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Georgia Cannabis Program Updated for 2024

What is the process?

Step 1. Visit to schedule the online appointment.

Step 2. Speak with the medical doctor by telephone call or webcam. The doctor will then submit the certification directly to the state program.

Step 3. Wait for the medical marijuana program to call you by telephone to pick up the two year medical card. It is issued by the state's medical marijuana program and picked up at the local health facility in the patient's county.

What is the difference between smoking THC or CBD?

In terms of consumer experience, smoking THC and CBD have some key differences.

First off, smoking Cannabidiol (CBD) will not produce the intoxicating “high” associated with smoking THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not activate the CB1 receptors in the brain that handle the euphoric effects of THC. Instead, Cannabidiol may have a more subtle, relaxing effect on the body and mind.

Since it is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, CBD will not produce the same cerebral effects as other marijuana products. Instead, users may experience a more sense of relaxation and overall well-being with no impairment of cognitive function.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is present in cannabis as CBDA and is converted to CBD when heated. Likewise, THC is present as THCA in cannabis flower and is converted to THC when heated.

While THC is binded with CB receptors, CBD inhibits the breakdown of endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, by blocking the the action of the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). This leads to an increase in endocannabinoid levels and increased activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors, leading to CBD’s therapeutic effects.

THC versus CBD: what’s the difference?

Cannabis and marijuana are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they do have slightly different meanings. Cannabis is a type of plant that contains two main components: THC and CBD. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive component that makes a person feel high. CBD, or cannabidiol, does not cause the high-inducing effect that THC does.

Marijuana is a specific category of cannabis that contains high levels of THC, which can have varying effects on stress levels depending on the dose. While THC can reduce stress at lower doses, higher doses can induce panic, paranoia and anxiety, explains Dr. Kingston. CBD, on the other hand, has been shown to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety at all doses.

CBD on its own is not considered marijuana, which is why it’s legal to sell online and in stores. CBD has been proven to have positive effects on stress and anxiety, and in the majority of cases is a better alternative than marijuana for someone looking to get relief from their stress and anxiety, says Dr. Kingston.

Why does cannabis affect people differently?

Experts say the type of cannabis, the amount taken and the way it’s used — smoked, vaped or eaten, for example — all determine how it affects the body. Cannabis contains varying levels of different compounds. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the component of cannabis responsible for weed’s floaty high. CBD, or cannabidiol, appears to work through different receptors in the brain and doesn’t result in the same high.

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