Resources for Patients

Discover how to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis, how to become a state-authorized patient, basic science and legal rights for patients, how to safely use medical cannabis, and how to get involved with medical cannabis advocacy.

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Becoming a State-Authorized Patient

State medical cannabis laws change frequently. Stay up to date on your state's regulations.

Talking to your doctor

Doctors are accustomed to patients bringing ideas to them about treatment options, and cannabis should be no different. Here are some tips about discussing cannabis therapeutics with your doctor.

Guide to using medical cannabis

An overview of the types of cannabis, extracts and synthetics as well as details on the various methods of ingestion.

Growing Tips

The basics of cannabis horticulture for first-time growers. Topics include: Growing Medium, Light, Flowering, Nutrients, Water, pH, Air and temperature.

Cannabis Tincture, Salve, Butter and Oil Recipes

These recipes come from the Vancouver Island Compassion Society.

PFC for Patients Brochure

Introducing ASA's independent certification program for medical cannabis industries, Patient Focused Certification

Cannabis Safety

Cannabis and its psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, have an excellent safety profile. The Drug Awareness Warning Network Annual Report, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), contains a statistical compilation of all drug deaths which occur in the United States. According to this report, there has never been a death recorded from the use of cannabis.

Condition-based booklets

In-depth information on the use of cannabis to treat HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, Cancer, Chronic Pain, and issues associated with Aging.