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Are Opioids Overprescribed?

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January 16, 2019 9:00 AM

Are_Opioids_OverprescribedOver the past three years, Canada and the United States have watched their respective opioid crises continue to deepen. Despite initiatives to curb illicit opioid use and reduce opioid-related health incidents, the numbers have continued to rise across North America.

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Canada has the second-highest number of prescriptions in the world, following only the United States. This fact has led some to wonder if opioids are overprescribed in Canada.


Swapping Opioids for Cannabis

Among those who argue opioids are overprescribed in Canada, advocacy for medical cannabis has been growing. Cannabis is seen as a potential alternative treatment, which could help move people away from opioid medications.

There’s evidence for this. Some patients have reported being able to drastically reduce or eliminate their dependence on opioid medications when using this alternative treatment. Others have pointed to the growing number of people using medicinal marijuana in Canada, as well as the number of medical professionals embracing it.

This leaves the question of how the opioid crisis got started. Many people want to place the blame at the feet of medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies for overprescribing.


The Rising Number of Prescriptions

There’s been a clear upward trajectory in the number of opioid prescriptions in Canada over the past two decades. Annual opioid prescriptions now exceed 20 million, one for more than half of the entire Canadian population. Some estimates suggest one in every three Canadian adults is taking opioid medications.

These are massive numbers, which speaks to the growing epidemic of chronic pain and other conditions. It also illuminates one potential source of the opioid crisis in Canada.


The Most Effective Treatment?

Some people suggest the number of prescriptions has reached such heights because of increasing diagnoses of chronic conditions such as pain. They also suggest opioid medications are among the most effective treatments, which is why medical professionals automatically turn to them.

Others suggest the pharmaceutical industry has played a larger role in influencing physicians’ reliance on opioids as the treatment of choice for patients. Some suggest pharmaceutical industry players offered financial incentives to doctors and other professionals.

This, they say, fuelled the meteoric rise of opioids and accelerated the number of prescriptions being written.


Opinions Changing, But Is It Too Late?

Opioids have long been known to be highly addictive, but physicians and other medical professionals prescribed them to Canadians at alarming and increasing rates over the last 20 years.

Now, however, some physicians are turning away from opioids. The number of prescriptions has actually started to fall, which seems like good news at first glance.

Unfortunately, many doctors are merely cutting off their patients, rather than offering alternatives such as cannabis. These patients, unable to get more of the medication they’re now addicted to, seek out other sources. Sometimes, they obtain additional prescriptions from other medical professionals. In many cases, they turn to the black market trade.

Experts point to this latter option as the true reason for the opioid crisis. As people have turned to the street to find their medication, they’ve unknowingly purchased potent opioid medications like fentanyl and carfentanyl.


What’s the Answer?

As the opioid crisis proves, simply reducing the number of prescriptions and cutting off patients is not the right answer. While it’s good that the number of opioid prescriptions in Canada has started to fall, more must be done to support those who are already dependent on these substances.

Medical cannabis could be one potential way of supporting these patients as they transition away from opioid medications. Cannabis appears to be both effective and safer than opioids. For many, it seems to be the cure for the overprescription of opioid medications in Canada.


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Why the Medical Cannabis Industry Is Here to Stay

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January 09, 2019 9:00 AM

Why_the_Medical_Cannabis_Industry_Is_Here_to_StayCannabis was legalized across Canada in October 2018. With the Cannabis Act finally coming into force, many people foresaw the end of medical cannabis in the Great White North.

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In fact, there were many experts and medical professionals calling for Health Canada to put an end to the medicinal cannabis program that has existed since 2001. With adult-use cannabis now legal for everyone, there was no need to continue with a medical program.

Others, including patients, argued this would be the wrong choice. A medicinal cannabis program is still very much needed, and the medical cannabis industry doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.


Does Canada Need Medical Cannabis?

The question for most people right now is whether or not cannabis for medicinal purposes still warrants special treatment. The Cannabis Act has introduced many laws governing the personal use of cannabis for Canadian adults. Most patients using medicinal cannabis are governed by these laws.

Many medical professionals, industry experts, and patients themselves argue a medical program is still necessary in Canada. There are quite a few reasons, including access for minors, higher carry limits, and even compassionate pricing and tax deductions.


Age Restrictions in the Cannabis Act

One of the major concerns about making cannabis legal in Canada was the potential for it to fall into the hands of children and teenagers. Public education campaigns have been launched, urging users to keep cannabis away from their children.

Under the law, people under a certain age are restricted from buying cannabis products. The age varies from province to province. Most provinces use their legal drinking age. In Ontario, for example, a person must be 19 to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis.

Adults who purchase cannabis and resell it or give it to minors can be charged, the same way they can be charged for providing alcohol or tobacco to minors. Parents purchasing medicinal cannabis for their children could be penalized.

The medical program would allow young persons to access this treatment option under the direction of medical professionals.


Medicinal Cannabis Patients Can Carry More

Another commonly cited issue with the Cannabis Act is the limit it places on personal possession. Under the Act, a person can carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.

Medicinal cannabis patients sometimes need to carry more. If a patient is returning home with a 30-day supply of cannabis, with an authorized dosage of five grams per day, they would be carrying 150 grams on them. If they happened to be stopped, they could be charged.

A medicinal cannabis program makes allowances for what patients need.


Concerns about Access and Pricing

There are other concerns about leaving medical cannabis patients at the mercy of the recreational market. One is concerns about supply and access. Adult-use cannabis products conform to the desires of the recreational market, which may or may not reflect patients’ needs.

Patients may find other users buying up their medication. Worse, they may find stores stop carrying the medicinal products they need if there’s little market demand for them.

Prices are another concern. Currently, the medical cannabis industry works with patients to address concerns about prices. Insurance companies are now offering coverage for medical cannabis.

If the medicinal cannabis program is ended, patients will lose these forms of financial assistance. What’s really needed to make cannabis affordable for patients is provincial coverage, but that wouldn’t be provided if no medical program exists.

The end result would be some people who would have to go without their medication due to cost.


The Industry Will Keep Researching and Innovating

All of these concerns point to why it’s necessary for the medical cannabis industry to remain in Canada. Another good reason is continuing research and innovation. So much more is being learned about medicinal cannabis, and companies will continue to develop new products to assist patients.


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Why Medical Cannabis Affects Patients Differently

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January 02, 2019 9:00 AM

Why_Medical_Cannabis_Affects_Patients_Differently-1You’ve probably heard the phrase “different strokes for different folks.” It means everyone is individual and unique. This is certainly the case when it comes to medical cannabis.

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In simple terms, each person reacts differently to cannabis. Two people may experience equal or opposite reactions to the exact same strain and dose of cannabis. This can obviously be frustrating for medical cannabis patients who are trying to find effective symptom relief. It can also frustrate their doctors and other medical practitioners who work with them.

The key to working through this scenario and finding the right cannabis strain and dosage for you is understanding why medical cannabis has such different effects for different patients.


Medical Cannabis Is Affected by Your Body

Every human being has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which has two types of receptors. Every human body produces endocannabinoids to some extent, and those substances interact with the ECS to support and maintain health.

The level of endocannabinoid production varies based on a number of factors. Your age is a huge one, as endocannabinoid production appears to taper off as people grow older. Older people may have lower levels of endocannabinoids as a result. Other factors, such as sex, ethnicity, and many others also play a role.

Health conditions can also factor in endocannabinoid production, absorption, and effectiveness. Some digestive tract conditions, for example, appear to reduce the production of endocannabinoids.

Perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that everyone has a different optimal level of endocannabinoid production. Some people need higher levels of endocannabinoids to function, while another person may get by with a much lower level. You can think of this as your unique biochemistry.


Introducing Cannabinoids to the ECS

As established, your ECS is unique to you. When you begin introducing cannabinoids, such as those found in cannabis, your ECS will react differently than another person’s. You may find you require large doses of certain strains to achieve even minimal effects. Another person might favour microdosing with the same strain to see those same effects.

Essentially, your body “interprets” cannabinoids differently than another person. This accounts for the huge range of effects, even using the same strain and similar doses.


Accounting for the Dose Curve

Cannabis is an interesting medication because its effects differ in large and small doses. At low doses, you may notice you feel relaxed and even sleepy with some strains. Those same strains in large doses may produce the exact opposite effects, making you anxious or hyperactive.

Most medications don’t exhibit this effect. They produce the same effects, and large doses just make those effects more potent.

This is why it’s so important for patients to find their optimal dose level, which is the minimum dosage needed to achieve the desired effects.


The Effects of Terpenes and Flavonoids

Another factor medical cannabis patients should account for when it comes to the different effects of cannabis is the other active substances. Terpenes and flavonoids are responsible for smells, tastes, and colours, but they also have medical benefits of their own.

Terpenes in particular appear to interact with cannabinoids to enhance or inhibit the effects of medical cannabis. Myrcene, for example, appears to enhance the sedative effects of THC. This is known as the entourage effect.

Research into the effects of terpenes and flavonoids is still in its infancy. It’s quite possible that people have individual reactions to different doses of terpenes as well, adding another layer of complexity to the medical cannabis puzzle.

If you’re trying to find the right dose and strain, this situation may feel frustrating. Understanding why you might not be achieving the effects you want, however, can help you make better treatment decisions.


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How Medical Cannabis Telemedicine Appointments Benefit Patients

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December 26, 2018 9:00 AM

How_Medical_Cannabis_Telemedicine_Appointments_Benefit_Patients-1Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada for almost two decades, but it’s only gained popularity in the last few years. As more research is being conducted, more medical professionals and patients are beginning to explore the possibilities of medicinal treatments with cannabis.

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The number of medical marijuana patients in Canada now tops 330,000 people. With a medical program still in place for the time being, that number looks to continue growing.

There may be another reason for the increasing number of patients making use of cannabis in their treatments. Accessibility is key. In the past, access to medical marijuana was limited by a number of factors, including resistance from medical professionals and a lack of facilities.

The climate is different now as more medical cannabis clinics open across the country. Despite this, many people are still without access to a legitimate clinic, which limits their options.

Telemedicine is changing the story and bringing with it a host of benefits for patients.


Telemedicine Improves Access to Medical Cannabis

The biggest benefit of telemedicine for any reason is access. Canada is an enormous country with many remote and isolated areas. People living in the Far North or small communities in Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec often don’t have easy access to medical services.

Telemedicine changes that. It allows these remote populations to connect instantly with medical practitioners in a variety of fields. Getting a telemedicine appointment with a surgeon or a specialist saves travel costs and makes medicine more accessible.

The same is true for medical marijuana. Communities without access to a family doctor or a medical cannabis clinic can use telemedicine to book appointments and consult with health professionals.

Communities that previously couldn’t access medical marijuana now can.


Telemedicine Reduces Wait Times

As in other areas of the medical field, medical marijuana consultations and appointments administered through telemedicine can reduce wait times.

This is partly because patients no longer need to travel. Instead, they can talk to the experts from a community centre or even the comfort of their own homes.

Scheduling is often easier for telemedicine, and there are fewer cancellations and no-shows. This helps ensure everyone is seen quickly. Wait times for a telemedicine appointment are usually only a few days at most, even for in-demand services.


Get Good Advice Sooner

Using medical cannabis has some guesswork behind it. It may take time to find a patient’s preferred strain or the right dosage for an individual. Telemedicine can make getting appointments with practitioners quicker and easier.

This means patients can make their adjustments sooner. This reduces the amount of time they spend trying to find the right strain or using an ineffective dosage.

With telemedicine in play, it’s more likely patients will consult with medical practitioners before they make any adjustments on their own. Using medical marijuana will be even safer.


Helping Housebound Patients

Some patients may have health conditions that prevent them from easily getting to a medical cannabis clinic or their doctor’s office. With the use of telemedicine, these patients can consult with medical practitioners from their own homes.

This reduces the strain on services or friends and family assisting the patient. It also ensures maximum comfort for the patient. This can help reduce the number of missed appointments since patients who don’t feel well or can’t find transportation are less likely to cancel.


How Can You Access Telemedicine for Medical Marijuana?

There are a few different ways to access telemedicine services for cannabis. You may be able to talk to your doctor about medical marijuana by scheduling an appointment through their office.

You might also be able to schedule a telemedicine appointment with reputable medical cannabis clinics.

Telemedicine is making it easier than ever for medical cannabis patients to get the medicine and the advice they need.


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5 Questions Canadians Have about Medical Marijuana

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December 19, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Questions_Canadians_Have_about_Medical_MarijuanaThe rules governing medical marijuana in Canada are changing on account of the Cannabis Act coming into force on October 17, 2018. Despite recreational cannabis now being legal across the country, medical cannabis remains separate. There are still programs in place to help patients access the medication they need.

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The future of the medical marijuana program is in question, and some people are calling for its end in light of the Cannabis Act. Others believe it needs to remain in place to help protect patients.

Given this turbulent situation, many Canadians have questions about medical cannabis. “What is it?”, “what can it do?”, and “how is it used?” are some of the most common inquiries.

These five questions are heard from Canadians on a regular basis. Now you have the answers.


1. What Is Medical Marijuana?

From 2001 until late 2018, cannabis was only legal in Canada if you had an authorization from a medical professional. Authorizations were governed by Health Canada under various pieces of legislation, which set out rules and regulation for the use of cannabis in medical situations.

Many people wonder if medical cannabis is different than recreational cannabis. It is and it isn’t. Medical cannabis is made from the cannabis plant, the same as various forms of recreational cannabis. Different strains of cannabis can be used both recreationally and medicinally.

Medical marijuana is, however, subject to stricter controls, and the quality of the product is higher than recreational cannabis has been in the past. With the legalization of cannabis in 2018, however, recreational cannabis will likely meet the same strict standards.


2. How Do You Use Medical Cannabis?

There are several ways to take medical cannabis. The one most people know about is smoking, as many recreational users use this method. There are other, better ways to use medical cannabis, including taking oils.

Medical marijuana is authorized to a patient by a physician, and the patient has an authorized dosage. Much like any other medication, the patient will take so many milligrams of medical cannabis per day.


3. What Can Medical Marijuana Treat?

This is one of the most common questions, and also one of the most difficult to answer. What does medical cannabis treat?

There are a few conditions cannabis appears to be able to treat. The body of scientific research strongly suggests cannabis is effective for the treatment of pain, nausea and vomiting, and appetite control.

More research suggests other medicinal uses for cannabis. Some studies have investigated its effects on patients with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Others are looking into its uses in the field of mental health, while still others are researching effects on diabetes, HIV, and other diseases.


4. Is Medical Cannabis Right for You?

People with a wide variety of health conditions wonder if medical marijuana is the right choice for them. They may have tried several other treatments, and they’re now wondering if cannabis could be the right alternative.

If you have this question, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor or refer yourself to the experts at a medical cannabis clinic. Cannabis is a highly customizable treatment, but it won’t be the right solution for every patient.


5. Does Canada Need a Medical Marijuana Program?

With the Cannabis Act in effect, many Canadians are now pondering why a medical marijuana program still exists in Canada. The answer is that it’s necessary, at least for the time being.

The recreational market could create problems for patients who need to ensure they have access to particular dosages and products during their treatment regimen. Consumer demand could cause issues in ensuring access, among other things.

You might have many other questions about medical marijuana in Canada. As recommended above, talk to your doctor or get in touch with the experts at a medical cannabis clinic to become more informed.


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7 Ways to Improve the Health Outcomes You Get from Medical Cannabis

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December 12, 2018 9:00 AM

7_Ways_to_Improve_the_Health_Outcomes_You_Get_From_Medical_CannabisIf you’ve been using medical cannabis for any length of time, you may have wondered how you could maximize the health outcomes of this treatment. Research suggests cannabis could be helpful in the management of many different conditions.

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The effectiveness of medical marijuana is dependent on a number of different factors. These include the condition you’re treating, the dose you’re taking, the strain you’re using, and even your own personal body chemistry. Many people find it a bit of a struggle to discover the optimal treatment because of these factors.

If you feel you’re not getting as much out of medical cannabis as you could be, try these seven methods. They’ll help you improve your results and achieve better health outcomes.


1. Make Sure You Store Medical Cannabis Correctly

The first thing you should do if you suspect you’re not getting the most out of your medical marijuana treatment is to ensure you’re storing the medication correctly.

Many patients do not realize they’re storing it incorrectly. This can cause substances in cannabis, such as cannabinoids, to break down. The end result is your medication is no longer as effective as it could be.

Store your medical cannabis in an air-tight, coloured container to block out harmful UV rays. Store it at room temperature as well.


2. Make Sure You’re Using the Right Strain

Another step to take is to check out the strain of medical cannabis you’re using. If you feel you’re not getting the most out of your current treatment, it might be time for a switch.

There are hundreds of different medical marijuana strains, all of them with unique profiles. If one strain isn’t treating your symptoms as effectively as possible, you should try out some other strains. The right fit for you is out there.


3. Visit Your Medical Marijuana Clinic

Chances are you dealt with a medical cannabis clinic at some point during the authorization period. You may have been referred by a doctor, or you may have self-referred if the clinic allowed for that.

The team of professionals at the clinic is there to help you manage your cannabis treatment. Consult with them about how you can achieve better health outcomes with medical marijuana.


4. Add to Your Treatment Regimen

Is medical marijuana the only thing you’re using to manage your condition? If so, it could be time to add something else. Consult with your doctor. They may recommend additional medicinal treatments.

They might also recommend physiotherapy, exercise, or meditation. These sorts of activities can help you achieve even better health outcomes by working with medical marijuana to further reduce and help manage your symptoms.


5. Switch from Smoking

Many medical marijuana patients use loose leaf cannabis and administer it by smoking. While there are some advantages to loose leaf cannabis, most physicians recommend that patients avoid smoking.

Cannabis concentrates, such as CBD oils, are usually a much better option for patients. Not only do they avoid risks associated with smoking, but they’re also more potent.


6. Join a Support Group

Using medical marijuana can be stigmatizing. One thing you can do is connect with other patients. This will help you avoid negative outcomes you may experience as a medical marijuana patient.

The support group may also have some excellent ideas and recommendations for how to get more out of your treatment.


7. Do Some Research

More information on medical cannabis is being published almost every day. By staying on top of the latest science, you can discover better ways of managing your symptoms and health condition with cannabis.

Using these tips, you can get more out of your medical marijuana treatment and work towards even better health.


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What Patients Need to Know about Medical Cannabis and Travel

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December 05, 2018 9:00 AM

What_Patients_Need_to_Know_about_Medical_Cannabis_and_TravelWith medical cannabis, you’re hoping to get back to living your best life and doing the things you love. For many people, this includes travel. Whether you’re planning an epic road trip or hopping on a transatlantic flight, you’re probably anticipating your next vacation.

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You’ll need to give some extra thought to your authorization for medical marijuana when you travel within Canada. Unfortunately, you’ll need to take some extra precautions. By preparing for these challenges, you can ensure you run into fewer issues when you travel within our borders.


Travelling within Canada

One of the most important things you can do when you travel within Canada with medical marijuana is to bring the proper documentation with you.

You’ve probably been told you need to properly separate your authorization to carry with you anyway. This is a precaution for medical cannabis patients as they can be asked to present documentation for possession of cannabis. With new recreational laws in Canada, there is less emphasis on taking your papers everywhere, unless your authorization exceeds the legal limit.

Travelling is another story entirely. You’ll need to be sure you have proper documentation with you at all times. Bring your authorization, travel with your medical cannabis in its labelled containers, and carry only as much as you need for the duration of your trip.


Don’t Cross the Border

With cannabis legalization in Canada, Canadians are being turned away from the Canada-US border. Allegedly, US border security agents have been turning away anyone who had ever used cannabis. Even people who worked in the cannabis industry or invest in it are having a tough time getting over the border.

Federal law in the US still sees cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic, and it is illegal. Those carrying it can be treated the same as if they’d been bringing heroin, cocaine, or another illegal substance into the United States.

Therefore, you cannot cross the border with cannabis, even for medical purposes. It is illegal, and you will be denied entry into the US. You may also face other legal troubles.


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5 Signs You Should Find a Different Medical Marijuana Doctor

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November 28, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Signs_You_Should_Find_a_Different_Medical_Marijuana_DoctorThe number of Canadian medical marijuana patients has been growing steadily over the last few years. As medical cannabis becomes more accepted as a treatment, more doctors and patients have become curious about what it can do. New research is showing the medical field more possible uses as well, expanding the number of patients who could benefit from medical marijuana.

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As a medical cannabis patient, you’ll be required to consult with a medical team. In most cases, you’ll be referred to the experts at a medical cannabis clinic. In turn, you’ll consult with a medical marijuana doctor.

There are many clinics you could go to, and there are also many doctors working for these clinics and other establishments across Canada. How can you tell whether you’ve found the right doctor for you? There are some signs you should seek out a new doctor. Here are a few of them.


1. Your Current Medical Marijuana Doctor Won’t Listen to You

There’s a common problem in the medical field, and it extends to the realm of medical marijuana as well. The patient-doctor relationship is often strained because doctors are experts. They sometimes dismiss patients’ concerns and questions because they feel patients lack knowledge.

For many patients, this is a frustrating situation. They want their doctors to at least consider their concerns and answer their questions as best as possible. Today’s patients are also more informed than ever before.

Look for a medical marijuana doctor who collaborates with their patients. This doctor will be willing to listen to your concerns and answer your questions to greater satisfaction.


2. Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Much about Strains

There are hundreds of different strains of medical cannabis available. You and your doctor both need a relatively good understanding of the different strains that may help you manage your condition.

Does your doctor have this knowledge? If you’re not sure about their strain knowledge, it might be time to look for a new medical marijuana doctor. If they can’t answer your questions, it’s time for a change.


3. They Don’t Keep up on Research

How well does your medical marijuana doctor keep track of the latest research? The body of knowledge in the field of medical cannabis is increasing at a rapid pace, which can make it difficult for people to keep up.

Your doctor should make a concerted effort to keep up with the latest studies and research findings. Since the field is evolving so rapidly, new knowledge will help them make better decisions about how to best assist you.


4. Every Visit Feels Like a Pitch

Do you feel like your doctor is trying to sell you on the latest, greatest product every time you visit them? It might be time for a switch.

While your doctor should be keeping up on the latest research, they should also make sure they’re putting you first and foremost. Doctors who are constantly switching your authorization or strain may not have your best interests at heart.


5. Your Doctor Doesn’t Take the Time to Explain

When you visit your medical marijuana doctor, do they help you understand what you need to do to be a safe and informed medical cannabis patient? If your doctor doesn’t talk about potential side effects or consider safety measures, you need to make a switch.

A good medical marijuana doctor will take the time to go over safety procedures, discuss potential side effects, and listen to your concerns. You should feel this person is a resource you can call on.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs or you feel frustrated every time you visit your doctor, you may need to consider finding a different physician for your medical cannabis authorization.


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What Is CBD Microdosing?

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November 21, 2018 9:00 AM

What_Is_CBD_MicrodosingAs more interest in CBD has led to more research, people have also begun wondering about the practice of microdosing. What is it, and how can it help medical marijuana patients?

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What Is CBD?

Before you learn about cannabidiol microdosing and its benefits, it’s important to understand what cannabidiol is.

Cannabidiol is the second-most common cannabinoid in cannabis, after THC. A large amount of research exists on this cannabinoid, although there is still much to discover about it.

Cannabidiol contrasts with THC in that it is not psychoactive. In fact, cannabidiol appears to moderate some of THC’s psychoactive effects.

On its own, cannabidiol appears to have an energizing, uplifting effect. Unlike THC, cannabidiol appears to stimulate activity and creativity, allowing people to focus and accomplish tasks. It also increases enjoyment of those tasks. In addition, it appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may also act as an appetite suppressant.


How to Use Cannabidiol

Recently, people have been making quite the fuss about CBD. It appears to have many of the same benefits as THC, without any of the unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness, confusion, or even paranoia in rare cases.

The most popular way to take cannabidiol is as an oil. These oils can be almost pure cannabidiol, with relatively low THC content.

As with any form of medical marijuana, there are several ways to administer cannabidiol. Oils are popular, although other methods of administration are also used.


What Is Microdosing?

Microdosing is the art of achieving the same or greater effects with less of the medication. It was pioneered by the discoverer of LSD, who appears to have microdosed with that substance for the last 20 years of his life.

When you microdose, you are effectually training the body to respond to a small dose of the desired medication. For those practicing CBD microdosing, this would be cannabidiol.

Why microdose? It’s about working with the lowest possible dose for you. Cannabis is a substance that tends to have opposite, negative effects in higher doses, so using the lowest effective dose may be critical to symptom relief.

Other benefits of microdosing include minimizing side effects, minimizing the amount of the substance you need to take, lowering the costs of your medication, and more.


How Do You Microdose?

Your doctor or the medical experts at a medical cannabis clinic should start you on a low dose. This is in line with the advice to start low and go slow.

Microdosing involves using the lowest possible effective dosage. Unfortunately, guidelines are hard to come by because this will be different for every medical cannabis patient.

This involves some trial and error. Again, it’s important to start low and go slow. Don’t assume a higher dose will yield more effective treatment. Instead, work on gradually increasing your dosage until you find the optimal level for you.


Should You Microdose?

As noted, microdosing has quite a few benefits. The biggest one, of course, is that you can find your optimal dosage. You’ll minimize side effects and the cost of your medication as well.

If you want to get started with CBD microdosing, talk to your doctor or the experts at a medical cannabis clinic. They may be able to offer advice.


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CBD Oil for Pets Is a Fast-Growing Industry

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November 14, 2018 9:00 AM

CBD_Oil_for_Pets_Is_Becoming_a_Growing_IndustryIt’s a known fact that interest in medical marijuana has been growing in Canada over the last few years. More research has contributed to an ever-growing body of knowledge, and changing attitudes towards cannabis have started to break down some of the stigma patients experience.

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Today, more people have been wondering if cannabis can also be used to maintain overall health and wellness, not just treat medical conditions. Cannabis oils are one of the most popular options.

Now, some people are wondering if CBD oil could help their pets too.


What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

This particular kind of oil is high in cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the cannabinoids found in medical marijuana. CBD and THC are two of the best-studied cannabinoids, and they have very different effects.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It tends to cause wakefulness and alertness. Some people report feeling more awake and energetic when they use CBD. They may also feel more focused. There’s some evidence CBD can suppress the appetite as well.

CBD also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can reduce inflammation in the body. Using CBD in an oil allows people to avoid the harmful effects of smoking cannabis, while also allowing them to get the full benefit of CBD.


Can It Help Your Pets?

Some of the medical studies carried out on the effects of CBD and THC have involved mice and rats. These lab animals showed some interesting reactions to various cannabinoids, although more studies need to be conducted to confirm the same effects for humans and other mammals.

Nonetheless, these studies show that cannabidiol oil could be beneficial for rodents, such as mice and rats. Some people keep these animals as pets. It’s also possible cannabis oils could help other animals, such as cats and dogs.

CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation for animals with arthritis or other forms of pain. CBD is also effective for treating conditions such as nausea. It may also be used to assist animals undergoing cancer treatment, just as it can in humans. Stress and anxiety may also be treated with CBD oil.


Is It Safe for Pets?

The next question most pet owners have is whether or not cannabis oils are safe for their pets. The science suggests CBD could be helpful in many cases, but could it be doing any harm?

The biggest safety risk for pets is THC toxicity. That’s why CBD oils are so popular. These oils come from hemp and contain little to no THC, effectually eliminating the risk.

Unlike humans, however, there is also a slight risk of overdose. Larger animals can still overdose, although it takes less to overdose a smaller one. Always dose accordingly and be sure to consult with a veterinarian.


The Industry Is Growing

CBD oil has become more popular among human medical marijuana patients, and it seems like it’s becoming more popular among pet owners as well. More companies are beginning to investigate medicinal marijuana options for pets.

There are several different brands available in Canada, but you should always consult with your veterinarian before making a purchase or administering CBD oils to your pet.

If your furry friend is suffering, you can talk to your veterinarian about CBD oil and other options available to you.


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