It’s been a year since the Sooner State put its medical marijuana program into operation. While the road to legalizing medical cannabis was lengthy, Oklahoma now has some of the least restrictive laws. There are no restrictions on qualifying conditions, unlike other states. Additionally, the possession limits for medicinal cannabis are relatively lenient. Although medical cannabis is now legal, Oklahoma does have restrictions on the types of medicinal cannabis that can be sold. The six types of legally sold cannabis are concentrates and oils, flower, edibles, capsules, tinctures and rubs/topicals.
1. Concentrates and Oils
Benefits: Fast-acting, easy to use To consume concentrates and oils, use a vaporizer or inhaler. Vaporizers heat up cannabis just enough to release cannabinoids without exposing patients to harmful smoking byproducts. Effects kick in typically around 90 seconds after vaporization. This method is great for fast-acting pain relief for ailments such as migraines, cramps, back pain, muscle aches, and more. Concentrates are quick, easy to use and portable. Conveniently dosed in interchangeable cartridges, they also require a battery, which are usually sold separately. Many companies that make concentrates also make disposable pens, which have a battery and concentrate preassembled for quick and easy use. In the past, Oklahoma had some fairly harsh laws about cannabis concentrates, however, these rules have been lifted for medical cannabis patients. As a result, medical cannabis patients can legally have up to one ounce of concentrates in their homes. Local product available: Pineapple Express 1:1 THC/CBD – this strain will give you the benefits of both THC and CBD, providing a euphoric and uplifting experience without weighing you down.
2. Flower/Smokable Medical Cannabis in Oklahoma
Benefits: Fast onset, social Smoking the actual cannabis flower results in a fast onset, which is great for those who require immediate relief, but many people struggle with how harsh smoking can be on the lungs. Water bongs can help to cool the cannabis smoke down before it enters the lungs, but health professionals agree that smoke-free methods pose less risk and are medically preferred. Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program allows patients to possess marijuana flower and seeds, as well as allowing them to grow their own plants. Some medical cannabis patients advocate for “grow-your-own” programs as a way to keep costs down. It can also help patients ensure they have access to the right strain. Patients can have up to six mature plants, as well as an equal number of seedlings. They must also be cultivated for personal medical use, as it’s illegal to sell cannabis without a license. It’s also illegal to give it away, even to another patient. Local product available: Girl Scout Cookie 3.5g Hybrid A great for patients needing a strong dose of relief for things like nausea, severe pain, and appetite loss.
Benefits: Prolonged effect, discrete Cannabis edibles can come in the form of infused gummies, chocolates, drinks and more. Edibles are a great choice for those who want a discrete consumption method and long-lasting effects. One downside to edibles is that they have a slow onset. They typically take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours for the full effects to kick in. Edibles enter the bloodstream through the liver and can cause a much more intense ‘high’ than smoking marijuana. Because everyone metabolizes cannabis differently, it can be easy to take too much and experience negative side effects. If you are a novice cannabis user or have never tried edibles, it is best to start with a very low dose. In Oklahoma, medical cannabis patients had to wait a little while longer to buy edibles even after medical cannabis was legalized. The state health department worried about the quality and safety of edibles. In early 2019, cannabis edibles finally went on sale. Designed to keep Oklahomans safe, the health department issued rules about packaging and quality control. The legal limit for possession of edibles is 72 ounces. Local product available: Fire Leaf Taffy 2-Pack A delicious way to get relief. These taffies are 30 mg each and come in assorted flavors.
Benefits: Prolonged effect, convenient, discrete When cannabinoids are taken in capsule form, they are processed and absorbed by the liver. This prolongs their psychoactive effects. Capsules are a pre-dosed, discrete, and convenient alternative to other methods. It can take 30 minutes to an hour to feel the effects, but they will be felt longer than with most other methods. Local product available: Spartan Herb 10MG These conveniently dosed hybrid capsules contain 10 MG of THC per pill.
Benefits: Precise dosing, discrete Cannabis tinctures are one of the best methods of consumption for precise dosing. They are alcohol-based and can be taken orally or sublingually. Tinctures are lower in calories than typical edibles, and you feel their effects sooner as well. We recommend them for patients who prefer fast acting cannabis without all the smoke. This option is great for dealing with headaches, symptoms from cancer, or chronic pain. When choosing a sublingual, speak to a doctor to learn about your absorption rates. Local product available: 600MG THC Tincture Great for patients who are looking for relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, and ailments without worrying about overwhelming body or mind euphoria.
Benefits: Ideal for localized pain, no psychoactive effects Transdermal application methods like lotion or rubs are ideal for localized pain. Your skin absorbs these non-intoxicating CBD solutions completely. This makes them great for people who want to reap the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the high. Overall, they are excellent for reducing pain and inflammation around the area of application. Local product available: Canna-Rub Blue Dream Topical 425MG Directly apply this product to affected areas. Use for allergic skin reactions, muscle strain, inflammation, swelling, and joint pain.
6. CBD is Legal in Oklahoma (and Nationwide)
CBD gives a relaxing sensation like THC while allowing patients to remain clear-headed. Products containing only CBD are available across the United States. You can have them delivered to you no matter where you live. Because there has recently been an influx of CBD products, it can be easy to get confused by which products offer the best quality. Some popular CBD products available in Oklahoma are:
- USA Hemp Co. Golden Redwood CBD Flower—This hybrid crosses Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami to deliver a powerful calm. Use it to de-stress after a long day, calm anxiety or loosen tight, sore muscles.
- Papa & Barkley CBD Hemp Drops—Papa & Barkley’s potent CBD tincture is an all-natural remedy for aches and pains, as well as mental stresses.
Cannabis Grown Out-of-State is Off Limits
One of the restrictions on the medical cannabis program in Oklahoma is actually more about geography. It has less to do with the type of product or how much THC is in it. Dispensaries in Oklahoma can only sell cannabis products from producers located in the state. This allows for stricter control over the quality of the products. Licenses are only available to Oklahoma residents aged 25 or over. Additionally, a dispensary must be at least 75 percent owned by Oklahoman residents.
Recreational Cannabis is Still Illegal (for now)
Buying cannabis without a medical marijuana card is still illegal in Oklahoma. While other states have moved to legalize recreational cannabis, it may be some time before Oklahoma does the same. Oklahoma classifies possession of up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis without a medical certificate as a misdemeanor. Medical cannabis patients, by contrast, can have up to 3 ounces on their person and a total of 8 ounces in their home.
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