Seattle Medical Marijuana Association
We are open 10am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-8pm on Sunday
Seattle Medical Marijuana is now accepting new patients! Our goal is to provide Seattle medical marijuana patients safe access to the highest quality medicine available.
Seattle Medical Marijuana Association is dedicated to serving those in need as defined by Chapter 69.51a RCW. Our Doctors section has information on where to schedule an appointment to obtain your authorization.
We offer our members access to a wide range of 100% organically grown medicine. We offer free consultations from our expert staff as well.
Seattle Medical Marijuana is here to help.
"SMMA is a not for profit small grow co-op of legal Washington State Medical Marijuana patients and providers. Our goal is to create a safe and legal resource for patients and providers."
Seattle Medical Marijuana Association is a small grow co-op consisting of qualified marijuana patients linked together by their mutual need to produce the highest quality organic medicine for personal use. It is explicitly designed to conform with Washington State laws protecting qualified patients from prosecution for possession of medical marijuana. We strive to provide a safe place for patients that is a model of compassion and legal integrity. The SMMA operates in strict compliance with the letter and the spirit of Washington's medical marijuana laws.
As distribution of cannabis remains illegal, cultivation is the only method by which cannabis may be obtained under state law. While not specifically sanctioned under RCW: 69.51A, collective cultivation is also not denied. Due to the costly high-tech equipment and resources required for indoor cultivation of medical cannabis, the majority of patients are unable to grow their own medicine. Thus, collective cultivation has become the only viable legal option for most patients. We provide a comfortable location with safe access to a wide variety of medication including dried marijuana, edibles, extracts, and concentrates.
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New to medicating with cannabis? Check out our New Patient FAQ.
To Our Valued New Patient,
Thank you so much for your interest in Seattle Medical Marijuana Association. We understand that beginning to utilize the medicinal benefits of marijuana, can be both confusing and overwhelming. Here at SMMA we try to be the best resource for our patients, and want you to know that we are here to help guide you through the process.
As a new patient, we know that you'll have a lot of questions for us and we want to guarantee that you get the most out of each visit with our consultants. To ensure we fully satisfy your needs during your consultation, we have compiled a list of FAQs we tend to receive from our new patients. Hopefully you will find this list helpful, and it will save you valuable time once you are with our consultants.
What are the differences between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid?
Cannabis Indica- having a higher CBD content, induces a more relaxing effect. Benefits include assisting in relief from body/nerve pain, seizures, nausea, muscle spasms, corneal pressure, insomnia, and anxiety/stress. Cannabis with relatively high ratios of CBD to THC content is less likely to induce the anxiety associated with Sativa strains.
Cannabis Sativa- Higher THC to CBD content, Cannabis Sativa produces a more cerebral, energetic effect. Benefits include increased appetite, mood elevation, alleviation of depression, migraines and headaches, reduction of pain awareness, reinvigoration and stimulation of the mind, and reduction of nausea. Cannabis Sativa is not good for those suffering from anxiety.
Hybrid- A hybrid strain would be a strain with an Indica parent and a Sativa parent. These strains have various medicinal benefits that are specific to the strain. Hybrids can be Sativa dominant, or Indica dominant, meaning they express more traits seen in the dominant parent.
What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, is the most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, and it is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects associated with using cannabis.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, CBD, is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the "high" or "stoned" feeling) that THC provides.
I don't want to smoke anything. What are my options?
SMMA carries a wide variety of products which creates many avenues for medicating without smoking. We have many "medibles" from butter to root beer. We also carry an array of topical products, anything from bath salts to patches. Tinctures and pills are also available, as well as vaporizing cartridges and pens.
I don't want to get "high". What are my options?
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effect associated with cannabis. While there are benefits that come as a result of THC, we understand that a psychoactive high is not always desired. To avoid the "high" feeling that can be a side effect of medicating we recommend anything high in CBD, which can help to counter the euphoric effects of THC.
How much cannabis am I allowed to have?
An authorized Washington state medical marijuana patient is allowed a 60 day supply of 15 plants and 24oz of flower, or 72oz of infused products, or 7g of cannabis extracts.
Is cannabis addictive?
"Substantial research exists regarding marijuana and addiction. While the scientific community has yet to achieve full consensus on this matter, the majority of epidemiological and animal data demonstrate that the reinforcing properties of marijuana in humans is low in comparison to other drugs of abuse, including alcohol and nicotine. According to the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM), fewer than one in 10 marijuana smokers become regular users of the drug, and most voluntary cease their use after 34 years of age. By comparison, 15 percent of alcohol consumers and 32 percent of tobacco smokers exhibit symptoms of drug dependence." -NORML.org
What is the difference between hemp and cannabis?
There are a couple of main differences between hemp and cannabis. The genetics of the two plants are very different, hemp plants are tall and sturdy which make them ideal for industrial uses. Hemp plants are also very low in THC and CBD, so they do not have the ability to create the "high" feeling associated with cannabis.
Which medical conditions can cannabis treat?
As stated under RCW 69.51A qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana include, but are not limited to;
(i) Nausea, vomiting, and cachexia associated with cancer, HIV-positive status, AIDS, hepatitis C, anorexia, and their treatments; (ii) Severe muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other seizure and spasticity disorders; (iii) Acute or chronic glaucoma; (iv) Crohn's disease; and (v) Some forms of intractable pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Can I travel outside of Washington with MMJ? Traveling out of state with MMJ is not advised. Marijuana is still federally illegal and classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. The protection from arrest and prosecution defined under CH 69.51A will not be valid outside of WA state.
Can I use my MMJ authorization in other states? 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis. Some states may recognize a MMJ authorization from WA. Before traveling make sure you check with the state and comply with the laws of that state.
What is the difference between recreational and medical marijuana?
There are a couple of main differences between recreational and medical marijuana. Recreational, legal since 2012 in WA is ran by the LCB and taxed by the state. Recreational marijuana is taxed with a 37% excise tax in addition to local sales tax, 9.5% in Seattle. Recreational bud tenders are not allowed to give any medical advice to patrons. To purchase from a rec store you must be 21+.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington since 1998. To purchase from a MMJ store you must have a valid MMJ authorization as well as a valid WA state ID. Medical marijuana in Seattle is only subject to a 9.5% Seattle sales tax. Our consultants are allowed to share the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and have been trained to do so.
It's been years since I've used marijuana. What's different now?
Welcome back! Recently cannabis has become far more potent and far more precise. The industry is also flourishing, which means many new products come through our doors every month. From medicated breath strips to flower, there are plenty of convenient new ways to medicate!
Can I have someone pick up my medicine for me?
Yes, but only if that someone is over the age of 21, a WA state resident, and signed up as your provider. If you would like someone to be your designated provider you must bring them in with you and you will have to fill out a bit of paperwork together. You may only have one provider. After you have designated someone as your provider they will be able to pick up your medicine in the event that you are unable to.
What are the differences between smoking, vaporizing, and ingesting marijuana?
Smoking- Smoking cannabis produces the most immediate relief and permits the most refined control of your dosage. While studies have shown that smoking cannabis does not increase your risk of lung cancer, we suggest using water pipes or other means of filtration to reduce the amount of plant matter inhaled.
Vaporizing- The absolute safest way to use cannabis, vaporizers are designed to let users inhale active THC/CBD without the smoke. Providing immediate relief, vaporizers work by heating the cannabis just below the point of combustion, creating a cannabinoid vapor that is inhaled.
Ingesting- From coffee to brownies, cannabis can be cooked into almost anything that you can imagine. The onset time is between 30 minutes to 2 hours (usually around 45 minutes), with the effects lasting between 2 and 6 hours.
I've heard a lot about Rick Simpson Oil, what is it? What is the treatment plan for it?
Rick Simpson Oil, RSO, is a cannabis plant extract and technique that was reintroduced to the public by Rick Simpson. A solvent (usually medical grade alcohol) is used to do a quick wash of dried cannabis plant material, melting or extracting the essential plant oils into the solvent. The stripped plant material is discarded and the solvent is then evaporated off leaving the oil behind. The oil left behind is the RSO. It is usually presented in a capsule or tincture form.
If using RSO to fight cancer or other life threatening diseases, Rick Simpson recommends a treatment plan of ingesting 60 grams over 90 days. For other non-life threatening conditions, start small. RSO is a concentrate so it can be very powerful. A great resource for any questions regarding RSO is Rick Simpson's website, www.phoenixtears.ca.
So, you guys have a lot of different edibles, how are they different?
Cannabis can be eaten or consumed sublingually (under the tongue), for a longer lasting and potentially overwhelming high. Smaller doses and more time are needed to experience the desired effects.
Medibles give patients increased precision for medicating and are varied in their cannabinoid profiles, offering products that are Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, and High CBD based. We offer medibles that can be eaten, sipped, taken as pills, or sublingually ingested as a tincture or even a breath strip. We also account for patients' dietary restrictions and are able work around them, carrying a variety of gluten free and vegan options.
This is my first time smoking/vaping/eating a medible. How much should I take?
Less is more! Especially to begin with. Always start small, and as your tolerance grows, you will be able to experiment with other dosages. Allow your body time to digest the product to help avoid excessive dosing.
What happens if I eat too much of an edible and become uncomfortable with the "high" I am experiencing?
A couple of tricks to help you become more comfortable; Drink a cup of Chamomile tea, take a L-theanine tab, or eat a bit of sugar. Ultimately the best thing to do is just lay down and wait it out. You will be okay!
I'm trying to replace opioids/other pain killers. What should I use?
To replace opioids/pain killers we recommend Indica or CBD products.
I have trouble falling asleep at night. What should I use?
If you are having trouble getting to sleep at night, we recommend any Indica THC product. Anything high in CBD or CBN will also be effective in helping you catch those z's.
I have seizures. What should I be taking, and how much of it should I be using?
People with epilepsy have found hope and success in seizure reduction with cannabis strains and products that are high in CBD or Indica THC. They both possess anticonvulsant properties.
Have more questions? Don't hestitate to contact us. We're here to help!