FAQ

Here you can find the answers to some commonly asked questions...

How do I use this site?

This site is FREE for patients and was designed for: Learning how to become a medical marijuana patient and Finding medical marijuana doctors, dispensaries, and delivery. *We only list medical marijuana dispensaries.

How do I register a medical marijuana dispensary or provider with Hopegrown?

To become a Hopegrown member email us at: membership@hopegrown.org.

How do I register a doctor's clinic or healthcare provider with Hopegrown?

To become a Hopegrown member email us at: membership@hopegrown.org.

How much does it cost for Hopegrown (only for businesses) membership?

Hopegrown has one of the most competitive and affordable monthly memberships plans available. Email us at: membership@hopegrown.org for more details.

Marijuana? Cannabis? Weed? Pot? What should we call it?

All of these terms are acceptable and refer to the same plant that produces more than 100 unique cannabinoids that mimic compounds produced in the human body.

What part of the marijuana plant is smoked?

The flowers of the cannabis plant are often referred to as “buds” because it's the leaves of the female plant that are harvested at a specific time, cured and the flowers are trimmed down to just the buds before being provided as medicine. The collection of these buds can range in size between plant and strain. It’s this part of the plant that is used for medicating, often ground and put into a marijuana joint (a thin cylinder of finely cut cannabis rolled in paper for smoking), pipe, or water pipe (aka bong).

What are flowers?

The flowers of the cannabis plant are often referred to as “buds” because it's the budding flowers of the female plant that are harvested at a specific time and cured. The excess leaves around the flowers are then trimmed down before being provided as medicine. The collection of these buds can range in size between plant and strain. It’s this part of the plant that is used for medicating, often ground and put into a marijuana joint (a thin cylinder of finely cut cannabis rolled in paper for smoking), pipe, or water pipe (aka bong).

What is MMJ?

MMJ is an abbreviation for medical marijuana.

Are there other ways to consume marijuana besides smoking?

Yes. Vaporizing, eating, drinking, and applying marijuana in topical form are a few of the other popular ways to medicate.

What is an edible?

Marijuana-infused foods or drinks are commonly referred to as “edibles” or sometimes, “medibles.”

What is a budtender?

A budtender is a title of a staff member who works within a dispensary or store where medical or recreational cannabis is sold. Their job is to offer suggestions to customers, answer questions, handle products and showcase products being sold.

What conditions can be improved with marijuana?

People with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or HIV, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis have found relief by using marijuana. Marijuana is also used to treat cachexia, anorexia, and wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain or nausea; seizure disorders (such as epilepsy); arthritis; migraines; and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, spasticity, and asthma conditions have been improved with marijuana.

What is a dispensary or collective?

Generally used as the terms for brick and mortar establishments that provide cannabis medicines.

What major organizations support medical marijuana?

American Medical Association, California Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association,Lymphoma Foundation of America, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Epilepsy Foundation, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Consumer Reports Magazine, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...and many, many more.All either support legal access to medical marijuana or have directly acknowledged that marijuana can have legitimate medical uses. (The American Medical Association, formerly opposed to medical marijuana, officially changed its position to neutral in 1997; the AMA endorses a physician's right to discuss marijuana therapy with patients.)

Why is marijuana federally illegal?

Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning the federal government views marijuana as a highly addictive substance having no medicinal value. Doctors may not "prescribe" marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can "recommend" its use under state law.