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Cannabis and Aging: 4 Important Benefits of Cannabis for Older Adults

What are Trichomes? Determine Your Cannabis Quality

April 20, 2023

Have you ever looked at your cannabis flowers and wondered what that frostiness was? Those are trichomes, and they are one of the most important parts of the medical cannabis experience. Trichomes can help medical marijuana users determine the quality of their cannabis, just by looking at it! But, what are trichomes, exactly? In this … Continued

CBG Shows 5 Surprising Medical Benefits

February 3, 2023

When visiting a medical cannabis dispensary, patients may see products with higher concentrations of cannabinoids beyond THC or CBD. These may be cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, or THCv. Cannabigerol is one of those cannabinoids that has started to get more attention. What is CBG? CBG is considered a minor cannabinoid within most cannabis cultivars (“strains”) … Continued

Telemedicine Reduces Anxiety of Getting a Medical Cannabis Certification

January 27, 2023

“Meeting the patient where they are at.” This is one of the philosophies that underscores our practice at Compassionate Clinics of America as we help patients across 24 states discover the benefits of cannabis medicine while exploring a medical cannabis certification. When we opened our first clinics in Illinois and Pennsylvania, we had both physical … Continued

Can Medical Cannabis Help Reduce Opioid Dependence & Withdrawal Symptoms?

January 20, 2023

In the late-1990s, new prescription drugs were making it into the homes of millions of Americans to help them deal with pain and other ailments. What was said to be “non-addictive” by drug companies soon caused an opioid epidemic, where prescription opioids have severely negatively impacted people’s lives, too often in fatal ways. Opioid Use … Continued

Eye-Opening Research on Cannabis and Sexual Health

January 6, 2023

Can medical cannabis make sex more enjoyable or make you have more of it? How does cannabis affect other aspects of your sexual health? Human sexuality and sexual health is as diverse and complex as the cannabis plant itself: there’s something for everyone, yet not everyone likes the same things. Sexuality and sexual health is … Continued

What Do We Hope to See for Medical Cannabis in 2023?

December 30, 2022

2022 has been a great year of growth for Compassionate Clinics of America as we celebrated our fifth anniversary and expanded to serve medical cannabis patients in 23 states. The legalization of recreational cannabis is quickly catching on across multiple states, currently with 21 states and Washington, D.C. legalizing the plant for adult use alongside … Continued

Interesting Medical Benefits of THCA and Raw Cannabis

December 22, 2022

As more cannabis products become available to those who have their medical cannabis certification, patients are able to explore different cannabinoids, terpenes, and methods of consuming cannabis that makes each cannabis experience unique. Medical cannabis patients may have seen a familiar-yet-different type of cannabinoid cropping up on labels in medical dispensaries near them: THCA or … Continued

Patients Get Massive Benefits from Microdosing Cannabis

December 15, 2022

You may have heard the phrase “less is more”, and this can certainly apply to cannabis consumption. As medical marijuana has advanced, the popularity of a practice called “microdosing” has increased. What is microdosing? How is it done? Most importantly, how does the practice of microdosing benefit the medical cannabis patient? In this article, we’ll … Continued

Compassionate Clinics of America Continues Expansion Across Legal Cannabis States

December 15, 2022

CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Compassionate Clinics of America (“the Clinic”) is pleased to announce its expansion into six new states to continue to serve patients with the gold standard in cannabis medicine. The expansion, effective December 13, 2022, offers telemedicine services to New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Maine, through which patients can access a medical cannabis certification for qualifying … Continued

Dispensary Partner Spotlight: Sunnyside*

December 9, 2022

At Compassionate Clinics of America, when we provide patients with their medical cannabis certification, we do our best to ensure we can point them in the direction of trusted partners who we know will provide them with support and education as they choose their products. We are happy to feature Sunnyside* as a dispensary partner, … Continued

Medical Cannabis for HIV/AIDS & The Unstoppable Advocates we Honor

December 1, 2022

In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 1.2 million people live with HIV in the United States, although infection rates are on a noticeable decline. Approximately 34,800 people received an HIV diagnosis in 2020. Of those infected with HIV, 13% don’t know they have the virus. This article will look … Continued

Important Traveling Tips for Medical Cannabis Patients

November 23, 2022

For who hold their medical cannabis certification, traveling outside their state may bring a sense of anxiety. How can medical cannabis patients enjoy traveling and ensure access to medicine while away?  This article contains important traveling tips for medical cannabis patients. We will cover almost any travel scenario, ensuring medical cannabis patients understand how to … Continued

Harm Reduction: Learn Why People with Substance Use Disorder are Using Cannabis

November 10, 2022

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA), 15.4% of adult Americans, or 39 million people struggle with a substance use disorder. Of this number, 10% struggle with alcohol, with others struggling with prescription drugs, opioids, and stimulants. Overdose rates are at an all-time high, with the pandemic bringing on a 34.4% increase in … Continued

12 Essential Tips for Growing Your Own Medical Cannabis

November 7, 2022

While the medical cannabis patients we certify at Compassionate Clinics of America can access a number of dispensaries across their state, some prefer to grow their own medical cannabis where it is legally permitted. Not only is cultivating your own cannabis medicine extremely satisfying, but as you learn, and try it over and over again … Continued

Can Cannabis Successfully Treat PTSD in Veterans?

November 2, 2022

In many ways, we have the United States veterans to thank for much of the advocacy we have seen nationwide around medical cannabis, namely because of how cannabis has been helping those living Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As of 2021, it was estimated that there are 19 million United States citizens who are veterans … Continued

Dispensary Partner Feature: Hatch in Illinois

October 28, 2022

When a patient receives their medical cannabis certification with Compassionate Clinics of America, we always want to ensure we’re pointing them in the right direction toward medical cannabis dispensaries in their state that will extend the supportive patient experience we provide when they purchase their cannabis medicine. Part of our work involves connecting with dispensaries … Continued

Does Cannabis Make You Lazy? New Studies Dispel an Age-Old Myth

October 24, 2022

Many cannabis users will relate to feeling stigmatized at one time or another, mostly because cannabis use is misunderstood due to decades of myths permeating popular culture. One big myth medical cannabis users have to fight against is the idea that those who use cannabis are lazy, unmotivated, and would rather spend time channel surfing … Continued

An Honest Look into Medical Cannabis and Breast Cancer

October 16, 2022

264,000 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis every year, along with 2,400 in the United States. Of those diagnoses, 42,000 women and 500 men lose their lives each year.   As we know, cancer is a disease in the body in which the cells grow out of control. Breasts are an organ that contains glands, … Continued

CEO Joseph Mazza Shares Personal Story with Medical Cannabis on Cannabis Man Podcast

October 13, 2022

  “I found such great success with medical cannabis that I wanted to share it with everybody!” – Joseph Mazza, Founder, and CEO of Compassionate Clinics of America Our reasons for helping people in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Oklahoma with medical cannabis certifications are very personal. Our Founder Joseph Mazza experienced the power of medical … Continued

The Relationship Between Medical Cannabis and Mental Health

October 6, 2022

Mental illness comes in various forms. There are many different diagnoses for mental illness, ranging from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and for some, personality disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorders. These diagnoses can manifest in different behaviors or levels of severity for people, making finding the right treatment path difficult. In short, … Continued

Consuming Edibles: How Terpenes and Cannabinoids Metabolize in the Gut

September 19, 2022

One definite thing about cannabis edibles is that they affect everyone differently, which is why the patients of Compassionate Clinics of America who get a medical cannabis certification tell users to “start low and go slow”. How do edibles affect the body, and furthermore, how does the body metabolize terpenes and cannabinoids? If terpenes in … Continued

Exploring THCV: The Energizing and Appetite Suppressing Cannabinoid

August 31, 2022

When people think of cannabis, they often associate it with the phenomenon known as “the Munchies”, where using cannabis acts as a stimulator for appetite. In the context of medical cannabis, the appetite-stimulating properties of THC is often helpful for stimulating appetite for those undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing cachexia (“wasting syndrome”). However, what if we … Continued

Can You Build a Cannabis Tolerance? Should You Take a Tolerance Break?

August 22, 2022

It’s very common for those who use medical cannabis to feel as though they’ve developed a tolerance or the feeling that using cannabis isn’t producing the same effect that it did at the beginning of their use. At the same time, some people have a higher cannabis tolerance, or tolerance to THC, than others. For … Continued

Testing for THC: How Long Does Cannabis Stay in the Human Body?

August 2, 2022

While millions of Americans have turned to medical cannabis to find relief, seek healing, or increase their overall well-being, many still get nervous about the implications of THC or other cannabinoids lingering in their bodily systems. Rather unfortunately for medical cannabis users, some workplaces conduct drug tests to detect THC or traces of illicit drugs, … Continued

How to Buy Concentrates as a Medical Cannabis Patient

July 6, 2022

Cannabis concentrates are very appealing to medical cannabis patients for various reasons. Most notably, they are more potent than flower because the extraction process separates the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter, which results in a higher concentration of THC, CBD, or other minor cannabinoids, hence why they’re called concentrates. Also important to medical … Continued

Too Much THC? 9 Practical Ways to Reduce a Powerful Cannabis Effect

June 24, 2022

At Compassionate Clinics of America, as much as we love cannabis and believe in its medicinal properties, there is too much of a good thing. Cannabis is a plant that is meant to be used with intention. As prominent medical cannabis advocate Steve DeAngelo stated in The Cannabis Manifesto, “Use cannabis for wellness, not intoxication.”

THC … Continued

Examining the Bioavailability of Cannabis Through Oral Consumption Methods

June 15, 2022

One of the best things about exploring cannabis medicine when you get your medical cannabis certification is that there really is something for everyone. While it’s commonly known that many people choose to smoke their cannabis through joints, pipes, bongs, or vaporize their cannabis product through vaporizers or dabbing, cannabis doesn’t need to be inhaled … Continued

Cannabis, Cannabinoids & Brain Development

May 31, 2022

In legal cannabis states, the age to purchase and consume cannabis is limited to those age 21 due to how cannabis may affect brain development. However, there is a growing subsection of children, or pediatric patients, who are using cannabis or cannabinoids as a means to treat certain medical conditions. How does cannabis affect brain … Continued

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