Leafly's Information to Missouri Medical Marijuana Pharmacy Merchandise
Missouri residents voted to legalize medical marijuana in November 2018. Two years later, the state's first licensed pharmacies are almost ready. More than 60,000 registered medical marijuana patients are ready to make their first purchases of government-licensed cannabis.
In the first few weeks, cannabis flowers will be available in pharmacies – and not much else.
What products will you find? In the first few weeks, cannabis flowers will be available in pharmacies – and not much else.
The pharmacies will eventually stock gums, chocolates, concentrates, tinctures, vape cartridges, capsules, and other categories of products. However, these products take time to manufacture, and the raw material for all products – cannabis flowers – reaches the manufacturing facilities at the same time as the pharmacies. Look for the first infused products to hit shelves around December 1, 2020.
Bianca Sullivan, CEO of Fresh greensays her Kansas City pharmacy at Lee's Summit expects to receive cannabis flowers in the next few days. "It's grown outdoors and purely organic by a cultivator," Sullivan told Leafly last week. "We're working with a grower and the crop you have now should produce around 30 varieties."
There are currently three licensed cannabis growers growing in Missouri, and only one has completed a harvest. The other two, Sullivan said, expect cannabis to be available by the end of October.
Fresh Green has two pharmacies in the Kansas City area. The storefront in Lee's summit should have enough product to open within the next seven to 10 days, Sullivan said. Fresh Green's Kansas City Pharmacy in the Waldo neighborhood is still under construction.
How do I buy from a Missouri Medical Marijuana Dispensary?
Use Leafly Finder to find the pharmacies in your area. Leafly only lists government licensed pharmacies so you know you're getting the highest quality, lab tested products.
What should be brought to the pharmacy?
Your Missouri Medical Marijuana Card A state-issued form of identification. Most pharmacies cannot accept credit or debit cards. Bring a folding chair, jacket, hat, and blanket into the car. In the early days there may be a line outside the pharmacy.
COVID shopping restrictions
Occupancy restrictions due to coronavirus restrictions vary from county to county. Bradford Goette, CEO of Nirvana Bliss, notes that two of the companies N & # 39; Bliss pharmacies in the St. Louis area "are in a county where you can only have 25% of normal occupancy." For this reason, N’Bliss encourages patients to order online in advance and collect their order at the pharmacy.
N & # 39; Bliss followed an unusual strategy for its Manchester and Ellisville pharmacies: they are already open for sale with CBD only.
"By offering CBD, we're enabling people who don't have medical cards to come in and learn about medical marijuana," Goette told Leafly. Products containing THC, he added, are expected to arrive in the next week or two.
Don't worry, prices will fall
You can always count on two things when a new rule of law opens its first cannabis stores: supply will be limited and prices will be unusually high.
Do not worry. As more products fill the supply chain, prices drop to a reasonable norm. When cannabis stores opened in Seattle in 2014, the cheapest flower was $ 22 a gram. About a year later it was $ 7 a gram. Now it's $ 5.
We're not saying you will find 5 grams in Missouri anytime soon. But the dynamics are the same. Cannabis in an all-medical state like Missouri may be more expensive than products in an adult state like Illinois because the market is more restricted.
The monthly purchase limit for patients is four (4) ounces of cannabis flower or the equivalent in concentrates and infused products. The dispensary staff will take care of the limit value calculations for you. After leaving the pharmacy, if possible, put your cannabis in the trunk while transporting it home.
Leafly maintains a comprehensive guide to Missouri's cannabis laws if you want to know more
Cannabis flower 101
Most medical marijuana patients in Missouri are familiar with cannabis flowers, but for those new to the product, here's a brief introduction.
Cannabis flower is the term for what used to be called a weed, pot, ganja, bud, etc. It's what traders used to put in a dime bag. The cannabis you can find at medical pharmacies has been tested for purity and potency and arrives without seeds or stems. Flower is sold by its weight: one gram, two grams, eighth ounce, quarter ounce, half ounce, and ounce. Here's what these volumes look like. Flower is most commonly smoked in a joint (Cannabis cigarette), a pipe or a Bong (Water pipe). It is also vaporized in a Evaporator able to deal with cannabis flowers. A typical joint contains a little over half a gram of flower. Many patients and consumers prefer to use a to grind their cannabis flower into smaller portions Cannabis grinder. This will help the flower burn more evenly and evenly. Some patients prefer to convert their cannabis flower into homemade food. The easiest way is to do Cannabutter. Leafly shows you how HereThe lower effectiveness is determined by the THC content. Most flowers contain between 5% and 30% THC. Other cannabinoids (like CBD) and terpenes (like pinene) will affect your experience. All of these elements work together in a dynamic known as the entourage effect. Learn more about CBD, Terpenes, and the entourage effect with Leafly. Each unique cannabis burden contains a certain range of THC, CBD, terpenes and other cannabinoids. Leafly has the most comprehensive in the world Guide to cannabis strains.
Cannabis flower: what it is and how to dose it
When licensed budtenders in the pharmacy speak of flowers, they mean good, old-fashioned marijuana buds and leaves – what old-timers called weed, ganja, chronic, or pot.
It is sold in grams, eighth ounces, quarter ounces, half ounces, or ounces. The picture below contains these quantities. A typical joint contains a little less than a gram of cannabis flower.
How to Roll a Joint
The joint is one of the most famous ways to consume cannabis, and it's a great way to enjoy the taste of your flower. Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. There are tons of opinions out there on the different ways to roll one, but whatever you do make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly. Leafly has full instructions Here.
The easiest way: buy pre-rolled compounds
If you've never rolled your own joint before, the easiest way to consume medical marijuana is to smoke joints that have already been rolled by the pharmacy staff. These are known as pre-rolls. They usually contain around a gram of cannabis flower and sell for $ 6 to $ 10 each.
Although joints and pre-rolls are smoked like tobacco cigarettes, they do not cause lung cancer like tobacco cigarettes. (Numerous studies confirm this.)
Cannabis flower vaporizer
Flower vaporizers are a popular option. You will heat the flower to a point where cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) and terpenes will vaporize, but the leaf will not burn. This delivers vapor, not smoke, to the lungs and can provide a much smoother experience. (That's a nice way of saying less cough and sore throat.)
Leafly offers a number of flower vaporizer guides – see below.
Benefit of inhaled cannabis: instant relief
As Missouri patients wait for the arrival of cannabis-infused gums, chocolates, beverages, and other products, they will enjoy the main benefit of inhaled cannabinoids: instant relief.
Infused foods and drinks can take up to an hour to show the effects as the cannabinoids need to be processed by the body's digestive system.
Inhaled steam or smoke, on the other hand, works within a few seconds, as the lungs release THC and other cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream. That makes dosing a lot easier. Make yourself comfortable, pause and quicken your inhaled hits, and stop when you get the level of relief that's right for you.
How to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri
Leafly's Comprehensive Guide to Missouri Marijuana Laws provides information on eligibility requirements and step-by-step instructions for obtaining a medical marijuana card.
Bruce Barcott, Leafly's Senior Editor, oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.