Residents of Minnesota with certain qualifying medical conditions, such as glaucoma, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, intractable pain, chronic pain, Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cachexia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscle spasms, and terminal illnesses, may use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms. If you suffer from one of these conditions, you can obtain medical marijuana tinctures, topicals, and vaporizers with a marijuana registry card, as well as CBD products.
Like states such as Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, Illinois, Alaska, Michigan, and Connecticut, Minnesota also has a generous medical marijuana program.
Marijuana used for recreational purposes is prohibited by Minnesota law. With a medical marijuana card obtained through the state’s medical marijuana program, medical cannabis is the only substance that may be bought legally. The state has strict laws and regulations governing the use of medical cannabis, but its dispensaries offer a wide range of goods for users and their legal guardians.
For new patients, going to a dispensary may seem overwhelming. The facilities, though, are regular businesses with security measures akin to those at pharmacies or other healthcare facilities.
Treatment with medical marijuana can transform your life and help you overcome debilitating medical conditions.
In Minnesota, there are 14 medical marijuana dispensaries. The Minnesota Department of Health issues licenses and maintains supervision over each facility. Strict rules govern how facilities run, where they obtain their inventory, and what products they are allowed to dispense.
The DOH has an interactive map featuring each dispensary in the state. Sites include:
Purchasing medical marijuana is a simple process that entails verifying your identity and registry enrollment. Minnesota requires that you complete a Patient Self Evaluation Report before your registry visits. The form can be accessed through the online account you use to apply for your card.
Once your form is submitted, you can book an appointment to visit your dispensary of choice. You must complete a consultation with the pharmacist at your initial visit and every time you change the delivery mechanism for cannabis.
You must bring:
The pharmacist will review the online survey and your list of medications. They will then make recommendations about the strain of cannabis best suited for your symptoms and advise you on consumption methods.
You can purchase flowers, prerolls, vape cartridges, concentrates, and edibles. Be open with the pharmacist about your symptoms and what you want from cannabis treatment. Even if you have consumed cannabis before, it’s generally best to start with the lowest dose of THC at the longest frequency and alter your dosing based on your response.
Inhalants are usually the fastest-acting consumption method, but their effects wear off faster than others. They may be inappropriate if you experience asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Gummies and chews with concentrations up to 10 mg of THC recently became available. Edibles release THC into your system over a longer interval, making their effects stronger and longer lasting. This may be ideal if you want relief from chronic or debilitating pain.
Your unique biochemistry influences your response to cannabis. The dispensary staff is qualified to advise you during all phases of treatment. If the cannabis is ineffective or you experience an adverse reaction, reach out to the staff for advice on alternative doses and delivery mechanisms.
You can complete the medical evaluation for registry certification and apply for your card online. Not all doctors are enrolled in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, but the Sanctuary can connect you with a provider who is knowledgeable about medical marijuana and embraces its therapeutic power.
Once you decide you want to treat yourself with medical cannabis, we can guide you through your MMJ card application process. Our compassionate team is well-versed in Minnesota medical marijuana laws, and we can help you submit as strong an application as possible so you or your caregiver can begin visiting Minnesota dispensaries and purchasing cannabis products as soon as possible.