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Where to Find the Best Marijuana Strains for Pain in Toronto

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September 19, 2018 9:00 AM

Where_to_Find_the_Best_Marijuana_Strains_for_Pain_in_TorontoThere are many different marijuana strains on the market today. As the medical cannabis patient population has been growing, licensed producers have been offering more strains designed to target each patient’s unique needs

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There are many strains that target pain specifically, which is one of the reasons it can be so difficult to find the “right” one for you. What works for one patient may not be the best choice for you. You should consult with a medical professional and work with them to discover which strain best suits your unique needs as a patient.

That said, there are some strains that are better than others when it comes to helping patients manage pain. There are many different strains and many different places you can look for them in Toronto. Where can you find the best ones?


The Best Marijuana Strains for Pain

Before you begin your hunt for the best strains, you’ll likely want to have an idea of what you and your doctor consider “the best.” Each different vendor you visit will likely have different strains, and they’ll likely try to convince you this one or that one is the best.

Keep in mind different strains have different effects. Strains rich in THC tend to have stronger sedative effects. Strains with a higher CBD content are more likely to have anti-inflammatory properties, but they may not help you get to sleep.

You can choose from a wide variety of indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. Do some research and discover which strains are considered the best for certain types of pain or helping you achieve certain goals, such as getting to sleep. You might consider different Kush strains for sleeping. If you want to be more awake, a hybrid strain like White Widow might be for you.


Different Names

Another thing to keep in mind is that almost every producer uses different names for their products. The underlying strain may be the same, or it may be a proprietary strain only available from that producer.

Be sure to ask about the strains themselves, not just the brand names advertised on a website.


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One of the best places to go in Toronto for medical marijuana for pain is a medical cannabis clinic. There are many different clinics around the city, but some are better than others.

Some clinics, like the Canabo Medical Clinic, may have a particular focus. Canabo tends to focus on people with pain and helping them get to sleep. Other clinics may have different clientele, so their focus may be a little bit different.

Clinics often work very closely with licensed producers, but they also employ medical professionals. You can get great advice and find the right strain for you here.


Talk to a Licensed Producer

You can talk directly to a licensed producer of medical marijuana. In certain cases, this may be the best choice.

The producer has a deep knowledge of their products, so they can help you find the best marijuana strains for pain within their line-up. They can tell you more about the plants themselves and the production process as well.


Ask an Advocacy Group

Some associations and advocacy groups will be able to help you access the best strains of medical marijuana for pain. Others may be able to offer sound advice about which strains you should investigate and where to find them.


You Have Options

Keep in mind you have many different options for both strains and where you can find them. Be aware that not all businesses will serve your needs as a medical cannabis patient, and not all will have your best interests in mind.

If you want to get started finding the right medical marijuana pain treatment, talk to your doctor or make an appointment at a medical cannabis clinic for a consultation.


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4 Tips to Pass Your Medical Cannabis Evaluation

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September 12, 2018 9:00 AM

4_Tips_to_Pass_Your_Medical_Cannabis_EvaluationYou’ve talked to your doctor and you’ve been referred to a medical cannabis clinic like Canabo Medical Cannabis Clinic. The next step is your medical cannabis evaluation.

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During your evaluation, the doctor at the clinic will assess your suitability as a medical marijuana patient. They’ll ask a number of different questions, and they’ll determine whether medical cannabis could really help you treat or manage your current health condition.

To receive an authorization for medical cannabis, you need to pass the evaluation.

How can you pass your medical cannabis evaluation?

You’ll need to present your concerns, discuss your medical history, speak to any research you’ve done on medical marijuana and your current condition, and above all, be honest during your evaluation.


1. Be Honest

If you want to try medical cannabis to manage a health condition, you’ve probably tried several other treatments already. You want to pass your evaluation because you hope medical cannabis will finally give you some relief.

Some people are tempted to lie during their evaluation to ensure they’ll be authorized. This could endanger your health. Even if you think you may be disqualified under the ACMPR for some reason, you should still be honest.

There are many reasons you may not pass an evaluation. This could be a history of substance dependence or mental health issues, or it might be due to another underlying health condition or drug interactions that could put you in danger. Your safety is a concern above all others.


2. Do Your Research

Why do you think medical cannabis could be a good option for you? You may have already tried several other options, or you may have read some recent research studies on people with your condition using medical cannabis.

The more information you have when you arrive at your evaluation, the better off you are. Some physicians may be reluctant or suggest medical cannabis doesn’t help people with your condition. If you’ve done your research and read studies with counterarguments, you may be able to present a strong case for why you should be authorized medical cannabis.


3. Discuss Your Medical History

Be willing to discuss your medical history with the physician during your medical cannabis evaluation. As indicated above, you should also be honest in this section of the evaluation. Having an honest discussion is important since it will allow the physician to make a more accurate recommendation for you.

While the medical professional you speak with will hopefully have access to your medical records, there may be missing information or gaps. You can discuss various aspects of your medical history with more authority and fill in those gaps.


4. Ask Questions

If you’ve done your research, you may have come up with several questions during the process. Be sure to ask these. You might want to ask the physician about different strains, dosing, and even administration options such as prescription cannabinoids, cannabis oils, or another method.

By asking questions, you can demonstrate your own knowledge and a willingness to learn. Being an informed patient is important. The evaluation is an excellent time to seek out answers you might not have found on your own. In turn, this can help you decide if medical cannabis is right for you.

Passing your medical cannabis evaluation may feel daunting, and you might feel pressured to get it “right” in order to be authorized. The most important thing for you to do is enter the evaluation with an open mind and ensure you’re truly considering both the risks and benefits of any medical treatment option available to you. The purpose of your evaluation is for you and your physician to determine if it could be right for you.


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5 Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana without Smoking

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September 05, 2018 9:00 AM

5_Ways_to_Consume_Medical_Marijuana_Without_SmokingModern scientists seem to be torn on whether smoking cannabis can have negative physical side effects on the body. One study concludes that smoking cannabis “is associated with a high frequency of central airway inflammation,” similar to those who smoke tobacco products. This is a concerning conclusion—inflammation of the lungs can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can cause lifelong problems associated with breathing and poor airflow.

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If you’re a health-conscious individual with chronic pain or another eligible medical condition, this might be alarming to you. What are you supposed to do if you can’t smoke your authorized cannabis? There are other ways to consume marijuana without smoking it. This way, you get the positive benefits of medical cannabis without the potentially harmful side effects of smoking.


1. Edibles

Are you looking to manage your pain or condition(s) while also satisfying your sweet tooth? Edibles are a popular option for individuals looking for a delicious twist to taking their medication. Most notably baked into cookies and brownies, cannabis can be infused into butter (referred to by some as cannabutter) and baked into a variety of different delectable treats, turning your medication time into a multi-functional snack time.

If you’re looking to make your own, know that you may not know the proper doses. As such, it is not recommended as an intake method. Speak to a professional at Aleafia Health before you get started to learn more.


2. Topical Balms

Is your pain localized? If so, balms may be a good way to treat your pain directly on the spot where treatment is needed. If you’re not a big fan of the munchies or other psychoactive effects of cannabis, balms are a great option for you.


3. Transdermal Patches

Just like nicotine patches, you can administer your cannabis pain medication through a transdermal patch. This is a long-lasting solution, perfect for people who are looking for a longer treatment phase, compared to what you get when smoking marijuana.

Transdermal patches can be used both day and night, providing you with the relief you need at all hours of the day. The additional discretion transdermal patches provide is one of the many reasons why this type of cannabis administration is so popular.


4. Cannabis Tincture

Similar to cannabutter, cannabis can also be infused into a drink, sometimes referred to as the gold or green dragon. This mixture can easily be made yourself, providing you with a homemade solution to all your pain needs.

Once a tincture is made, it can be stored for years, allowing you to prepare your medical marijuana doses ahead of time.

Tinctures can be added to many different foods you eat, but unlike most edibles, will keep your calorie count down significantly. From juice to Jell-O, you can add cannabis tinctures to anything and have it go almost completely unnoticed.

However, it’s important to note that while this might be a more delicious option, adding the tincture to foods and drinks will take longer for it to be absorbed into your body. If you’re looking for fast-acting relief, it’s best to put the mixture directly under your tongue. Although it might not be the tastiest thing you’ve ever eaten, it’s effective.


5. Capsules

If you already have a medication regimen that includes other prescription drugs, capsules may be the easiest addition to your current routine. Capsules tend to be potent and concentrated, making it a desirable option for long-time cannabis consumers.

Worried that capsules will be made with a gelatin-based product? Don’t worry, there are many vegan options to satisfy the needs of any and all medical marijuana users.


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7 Things Canadian Patients Should Know about Travelling with Medical Cannabis

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August 29, 2018 9:00 AM

7_Things_Canadian_Patients_Should_Know_about_Travelling_with_Medical_CannabisTravelling can be a stressful ordeal, especially when it comes to airport security. Getting through airport security hassle-free can be difficult at best, but when you’re travelling with medical marijuana, things can get messy quickly. Before you travel, know the rules and take the necessary precautions to ensure you have a great flight.

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1. You Need to Provide Documentation

Travelling without supporting documentation for your authorized medical marijuana could land you in serious trouble. Any time you travel, it’s essential for you to bring supporting documents and your Health Canada registration form. Your documents need to prove that your cannabis has been obtained from a licensed producer, like Aleafia Farms, and was authorized by a healthcare practitioner in the course of medical treatment.


2. How You Can Carry Your Cannabis

According to CATSA, with the proper approval, medical marijuana is approved to travel in both carry on and checked baggage. While medical cannabis may be approved to travel in your checked baggage, it’s a smart idea to keep it in your carry-on baggage instead. This can reduce the time necessary to check bags and won’t attract a K9 drug unit.

It’s important to note that carry-on restrictions still apply. If you’re carrying your cannabis in liquid form, make sure it is under 100 millilitres and is in its original bottle.


3. Medical Marijuana Is Not Allowed Out of Canada

With approved authorization, you’re eligible to travel anywhere in Canada with your medical marijuana. It is, however, illegal for you to travel outside of the country with medical marijuana. This includes countries and states that have legalized marijuana—no marijuana can cross the border.

You are also restricted from bringing cannabis into Canada from another country, even with a valid authorization.


4. You May Encounter the Police

While carrying medical marijuana may be legal for you, you may still face some setbacks at airport security.  Up until 2017, police were notified if individuals were travelling with medical marijuana, even if the passenger had the correct supporting documentation.

Following a series of complaints, airport security no longer notifies the police for every passenger travelling with authorized marijuana. This doesn’t mean you won’t experience problems; old habits die hard.

As such, it’s essential when travelling with medical marijuana to give yourself adequate time to make your flight, even with a potential medical marijuana-related setback.


5. Call the Airport Ahead of Time

Your life at the airport can be made significantly less difficult by informing the airport of your travel plans. By advising of your travel dates and medical marijuana allowances, the airport will be better equipped to pass you through security with little to no hassle. Plan ahead and make your life significantly easier.

Provide the airport with two to four weeks’ notice before your flight.


6. No Smoking on Planes

Just as you’re not allowed to smoke cigarettes on a plane, you’re not allowed to smoke marijuana. If you require mid-flight medication, you may bring titrates on board, so long as they are under 200 millilitres and in their original bottle.

Just be careful not to consume too much. Airlines have special rules in place, which allow them to remove any passengers showing signs of intoxication, including being high.


7. There’s a Limit on How Much You Can Bring

You can’t just travel with as much medical cannabis as you want—there are rules. At a maximum, you’re only allowed to have thirty times your daily recommended dose. Make sure you don’t go over this number, or you may have your entire stock confiscated and end up in serious legal trouble.


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6 Questions Chronic Pain Patients Should Ask during Their First Marijuana Clinic Visit

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August 22, 2018 9:00 AM

6_Questions_Chronic_Pain_Patients_Should_Ask_during_Their_First_Marijuana_Clinic_VisitIs there any pain medical cannabis can’t help treat? From Crohn’s disease and migraines to spinal cord pain and chronic pain, medical marijuana has proven medicinal properties that help those living with these painful conditions.

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If you’re experiencing pain and have exhausted every option, it may be time to try medical marijuana. While there once was a stigma and misconceptions surrounding medical marijuana, more patients and doctors have recognized the benefits when it comes to treating pain. If you haven’t tried medical marijuana up to this point, your world is about to be changed (for the better).

Before you go to your first appointment, it’s important to know what to expect and get all the facts. Make sure to ask these questions to start you off on the right foot.


1. What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?

When people talk about medical marijuana, the terms CBD and THC come up a lot—but what do they really mean? In your brain, there are receptors called CB1. THC and CBD bind very differently with your CB1 receptors. While THC and CB1 receptors bind perfectly (like putting a missing piece into a puzzle), CBD is shaped differently and does not bind fully to the receptors.

The better the molecule can bind to the CB1 receptors, the more these receptors are activated. As such, THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, as more receptors are activated than with CBD. THC mimics the neurotransmitter anandamide, which creates a blissful feeling and is known to increase pleasure while eating, accounting for the ever-infamous munchies.

As such, depending on whether you’re looking to gain or avoid the psychoactive side effects of medical marijuana, you may choose to use CBD-dominant over THC-dominant strains for pain management.


2. Can Cannabis Replace My Current Prescriptions?

We all know that some prescription drugs may be doing more harm than good. Many studies have sought to determine whether medical marijuana has the same pain-relieving effects as big pharma prescriptions. A study conducted by the Journal of Pain Research concluded that many marijuana users consume cannabis in place of prescription drugs, specifically narcotics/opioids, anxiolytics/benzodiazepines, and antidepressants.

Always speak to a healthcare professional before making any changes to your current medication regime.


3. What Form of Medical Marijuana Is Best for You?

There are many different ways to use medical marijuana than just smoking a joint. From prescription cannabinoids to cannabis oil, you have options.

Speaking to a healthcare professional at Aleafia Health can help you determine, based on your lifestyle and pain needs, which method is right for you.


4. Are There Any Side Effects?

While the side effects are minor, some do exist. This can include short-term memory loss, panic attacks, paranoia, among others. While these side effects are generally associated with recreational marijuana use, there is still a risk, even with authorized doses.

It’s important to know how you might be affected, making this an essential question to ask at your initial visit.


5. How Much Will This Cost?

Unfortunately, medical marijuana coverage is not included in most private medical plans or covered by the government. Most medical marijuana distributors sell one gram for approximately ten dollars, making it much more affordable than many prescription drugs.

Using your authorized dosage, you’ll be able to calculate this cost, as it will be different for every patient.

It’s important to note that this expense can be claimed on your personal tax return.


6. Will I Be Able to Access Organic Cannabis?

You eat organic, so why wouldn’t you want to smoke organic too? Luckily, in this day and age, there are many options for all lifestyles. Without any added chemicals, you know exactly what you’re putting into your body with organic marijuana. This allows you to maintain a health-conscious lifestyle and feel good about your authorized cannabis consumption.


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What You Should Know before Visiting Your First Marijuana Clinic

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August 15, 2018 9:00 AM

What_You_Should_Know_before_Visiting_Your_First_Marijuana_ClinicIf you’re looking for an alternative treatment option to combat your symptoms, it may be time to consider the benefits of medical marijuana. One of the key points new and potential patients should remember is that they should get appropriate health advice before taking this medication.

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The best place to go for medical marijuana is a medical cannabis clinic. Before you visit, here’s what you should know.


Who They Employ

When you visit a medical cannabis clinic, expect to meet with licensed healthcare professionals—either doctors or nurse practitioners. They’ll assess your medical history, symptoms, and current prescriptions. They want to verify that this treatment is the right option for you and the best way to combat your symptoms.

At a marijuana clinic, you can be sure you’re getting the best health advice from trained professionals. Their personnel are experienced with authorizing this medication. They care about your health. You should expect to speak with a doctor or nurse at a medical marijuana clinic. Even though you’re not there to discuss a traditional treatment plan, the reason you’re going is to obtain medical help. The only place that can provide you with the education you need is a medical clinic. It’s only fair to expect that a visit here is just like visiting a walk-in or other doctor’s office.

Medical marijuana clinics are not dispensaries. And when choosing a clinic, you should evaluate it for five red flags to ensure you’re going to a reputable clinic with trained healthcare professionals. Their staff should be trained and educated in cannabis to provide you with the help, knowledge, and care you need. They should spend time with their patients, stay abreast of research, and understand the benefits of this medication to improve lives. You should receive detailed answers that allow you to make informed decisions.


What Supporting Documents You Need

Don’t show up for your first visit empty handed. This is a doctor’s appointment, and the doctor will have a few matters to discuss with you regarding your current symptoms and reason for seeking this medication.

You’ll need to bring your health card, medical documents, medical history, and a list of your current prescriptions. The doctor needs to understand your medical history to conduct a thorough assessment. It’s important they know what you’re taking to gauge potential side effects, minimize any future harm, and understand why your present prescriptions aren’t working.

Another supporting document you may have with you is the referral form. Most clinics don’t accept walk-ins, and many prefer that new patients have this sheet in order to make an appointment. Your family doctor fills it in and sends it to the clinic. The clinic will follow up with you to schedule an appointment. If you don’t have a referral, some clinics do allow you to fill out an introductory form prior to booking your initial appointment.


Where to Obtain Your Medication

You won’t be able to pick up your authorization immediately after your appointment. This isn’t a dispensary, and while some clinics act as licensed producers, they must still follow Health Canada guidelines and sell their products only via mail.

Why get medical cannabis from a licensed producer? These growers and distributors are regulated by the government. You can be sure you’re receiving a safe, high-quality product. Once the doctor approves you for this authorization, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card and can begin researching different producers. After you’ve picked one, you fill your authorization with them, where you’ll receive it by mail later. The doctor can’t recommend one specific licensed producer, but he or she can give you a list of places to research.

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Why Chronic Pain Patients Are Going to Cannabis Clinics

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August 08, 2018 9:00 AM

Why-Chronic-Pain-Patients-Are-Going-to-Cannabis-Clinics-compressorCannabis clinics are becoming an increasingly popular option for people suffering from chronic pain. 

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If you have chronic pain, consider a cannabis clinic as an alternative to opioids.

Educated Help, Advancing Research

The doctors and nurse practitioners at these clinics handle medical marijuana authorizations all the time—you could say it’s their specialty. The staff here don’t just authorize cannabis, they’re informed on the latest advancements in this field. They’re dedicated to learning how this medication can improve their patients’ lives and treat illnesses, in addition to making chronic pain easier to manage. Trends, research, and legislation are at the forefront for these doctors. 

They’re more than healthcare professionals, they’re knowledgeable in every way regarding the benefits of this medication. While family doctors may authorize medical marijuana, many feel less inclined to do so. Even if they do, they often simply don’t know enough about this medication to give you the answers you need. 

Cannabis clinics are your best bet. Here, marijuana is the sole focus, and the staff is always learning and moving forward with this changing industry to learn more. That’s just one thing chronic pain patients can expect from a cannabis clinic: These are three things a top medical cannabis clinic provides. Visiting one just makes sense.

A Safer Option to Other Medications

While other prescriptions are available to lessen chronic pain, the most commonly prescribed painkiller doctors reach for is opioids. This prescription has left Canada in the midst of a national epidemic due to the drug’s harsh side effects and addictive properties. 

Marijuana, by contrast, has little to no addictive qualities, and it consistently manages pain without needing constant dosage increases. Overdose from medical cannabis prescriptions is highly unlikely when compared to opioids. 

More studies showcase patients’ preference for medical cannabis, noting both an improvement in mood and quality of life, among other factors. Patients who don’t want to be prescribed addictive painkillers drugs are turning to a solution with just as many benefits and very little risk. 

Marijuana’s effects don’t diminish over time, and it’s a more effective alternative for managing pain. When you visit a cannabis clinic, you receive all the information you need to make chronic pain bearable and a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

A Personalized Solution

Canabo Medical Clinic is an example of a medical cannabis clinic that offers personalized treatment plans for chronic pain patients. Their locations are found across the country and are easily accessible for patients.

From sleep aid programs to out-of-office visits, the doctors at these clinics will see that you get the care you need. They schedule follow-up appointments as necessary, monitor your dosage and strain to ensure that it’s properly fighting your symptoms, and they’ll make adjustments to your current dosage if it’s needed. From pre- to post-treatment plans, you can be sure you’re covered.

Cannabis clinics are built on the philosophy that finding alternative treatment is sometimes the best answer when compared to traditional therapies—sometimes old methods just don’t work. The doctors and nurse practitioners at these clinics provide you with an authorization that fits your lifestyle, a strain that lets you continue with your daily routine, and an intake method that’s comfortable for you.

Discover all the benefits of medical marijuana at one of these clinics. To find out more about how cannabis clinics can help you relieve chronic pain, visit Aleafia Health.

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How to Network Your Way into a Cannabis Job

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August 01, 2018 9:00 AM

How_to_Network_Your_Way_into_a_Cannabis_JobThe changing marijuana industry is creating an entirely new crop of jobs in Canada. If you’re interested in working in this field, don’t delay. Work your way into the cannabis industry and discover who you should be meeting with and talking to.

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Attend Conferences and Trade Shows

There are tons of industry events happening in Canada that are teeming with like-minded individuals. Listen and take advice from those who have already made their mark. Sit in on panels, stop by tables, and chat with everyone you meet. People across the country come together to showcase their products and services at these industry events.

Canada has many hemp and cannabis conferences happening throughout the year—you just have to check your calendar. HempFest Cannabis Expo, Grow Up, and the Canadian Cannabis Business Conference are just a few. The people and ambiance at these shows create diverse, inclusive settings, so don’t be shy when you’re there. It won’t do you much good if you stay quiet. You never know who you’ll meet or how they can help you.

Before you go, you might find it useful to educate yourself on trends, studies, and related issues currently happening in the industry. It will give you some talking material when you’re there, acting as easy introductions if you’re nervous about talking to strangers. Think of your newfound knowledge as a conversation starting point and surprise them with seven amazing cannabis history lessons.

When you attend any of these events, consider dressing for a different part. You might think that the stereotype of this industry leaves people dressed in a lowkey, laidback fashion, but that’s no excuse to be sloppy. It’s okay to be casual, but always err on the professional side with your attire.


Join Professional Groups

Extend your network beyond events and trade shows, and become a member of different cannabis groups filled with individuals, enthusiasts, patients, and more. CaneXions and Women Grow are just two groups in a field of many. You can even join forums of cannabis-focused sites for additional communication avenues. Find out more with five of the best blogs to follow about medical marijuana.

Take part in their online presence—many of these groups have Facebook, in addition to other social platforms, where you can join in by participating in forums, asking questions, and chatting with those also interested in this area.

It’s important that you engage with others in these groups. People will become familiar with who you are, which could be useful should an opportunity arise in the future: You might be the person that group member thinks of first. Let other visitors know who you are and what you do.


Know Your Strengths and Interested Sectors

If you already know where it is that you specifically want to work, you’ll give yourself a leg up and can focus your networking efforts in that area. Are you looking to apply as a grower or licensed producer? Do you want to work in a clinic? Are you interested in an ancillary area, such as writing for a marijuana-based news channel?

From cultivating to testing, there’s a variety of spaces to work within the cannabis sector. Knowing what you want ahead of time can help you focus on meeting the people who can get you into those specific sections.

Think about your personal mission within this business. Evaluate your strengths the way you do when you’re searching for other jobs. Whether you have amazing people skills or a strong science background, there’s a way you can apply those traits to a career in the cannabis industry.

Al these placements give you a chance to put your name out there, learn more about the industry, and forge relationships with people you may one day work with. For more insight on the medical cannabis industry, visit Aleafia Health.


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How Marijuana Habits Are Changing as the Industry Evolves

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July 25, 2018 9:00 AM

How_Marijuana_Habits_Are_Changing_as_the_Industry_EvolvesThe marijuana industry has come a long way from its first introduction to North American culture. While negative stigmas continue to plague the field, new studies, changing attitudes, and impending legalization are slowly shifting former thoughts.

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The Economy

Legalization will certainly affect the country’s economy. With Canada taking the lead as one of the first countries to legalize marijuana nationally, it’s opening export opportunity and growth, with the potential to supply products to other countries.

As a substance, some brands, particularly those in the alcohol sector, are keeping an eye on forecasted statistics to see whether legalization will significantly hamper sales in their markets. Most don’t expect Canada’s buying habits to change in a night, and current estimates predict these sales won’t significantly impact the booze industry.


The Demographic

Stats Canada surveyed Canadians to find out just how much marijuana they’re consuming, where they’re getting this drug, and how much they’re spending. Youth, referring to as those under 25, aren’t using marijuana as much as some might think. Even the millennial age group, covering those from 25-34, only reported some use. A large consensus, approximately three-quarters of those surveyed agreed that legalization would not impact their decision to increase their cannabis consumption.


Product Changes

When it comes to buying habits, current users are concerned about the lack of product available from licensed producers. It’s a big reason for retaining familiar methods instead of purchasing through the legal route. Habits are changing in terms of product cultivation, where niche licensed producers, unlike corporate-run growers, are focusing on selections that offer consumers more choice, creating unique strains with benefits and tastes unlike popular strains already on the market. As producers become better equipped to handle the licensing process, this trend is expected to continue.

What’s more, there’s certainly a gap in the cannabis market. Men and women use marijuana differently—for both consumption and personal reasons. Licensed producers are discovering their need to accommodate the entire market, which means developing strains that speak to both men and women.


The Black Market

Will the black market disappear once marijuana is legal? It would be naïve to think so. The provinces and territories are individually responsible for organizing sales and distribution of marijuana, and their plans don’t jive well with users. Whether it’s because people prefer using their own connections or they don’t like the supply that will be available in stores, those who regularly use marijuana now likely won’t abandon their ways to obtain it legally.

According to Stats Canada, an estimated 90% of pot is bought for illegal, non-medical purposes, totalling approximately $5.7 billion in revenue. The government has several major factors to compete with if it hopes to be successful: price, supply, taxes, and the consumer experience. Retailers should be conveniently located, they should sell a curated yet wide selection of products, and they should potentially provide consumers with convenient purchasing methods, such as online shopping. Ideally, it should be more convenient to obtain marijuana legally than through a dealer or dispensary.

Many believe the government’s set price of $10.00 a gram is too expensive. It makes it hard to entice buyers to change their habits, leaving them to continue to stick with their current means of obtaining cannabis. The government and provinces will have to match the black market—if not beat it entirely—if they hope to change buying patterns. Right now, consumers like their price point and access.

The black market will never go away completely, but there are predictions that it could take a downturn once the market stabilizes.


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How Can Medical Cannabis Overcome the Street Drug Stigma?

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July 18, 2018 9:00 AM

How_Can_Medical_Cannabis_Overcome_the_Street_Drug_StigmaEven though the number of people discovering the overwhelming benefits of medical cannabis is growing, this product continues to leave a bad taste in many citizens’ mouths.

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Here’s how this authorization can overcome its storied past.


The Beginning of the Stigma

The mainstream media has long painted marijuana as a dangerous drug and a menace to society. It’s still largely considered the “gateway drug,” despite the fact that other substances, such as alcohol, have been thought to influence users’ decisions before marijuana enters the picture.

Years of negative conversations in North America have made it difficult for generations to overcome former misconceptions. Old attitudes and stereotypes are hard to look past. Yet, this picture is inaccurately painted. Brainwashing propaganda of the past has caused much of the stigma, then and now. Those using it today, however, are hardly “stoners” or bad people. They’re finding a way to cope with their pain, and medical marijuana provides that solution.

It’s a very slow change to convince the public of medical marijuana’s benefits, particularly when ignorance, lack of knowledge, and preconceived values continue to take hold. The stigma does nothing but hurt medical marijuana users. Those uneducated about this medication only think of one component: THC, which is the cannabinoid that causes the high effect. Taking medical cannabis is hardly about the high: It’s about relieving pain and combatting illnesses to be able to continue on with daily routines.


A New Kind of Education

Is marijuana better or worse for your health than alcohol? Consider this never-ending debate in the fight and stigma against this drug. It’s time to educate yourself. How do you do that? You look to a variety of resources and expand what you know. Consider these five ways marijuana is used medically. Use your newfound knowledge to educate the uninformed. The best way to overcome the current stereotype is to educate society.

As a patient, arm yourself with the facts—plenty of incorrect stories are out there. When confronted by the opposing side, have your knowledge, such as research, studies and statistics, ready to back up your claim. You want to provide those without the right information the best guidance possible. Interested parties should stay abreast of industry studies and news, policy changes, and the latest research. It’s important to expose others to the correct research to change attitudes.

You want people to really see that this medication is truly helping you live your best life. Share your story. This can be a particularly effective mechanism if you’re trying to convince a friend or family member who’s struggling to understand this medication’s benefits.


Marketing for the Future

It’s time for new marketing strategies, advertisements, education sessions, and other similar methods to enter the field. The talk surrounding medical cannabis has to shift in a new way that allows users to understand its benefits. Slang-free marketing, clean images, and patient testimonials help lower the opposition towards this medication.

Overcoming misconceptions will no doubt play a part in changing views. While the crossover between medical and recreational may never disappear, destigmatizing its old image is a big step towards decreasing an outdated and misinformed stereotype.


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