Top Questions now that Medical Marijuana Product is Available

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Introduction

Today we’re going to answer the top questions I’m hearing now that the medical marijuana product has been released to the public.

 

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What is the status of my recommendation and the dispensaries?

If you are a patient of mine, and you have provided all necessary paperwork and documents, your recommendation has been submitted.

At this point, if you have not heard from your dispensary, then go ahead and give them a call.

 

Are the prices for the medical marijuana product different at each dispensary?

Yes.  Each dispensary sets their own prices, and I have seen price differences of up to $40 to $60 per bottle between the dispensaries.

I’m unable to post specific prices for specific dispensaries in this article, but during your phone refill consultation, we can always go over the most cost effective options for you.

 

What is the process for picking up the product at the dispensary?

This is a question that you will need to ask your specific dispensary.  You should find out:

  • What kind of identification will I need?
  • What is the price of the products that my doctor recommended?
  • What are the payment options (cash, credit, debit)?
  • Can a caregiver pickup for me?
  • Do I have to purchase all the products all at the same time?

 

I was recommended the THC Rich product, but I saw the Balanced product is cheaper.  Can I change?

Keep in mind that the Balanced product has 150mg THC and 150mg CBD.  Although the Balanced product may be cheaper per bottle than the THC Rich, on a per mg basis, it’s not really any cheaper.  Plus you’re paying for CBD that you may not need.

 

When do I need to refill my prescription and followup with you?

If you are a patient of mine, there is no set refill schedule.  You would just refill when you’re about to run out.  We recommend submitting your refill request about one week before you think you will run out.

The dispensaries will keep recommendations active for anywhere between 30 to 90 days after they are submitted.

Current patients should plan to followup with us sometime in the next few months.  We’ll contact you the month before you need to followup with us.

 

Do I contact you or the dispensary for questions?

If you have a question about your diagnosis, treatment plan, or need a refill, please contact us.

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If you have a question about the product prices, dispensary procedures, product storage, or product expiration, please contact the dispensary.

 

I’m not feeling an effect.

Typically patients with no usage history or heavy usage history are the ones not feeling an effect.  The strategy is different depending on which situation applies to you.

If you are not a previous marijuana user, then you will likely not feel an effect for 2-4 weeks.  We are trying to prime your body’s endocannabinoid system with small doses, much like priming a water pump.

However, once we get your body primed, then further dosage escalations will be more readily felt and will have greater efficacy with lower tolerance and lower cost of treatment over the long run.

If you are a long term marijuana user, unfortunately the program and products in their current form and prices will not replace a chronic long term marijuana user’s current consumption.

One option is for a long term chronic user to do a tolerance break, in the hope that a 2 day to 2 week period abstaining from any cannabis will allow the body’s endocannbinoid system to reset and allow the patient to resume at a lower level of usage with the same treatment effect.

However, this is not something that you should try on your own, and patients desiring to take a tolerance break should contact their doctor for individualized advice.

 

What should I do if I’m having a side effect?

If you’re having severe side effects, then you should call 911.

For mild symptoms, such as mild anxiety or sedation, take deep breaths and remain calm, and avoid safety conscious tasks like driving or making important decisions.  Mild side effects will usually resolve given a few hours time.

Typically side effects occur with too high a dose of THC.  The next time you take your dose, either take half the dose, or take the THC with a larger dose of CBD.

 

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Doctor Victor Chou, M.D.

Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana

MarijuanaClinicLa.com

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