A Guide To Reading Medical Marijuana Labels
When you walk into a medical marijuana dispensary, you are met with a wide variety of products. They differ from one another in many ways, including how you use them, how long they take to work, and how much THC and CBD they contain within.
It is easy enough to have a dispensary attendant walk you through the details when you are at the dispensary. These agents are well-trained in understanding the various cannabis products.
But what should you do if you are unable to recall all of the details when you arrive home? Maybe you’ve waited a few days before taking something new. Or perhaps you cannot remember which products you purchased when leading to some unpredictability in what you should expect from each.
Fortunately, every medical marijuana product purchased in Arkansas is required to have a label that contains a treasure trove of helpful information.
Identifying What You Need to Know On Medical Marijuana Labels
Cannabis labels in Arkansas are required to contain an array of information that falls into three broad categories.
1. Tracking Information
Medical marijuana products must follow strict regulations. On cannabis labels, you will find a bunch of information that revolves around tracking cannabis from seed to sale. This includes things like the unique ID (UIN), the lab that tested the cannabis, and when it was produced. Patients generally do not need to pay attention to these details.
Each marijuana product will contain important warnings, such as instructing patients to keep marijuana out of reach of children and not to use these products during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Another warning on products that must be smoked or vaporized rather than eaten is a “DO NOT EAT” warning.
3. Product Details
Product details are included to provide medical marijuana patients with need-to-know information about their cannabis products. Look for the following details:
The name of the cannabis strain, when applicable, will be included near the top of the label. For example, you may read names such as “Gelato 33 (Budder),” telling you that this budder, a type of concentrate, was made from the Gelato 33 strain.
THC and CBD
Every product will reveal how much CBD and THC are found within. Depending on the type of product, you will see either the concentration or mg per serving of each THC and CBD.
Each product will have a listed activation time. This provides an estimate for how long it will take before you begin to feel the product’s effects.
When most people start out using medical cannabis, they do not have a favorite strain or know precisely how much THC and CBD they need. Your doctor or dispensary agent can help you to determine these things at first, but over time, you are likely to identify personal preferences.
In this early stage, reading labels can provide incredibly valuable insights. You may find that one strain helps you sleep through the night, while another one is better for daytime use. And over time, you are likely to figure out how much THC and CBD you need for different effects.
And if you find that you have a question about a medical marijuana product at your home, know that you can call your dispensary and ask them questions. Think of dispensary agents like your medical cannabis pharmacists. With training and experience, they are one of the best resources you have.
How Can I Get My Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card?
Arkansas Marijuana Card understands that the medical marijuana laws in Arkansas can be confusing, so we take all of the guesswork out of it for our patients. Our friendly support staff will carefully walk you through the entire process, from helping you collect your medical records before your appointment, to ensuring your application has been submitted properly to the State. Also, we have the most affordable pricing options anywhere in the state of Arkansas!