Is it okay to buy medical marijuana online? The allure of convenience and cut-price deals on e-commerce stores is sometimes difficult to resist. But there is a good reason that the Arizona Department of Health Services provides Medical Marijuana (MMJ) cardholders a list of certified dispensaries.
Not all sellers of cannabis are government-certified. And not all legally operating dispensaries in Arizona are created equal, especially since cannabis-testing labs for regulating cannabis products are still in the works by the local government.
Nevertheless, it’s good to know that many marijuana businesses have taken the initiative to have their products tested and qualified to ensure customers that they are receiving safe and high-quality medication.
So, is it okay to buy medical marijuana online in Arizona? Yes, if the following are true:
- You live within Arizona and you’re not having it shipped out-of-state (which would make it illegal).
- You’re buying from a government-certified cannabis shop in Gilbert, Arizona or anywhere within the state.
- And even better, if the shop personnel can guide you with your purchase, provide the right dosage, and assure you of uncontaminated medication.
But how can you ensure the requirements on the last bullet? The answer is pretty straightforward: get to know your marijuana dispensary before buying.
Personnel equipped to guide you
A good dispensary should have a team that will help you get started, guide you as you explore your options, and provide recommendations based on what medical benefits you are after.
There are different ways to ingest marijuana—you can smoke, inhale, or eat it, and you can even apply it on your skin, or use liquid drops under your tongue. Thus, the range of product options might surprise you at first—infusions, tinctures, extracts, topicals, flowers, and more. Not only that, the potency and how quickly each product works also vary.
Whether you’re buying online or in their shop, don’t hesitate to require thoughtful customer service from your dispensary. If they can’t provide you with guidance and clarity, then don’t be afraid to try the next one on your list.
Right dosage through accurate labels
To reap the best medical benefits of marijuana, you want to get the right dosage of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), two types of cannabis compounds. Each of these has its medical benefits.
However, according to a study published by JAMA, 69 percent of cannabis products bought online provide inaccurate dosage labels. For CBD, around 25 percent contained higher, and 42 percent lower, dosages. Other samples contained significant amounts of THC.
As a rule, you don’t want to under-dose on CBD because it can become medically ineffective, whereas overdosing on it has no reported adverse effects. But you want to avoid overdosing on THC. This compound helps alleviate pain but it has a psychoactive component; THC is what makes people feel “high”.
Uncontaminated, lab-tested medication
Lastly, like any organic product, cannabis medication can be prone to contamination by pesticides, mold, bacteria, solvents, and metals. Fortunately, marijuana businesses have taken self-imposed quality control with the help of third-party laboratories.
These marijuana testing companies provide dispensaries stringent purity tests to ensure that their products are uncontaminated and healthy for medical use.
Buying safe, high-quality marijuana online
Be discerning when choosing where to buy marijuana online. Choose a government-certified dispensary that can guide you through their premium-quality products.
At Territory Dispensary, you can rest assured that our quality standards are stringent and trustworthy. Please ask us any questions you may have about getting started on medical marijuana or continuing your current medication. Our products can be purchased online if you find that more convenient. You can visit us in our Chandler, Gilbert, or North branch.
Don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about your medical marijuana needs.