Any resident of the District of Columbia, with a recommendation from a licensed, authorized healthcare provider, is eligible to be registered by the DC Department of Health as a medical marijuana patient. Additionally, medical marijuana patients from states recognized by the DC Department of Health may purchase at Takoma Wellness Center when in the District of Columbia. Patients are allowed to purchase up to 4 ounces (113.4 grams) of cannabis in all of its various forms during a rolling 30-day period.

Takoma Wellness Center staff are happy to assist DC patients with the application and renewal process. Additionally, the Department of Health accepts online applications. Patients may visit the Department of Health’s website to learn more about the DC Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy Program.

Minors may be registered by their legal guardian(s). Patients who are unable to travel to the dispensary may appoint a caregiver to purchase medicine for them. Caregivers must file a separate registration with the Department of Health, including a background check. Caregivers of patients who are registered outside of DC must be with the patient at the dispensary to purchase medicine. Registrations must be renewed annually. We will be glad to help you with the process.

Since 2011, Takoma Wellness Center has worked closely with the DC Department of Health, the Metropolitan Police Department, and other governmental agencies to achieve and maintain our registration, as well as the certification of our staff and records. We are HIPAA compliant and do not disclose information without your consent. Our compliance record is stellar.

Takoma Wellness Center is required by DC law to charge sales tax and to purchase all medicine from cultivation centers licensed in DC. Our cannabis is always tested and we provide THC and CBD percentages for all our products. We are monitored and inspected by the DC Department of Health, as are the licensed cultivators.

Our cannabis is provided to you in sealed packages, according to DC rules and regulations. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to accept any returns. Staff will check products with you before you leave, to ensure that you have the correct medicine and that you are satisfied with your purchase.

All of our staff, from our security guards to our patient consultants, are highly trained professionals with one focus: your safety and satisfaction.

Although email is the quickest way of contact, feel free to call us at 202-465-4260. Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality medicine in a safe, professional, and warm environment. Please let us know how we are doing!

CANNABIS GLOSSARY

Cannabis use is very individual. Every patient must decide which strain, method of
ingestion, and the dosage is best for them. Remember to start very low, increase
slowly, and track how you feel. Even if you have used cannabis for decades, there is much to learn!

Here are some essential terms…

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The ECS is a crucial system in our body that helps regulate our internal systems. It influences our moods and our everyday experiences.

Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are the 100+ chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers. They work with our own Endocannabinoid System.

THC
THC is the primary cannabinoid in cannabis, as well as the main psychoactive ingredient. It is helpful in reducing symptoms of muscle and bone pain, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, depression, anxiety, gastro-intestinal problems, insomnia, PTSD, headaches, ADD/ADHD, migraines, decreased appetite, and many other symptoms.

CBD
CBD is the second most prevalent cannabinoid. It has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned.” It can lessen the psychoactivity of THC, as well as prolong the experience. CBD is helpful in reducing inflammation, nerve pain, seizures and anxiety. CBD works best in conjunction with at least a small amount of THC. Takoma Wellness Center works with Project CBD, which has excellent information about CBD’s properties and how it may benefit you, as well as the range of cannabis therapeutics.

Terpenes
Terpenes are essential oils that interact with cannabinoids to produce the aromas and enhance the effects of cannabis.

Important parts of the Cannabis plant
The potent flowers we consume come from seedless female plants, called sinsemilla, which grow large cannabinoid-rich buds without seed. Tiny trichomes on a cannabis bud produce THC, CBD, and terpenes in a crystal-like resin (called “kief,” when dried).