Curbside pickup at cannabis dispensary

I like it when a restaurant posts a digital menu on the wall.

I was pleased when most of the larger chain restaurants started switching to LED screens and providing digital menus. I have some issues with my eyesight. I can read the words on a digital menu much easier. I don’t even need to dig out my glasses. Plus, the digital menus seem to include a lot more information. I am always happy when the ingredients and calories are listed. I like to know which items are vegetarian. Plus, we avoid touching the same menu a hundred other people have handled. With recent health scares, I’d just as soon not be handed a sticky plastic menu. I’ve noticed that the local cannabis dispensary has also made some changes to accommodate social distancing. They’ve installed a digital display that provides a listing of their various products. All of the products are clearly displayed under glass and include all pertinent information, such as the strain, terpenes and THC content. When I make a selection, the budtender handles everything and then hands me a tidy little package. To minimize contact with other customers, I can opt for curbside pickup, I can make my selections online, from the comfort of my own home. I just just the items in my virtual cart, checkout with a credit card and then arrange a time for pickup. I pull up into the designated parking area, send a text that I’ve arrived and a budtender brings the package right to my car. It’s super quick, easy and convenient.


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Cannabis finally legal in my state

The cannabis industry is booming in my state.

Recreational and medical marijuana was legalized for the first time last December.

Like the rest of the country, there has been a growing acceptance of marijuana in my local area. More and more people have reported successful treatment of a wide range of mental and physical ailments. From the nausea caused by cancer treatments to glaucoma, epilepsy, arthritis and PTSD, cannabis is proving effective. Our state government was under pressure to relax restrictions and allow access to this miraculous and natural remedy. It is truly ridiculous that it’s taken this long. Cannabis is simply a plant and in its purest form has been used in medical treatments for thousands of years. It is far less harmful than alcohol. It causes none of the harmful, long-term side-effects that are all too common with synthetic pharmaceuticals. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis. While there hasn’t been nearly enough testing to determine the full potential of THC and CBD, people are sharing their stories of recovery and relief. As someone who suffers from frequent migraines, social anxiety and insomnia, I was eager for access to cannabis. I was one of the first people to step through the doors of the local dispensary. I was amazed by the selection of loose flower, concentrates, shatter, tinctures, vapes and edibles. There are topicals, bath bombs, skin care products and even cooking ingredients. It’s a whole new world of possibility and my quality of life has significantly improved. Plus, the state is making a fortune off the tax revenue.



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Cannabis helps with grief

For a long time, I didn’t do well with my medication.

  • I began meeting with a psychiatrist a few years ago, following the death of my spouse.

The doctor recommended that I try one-on-one therapy once a week along with group therapy every other week. He assigned me to a psychologist that specializes in grief counselling. I was making a bit of progress, but I had some problems with the medication. The psychiatrist had prescribed an SSRI antidepressant, which provided the opposite of the intended effects. Rather than stabilizing my mood swings, it created an unpleasantly stimulating effect on my mind. Angry and suicidal thoughts grew stronger and more frequent. I quickly realized I needed something different. I wanted to get through the intense grief without suffering long-term consequences to my health. That’s when I learned more about medical cannabis. I had smoked weed a few times when I was in school, but it was weak and resulted in nothing more than a tiny buzz. I accessed a website that was a wealth of information. It explained the strains of cannabis and the many benefits for a long list of medical ailments. The website included tabs linked to the laws of each state. The regulations vary quite a bit. However, in my local state, cannabis is available for medical and recreational use. I was able to drive to a dispensary, consult with a budtender and make a purchase. I can’t believe the improvement in such a short amount of time. I stick with the calming effects of indica strains and vary between pre-rolls, tinctures and edibles. I am beginning to feel like myself again.


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Pain relief from cannabis

It can be difficult to handle the various state laws. Specific states have relaxed restrictions on recreational and medical marijuana. Other states are severe in their enforcement and limitations of cannabis. My dad suffers from chronic pain due to a series of spinal injuries caused by working construction for over 40 years. Despite attending the best rehab facility in our area to try improve mobility and lessen the pain, my dad is limited in what he can do. He deals with constant back pain and struggles to sleep through the night. He has tried just about everything to minimize the pain. As much as some people in my local area would disagree, cannabis is a natural remedy for pain. It works with the natural cannabinoids in the body. There are no long-term side-effects and no chance of an overdose. I am furious that our state government has decided to make it so difficult for patients like my dad to get a prescription approved for medical cannabis. Just recently, our state final has legalized medical cannabis. My dad went to great lengths to get his cannabis card. He’s now able to visit the local dispensary and purchase something for pain relief. He has tried various products and consumption methods and has had success with tinctures. He likes that this method is extremely quick acting and discreet. Most of the time, no one even realized that he’s taken it. Because of the cannabis, my dad can now move around again. He’s sleeping better at night and has more energy throughout the day. Medical cannabis has been a life saver for him.

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Prefer cannabis over conventional medications

I’m not with the side effects caused by my pharmaceutical medications.

Feeling tired is only the start of my issues. Some of my medications cause me to feel dizzy and give me severe headaches. Others will sometimes result in me breaking out in a red, itchy rash. I was prescribed a drug that made me suffer from nausea every single time I took it. I tried taking it on a full stomach with no improvement. I have so many side effects due to my pharmaceutical medications that it’s difficult to separate my medical symptoms from them. I worry about the long-term impact on my health. It’s a stressful process of trying to decide what came first, my medical problems or the drugs. Several of the medications that are for anxiety problems are actually addictive. I need some help with my depression and anxiety, but I’m not prepared to trade off my future health. I don’t like the strength of the dosage or the length of time I am expected to take these medications. Fortunately, a close friend of mine recommended that I try medical marijuana. She told me about studies that have been done testing the effects of THC and CBD. The CBD isn’t intoxicating or psychoactive. Cannabis is entirely natural and no one has ever overdosed on it. CBD is being used to treat mental ailments similar to mine. It has shown promise in treating physical pain, epilepsy, PTSD and nerve destruction. CBD is legal in all 50 states. There are high quality CBD products available over the internet. I am fortunate that recreational and medical marijuana are now legal in my state. I am able to visit a local dispensary or even have the cannabis products delivered right to my home.


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I can finally afford cannabis

The budtender at the dispensary is invaluable to me

My budget each month is relatively tight because of my many expenses. It seems as if the cost of living is steadily rising much faster than average wage increases for people like myself. Rent is more expensive each year, gas prices are gradually going up, and inflation has reduced buying power at the grocery store. Having to live according to a strict budget is how I get buy. For years there was no extra money for any extras or amenities. I lived by myself and only had to worry about the expenses for one person. This made it easier to live very frugally and maintain my careful budget. But those days have come and gone. I have gotten promotions and wage increases at my job. My savings and investments have paid off. I’m able to pamper myself now. I am able to spend money on things like cannabis products. I’ve found that cannabis is the solution for my issues with insomnia, aches and pains as well as the stress from my job. I’ll buy various strains of flower, pre-rolls and tinctures. I like the various types of edibles that are available. Just recently I’ve started trying topicals. I’ve found that cannabis infused lotions, balms, bath bombs and even roll-ons are wonderful for sore muscles. I am amazed by the relief I feel in just a matter of minutes. I have tried vapes and have started experimenting with hybrids and the different terpenes. The budtender at the dispensary is invaluable to me. He now knows my and my tastes and makes recommendations. Because I want good quality cannabis, it’s rather expensive. I am fortunate that I can now afford to indulge and that recreational marijuana is now legal in my state.



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Trying to get qualified for medical cannabis

The process for becoming a legal medical marijuana patient in my state is a bit of a challenge.

The financial cost along with constant delays made the procedure a stressful experience.

Before I could visit the dispensary and fulfill my medical marijuana needs, I had to get proof from my regular physician that I have a pre-existing medical condition that qualifies me for a medical cannabis card. Even though doctors have just about unlimited power in what they decide “worthy” of a medical cannabis recommendation, I still was forced to jump through several hoops before actually seeing a marijuana doctor. Once the paperwork from my general practitioner was all set, I arranged my first appointment with the medical marijuana specialist. This initial appointment cost me $300. The following appointments each year to renew my recommendation cost me $150. When I finally received my recommendation for medical cannabis from the specialist, I then submitted an application to the state’s Department of Health. I needed to include a $70 check. After nearly four weeks of waiting, the state finally approved my application for medical cannabis. I was so relieved when I finally visited the dispensary and had no problems. There were so many options available to me, I wasn’t sure what to buy. My first thought was to stick with loose marijuana flower, but then I saw all of the vape cartridges, concentrates, and oil based tinctures. The dispensary even offers a topical cream with activated THC and bath bombs. It was a rather long and stressful process, but I’m glad I went through with it to get my legal medical cannabis card for my state. I am not happy that I am forced to spend over $200 each year in order to have access to legal medical cannabis. I am hoping the cost eventually comes down a bit. As more and more people take advantage of this natural remedy, the state is making a ton of money. They need to make it affordable for everyone.

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Dispensary now offers cannabis edibles

I have suffered from a sweet tooth my whole life. It started when my Grandmother started babysitting my brother and I while my parents were atto work. Grandma bought us everything from donuts to chocolate candies. One of our favorite spots to visit was the ice cream parlor right down the street from where she lived. They offered all different flavors of ice cream and we could pick up the toppings. There was crushed cookies, fruits, nuts and all sorts of candy to add to the ice cream. Since then I’ve been partial to gummy candies. When the local dispensary announced that they would start offering a selection of cannabis-infused edibles, I was excited. I know that brownies and gummy candies are a common staple when it comes to cannabis edibles. I had been ordering CBD gummies off the internet for the past few years and had pretty good luck with the quality. I was eager to be able to get my edibles fresh from the local dispensary. They were putting in a bakery and making many of the options right there on site. The budtender told me that gummy candies would be the one of the edibles on the product menu. They have opened up a wide selection for sale and even have a cafe where customers can sit and relax. They have an incredible menu of cannabis cookies, brownies, granola, chocolate, gummies and even cannabis infused drinks, such as coffee and smoothies. I’ve just recently tried the cannabis-infused butter and oils to cook with at home. Having these items so readily available has been a game changer for me.

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Cannabis budtenders are helpful

Since I rarely hang out in bars, I find it a challenge to decide what kind of beer I want to order when there are such a long list of choices.

Recently, a buddy from high school invited me to meet up at a bar known for its huge menu of craft beer.

Whenever I order a beer, I always choose a craft option. To me the taste is better than conventional varieties of alcohol. But without fail, the decision is difficult. I rarely recognize any of the strange names of the beers they offer. I’ve managed to determine that I prefer IPAs over stout beers. When my buddy and I arrived at the bar and I checked out their extensive menu, I knew I was in over my head. They even listed the alcohol percentage associated with each variety. I decided to rely on the bartender to recommend an IPA beer, and I’m thankful she did. The beer she chose for me featured a rich flavor. I encounter the same issues when I’m shopping for cannabis at the local dispensary. Even if I just stick to loose flower, the medical cannabis strains are as endless as craft beers. I usually defer to the budtenders, asking them for a recommendation. Or I try products that are featured for the month as the dispensary receives new shipments. The cannabis budtenders are super knowledgeable regarding anything related to the strains and consumption methods. For anyone who asks about cannabis to treat a specific symptom, an experienced budtender can be extremely helpful. Their advice is based on familiarity with the products. They can recommend strains and dosages. They can explain the effects and terpenes. It’s a good idea to ask for assistance when browning at the medical cannabis dispensary.
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Growing research supports the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana

It provides so many beneficial medical treatments

I enjoy reading scientific journals for innovations in psychology and sociology. Those were my two main academic strengths in undergraduate college. I had debated over going into the research field for clinical psychology. My career took a different path before I ended up in research. In an attempt to get a decent job, I handed out resumes as a college senior to businesses all over the local area and managed to land a gig working as an executive assistant for a fairly prestigious law firm. After appreciating the ins and outs of legal work so much, I decided to apply to law college. SIx years later and I’m a licensed and practicing family and estate law attorney. Although I became a lawyer, psychology and sociology are still interests of mine. Through reading scientific journals, I try to remain updated and knowledgeable in both research fields. In the last couple of years the literature on the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana has been impressive and far reaching. There is a flood of positive data proving that cannabis has unrealized potential medical benefits. When medical marijuana was limited to use in only a handful of states, the peer reviewed research was insufficient because the DEA was slow and reluctant in studying cannabis for medical uses. Now that cannabis is available not only medically but recreationally in many states, marijuana’s scientific research is finally getting priority status. I tell people all the time that they should consider cannabis as a legitimate medicine. It provides so many beneficial medical treatments. The research is ongoing and still insufficient but so promising. It’s exciting to learn how this natural remedy helps with so many severe problems with the human body.

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