What is cannabis?

Cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). The dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant are known as marijuana.

Who uses medical cannabis and why?

Medical cannabis is used to help alleviate chronic or severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, glaucoma, hormonal imbalances, symptoms related to HIV/AIDs, and more.

What's the difference between a medical cannabis caregiver and a dispensary?

The caregiver model is patient-centered, as well as typically providing a higher quality of care. Traditionally, caregivers in Maine have been advocates for the rights of the patient. The caregiver approach is more consultative, personalized for the patient.

What are the ways I can consume cannabis?

Medical marijuana can be:

  • Smoked or vaporized
  • Eaten (edibles such as gummies, chocolates, cookies, brownies, cooking oils, sauces, and drink mixes)
  • Alternatively consumed through tinctures or capsules or, topically, via body creams, balms, or salves

What are some common side effects?

Side effects that usually don’t last long can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Short-term memory loss

What should I avoid doing after consuming cannabis?

  • DO NOT drive, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities while using cannabis. Cannabis may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired judgment.
  • DO NOT drink alcohol while using cannabis. Alcohol will increase dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired judgment.
  • Cannabis may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants.
  • DO NOT use cannabis if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. There is some evidence that women who smoke cannabis during the time of conception or while pregnant may increase the risk of their child being born with birth defects. Pregnant women who continue to smoke cannabis are probably at greater risk of giving birth to low birthweight babies.
  • DO NOT use cannabis if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What is MOFGA? And what does certified clean cannabis mean?

Maine Organic Framers and Gardeners Association (MOGFA) provides certification that growers are cultivating product using certified organic growing practices. 

What do I need in order to purchase medical cannabis in Maine?

A patient must be 21+ and have a driver's license or state ID, along with the original certification form from their doctor or the state-issued ID card on their person in order to receive protections under the law.

How do I get my Maine Medical Cannabis Patient Card?

In order to receive protections under Maine's Medical Marijuana law, a patient must first obtain a certification from their physician, on tamper proof paper, dated for one year, certifying the patient's debilitating medical condition for the purpose of medical marijuana treatment. A free ID card is available from the DHHS for patients who wish to register with the state, but is not required for legal protections.

Questions for your doctor:

  • Will you provide me with a Certification for Medical Marijuana treatment?
  • Will you refer me to a physician who may provide such a certification?
  • What are the medical pros and cons of using such a treatment?

The Physician's Certification Form can be found here.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We only accept cash.

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Learn more about how we grow certified clean cannabis and our commitment to providing patients with affordable, effective healing.

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