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What to Buy at the Dispensary: The Differences Among PA’s Medical Marijuana Products

One of the many benefits that Pennsylvania medicinal marijuana dispensaries offer is the ability to select from a wide range of products. And not only that, but it provides the comfort and peace of mind that these products are not only cultivated specifically for medical use, but also verified and lab-tested for both potency and safety.

However, how do you know which product is best for you and your condition when you’re looking at an extensive, and possibly confusing, dispensary menu? This can cause even the most seasoned cannabis users to freeze in their tracks. As the Germantown area’s trusted provider of consultations for medical marijuana licenses, the professionals at PA Medical Marijuana Doctor wants you to be able to make well-informed decisions regarding which products you choose for your condition.

Let’s take a look at the types of products available in PA’s medical marijuana dispensaries, what the differences are, and the best ways to consume them. The following products are among the forms of medical marijuana that are allowed to be sold by dispensaries, according to the PA Medical Marijuana Program:


While they’re mostly consumed by the inhalation of the vapor they release when heated, cannabis oils can come in a variety of ratios, potencies, and even forms. These products are fast-acting, and are popular with patients who need quick relief for their symptoms. Additionally, oils can be added to baked goods, salad dressings, and a wide variety of other foods for ingestion.


Because of their ease of use, tinctures are among the most popular of cannabis products. They can be used to treat a range of ailments, and are used in alleviating the side effects of chemotherapy. Typically consumed by dripping the tincture under the tongue, they can also be added to liquids for easy consumption. Tinctures are fast-acting, with patients generally feeling effects within several minutes of ingesting.


These cannabis products come in the form of gels, creams, and ointments, and are applied and absorbed directly through the skin. They’re mostly used for localized pain relief, like muscle soreness, cramping, inflammation, and tension. Since they’re non-psychoactive, topicals appeal to patients who want the relief and therapeutic effects of marijuana without the euphoria or similar effects.

Dry Leaf

A rather new addition to dispensaries across the state of PA, dry cannabis flowers have recently been cleared to be sold at these medicinal shops. Previously prohibited from being sold to patients, that changed in 2018 when new legislature changed the Department of Health’s original regulations. However, patients are only permitted to vaporize the flower form of marijuana, according to state guidelines. Because it requires less processing than oils, creams, and other products, it’s typically less expensive for patients.


Liquids can be taken alone, or combined with other drinks for a simple ingestion method. It’s important to remember that liquids have a longer onset of effects than tinctures and vaporization, so they shouldn’t be relied on for immediate relief.


Cannabis pills can be taken orally, just like you would ingest any other pill. While it’s true that they take a long time to enter the system and produce effects, they can be long-lasting, offering relief for hours at a time.

Still have questions on what form of medicinal marijuana is best for you and your condition? For more information, contact PA Medical Marijuana Doctor today!

Dr. McCoy treated me with great compassion and took the time to listen to my needs. I really felt like he cared about helping me.

- Tyler

My son suggested I try using medical marijuana for my back pain. I made an appointment with Dr. McCoy, got my MMJ card, and my back has never felt better!

- Suzanne

I was skeptical of medical marijuana at first, but Dr. McCoy took the time to educate me and made the entire process of getting my MMJ card simple and straightforward.

- Jason

Step 1: Get Registered

Create a profile in the PA state Medical Marijuana Registry. This includes basic personal data like your name, current address, and contact information. You must have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID card. 

Step 2: Get Certified

Schedule a consultation with PA Medical Marijuana Doctor to meet with a PA state-approved physician who can certify that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions to participate in PA’s medical marijuana program.

Step 3: Get Your Patient ID

Once you’re certified by an approved physician, return to the Medical Marijuana Registry and finish filling out your application for a medical marijuana ID card. Once you receive your card, you can purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary.