Frequently Asked Questions
From doctor referrals to licensing, we get a lot of questions. So, why not do our best to answer those here…
Can you help me with my license application or renewal?
Yes! We are happy to help. You should first review the information on the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority website HERE.
Whether you are getting a license for the first time or renewing, you will need the following:
- Physician recommendation form
- Proof of residency
- Proof of identity
- A photograph taken within the last six months that meets all OMMA photo criteria
Bring the first 3 things to your nearest Minerva Canna location and we will help you with the picture and getting everything entered on the OMMA website for you. No charge from us… only the license fee from the state.
Can you help me get a doctor referral?
For patients in the Tulsa area, we recommend Dr. Brandon Bailey at Evolved Health & Wellness. HERE is a link to his website where you can set up an appointment – even a virtual appointment!
For those of you in the Grove, Langley, and Grand Lake area, we recommend Dr. Shawn Anderson at Rapid Remedy Urgent Care Center in Grove. HERE is a link to his website.
And if you frequent one of our other dispensaries, make sure to ask your budtender for any local recommendations.
What works good for pain?
The short answer:
THC & CBD should be used together to get the best pain-relieving effects. Everyone is different and will have their own unique experiences from cannabis, therefore we suggest you try, and combine, different methods to find what works best for you.
The long answer:
Two of the cannabinoids found in Cannabis, THC & CBD, are thought to exhibit synergistic effects that promote pain relief.
CBD & THC activate different cannabinoid receptors within the endocannabinoid system, that can stimulate or inhibit brain chemicals and cause certain effects.
THC activates certain cannabinoid receptors, one of which is in the nerve cells and the other is in the immune cells. When it activates the one in the nerve cells, it reduces the sensation of pain.
The high that THC provides can also play a role in how people experience pain. A little bit of euphoria can help us not care that we’re experiencing quite as much pain, much in the same way that other pain medications work.
CBD may help to reduce pain by acting on a variety of biological processes in the body. CBD has been shown to work as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic. CBD may also reduce the anxiety that people living with chronic pain often experience.
The method of administration plays a role in the pain effects of cannabis.
Medical cannabis can be smoked, eaten, taken sublingually, or applied topically. Smoking cannabis produces rapid effects for immediate pain, while oral forms take longer to work but typically have longer-lasting effects. Topical forms work without the psychoactive effects that you would get from smoking or ingesting orally.
What works best for sleep?
Smoking indica flower is a great way to fall asleep for most who have trouble falling asleep.
Sublingual tinctures and edibles are also a great option for those who don’t want to put anything in their lungs, and edibles are great for those who want to fall asleep & stay asleep.
As with anything new, start low, go slow and be mindful of how you feel until you get a better idea of your typical experience with cannabis.
There are hundreds of different strains of cannabis. The most common strains are indica, sativa, and hybrids.
When talking about flower, due to its relaxing body effects, indicas are typically considered the best for sleep.
Contrary to marketing by some popular cannabis companies, edibles don’t have to be indica or sativa to help you get a good night’s sleep due to first-pass metabolism where the terpenes are digested in the stomach and liver before they can reach the bloodstream.
When choosing a method of delivery, it is worth noting that different forms take more or less time to produce effects.
When you smoke it, you can feel the effects almost immediately, but they may only last a few hours.
When you use it sublingually, you should feel effects in just a few minutes, due to absorption directly into the bloodstream via the jugular vein.
Edibles, however, can take up to an hour or longer to have an effect because they must first travel through the digestive system. It also depends on how recently you have eaten and your own body chemistry.
Do you have sative or indica edibles?
Our Cannabis Chefs have diligently researched the effects of making our high-end edibles and that’s why we’ve chosen to only use ethanol-extracted THC oil and the highest quality of ingredients in our products to make certain that patients medicating with Canna Cafe enjoy the most comfortable, effective and flavorful experience available in Oklahoma today!
So, why ethanol-extracted THC oil?
It all starts with terpenes, which are the aromatic oil in cannabis that helps determine the strain.
It’s terpenes that make the difference between strains and different terpenes influence whether a plant has Indica or Sativa qualities.
Sativa is generally associated with an uplifting experience, Indica a calming one, and there is little difference in THC content between indica and sativa.
When you inhale cannabis, the type of strain matters – the active chemicals go straight into your bloodstream.
However, consuming an edible is different.
Digestion metabolizes the terpenes so they don’t affect you like they do when inhaled.
Basically, terpenes are filtered out when eaten.
Also, the THC in edibles is converted to 11-Hydroxy THC, which is what causes a longer-lasting (6 to 8 hours) and more psychoactive effect than inhalation.
This means that you no longer have to be concerned with indica or sativa labeling when shopping our edibles selection.
Our ethanol-extracted distillate is a better product that contains no terpenes after extraction, with pure THC and a cleaner taste.
That’s just another example of the Minerva Canna standard, delivered through our Canna Cafe products to you.
Everyone’s body is different, so the best way to figure out if edible works for you is to start with a smaller dose (5-10mg) and see how you feel after 1-2 hours.