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Using your Cannabis Medicine Responsibly

Licensed medical marijuana dispensary provides guidelines for using this alternative medicine in a safe and mature way

Like any medicine, cannabis can be misused. And while there are numerous medical reasons to use cannabis, excessive or inappropriate use can contribute to problems including sleeplessness, overeating, and time management issues. Due to the political climate surrounding cannabis use research, clinical studies have produced widely conflicting conclusions about the true benefits and potential side effects of this alternative medicine. Always listen to the advice of your doctor and use good judgment when using medical cannabis.

These guidelines help those who use medical cannabis identify ways of accessing the alternative medicine in a positive, safe and mature way.

  • Adults should only use cannabis as part of a healthy, balanced, and responsible lifestyle.
  • The decision to use cannabis should be made freely, and not as a result of social pressure.

  • Cannabis users should be well informed about its effects on themselves and others. These effects include legal risks, health and wellness risks, and personal consequences.

  • Never use marijuana as an excuse for antisocial or irresponsible behavior.

  • Cannabis users should model and reward responsible use, particularly with new users.

  • Develop sensible cannabis use limits for yourself based on personal, health, medical, situational, and cultural factors. It is important to be objective about your personal cannabis use and listen to the constructive advice of others.

  • Avoid cannabis use that puts you or others at risk, such as when driving, at work, or in public places. Remember, personal use of cannabis is still NOT LEGAL under federal law, and penalties are stiff.

  • Use of cannabis by children is inappropriate.

  • Cannabis and alternative medicine use should contribute to, rather than detract from, a patient’s health, wellness, creativity, work relationships, and social obligations.

Continue browsing our site for more information on the responsible use of medicinal cannabis, or visit our Oakland or San Jose locations to discuss your individual wellness needs, and access this alternative medicine in a safe environment.

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Harborside Health Center

OAKLAND
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Oakland, CA 94606

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San Jose, CA 95131

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Free medical cannabis delivery or in-store pickup in Oakland and San Jose

Here at Harborside Health Center, we offer the finest, lab-tested medical cannabis products. Order medical cannabis online or pick up at our dispensary in Oakland or San Jose. Shop the finest quality of medical cannabis including Bruce Banner, Grand Daddy Purple, Deadhead OG, Durban Poison, Green Ribbon OG and more...

We Choose to Not Use the Term "Medical Marijuana"

While you may have heard medical cannabis referred to as medical marijuana, at Harborside we do not use that term. William Randolph Hearst utilized the word marijuana, as did his political allies, to promote harmful stereotypes about both the Mexican and Black populations. Smokers of marijuana were frequently caricatured as crazed and violent black men or lazy, thieving Mexicans.

We use the term medical cannabis rather than medical marijuana because we choose not to associate the positive healing properties of cannabis with the negative, racist undertones of the word marijuana. To use that term would passively support the wrong and hurtful notions of Hearst and his allies, whereas we believe that cannabis is medicine, and is meant for people of all colors and walks of life.

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