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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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5 Unexpected Ways Medical Marijuana Can Make Your Life Better

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November 07, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Unexpected_Ways_Medical_Marijuana_Can_Make_Your_Life_BetterIn the last few years, there has been growing interest in cannabis and what it can do in the medical field. More research than ever before is being conducted, and more medical professionals are beginning to embrace it as a potential treatment for their patients.

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Patients with a wide array of different conditions are now testing medical marijuana for themselves. While research is still preliminary for many conditions, people are curious to see if medical cannabis can help them, especially where other treatments may have failed.

There’s little doubt that, for patients with conditions such as chronic pain or those undergoing cancer treatment, medical cannabis can change their lives. There are so many benefits—even beyond symptom relief. Here are a few of the more unexpected ways medical cannabis could help improve your life.


1. Medical Marijuana Could Help You Sleep at Night

Chronic pain patients often credit medical cannabis with helping them get a better night’s sleep. Pain can keep them awake at night, and medical marijuana helps soothe pain.

Medical cannabis is actually a more powerful sleep aid than merely dulling pain, and many people who live with sleep disorders find it helpful. In fact, it can be a great alternative to other sleep aids such as sleeping pills.

Medical marijuana contains cannabinoids, particularly THC, which can help lull you to sleep. If you’ve been experiencing trouble sleeping, then medical cannabis might be helpful.


2. It Could Help People Manage Anxiety

Another potential benefit of medical marijuana is its ability to soothe and relax people. While some studies have shown that cannabis can contribute to anxiety, many others demonstrate its ability to help people manage anxiety more effectively.

Cannabis may also be able to assist people with managing their stress levels more effectively. THC in particular is noted for its ability to help people relax. In turn, anxiety is lessened.


3. It Might Help People Manage Their Appetites

Another potential benefit of medical cannabis is its ability to help people better manage their appetite and, by extension, their weight.

Cannabis is mostly known for its ability to improve appetite. This is well-known in popular culture, but science backs it up. THC in particular helps boost appetite, and it even increases people’s appreciation of food.

Other cannabinoids may play a role in suppressing the appetite. CBD has been shown to reduce feelings of hunger. This could be useful for helping people who need to manage their weight.


4. It May Increase Enjoyment of Exercise

Exercise is good for everyone, and most Canadians don’t get enough of it. Some people are limited by health conditions such as chronic pain. Studies show that even those who have chronic pain or conditions like arthritis, however, can benefit from some physical activity.

The problem for most people is that exercise isn’t always enjoyable. Some research suggests cannabis may be able to increase people’s enjoyment of exercise. CBD in particular is believed to increase attention and focus, which could make exercise more pleasant.

This, in turn, helps you manage your health as well. Exercise has many benefits for the body, including lowering stress levels and improving cardiovascular health.


5. It May Boost the Immune System

If you’re someone who experiences frequent colds or other health ailments, especially during the winter months, you might be interested to know medical marijuana could provide an added boost to your immune system.

Early studies suggest endocannabinoids and cannabinoids could play a role in regulating immune function in the body. The result? A healthier you.

The benefits of medical marijuana go beyond merely eliminating pain or assisting with a particular health condition. As research continues, a clearer picture of the many ways cannabis supports human health will emerge.


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5 Strategies That Can Help You Cope with Chronic Pain Symptoms

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October 31, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Strategies_That_Can_Help_You_Cope_with_Chronic_Pain_SymptomsThe number of people living with chronic pain has been growing in Canada over the last decade. More and more people are living with lingering and lasting pain, whether as the result of an injury, trauma, or illness. If you’re one of the millions of Canadians who face daily life with pain, know you’re not alone.

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You’re also not alone in wondering how you can manage, treat, and better cope with the symptoms of chronic pain. One of the most common questions people ask is, “What is the best herb for pain relief?”

Some people will list herbs like ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and valerian, as well as natural remedies like turmeric, willow bark, and even medical cannabis. All of these herbs may help you manage your chronic pain symptoms. There are many other strategies as well.

If you are living with chronic pain, try some of these coping tips. You’ll be able to discover what works best for you.


1. There Are Many Natural Remedies for Chronic Pain Symptoms

As discussed, there are a number of different herbs that are recommended for the relief of chronic pain symptoms. Ginseng is recommended for those with fibromyalgia, while St. John’s Wort is indicated for pain related to arthritis, sciatica, and other forms of neuropathic pain.

The root of the valerian plant is recommended for muscle spasms and cramps. Willow bark is known as a natural pain reliever. In fact, the active ingredients in aspirin are derived from willow bark. Turmeric is another popular remedy.

You can try one or all of these different herbs. Keep in mind they will not cure your pain. They may assist you with the management of your symptoms, but they may not work for everyone.


2. Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation May Help

Another strategy you can try for your chronic pain symptoms is meditation. Again, meditation and mindfulness strategies will not cure pain. In some cases, they can help patients learn to cope with the symptoms more effectively.

The literature on the usefulness of meditation is somewhat mixed, but many people do find it offers them some relief.


3. Consider Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, and Massage

Another strategy some people employ to assist with chronic pain symptoms is the use of therapies such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, and massage.

Physiotherapy and massage are somewhat supported in the research literature, although there is still debate about whether they help or not. Acupuncture is less supported in the literature, although many patients claim it helps relieve their symptoms.


4. Medical Cannabis May Be an Alternative Treatment

Another strategy most patients use in some way is pain-relieving medications. This is usually the most effective thing you can do to help with chronic pain symptoms, although not all treatments work as well as others.

Medical cannabis is one alternative treatment that has become quite popular in recent years. Research shows cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain, and many people are convinced it’s a better alternative to some of the opioid medications that are often used to treat these symptoms.

Talk to your doctor about medical cannabis and discuss whether it might be right for you.


5. Exercise Can Help with Pain

There may be days when you feel you can’t move without pain. If you do have days where you feel better, try to get some physical activity and exercise in, such as stretching, walking, or yoga. This is particularly recommended for those who suffer from chronic pain thanks to conditions such as arthritis.

Using another one of the above-mentioned strategies may also enable you to participate in more physical activity, which can help limit pain.

As you can see, there are many different strategies for controlling chronic pain symptoms. Try some out and find what works for you, so you can get back to living your best life.


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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Medical Cannabis Clinic

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October 24, 2018 9:00 AM

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Medical Cannabis ClinicThere are many different resources you can draw on when it comes to medical cannabis. Your doctor or another medical professional may have excellent information for you. You can always turn to trusted online resources, such as those provided by an association, a licensed producer, or a medical cannabis clinic.

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The clinic may be one of the best resources you have available. With a team of medical professionals, relationships with licensed producers, and an interest in providing patients with the most accurate and up-to-date information, a clinic usually has a wealth of resources for you to draw on.

Whether you’ve been using medical marijuana for some time or you’re hoping to set up a consultation, working with a medical cannabis clinic is a great idea. How do you choose the right one?

Avoid these five mistakes when choosing a clinic, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a great relationship.


1. You Settle for a Medical Cannabis Clinic Because It’s Close

When looking for a medical cannabis clinic, you might be tempted to go to the closest one. If you live in an area where there are few options, you may only be able to go to one. If you have a choice, however, you should seek out the best possible clinic.

The one that’s closest to you might be the most convenient, but it also may not be the best choice for you. Some clinics also offer telemedicine services, so you can connect with them over long distances.


2. You Don’t Do Your Research

This is another common mistake people make when selecting a medical cannabis clinic. You don’t put the time or effort into researching all the options available to you.

Your doctor may have one clinic they recommend or work with, but they may or may not be aware of other options. Take a look online and see what reviews say about various clinics. Visit their websites and learn more about them.


3. You Don’t Take Advantage of Specialized Programs

Some medical cannabis clinics offer specialized programs. If you settle for what’s close or what your doctor recommends without conducting your own research, you may not be aware of programs that could help you.

Do some research here and find out if there are any clinics offering specific programs. For example, you might find a program dedicated to better sleep or chronic pain management.

If the clinic is close to you or recommended by your doctor, even better.


4. You Only Schedule a Consultation

Another common mistake is seeing a medical cannabis clinic as a place for a consultation and nothing else. This is another reason why people don’t do much research beforehand. They believe they’ll visit the clinic once and never again.

You should plan to have more contact with the clinic than this. A clinic is one of the best possible resources you can have on your side. The knowledgeable staff can help you with so much more than an initial consultation or getting an authorization.

You should be prepared to draw on the resources of the clinic. This is one of the best reasons to ensure you’ve done your research and picked a clinic you feel comfortable and confident working with.


5. You Don’t Ask for Recommendations

You should ask your doctor for cannabis clinic recommendations. Don’t be afraid to get other opinions either. Talk to people you know who have visited a clinic or ask online. Combine this information with your research.

Choosing a medical marijuana clinic can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be. Follow these tips and avoid some of these common mistakes.


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5 Signs You’re a Medical Cannabis Rookie

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October 17, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Signs_You_re_a_Medical_Cannabis_RookieMore patients are being authorized medical cannabis than ever before. In fact, there are more than 200,000 patients across Canada now, and the number continues to grow.

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Many of these patients are likely cannabis-naïve, meaning they’ve never used cannabis before. If any of these five signs describe you, you’re probably a medical cannabis rookie yourself. That’s okay, though. Everyone has to start somewhere. Admitting you’re learning and looking to the experts can help you overcome your rookie status and become a knowledgeable and safe medical marijuana patient.


1. You Don’t Store Your Medical Cannabis Properly

How do you store your medical marijuana? Is it in the fridge or a ziplock bag? If so, you’re likely new to this medication.

Neither of these methods are great ways to store cannabis. While some people recommended storing cannabis in the fridge to prolong its freshness, there’s no evidence this actually helps. Instead, store cannabis at room temperature, in a dark place, in an air-tight container.

The same goes for ziplock bags. While this storage method has been perpetuated in the mass media, it’s just not a good way to store your medicine. It’s not airtight to start, and the clear plastic allows harmful light to damage your medical cannabis.

Instead, store medical marijuana in colored glass or plastic containers, similar to other medications. Also be sure to store it out of reach of children and pets.


2. You Don’t Carry Your Authorization

If you don’t carry your authorization with you, you’re probably a medical marijuana rookie. Having your authorization with you is important in case you’re asked to produce documentation. This paperwork is what allows you to legally possess cannabis. Without it, you can be charged.

You might think this will change when cannabis becomes legal in Canada in October. You’re still going to want your documentation with you. There’s a legal limit on how much recreational cannabis you can possess. Many patients are authorized to have much more. Without the right documentation, you could face charges.


3. You Think Smoking Is the Only Way to Use Cannabis

If you look at the way cannabis culture is portrayed in the mass media, you might be left with the impression that smoking is the only way to use medical marijuana.

This is absolutely not true. There are many different ways to use medical marijuana. These include oils, sprays, topical creams, as well as synthetic cannabinoids. In fact, doctors don’t even recommend smoking, although it remains a popular choice.

You should be concerned about smoking medical marijuana, since there are risk factors involved. Talk to your doctor about alternatives.


4. You Experience Anxiety or Panic

Medical cannabis can occasionally cause adverse reactions in some people, particularly if the marijuana contains THC. This psychoactive substance can trigger anxiety or panic. This is particularly true for cannabis-naïve patients.

If you’re cannabis-naïve, don’t be tempted to take a higher dose than your doctor recommends. You may be eager to see if you can get relief from your symptoms, but higher dosages can have unwanted side effects.

Start low and go slow is good advice for anyone, not just the rookie medical marijuana patient.


5. You’re Not Sure Who to Ask for Advice

You’re all set up with your authorization. You’re storing your cannabis correctly, and you’re starting low and going slow.

You still have questions, though, and you’re not sure where to turn to get them answered. Luckily, there are many places you can turn for great advice. Check out a medical cannabis clinic or talk to a licensed producer. You might even talk to your doctor.

There’s no shame in admitting you’re a medical cannabis rookie. Learning more about medical marijuana and knowing where to turn when you have questions will help you become a knowledgeable patient.


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5 Common Misconceptions about Medicinal Marijuana

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October 10, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Common_Misconceptions_about_Medicinal_MarijuanaMedicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada for the better part of 20 years now. As more research is conducted, many doctors, scientists, patients, and other medical professionals are realizing the potential for cannabis in the treatment and management of a whole host of conditions.

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Nonetheless, there remains plenty of misinformation and confusion in the field. There are many myths and misconceptions that are still routinely passed around, especially on the internet.

What are some of the common misconceptions about medicinal marijuana?

Some of the most common myths include how dangerous medicinal marijuana is, how addictive it is, and that it is unsafe. There are also many misconceptions about the patients who use medical marijuana to help them manage a health condition.


1. Medicinal Marijuana Is Dangerous

One of the most common myths about medicinal marijuana is that it is dangerous. Moral panic about cannabis dates back decades and is a key factor in the criminalization of cannabis in most Western countries.

This moral panic has been extended to marijuana used for medicinal purposes as much as recreational cannabis or cannabis obtained on the street. People believe that since cannabis is illegal, it must be dangerous.

In truth, cannabis isn’t very dangerous, and this is particularly true for medical marijuana. It’s grown with strict standards in mind, and although you want to take precautions, you can be assured medical marijuana is very safe.


2. It’s Addictive

Many people mistakenly believe medical marijuana is highly addictive. Unfortunately, you’re more likely to become addicted to opioid medications many healthcare providers prescribe for chronic pain and other conditions than you are to become addicted to cannabis.

Medical cannabis doesn’t appear to have the same addictive qualities as many other substances, which is one of the reasons it’s not as dangerous.

While there is still some research that suggests cannabis could have some properties leading to psychological dependence, this is not the same as addiction.


3. People Who Use Medical Marijuana Just Want to Get High

This is a very harmful yet common misconception about medical marijuana and the patients who use it to manage their health. Many people have a very poor opinion of medical cannabis patients because they believe cannabis is not actually medicine.

The research in this field is rapidly changing the medical industry’s opinion on this point, but social attitudes have been slower to follow. Since the field still lacks many high-quality studies, people continue to doubt that it can and is used as a legitimate medication.


4. It Will Lead to Substance Abuse

Unfortunately, cannabis has a reputation as a “gateway drug,” which means its use leads to the later use of “harder” substances. Many people see it as a start to substance abuse and addictions, especially for street-involved people.

This translates over to the medical community. Many believe people who use cannabis in a medical capacity may eventually turn to street drugs or crime. This social attitude goes hand in hand with moral panic about medical marijuana.


5. You Must Smoke It

This misconception turns away many people who may actually benefit from a medicinal marijuana treatment. Even some physicians and healthcare practitioners may believe it.

The truth is there are many different ways to consume medical marijuana. In fact, most healthcare experts recommend these methods over smoking. While the idea that cannabis is just as harmful or more harmful than tobacco is largely discredited, smoke can still irritate your lungs. With long-term use, this can lead to respiratory problems and other medical conditions.

There are many other ways to use medicinal marijuana, and there are many legitimate reasons to use it. Visit a medical marijuana clinic or talk to a licensed producer if you have questions. They can help you sort myths from the facts.


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