With the new year, 2022 brought smokable medical marijuana buds to 9 participating dispensaries and pharmacies across Louisiana. The process is easy and user friendly for those looking to break away from traditional pharmaceutical treatments for things such as pain, anxiety, PTSD as well as other ailments.

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KEEL Spoke with Doug Boudreaux of Shreveport's Hope Pharmacy to get his take on this brave new venture. Boudreaux said the other medical THC options were not very popular among patience at Hope Pharmacy, but were a welcome change. Now that the smokable raw form of the cannabis is in, the phone is ringing off the hook for people trying to get their hands on the new product.

The process is simple. There are several avenues you can take, but the easiest is to go through an online company called Teleleaf Louisiana. Fill out some basic medical history, the main issues you're having that would require medical cannabis, then you'll get a call from a doctor who will (based on your info) put you in contact with a local pharmacy/dispensary near you.

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After that process, you will have a consultation with a pharmacist where they will determine where your tolerance is, and what medicine would most benefit your condition. The same rule applies to your doctor as does to your medical marijuana pharmacist... DO NOT LIE! If you are already a heavy marijuana user, be sure to let them know, as you don't want to end up with a product that is too weak to help you. And on the other hand, don't lie and say you use more than you do, as you may (As Hope Pharmacy's Doug Boudreaux said:) "End up on the floor sucking your thumb for hours..."

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These are powerful medications, and are NOT to be taken lightly. But, those who are looking to break away from traditional medications that make you feel like a zombie, and start living your lives, medical marijuana may be for you.

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