How may I become a member?
Please email a copy of your doctor’s recommendation and California driver’s license or US passport and proof of California residency to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot exchange medicine with you until your patient documents are submitted and confirmed.
How do I get a recommendation?
To get a doctor's recommendation, you must visit your primary care physician or other doctor who can provide you with a letter recommending medical cannabis. We must be able to call your doctor and verify the recommendation.
What are my rights as a medical cannabis patient?
It is critical that patients understand their rights and responsibilities under California’s Compassionate Use Act. One of the best sources of information is California NORML. http://www.canorml.org/prop/patientsguide.htm If you aren’t a member of NORML, please consider joining.
Americans for Safe Access also has a website with helpful legal information. (http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=313)
What types of medical cannabis do you offer?
We currently offer a wide range of organic medical cannabis flowers, concentrates, oils, and cannachocolates.
Do you offer clones or seeds?
No, we do not offer clones or seeds.
What kind of cannabis should I use?
Cannabis strains are primarily indicas or sativas. Indicas are known for
a more physical effect and are generally used for pain and relaxation,
and to aid insomnia and stimulate appetite. Indicas may heighten sensory
perceptions such as taste, hearing, or touch. It is also used for
Sativa is headier in its effects. Frequently called
"cerebral", sativa’s effects are mood elevating, ‘giggly,’ creatively
inspiring, sometimes even psychedelic. Sativas are frequently
recommended for depression. It has a higher THC to Cannabinoid (CBD)
ratio. Sativa has less physically heavy effects than indica, and is less
likely to make the user drowsy.
Humboldt growers began combining the two strains more than 30 years ago and many of today's strains are thus cross-bred to combine the benefits of both strains.
How do I know what strains are right for me?
Read the general indications of sativas and indicas, and the descriptions of individual strains. Our strains have been grown by medical users who have bred them for their needs or the needs of the people they assist as caregivers.
It is very difficult to quantify effects, since research into cannabis has been limited, if not outright prohibited, under the federal government prohibition. Most evidence of effect is anecdotal, meaning it was sampled and reported on by various patients.
Numerous cannabis experts and physicians have stated that effects are very subjective and vary with the individual. As science continues to explore the human cannabinoids receptors and the properties of the plant, we will learn more about how this marvelous botanical medicine works.
Is your cannabis certified organic?
No. The USDA’s National Organic Program will not permit cannabis to be certified organic for as long as it is a federally prohibited substance.
However, organic standards are well known, and Tea House inspects each grower’s garden and processing to ensure the highest standards are met. Strict compliance to organic methods is required for membership in our collective.
Our patient information is held in strict confidence. We will never share your contact information with any other company. Occasionally Tea House will contact you to make you aware of special offers or events of interest.
I’ve been told outdoor cultivation leads to dangerous molds. How do I know your cannabis is safe?
It isn’t the method of cultivation that leads to infestation of molds; it’s the care that is taken in the process. Indoor cultivation is done in closed systems that create high humidity and indoor bud can be affected by mold, just as late season outdoor plants can be.
Organic plant oils such as Neem can be used in the non-flowering and early flowering stages to prevent infestation, but should not be used on mature buds near harvest. Vigilant inspection and culling of mature buds with early signs of mold is the best way to ensure clean and safe cannabis. Conscientious growers also inspect buds for mold when trimming the dried flowers before distribution.
Some growers use chemical fungicides, which are toxic for a patient to consume. Chemical fungicides are strictly forbidden in Tea House cultivation.
I have a compromised immune system. Is outdoor safe for me to smoke?
Molds, fungi and other microorganisms are present in almost all marijuana. For most
people, these organisms pose no problem, but for patients with a compromised immune system or allergies, they can cause harmful infections and even death. If you have HIV, are being treated for cancer, taking steroids regularly or frequently (prednisone, etc.), have severe diabetes, or asthma or lung disease requiring chronic therapy, or an auto-immune disease, you may be at particular risk from smoking or vaporizing marijuana.
Medical cannabis advisors recommend that if you have a compromised immune system, you should avoid all smoking and vaporizing—whether the cannabis was grown indoors or outdoors.
For immunocompromised patients in general, edibles, lozenges and alcohol-based tinctures are probably safe. Cannabis that has been tested and found free of aspergillus, bud rot, and powdery mildew may also be safe to smoke, but is still riskier than taking the medicine by mouth (These organisms can infect cannabis after lab testing, especially if the cannabis was improperly cured and/or even slightly moist).
Even the oral route can potentially pose problems in susceptible patients, so our advisors encourage patients to rinse their mouths after ingestion to reduce the chance of infection of oral mucosa.