether Missouri will allow those with a previous criminal record to get a Missouri medical marijuana card. And even better, can those patients grow cannabis, too?

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Medical Marijuana Drug Interactions: A Cannabis Doctor’s Perspective

Many patients come to Green Health Docs looking to reduce the amount and/or dosage of their current prescription medications. In fact, opioid substitution is a one of the qualifying conditions listed in Missouri’s medical marijuana program. This is understandable since most medications have the potential for harmful side effects, especially with prolonged use. Even over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen (Motrin) can cause stomach ulcers or increased bleeding if overused.

One of the biggest concerns with patients is how medical marijuana interacts with prescription drugs. Dr. Evan Edwards dives into how cannabis can work with prescriptions, and what to avoid.

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Registration Tutorial

At last, Missouri Medical Marijuana Registration begins! Missourians will be able to register their medical marijuana certifications and caregiver applications earlier than expected. The state’s medical marijuana program website will begin accepting patient applications on June 28, 2019 instead of July 4, 2019. We break down what patients should expect from this process.

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Growing Cannabis: Why Allowing Home Cultivation Makes Sense

At the end of the day, cannabis is a plant. That’s it. Cannabis grows in the ground. It drinks water and nutrients. It absorbs sunlight and grows sticky flowers. In some states, like Missouri, medical marijuana patients are actually allowed to grow cannabis. But in others, like Ohio and Maryland, the laws are far more restricted and growing cannabis is considered illegal. If cannabis is simply a plant, though, why can’t patients grow it? The Green Health Docs Advocacy Team will take a dive into why states should reconsider their home cultivation laws.

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The Different Methods Of Medicating With Cannabis

You remember the old stoner cliche. The hippy with the shades, tie-dyed shirt, dreadlocks and doobie burning away on that rusty roach clip. But smoking cannabis is just one method of medicating with cannabis. However, in many cases, it’s neither the best method, nor legal (as in the case with Ohio). But what other types of administration methods exist? The Green Health Docs Advocacy Team explores the different ways patients can enjoy medicating with cannabis.

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