Rhode Island cannabis law seems to be rapidly changing for the better. The state has made medical cannabis legal, decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis products, and their governor has planned to try to legalize adult cannabis use in 2020. However, for the time being, Rhode Island still has limits on what cannabis products adults can use recreationally. Here’s what types of cannabis products are available in Rhode Island.
1. CBD is Legal in Rhode Island (and Nationwide)
CBD derived from hemp is available all across America. It’s prized for its ability to fight stress without the psychoactive effects of THC, as well as for a number of other health benefits. Some of the benefits of CBD include fighting depression, combating inflammation naturally, treating insomnia and managing pain.
CBD Products Rhode Island:
Receptra Active These full-spectrum hemp extract packs combine fatty acids, turmeric and MCT oil with 15+mg of CBD per serving, for a potent performance boost. This extract will fuel your active lifestyle, boost your energy and fight stress, injury and fatigue. Bloom Farms CBD BLACKBERRY Mini Vapor Pen Enjoy the medicinal benefits of CBD oil with the natural flavor of blackberries! This convenient CBD oil vapor pen contains at least 60% cannabinoids, combining CBD with other healthful compounds extracted from hemp. In a convenient 0.5 gram vaporizer.
2. Concentrates and Oils
Benefits: Fast-acting, easy to use Oils and concentrates are an easy way to enjoy cannabis conveniently, without harsh smoke. When cannabis concentrated is heated by a vaporizer, the THC and other cannabinoids are released, enabling patients to dose with just a puff or two. Effects kick in quickly (usually about 90 seconds after dosing), which is great for migraines, muscle aches, anxiety attacks and other conditions where quick relief is desired. However, as the name implies, concentrates are very strong. If you’ve just gotten your medical cannabis card and are new to cannabis, be sure to give yourself several minutes between puffs to avoid getting uncomfortably high. Local Product Available: High THC: Jupiter POD .5G (INDICA) Extracted from the classic OG Kush strain, this high-THC cartridge is a great first extract for Rhode Islanders.
3. Flower/Smokable Medical Cannabis in Rhode Island
Benefits: Fast onset, social Smoking is a traditional way to consume cannabis. Smoking the flowers gives users a quick onset, and can be an enjoyable social occasion with other cannabis patients. However, the smoke can be quite harsh for some people, and many patients prefer to smoke through a water bong for cooler smoke and a less harsh experience. Alternately, you may want to consume leaf with a cannabis vaporizer, such as the Pax 3. These vaporizers work in a similar manner to concentrate vaporizers, heating the raw leaf until the THC and cannabinoids leave it. That enables users to breathe in the medicinal ingredients without the smoke. Currently, Rhode Island only has a few dispensaries in operation. Fortunately, the restrictions on cannabis flower for patients are quite low, allowing you to stock up as much as 2½ ounces of flower — more than enough to last most patients between trips to the dispensary. Rhode Island law is also friendly towards patients who chose to grow their own cannabis, allowing you to grow as many as twelve mature plants. Local Product Available: Block Island Kush With its upbeat vibe and refreshing citrus flavors, this pleasant strain is helpful for patients fighting stress, depression, anxiety, and pain.
Benefits: Prolonged effect, discrete Edibles are a great way to consume medical cannabis for patients who need long-lasting effects. Edibles enable you to discreetly consume your cannabis on the go in more or less any form you want. Choose from chocolates, gummies, cannabis drinks, mints and more. Edibles also make it easy to dose precisely, ensuring you get the correct dosage each time. However, edibles can be a little tricky for beginners, because onset takes so long. It can take up to two hours to feel the maximum effect, which can lead new cannabis patients to underestimate how much they’ve taken. Fortunately, while taking too much can be uncomfortable, you can’t overdose on cannabis. If you’re new to cannabis edibles, start with a low dose (2.5 to 5 mg of THC) and wait for the full effect before taking more. Local Product Available: 10 Pack of 5 mg Gummies These gummies are a great introductory product for new cannabis users, with just 5 mg of THC per gummy. Start with a single gummy your first time, and wait 90 minutes to 2 hours. Then, increase your dose as needed until you find the right dosage.
Benefits: Convenient, prolonged effect Capsules are measured doses of cannabis available in pill form. Cannabis pills have the same benefits as edibles: they’re easy to take, long-lasting and convenient. However, as with edibles, they take a long time to kick in, which can make it tricky for new users to get their dose right. Local Product Available: THC and CBD Capsules Available in 10 mg THC, 30 mg THC, and 30 mg CBD.
Benefits: Precise dosing, discrete Tinctures are a great dosing method for cannabis patients who want more precise control over their dosing. Tinctures consist of cannabis extracted in alcohol, which absorbs quickly into your bloodstream when taken sublingually (i.e. under your tongue.) For Rhode Islanders dealing with chronic pain, nausea or other ongoing medical issues, tinctures are a great way to consume medicine. Local product available:
Howl’s creates a range of full-spectrum cannabis tinctures, which are available to Rhode Island medical users as well as in Massachusetts. They have pure extracts from a variety of different strains, enabling you to select the right balance of psychoactive and medicinal properties for your condition.
Benefits: Ideal for localized pain, no psychoactive effects Cannabis is excellent for reducing inflammation and helping with a range of aches and pains. Cannabis topicals provide relief of localized pain, without the psychoactive effects of taking cannabis internally. In Rhode Island, patients may be topicals that include THC (the ingredient responsible for the “high”) along with other cannabinoids, but these products should not have a strong psychoactive effect. Local product available: TCS Pain Ease Topicals Whether you’re treating a skin condition or soothing muscle aches and joint pain, this cannabis tropical will make you feel better.