CBD Dispensary Ripoff?
I want to tell you about a common story regarding a CBD dispensary ripoff but first let me give you some back information. In Florida, medical marijuana dispensaries are popping up in every city, at least in Tampa Bay. You cannot just walk in off the streets and become a customer. You have to go to a certified physician that has paid the state one thousand dollars and completed a course. These physicians, once certified can accept patients and recommend products with and without THC. Currently there are only a small list of patients that even qualify medically according to the state. Before a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana can be made the hopeful patient must be a patient for at least three months and pay hundreds of dollars before being entered into the states registry. Sometimes they must also pay monthly fees because there is a tremendous amount of paperwork and data entry for the physician and staff. Once the patient is entered they qualify to buy products from a dispensary. These dispensaries concentrate on products with THC, because they can, but there are some products with very low levels and even zero levels of THC. These products are labeled as CBD oils, etc. This provides an option for patients who do not want to get high or who don't need the THC to receive the relief they are seeking. In addition, patients can also take low THC high CBD products to help calm or even mitigate the negative effects of THC.
I have spoken to many dispensary patients and what I have found is there are both good and bad reviews. Sometimes the dispensaries are so busy customer's are just looking for someone who is knowledgeable to speak with. This has been the case more out of state than what I have found in Florida. I have found the dispensary folks here are well versed, but the customer often doesn't know what to ask. Or they do not understand how to evaluate the information. It is a very confusing marketplace.
For example, I met with a man yesterday who paid $70 for a 1oz bottle of what he thought was CBD oil. Turns out it's coconut oil referred to as MCT oil and 1.4% CBD per bottle. Yikes! That's some expensive coconut oil! Plus the CBD is not full spectrum, it is CBD only. Full spectrum means there are also more than 80 other cannabinoids present in the oil which has proven to offer medicinal benefits. CBD alone, often called CBD isolate, can also be effective but normally in higher doses and again it's just more effective when it's fellow cannabinoids are present. So not only is there virtually no chance in hell that this product will help this poor patient find any relief but it's expensive! Here's the sad part, the patient assumes because "they" are the experts that 1.4% is okay. The bottle also stated it had 0% THC. Online that product states it comes with up to 15mg of THC, but his bottle had zero. I even called using his patient number to verify what I read was correct. The bottle says it's 500mg CBD. This could not be any further from the truth. It is not 500 mg of CBD. The bottle says one serving equals one drop and each drop equals 1 mg, so yes it has 500 drops or 500 mg in the bottle but of those 500 drops only 1.4% is CBD. That hurts my head to do the math but that is virtually NO CBD!!!! So why buy this "CBD oil" from the dispensary? Why pay hundreds of dollars to see a doctor and get on a registry to buy coconut oil with trace amounts of CBD isolate? If I sound a little bothered you are correct. Patients are getting ripped off at some, not all of the dispensaries and they don't even know it.
Do you need a dispensary?
The dispensary is currently the only legal outlet to buy products with THC, so if you have done your research and you believe you need a product with THC to help you then by all means follow the process. However, I challenge you to first try a full spectrum CBD oil. Yes, I sell this product, but I sell it is because I am passionate about it and because I hear the life changing stories on a daily basis. In MANY cases patients can find medicinal benefits by taking a high quality, full spectrum CBD oil. Try that first, then if you feel you need something more go through the steps to get into the database and experiment with THC. However, I highly recommend first experimenting with full spectrum CBD.
First experiment with full spectrum CBD.
Our bodies interact with cannabinoids differently. It is not based on weight, so I challenge you to try a high quality full spectrum CBD oil first and experiment with dosing. Some people take two drops and others take a full dropper full to achieve the same result. Here's the beauty of this product, you can not overdose, there are no side effects, no drug interactions and no deaths ever reported from CBD or THC for that matter. So our physicians recommend experimenting to find the right dose for you, you can increase the dose as needed to achieve desired results.
THC and CBD a winning combination?
Here's the irony, we have some patients who are very happy with their dispensary products, but again called us because they needed someone to help them. We offer suggestions based on our research and patient testimonies primarily. Although we consult with physicians, we are not doctors and we always make sure our customers know that. We have found that our product often compliments a THC/CBD product. For example, one customer was taking a product with 13 mg of THC and 13 mg of CBD. This is by memory but I believe that was the amount. She was a sweet elderly woman from Georgia and she said it just wasn't working and she did not want to take more because she did not want to get high. So, I recommended she try increasing the CBD and other cannabinoids by buying our 750mg full spectrum oil. This way she was increasing only the "good" cannabinoids. To both of our delight she called back after just three days of use and said she is not only pain free but she is sleeping better than she had in 13 years. So, I would say THC and CBD can be a winning combination. It's all about finding what works for you. But please, know what you are taking and don't pay $70 for coconut oil.