Posted February 17, 2018 at 07:02 AM | Updated February 17, 2018 at 12:11 PM
Garden State Dispensary
Marijuana grows at the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on June 22, 2017. (Samantha Madar/PennLive file)
Medical marijuana became available for purchase in Pennsylvania on Feb. 15, and a total of six dispensaries are opening across the state this week.
But there has been much secrecy surrounding pricing of products and patients who walk into a dispensary for the first time might be overwhelmed by the different forms available. While dispensary staff can provide case-by-case guidance, here is a look at the basics: what the different forms mean, what benefits they provide and how much they cost.
A note on pricing:
Dispensaries haven’t posted price lists and the state government is expecting market forces to keep costs competitive. PennLive reporters are working to obtain price lists from other dispensaries across the state.
This list includes items available at the Cresco Yeltrah store in Butler.
Cannabis contains many compounds. Here are brief descriptions of some terms most useful in understanding the differences between medical marijuana products:
THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol is known as the cannabinoid that produces a “high.” It binds to the areas of the brain that manage pain, emotions, appetite, nausea and sleep.
CBD: Cannabidiol does not have psychoactive properties but has been shown to calm nerves, relieve pain and have anti-convulsive effects.
Terpenes: These are the oils that give marijuana its aroma and taste.
This form is named for its appearance. Wax uses butane to extract THC from the marijuana plant, producing a hardened, wax-like substance. It is an incredibly potent form of extracted marijuana, so it only takes a small “dab” to experience its effects.