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If you have questions or concerns related to your medical condition and your use of medical marijuana, such as side effects or drug interactions, please speak with a medical professional at the dispensary and your physician.
Please also refer to the Patient Disclosures (THC 414) and Treatment Agreement (THC 417) forms for more detailed information. If you would like another copy of those forms, please ask a patient care representative.


Please open products when you return home. If a product is defective, notify The Healing Research Center the day of purchase about the issue by phone. You will have 24 hours to return the product to The Healing Research Center in its original packaging. ATM processing charges will not be refunded.



Safe Storage

Medical marijuana must be kept secured at all times in the original packaging and container in which it was dispensed. It should only be removed from the original packaging and container when ready for use by the patient. After using the medication, make sure the container is closed and returned to its original packaging for storage. It is important to store your medication in a location out of reach of children and out of sight. It is illegal for a patient or a patient’s caregiver to distribute medical marijuana to anyone other than the patient.

Disposing of Medication

Unwanted, excess, expired or contaminated medical marijuana product should be made non-recoverable before disposing of it.


In the event that a product is recalled, we will initially try to call you and/or your caregiver/s at the telephone number/s we have on file to give you information and further instructions.

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If you think your pet has ingested medical marijuana, call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control immediately.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435

Vaporization or Nebulization (concentrates, dry leaf): absorbed by lungs
Inhalation has the fastest onset time, but may have a shorter overall duration than other forms. Medical marijuana is activated by the application of heat with this method. It is illegal for medical marijuana to be smoked. If caught, your participation in the medical marijuana program can be revoked.

Tinctures: absorbed by mouth/mucus membranes
Tinctures are infused with “activated” medical marijuana. They are administered under the tongue or via spray. Gently ‘swirl’ the bottle prior to each use to help ensure contents are mixed uniformly. The liquid may produce a warm feeling in the mouth.

Capsules or Pills: absorbed in digestive tract
Capsules can be taken with or without food.

Activated Oil/Liquid (syringes, droppers): absorbed in digestive tract
Activated oil or liquid can be placed in the mouth and swallowed.

Topicals (gel, cream, salve, patch): absorbed by skin
Topical medications are infused with activated medical marijuana, and many do not have psychoactive effects. Lotions, etc. should be applied liberally over the affected area. Topicals are for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. DO NOT INGEST OR VAPORIZE.

Side Effects

Many “side effects” of this medication overlap with intended effects. Experiencing drowsiness, sedation/ relaxation and appetite stimulation are common. Other common side effects include: red eyes, dry mouth, dizziness, or headache. Less common and more serious side effects may include: high or low blood pressure and heart rate, and psychiatric effects such as anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, depression, or worsening of existing psychiatric conditions.

Adverse Events

If you experience a life-threatening or medical emergency call your physician, call 911, and/or go to the nearest emergency room. Please let our medical professional and your physician know about any physical or mental harm or loss of function you experience if you believe it is related to your medication.


If you think a child has accidentally ingested medical marijuana, call 911 for immediate assistance.
Women should not consume this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding except on the advice of the practitioner who issued the certification and, in the case of breastfeeding, the infant’s pediatrician.

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Allegheny County resolve Crisis Services: 1-888-796-8226 (Behavioral Health)
Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222
Veterans Administration Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
Washington County Crisis Line: 877-225-3567 (Behavioral Health)

Follow the medication directions provided by your certifying physician. Do not repeat doses sooner than specifically directed. If your physician did not set limits, a medical professional at the Healing Research Center will consult with you regarding the appropriate form and dosage. Once you have found a form and dosage of medical marijuana that works well for you, you can refill your medication by visiting our dispensary.

The primary active ingredients in medical marijuana are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Most patients are counseled to start by taking a very small amount and increase it gradually over the first few days of any change until noticing a positive or negative effect. To minimize the risk of falls when starting or changing medications, consider getting out of a chair or bed in steps: for example, first dangle your legs over the side of the bed and wait a minute, then stand up and wait another minute to make sure you feel steady before walking.


Use caution if you already take other medications or substances (including alcoholic beverages) that cause sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness because adding this medication may intensify those effects. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery when under the influence of this product. Use caution if you have a history of substance or alcohol abuse. As with any medication, symptoms of tolerance, dependence, withdrawal and substance abuse should be monitored closely. Some preparations may contain small amounts of alcohol (ex. tinctures). If you feel that your medical marijuana usage is negatively affecting your daily life, relationships or job, please contact your physician.

The Healing Research Center Medication Chart
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