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Why Baking Edibles Is a Bad Idea for Medical Cannabis Patients

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May 18, 2018 9:00 AM

Why-Baking-Edibles-Is-a-Bad-Idea-for-Medical-Cannabis-PatientsMany patients consider baking edibles as an alternative method of consuming medical cannabis. However, this isn’t the best idea. Here are a few reasons why.

 

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The Dosage Isn’t Clear

Smoking medical cannabis allows patients to know exactly how much medication they’re ingesting. It’s easier to monitor dosage and impact via inhalation because it enters the bloodstream so quickly—users feel the high effect shortly after smoking. Users eating edibles may not feel the effects until three hours later. Edibles take longer to affect the patient, which may cause the person to eat the entire snack in an effort to feel relief. This may leave them feeling far too medicated. 

Even with the right strain, edibles vary in strength. Patients can’t always be sure of the potency in one of these food items. It’s hard to measure how much concentration is in one bite: Is it necessary to eat the entire cookie or just half of it? Authorization is typically measured via milligrams, with 10 mg equal to one dose of THC. One snack can contain more or less than your daily dose. 

The side effects of smoking versus eating are very different, and if the dosage is too strong in edibles, patients will overdo it. Baked edibles don’t provide an accurate view of how much medical cannabis is consumed per snack.

Unintended Side Effects

Both the delay and timing can result in some undesirable side effects that the patient wasn’t expecting. The inability to accurately measure dosage contributes to the unwanted results. The effects of baked edibles are unpredictable, and most patients don’t know how much to eat. 

Although overdosing on marijuana isn’t lethal, it’s certainly an issue you don’t want to deal with and one that may occur if users overeat. Common side effects include feelings of anxiety, panic, and paranoia. Patients may experience psychotic episodes of hallucinations, delusions, and confusion—all of which can be scary to deal with. 

The authorized dose is a recommendation that patients need to follow. People metabolize medical cannabis differently. It isn’t fast-acting for everyone, meaning the effects could rush the patient all at once. Edibles are absorbed through the stomach instead of the lungs, which is why the body reacts differently.

Regulation and Safety Concerns

There’s no way to read the label of home-baked edibles: You’re trusting how much you’ve added from your authorized amount. Baked edibles aren’t a legal form of purchase for medical cannabis. Patients who choose the illegal route and buy them from a dispensary create a new risk for themselves. These aren’t regulated products. Patients can’t be completely sure of the levels contained inside.

Another concern will no doubt affect parents using this authorization: Edibles, such as brownies and cookies, resemble their kids’ favourite snacks. You don’t want to leave these lying around by mistake. Keeping these treats out of reach is an important safety measure.

At this time, baked edibles aren’t recommended as a consumption method. A medical marijuana brownie may sound more appealing than smoking, but take some time to consider this intake method and its risks.

Before you decide to bake medical cannabis treats, speak to the doctors and nurse practitioners at Aleafia Health. While they can’t recommend intake methods, they can give you more information about different types of ingestion and how each one impacts individual patients.

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How Cannabis Oil Helps Reduce the Pain of Inflammation

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May 16, 2018 9:00 AM

How_Cannabis_Oil_Helps_Reduce_the_Pain_of_InflammationInflammation can be treated in a number of ways. Those suffering from it have no doubt tried the mainstream methods, from over-the-counter ointments to prescription medications. Cannabis oil is a different kind of treatment method available for patients with an authorization. Here’s how this oil works to reduce pain associated with inflammation.

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What It Is

Cannabis oil is an umbrella term that covers different types of oils made from the marijuana plant, with CBD oil the most common. The oil is derived from the resin of the plant, specifically from the flower and upper leaves. It’s withdrawn using steam distillation and additional solvents, such as ethanol or olive oil, to release the cannabinoids during the extraction process. The plant is soaked in the solvent—ethanol being the most common—which allows the solution to evaporate and leave the oil behind.

Some users prefer the oil for its discreet ingestion options. Droplets can be placed under the tongue or it can be taken in capsule form. Patients can blend it with essential oils or apply it to inflamed areas as a topical salve. Some users simply like the easy measuring method of counting oil drops, instead of worrying about overdoing their dosage through inhalation.

Researchers want to discover more about other qualities of the plant that make their way into the oil. Terpenoids, for example, give the plant its unique aroma, while flavonoids have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both may boost the therapeutic effects of this medication.


How It Works

The oil ingredients communicate with the brain’s receptors to create analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help the cells respond. When the compound in CBD oil activates in the body’s CB2 receptors, it reduces the painful swelling. This creates the painkilling effect and signals the anti-inflammation reaction.

Some patients prefer CBD oil because CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient in the plant. They won’t feel the “high” effect. It inspires a calm and uplifted mood that’s great for daytime pain management.

Cannabis oil is used for a number of different treatments. It’s particularly helpful to those suffering from joint pain because it can be applied directly to the inflamed area, instead of only being ingested.


Benefits of Treatment

Health Canada gave CanniMed the go-ahead to sell cannabis oil, and users appreciate the new choice between this form and dried marijuana, particularly among patients who prefer not to smoke. It’s a versatile solution for combatting ongoing discomfort. Medical professionals hope to see its increase in accessibility for those in palliative care and with severe physical disabilities.

Cannabis oil has a number of advantageous qualities. Research has shown that patients are less likely to build a tolerance to the effects of CBD, meaning there’s no need to continually increase the dosage. When compared to highly addictive medications such as opioids, this feature is a welcome alternative.

A review in the U.S. backs the claim that patients can take this oil without experiencing adverse side effects. Similar studies were previously conducted using rats as test subjects. After applying the topical oil to the rats, researchers noticed a significant drop in pain and inflammation, yet no side effects. Researchers take this as good news, but they’re quick to point out that more studies are needed to accurately determine whether humans will or won’t experience adverse side effects.

Get answers to your questions about cannabis oil from the doctors at Aleafia Health. They have the knowledge and expertise to advise how this medication can work for you.


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Cannabis and Arthritis: Can Marijuana Help Relieve Joint Pain?

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May 14, 2018 9:00 AM

Cannabis_and_Arthritis_Can_Marijuana_Help_Relieve_Joint_PainArthritis is just one way to refer to rheumatic diseases that wreak havoc on the body, causing swelling, pain, and inflammation around different joints. Marijuana is a beneficial alternative for combatting joint pain. Here’s why.

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How It Helps

Joint pain impacts your everyday movements and leaves you feeling pain as you attempt to complete daily tasks. Cannabis relieves this discomfort by reducing inflammation in the specific areas where you feel pain. Patients with this authorization can choose to inhale it, if they receive it in dried form, or they can apply its oil form as a topical salve—similar to over-the-counter products people buy now. But unlike those over-the-counter products, marijuana does more than reduce joint pain—it calms the immune system and eases related symptoms.

Rampant inflammation causes increased discomfort. Cannabis contains anti-inflammatory compounds that activate along the body’s natural pathways. When those compounds engage with the body’s CB2 receptors, which are notably higher in patients with joint pain, they reduce the amount of pain users feel and provide them with a sense of relief.

Unfortunately, there’s no long-term cure for arthritis, but research is ongoing to reduce the pain users experience. A three-year study, which began in 2015 by researchers at Dalhousie University and in conjunction with the Arthritis Society, is underway to determine whether medical cannabis does more than simply mute feelings of pain in the brain, but actually repairs the joint itself.


CBD vs. THC

Both marijuana components, CBD and THC, alleviate joint pain in their own individual ways. CBD contains anti-inflammatory components that work with the body’s CB2 receptors to alleviate pain without the psychoactive ingredient. THC also contains inflammatory properties to kill the pain, but in addition to that, it contains psychoactive elements that reduce the by-product emotions users with joint pain experience, such as anxiety or depression.

THC helps balance the overactive immune system by engaging apoptosis to those wild immune cells currently attacking the body. It connects directly with receptors, which sparks an anti-inflammatory response. Cannabidiol, or CBD, prevents immune cells from spreading. It increases the body’s endocannabinoids—the human body’s own type of THC, which engages receptors in a different way and contributes to its immune-fighting characteristic. The CBD engagement may allow the body to begin its own self-repair, calming inflammation and pulling in the immune system to allow the nerves and tissue recovery time.

CBD and THC also reduce cytokines production, the pro-inflammatory signal, protecting the body by preventing that signal from overproducing immune cells. Both have antioxidant effects and both work to reduce that uncomfortable feeling associated with joint pain. Although CBD works without the euphoria, it works in conjunction with THC due to THC’s anti-proliferative effects.

Users can try different strains for pain relief: Here are the three best medical marijuana strains for arthritis.


Speak to a Medical Professional

Medical marijuana is a beneficial alternative therapy to reduce joint pain, especially in comparison to more addictive medications available. If your current prescription isn’t providing the relief you want, speak to your family doctor about obtaining this authorization.

Even if they aren’t comfortable with the idea of authorizing this medication, they can refer you to a medical cannabis clinic, where you’ll receive sound advice regarding medical marijuana and arthritis. The doctors and nurse practitioners are dedicated to this subset of medicine, and they can provide you with the latest knowledge and assistance regarding how this medication can work for you.

Science may just be catching on now, but users have known it for years: Medical marijuana helps relieve joint pain. Visit Aleafia Health to learn more about how cannabis combats arthritis and how medical marijuana is improving patients’ lives. For any questions you’ll have, they’ll have the answers.


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What New Medical Cannabis Patients Should Know about Licensed Producers

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May 11, 2018 9:00 AM

What_New_Medical_Cannabis_Patients_Should_Know_about_Licensed_ProducersLicensed producers provide patients a legal way of filling their medical cannabis authorization. They have a unique set of rules that allows them to grow and sell this drug within Canada. If you’re a new user of this authorization, keep reading to understand who licensed producers are and how they work.

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Their Purpose

Why get medical cannabis from a licensed producer? Understanding how these businesses operate leaves you better informed as to how medical cannabis is legal in Canada. A licensed producer is a government-approved grower who can also apply to be a seller of medical marijuana. They grow medical cannabis in line with government regulations.

Licensed producers adhere to the strict protocols of the federal government and Health Canada to provide patients with safe, pure, and clean medical-grade products. Their production practices and facilities comply with the listed requirements per Health Canada, and they’re in line with the relevant sections of the Narcotic Control Regulations and the Food and Drug Act, in relation to marijuana.


The Licensing Process

Health Canada is the country’s watchdog for licensed producers. It outlines the strict quality control and mandatory relations for businesses to follow and adhere to.

Licensed producers undergo a thorough application process. Groups are selected because of their ability to create a controlled, consumable product. The government wants to see a concrete business plan; proposed record-keeping methods regarding security, inventory, and destruction; and full and total compliance with ACMPR, the regulations regarding how patients receive medical marijuana. Then, a license may be issued.

Inspections are regularly scheduled to ensure the producer is meeting all practices for cultivating this product in a safe environment. If a producer wants to sell as well, they need to undergo a pre-sale inspection and submit an amended application that includes the sales activity to license, as well as other relevant information required. Only when this is amended license is approved are they given the green light to become sellers as well.


Choosing One

No two producers are the same, and although they’re all regulated, they all carry different strains and products. The staff is knowledgeable, but that expertise extends only to the brands they stock. Once you know what strain you need, take the time to look around. Do some online research and review different producers first. If that sounds overwhelming, start by researching a larger licensed producer—one with multiple strains available.

Doctors at medical cannabis clinics cannot recommend a specific producer—it’s a choice left freely to the patient, but you can ask for a list to use as a starting point. They can advise you of the process for obtaining your authorization.

Read patient reviews if they’re posted; check their websites for FAQs and their company history; and give their support team a call. Talking to a real person can provide an effective perspective that’s missed from reading. Compare their policies, shipping charges, and product costs. You want to ensure that the producer you pick has the correct product and strains for you in a form you prefer.

If you are a new patient, consider visiting a clinic that also functions as a licensed producer. You’ll save time from researching and ensure you’re partnering with a reputable source. Ask your physician for a referral to Aleafia Health, and see how they can assist you with your medical cannabis authorization.

When looking for a licensed producer, remember: These businesses are licensed to cultivate and/or sell medical cannabis, the product varies by producer, and it never hurts to research multiple producers first.


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7 Ridiculous Medical Marijuana Myths You Should Know

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May 09, 2018 9:00 AM

7-Ridiculous-Medical-Marijuana-Myths-You-Should-Know-compressorPeople don’t always know what they’re talking about, and this is particularly true when discussing medical marijuana. Here are seven creative myths and why they aren’t true.

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1. It’s the Same High in All Strains

No two medical cannabis strains are the same, and while users and patients are familiar with this concept, the overwhelming public isn’t. Different strains are authorized for different symptoms, and each one has varying levels of CBD and THC. 

CBD, commonly found in medical marijuana, isn’t the psychoactive element that provides the high. It acts on different receptors in the brain, actually muting the high feeling, while THC activates other receptors to provide the mind-altering effect.

2. It’s Not Favoured by the UN

People love to use a good authoritarian source to back up their claims, but it’ll backfire quickly if the person has their facts wrong. A 1960 report from the United Nations has been frequently misconstrued by those against using this medication. The report actually reads: “…use for other than medical and scientific purpose must be discontinued.” So, in reality, even the UN understands the potential benefits of this medication.

3. It Can Be Ingested or Inhaled Raw

There isn’t a single healthcare professional who would recommend ingesting or inhaling raw cannabis. Marijuana needs to be heated to activate the THC ingredient, so by that logic, medical marijuana has to be heated in order to experience the medicinal effects. If ingestion is the preferred intake method, medical cannabis can be cooked with a fatty substance, such as butter. If the patient chooses to inhale their medication through smoking or vaping, they’ll have to light up first. Both methods still match the authorized dosage, but it won’t be in raw form.

4. It Can Be Smoked or Ingested and Have the Same Effect

Whether medical marijuana is received in dried form or oil, different intake methods result in different effects. Smoking is a quick intake method that provides near-instant relief, but it has a shorter duration period. Ingesting cannabis-infused edibles takes longer to set in—needing between 0.5-2 hours before users feel its effects, but it lasts several hours longer.

5. It’s Worse Than Tobacco

People are quick to claim marijuana causes more lung damage than smoking. While it does produce some changes in lung function when smoked, the impact is nowhere near as deadly as chronic smoking. There are two probable answers. The first theory relates to CBD’s anti-inflammatory trait. Smoke particulates in tobacco cause lung damage, but CBD’s anti-inflammatory characteristic may actually have protective effects.

The most well-discussed reason relates to a matter of dosage. The two are not equally carcinogenic, and people consume tobacco at a much higher rate than they do marijuana. Users would have to smoke several joints to result in the same amount of lung damage that smoking cigarettes causes.

6. It’s a Gateway Drug

This buzzword term has long been associated with leading the good-willed down a path of trouble. Although many users of hard drugs started with marijuana, the same argument can be made by replacing marijuana with alcohol or tobacco, yet neither gets the same reputation.

Researchers have commented that either of those vices could be the initial starting drug that proceeds marijuana. In addition, several social issues may be impacting users’ influence to get high that extend far beyond this “gateway” drug.

7. It’s an Excuse to Smoke Weed

A big misconception about medical marijuana is that users only want it so it’s easy for them to obtain weed. Medical-grade cannabis provides relief of pain and effectively treats a wide variety of symptoms. It’s not about getting high.

Don’t let these myths fool you. Get to know the facts about medical marijuana. For more information, speak to the healthcare professionals at Aleafia Health.

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Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

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May 07, 2018 9:00 AM

Medical-Marijuana-in-the-Workplace-What-You-Need-to-Know-compressorEmployers want to know the best way to manage medical cannabis at work while employees using this medication want to ensure it won’t impact their jobs. 

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Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana at work, regardless of the side you’re on.

Employers Have a Duty to Accommodate

All employers have a duty to accommodate a disability up to the point of undue hardship—this is a duty enforced by human rights legislation. Employers are required to go through a full assessment with the employee who has the disability to determine possible workplace restrictions and modifications to ensure that person can work in a safe manner. 

Employers are responsible for ensuring their staff can still perform at work. This means allowing the employee to return to the same position as before, with the possibility of some tasks being exchanged for others. If that isn’t possible, the employer should transfer that person to a position comparable in duties and wages, among other factors. However, an employer’s duty does not go so far as to create an entirely new, tailored position. There will be a mix of give and take. 

Any kind of disability triggers the duty to accommodate. Employers aren’t supposed to discriminate against employees taking medical cannabis. An employer has a duty to accommodate employees using medical marijuana the same way they accommodate any other employee taking any other medication.

It’s about Balancing Health and Safety

This duty doesn’t let employees off the hook. They can’t use this medication as an excuse to be impaired at work; they’re not entitled to smoke it freely in the workplace; and it doesn’t give them the right to unexcused absences. This is an impairment drug, and both sides have an obligation to each other that allows everyone to work safely and effectively. 

Safety-sensitive positions, such as forklift drivers and truck drivers, will be scrutinized more significantly because impairment affects safety. The employer may need to revisit and modify their workplace policies. Employers are taking every reasonable precaution to create a safe work environment, and employees have a duty to meet those safety measures. 

How do we regulate cannabis? There are difficult decisions ahead. There’s a continued right to prohibit impairment at work. A successful outcome can only be reached if there’s honesty, transparency, and collaboration between employers and employees.

Employers Are Entitled to Some Information

It won’t be enough for employees to just tell their employers they use medical marijuana: Employers are privy to limited information regarding an employee’s authorization. Mosaic Potash v. United Steelworkers set a precedent that outlines what employers are entitled to know. This includes the strain and dosage, but it doesn’t go so far as to allow the employer to know the condition being treated.

Employers require some information in order to accommodate the employee in question. An employer may request medical information from the doctor or seek the assistance of an independent health practitioner when there are questions about the employee’s fitness and ability to perform required duties. It all relates to striking a balance that allows the worker to work without restriction—without risking the safety of others.

Both sides should have an open conversation to decide the next best move and make changes that still allow employees to complete their jobs.

More litigation will no doubt develop as this issue becomes more widely spread. Get answers to all your questions about medical marijuana. Speak to the knowledgeable doctors at Aleafia Health who can answer all of your questions regarding medical cannabis in the workplace.

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3 Things the Top Medical Cannabis Clinics Provide

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May 04, 2018 9:00 AM

3-Things-the-Top-Medical-Cannabis-Clinics-Provide-compressorThere are countless medical cannabis clinics throughout Canada, and each one is different.

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If you’re looking for a medical cannabis clinic, make sure it checks these three things off the list.

1. Licensed Healthcare Professionals

You trust that your family physician knows what they’re talking about, and you should expect the same service from the staff at a top medical cannabis clinic. When seeking any kind of prescription, you want to understand what kind of medication you’re taking, confirm that it’s right for you, and understand how it will impact your life and even your current medication regime. 

Reputable medical cannabis clinics employ fully licensed doctors on site who are ready to answer your questions and discuss how different strains work, your treatment options, and what you can expect from this medication. They know the appropriate dosage to authorize, can discuss different intake methods, and can help you understand side effects you may experience. 

When you’re interested in this medication but you don’t know enough about it, medical cannabis clinics are the best places to visit. Only knowledgeable doctors can provide you with the right authorization, and this is one of the services you can expect when you arrive for your consultation. Medical cannabis clinics without licensed physicians aren’t clinics.

2. A Commitment to Health

Doctors know this isn’t a drug you’re taking for fun—you’re using it to get better. You need relief from your current symptoms. You’re looking to improve your quality of life. You’re considering this medication because your current prescription isn’t effective. 

The doctors at medical cannabis clinics should be dedicated to providing treatment that helps you feel better. They’ll ask you about your current health and medical history to better understand where medical cannabis will play a part in treatment. They’ll communicate with your doctors and specialists and take part in the circle of care. 

Licensed healthcare professionals are committed to keeping you healthy. They do this by staying updated on changes in the field. The marijuana industry is already experiencing a massive shift, and the doctors at these clinics ensure they stay ahead of these changes to provide their patients with the latest knowledge.

3. A Licensed Producer

A top medical cannabis clinic can also be a licensed producer, the party responsible for filling and mailing your authorization to you. Finding a licensed producer can be an initially difficult task, especially when you’re reviewing a long list of potential producers. It can be hard to know which one to pick, and the doctors at clinics can only provide the list, not a recommendation.

A clinic that is also a licensed producer not only saves you some time from finding a producer, it further legitimizes the clinic. These businesses are granted the ability to produce and dispense medical marijuana. They’re overseen by Health Canada which ensures all licensed producers abide by the regulations in place for growing this plant.

Licenses are issued under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), which designates these growers as licensed producers and notes whether they’re also licensed to sell. Regulation is a serious matter and a clinic that also acts as a licensed producer adds credibility to their business. When you combine this with educated staff and a commitment to health, you have a trifecta for a successful clinic.

Before you choose a clinic, make sure it’s trustworthy. If you’re thinking about using medical marijuana, speak to the licensed professionals at Aleafia Health.

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Canada

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May 02, 2018 9:00 AM

How_to_Get_Medical_Marijuana_in_CanadaAre you confused about how to get medical marijuana in Canada? As more and more people turn to its therapeutic benefits, it’s important to make sure you’re following the right process to obtain it legally.

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If you’re considering this medication route, keep reading to learn how to access medical marijuana.


Talk to Your Doctor

Your first step will be to speak with your current family physician—even if they aren’t the one to authorize this medication for you. Your family doctor has been with you for a long time and knows your medical history best. Be open and candid with them about why you’re exploring this option, how your current medication is ineffective, and why you want to try this as an alternative.

Provide your doctor with a detailed explanation of your symptoms and why you believe this treatment option may benefit you. If you currently smoke recreationally, disclose this information and your lifestyle pattern to explain how you believe it will help. Based on all this information and your current medical condition, he or she may provide you with a referral to obtain this authorization elsewhere.


Get a Referral

Doctors aren’t always keen to provide an authorization directly. Many just aren’t comfortable with the topic or they don’t know enough about medical cannabis’ therapeutic benefits. In this case, the doctor will fill out a referral form for you to visit a medical cannabis clinic.

Getting a referral is one way to get medical marijuana in Canada. Most clinics require this form from a doctor before booking an appointment, although some accept a self-referral sheet. Regardless, you’ll need to bring this form along with any supporting medical documents to the clinic for your first consultation.


Meet for a Consultation at a Medical Clinic

A booked appointment sets you up for a consultation with a licensed marijuana doctor. Similar to the meeting with your family doctor, you’ll discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history.Based on your discussion, condition, and past treatment, the doctor may or may not approve an authorization to use medical cannabis.

Additionally, they can give you more knowledge about which strains may best combat your current illness and other therapies you may benefit from. They’ll recommend your daily dose and discuss whether to use dried marijuana or CBD oil.


Receive Your Medical Card

Approval from a doctor is great, but you need an official document from the government. The doctor will fill out the necessary paperwork that makes you eligible for a marijuana medical card. This document is what legally allows you to receive medical cannabis. It includes your personal information—full name, date of birth, and address—as well the dosage and expiry date.

It’s best to keep this card close to you. Marijuana isn’t legal yet. If for whatever reason you’re stopped by police while you have cannabis on you, you want to prove that you have obtained the proper authorization. It’s important that you know how to get medical marijuana in Canada.


Find a Licensed Producer

Some clinics are also licensed producers and can fill your authorization and send your product through the mail. Others will provide you with a list of licensed producers to consider.

Health Canada licenses these businesses to grow, distribute, and sell medical cannabis. They understand the difference between strains and ensure quality control, so you can be sure you’re receiving a safe, quality product.

This is how to get medical marijuana in Canada. Talk to your doctor or visit a cannabis clinic to see if this medication is right for you.


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What to Look for in a Medical Cannabis Clinic

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April 30, 2018 9:00 AM

What_to_Look_for_in_a_Medical_Cannabis_ClinicWhile your family doctor may be able to give you some recommendations for different medical marijuana clinics nearby, you may want to conduct your own research.

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A reputable medical cannabis clinic has these key qualities. Before you book your first consultation, make sure the clinic you’ve chosen covers the bases below.


Licensed Personnel on Hand

If the medical marijuana clinic you go to doesn’t have any licensed medical professionals on staff, consider this a red flag. A quality clinic employs licensed healthcare professionals—doctors and nurse practitioners who are able to authorize this medication and treat your current symptoms.

Get answers to your medical marijuana questions at a clinic near you. The staff members are fully up to date on medical cannabis research, its benefits, and related education to explain in detail how it works to treat patients, the types of new studies underway, and more. They understand the various ways different strains impact illnesses to recommend the right one to fight your symptoms, and they can explain how it’ll best benefit you.

Even if your family physician writes the authorization for you, speak to a doctor at a clinic. They’re fully immersed in this field all the time, which leaves them highly equipped to thoroughly address your needs using this medication. Choose a medical cannabis clinic that gives you the benefits and knowledge of working with a doctor who fully understands how this medication can relieve your current symptoms.

You want to know your health is in capable, knowledgeable hands, and a medical cannabis clinic ensures that through the people they hire. You can be sure you’re receiving expert medical advice from on-site personnel.


Quality Advice and a Commitment to Health

A medical cannabis clinic aims to improve patients’ health, and this shines through in all aspects of their work. They take the time to understand each patient’s individual needs and symptoms to develop an effective therapeutic plan.

They’re leaders in innovation, staying on top of current data and advancements in order to move forward with medical advances in this field.

The medical marijuana industry is in the middle of an evolution. Speaking with the professionals at a clinic means speaking to those following its changes every step of the way.


Bonus: A Medical Cannabis Clinic That’s Also a Licensed Producer

Filling your authorization can be somewhat of a headache, especially when you have to decide which is the right licensed producer to choose. The doctor or nurse practitioner at a clinic cannot recommend specific producers, it’s a choice left to the patient.

However, when you’re researching different clinics, check for ones that are also licensed producers. A medical cannabis clinic that also produces and distributes medical-grade cannabis can make it easier to fill your authorization. Choosing a licensed producer ensures the product you receive is of high quality and obtained using legal means.

Health Canada approves who can be a licensed producer, and they subject all approved medical cannabis businesses through their pharmaceutical screening programs, just like any other drug. They provide quality assurance so you can guarantee you’re receiving reputable product and the strain variety that’s right for you.


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Visit a Cannabis Clinic to Ask About Medical Marijuana Strains

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April 27, 2018 9:00 AM

Visit_a_Cannabis_Clinic_to_Ask_About_Medical_Marijuana_StrainsDo you need a medical marijuana strain for beginners’ guide? Whether you already have a medical cannabis card or you’re considering the benefits of this medication, you’ll want to know how different medical marijuana strains can be used to treat your symptoms. Each strain affects each patient differently.

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To properly understand which strain is right for you, consult the healthcare professionals at a cannabis clinic to learn more about what’s available for patients.


Meet Your Goals

People choose medical marijuana to combat symptoms of their particular illness.

To receive the most relief of your symptoms, you should first know what your goal is from treatment. Are you fighting nausea? Do you need help managing anxiety? Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Once you know what outcome you want this medication to achieve, you’ll be better equipped to discuss those needs to the professionals at a clinic who can determine what strain is right for you.

Think about the impact this medication will have on your lifestyle and daily routine. Like any medication, medical cannabis should make you feel better but also allow you to function throughout the day. The experienced health practitioners at a cannabis clinic will examine your current medical condition and recommend potential options.


Access to Expert Knowledge

When you’re deciding what strain will benefit you, expert knowledge matters. Medical cannabis strains have varying levels of THC and CBD because each strain is bred differently to combat certain illnesses. Whether you’re looking for sedative effects for night time use or searching for a strain with energizing results for daytime activities, the healthcare professionals at a cannabis clinic can recommend which medical marijuana strains will help meet your health goals.

How do you find a medical marijuana strain that’s right for you? The doctors and nurse at a cannabis clinic understand how different medical marijuana strains work in order to recommend viable options. They’ll ensure optimal patient effectiveness with minimal impact on your routine and other medications.

Some users choose to buy their medical marijuana from a dispensary. A cannabis clinic is focused on helping the patient. A dispensary is focused on making money. You may find the staff at a dispensary unable to answer all of your questions in the way you hoped.


A Personalized Approach

The staff at medical cannabis clinics understands you need a personalized solution. No two patients are the same and neither are any two medical marijuana strains. Finding the “right” one for you may take some time. This is why the doctors and nurse practitioners schedule follow-up appointments. Monitoring treatment is necessary, not only to ensure the product is working but to see if the patient could benefit better from another strain or to increase or decrease the dosage as needed.

Each strain reacts uniquely to every body’s chemistry. Even if the strain authorized sounds right, it may turn out to have a low success rate due to your body’s reaction. Having patience and gauging your reactions are important factors on your journey to find the right strain.

At the end of the day, this is a medication, and you want to ensure that the doctors authorizing your medication create that most effective treatment plan, which includes finding the right strain.


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