Posts made in July 2019

A Quick Guide to Terpenes

jar of cannabis in a dispensaryYou have probably heard all about how different strains of Marijuana have different effects on the body. While we used to differentiate these strains based on whether they are an indica, sativa, or hybrid strain, we now know that the terpene profile is a more reliable way to ascertain how your cannabis will affect you. Let’s break it down:

What Are Terpenes?

In a cannabis plant, there are glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD. These same glands produce terpenes. These terpenes are oils that provide the different strains with their distinctive aromas, colors, and taste. While these terpenes were part of an evolutionary adaptation to ward off predators and attract pollinating insects, humans are now breeding strains to create specific terpenes. Impressively, we have identified more than 100 varieties.

Different Terpenes Have Different Effects

While the terpene profile of different cannabis strains affects their flavor and aroma, the most interesting thing is how they affect your body. Each type of terpene is associated with certain effects. For example, while limonene is associated with improved mood, linalool is known to aid relaxation. Each strain of cannabis can contain a variety of terpines, and they all work in harmony to produce a unique effect.

When you visit our Chicago marijuana dispensary, our helpful staff can help you select a strain that best meets your needs. While Midway Dispensary currently only provides cannabis to medical marijuana patients, we expect to begin selling cannabis for adult use in January 2020.

Marijuana: Alternatives to Smoking

cannabis oilCannabis has been proving itself as a beneficial health aid for thousands of years, and finally, people are able to use it to alleviate health issues they are experiencing legally. Smoking marijuana, however, is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are interested in seeing if medical marijuana can work for you, but do not wish to smoke your medicine, there are plenty of alternatives for you.

Edibles, vaporizers, topicals, and an assortment of other cannabinoid-infused products can deliver the same benefits as smoking cannabis, but without smoking. If you are a patient in need of medical marijuana, you now have different options available to you. This makes it much easier for you to consume cannabis, while still ensuring you can reap the benefits.

So the next time you go and visit your Chicago cannabis dispensary, just let them know you are interested in some of the alternatives available to you. A good dispensary will discuss the different options they have available, as well as go over how consuming marijuana in different ways can change how your body interacts with it.

When you need medical cannabis in Chicago, make Midway Dispensary your first stop. We offer a wide variety of THC and CBD products, and in 2020, we expect to have products available for adult use – no MMJ card required.

Illinois Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Cannabis for Adult Use

chicago medical marijuana dispensariesIllinois is now the 11th State in the Republic to legalize the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and over. What does this mean for us?  It means that beginning January 1, 2020 adults 21 years and older may purchase cannabis legally from a licensed Illinois dispensary that has been approved for adult use by the state of Illinois prior to any sales, like Midway Dispensary, a Chicago medical marijuana dispensary.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of the Act:

  • What? Illinois has legalized adult use cannabis sales for those 21 and over.
  • Where? Any adult use licensed cannabis dispensary, like Midway Dispensary, Chicago’s premier medical cannabis dispensary, expects to be ready and licensed by January 1, 2020.
  • When? First sales are allowed on January 1, 2020!
  • Who? Any adult over the age of 21 years old with a valid ID can purchase.

How will the new law affect the medical program?

If you are a current patient at Midway Dispensary, you will continue to purchase your medicine at the medical tax rates. Illinois patients are given priority over adult use customers if there is a shortage of product available. You will still need an active MMJ card to purchase your medicine under the (now permanent) medical cannabis program. You still need to comply with the rules and regulations of the medical cannabis program. You will still be able to get your RSO’s, CBD products, and current cannabis options after the adult use sales begin.

We are still waiting for rules to be drafted by the departments, and lots of work remains to be done, but we are all very excited to be able to help more patients get access to great medicine! Thank you for your continued support.

-Your Friends at Midway Dispensary