The Leafly Starter Pack: A Comprehensive Guide to Medical Cannabis
Medical cannabis is now legal (in various forms) in 39 states. Whether you’ve already received your medical card or if you are considering doing so, this comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know about purchasing and consuming medical cannabis safely. Check out our stories and videos below, find a doctor on Leafly, check on the regulations in your state with Leafly’s State of the Leaf, or talk to us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to find out more.
Although cannabis remains illegal on the federal level in the U.S., many individual states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes. This list provides each state’s qualifying conditions, as well as a rundown of which medical conditions and symptoms must be verified by a physician in order to get authorized as a valid medical marijuana patient.
Forget the stereotypical images of cannabis use from the 60s; cannabis in the 21st century is not what you might expect. Get informed with this handy guide to understanding what it means to be a responsible patient in your state.
Cannabis strains are sorted into three categories: sativa, indica, and hybrid. These three groups form the pillars of Leafly’s strain database, and can help consumers know a little more about what to expect when they consume medical cannabis.
Not everyone likes to smoke, and those with compromised lung health may not even have the option. If you’re looking for a more health-conscious route to cannabis, consider this list of smoke-free treatments.
Many of us new to cannabis-infused food fall victim to the same mistake: we eat too much. But when consumed responsibly, edibles can be potent and body-focused, making them perfect for people who suffer from pain, nausea, or lack of appetite. Learn more about cannabis edibles via our easy-to-follow resource.
Due to restrictive laws, you may have never seen the sight of a real, living cannabis plant. But when you examine a bud up close, you’ll notice a complex knotting of different parts, from fiery orange hairs to sugary crystals and chunky knobs enveloped by tiny leaves. This guide to cannabis anatomy will break the plant down piece by piece so you’ll know exactly what you’re consuming and why.
Two things influence the structural formation of a cannabis plant: genetics and environment. This guide explores the evolution of the cannabis plant, and unpacks the factors that go into making each plant unique.
Popular stereotypes might not link cannabis with concentration and cognitive performance. But recent studies exploring cannabis as an alternative treatment for attention deficit disorders found that cannabis can improve ADD/ADHD symptoms. Find out more about how the compounds found in cannabis can potentially correct the dopamine deficiency in ADD patients.
Throughout its prohibition, cannabis has been considered a “coping” drug for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. But while many studies point out the prevalence of cannabis abuse, some emerging research is looking at the question in reverse: could cannabis be effectively treating PTSD?
Despite the recent surge of parents reporting that CBD-only treatments have helped control their children’s seizures, physicians are hesitant to recommend this regimen due to the shortage of clinical testing. However, some studies have started to explore the connection. Find out more with this roundup of the information currently available to parents.
These cannabis strains have a tendency to contain higher levels of CBD, which can deliver pain relief; anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, and anti-nausea effects; strengthen bones; and counteract THC-induced anxiety. Check out our growing list of high-CBD cannabis strains.