Louisiana’s cannabis regulations have continued to evolve since the passage of HB 391 in 2021. Qualified medical marijuana patients and their caregivers can now acquire smokable and raw forms of medicinal cannabis from state dispensaries, thanks to the state’s medical marijuana program.
Each of Louisiana’s nine pharmacy-operated areas is allowed one dispensary. Before selling products to Louisiana residents, dispensaries must register with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. This guarantees customer safety.
A doctor must diagnose you with one of the state’s qualifying medical conditions in order for you to acquire a medicinal marijuana certification. If they do, licensed dispensaries will sell you edibles, tinctures, various smokable items, and metered-dose inhalers. Still, to purchase items from a dispensary, patients must always produce their doctor’s certification and state ID.
Before purchasing medical marijuana in Louisiana, you must first meet with your doctor to receive a qualifying diagnosis. Legislators have created a list of qualifying conditions which includes chronic pain, cachexia, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, intractable pain, muscle spasms/spasticity, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, wasting syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and autism spectrum disorder.
Your doctor will issue you a written certification once they have identified and diagnosed your qualifying condition(s). Bring this form to the dispensary with you and show it along with your state ID. The only state-mandated prerequisites for obtaining medical marijuana products are a doctor’s written certification and a photo ID. You can buy products from any dispensary in the state as long as you have both.
Your local dispensary can help you with product selection and selection. Because each strain contains a unique combination of terpenes and cannabinoids, their effects vary. Sativa-dominant mixtures are thought to be more sedating than others. Speak with your Louisiana dispensary professionals to determine which strain is ideal for you.
The total amount of adult-use cannabis that a certified patient can purchase at one time is limited to 2.5 ounces every 30 days under Louisiana’s medicinal marijuana legislation.
Smokable products have more immediate and dramatic effects. Edibles and tinctures have a longer shelf life but take longer to take effect. If you are more susceptible to the effects of cannabis, you should use a metered-dose inhaler. These devices keep overall THC inhalation to a minimum and provide precise dosing. Many patients, however, like edibles, tinctures, lotions, topicals, sweets, and/or raw flowers.
When choosing a strain, make sure to look at its terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Sativa blends typically have higher CBD contents, and high-CBD strains may provide more alleviation from physical discomfort. Indica strains typically have higher THC contents, which makes them more psychotropic than CBD.
Tinctures may be best for you if you’ve never smoked previously or haven’t smoked in a long time. Finally, not only do they not require inhalation, oral cannabis products provide longer-lasting symptom alleviation.
The Sanctuary can assist you in making an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor who is licensed by the state. The doctor will then diagnose your qualifying condition(s) and issue a medicinal marijuana recommendation. Once you get that document, you can take it to a nearby dispensary with your state ID and start purchasing MMJ items.
To get started, contact the Sanctuary today.