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What Is the Best Cannabis for Sleep?

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February 16, 2018 9:00 AM

What-Is-the-Best-Cannabis-for-Sleep---compressor.jpgAn estimated 3.3 million Canadians suffer from insomnia, which is about one in every seven people. Insomnia is defined as having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when you have the chance to do so. Because of this, people who have insomnia can experience fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and mood disturbances. 

Insomnia is usually classified by its duration. There are two different types of insomnia—acute and chronic. Most people will experience acute insomnia at some point. It’s brought on by a life situation, such as when you can’t sleep the night before your first day at school or before you have to give a big presentation. Usually, when those events are over, your sleep pattern returns to normal. With chronic insomnia, however, this isn’t the case. 

Chronic insomnia is classified as sleep that is disturbed at least three times a week and lasts for at least three months. There are many causes of chronic insomnia, such as a change in your environment, shift work, unhealthy sleeping habits, and an illness you’re suffering from. For example, people who experience chronic pain sometimes can’t sleep because the pain is so intense. Chronic insomnia can be treated with medications, but it can also be treated with medical marijuana.

Typical Treatment Options for Insomnia

The most common treatment options for insomnia are sleeping pills.

Sleeping pills may help you sleep, but they don’t provide you with the same quality of sleep that you would be getting if you could sleep naturally. A sleeping pill changes your sleep cycle so you’re not receiving the deep sleep you normally get during the course of your regular sleep cycle. Because of this, you could sleep but may still not feel completely rested in the morning.

Another common treatment option is mental relaxation. Many of the reasons people can’t sleep are psychological in nature. When you’re too tired, stressed, or worried, it can be challenging to fall asleep. People who suffer from insomnia are usually given different mental exercises to perform before they try to go to sleep, so they can relax first.

Medical Marijuana Treatment

Sleeping pills suppress your regular sleep cycle, but this isn’t the case with medical marijuana. Rather, medical marijuana helps regulate your sleep cycle by increasing stage-3 sleep, which means you sleep deeper. When you sleep deeper, you wake up feeling more rested.

Another reason some people can’t sleep is they’re in pain. Chronic pain sufferers can have trouble sleeping. If this is the case, medical marijuana is a great treatment option because it can treat chronic pain effectively, helping your body relax and be able to fall asleep.

Best Cannabis for Sleep

There are many different strains of medical marijuana; certain strains are better than others for treating different illnesses and conditions. The best cannabis for sleep, however, is the indica strain. There are two main types of medical marijuana users need to be aware: indica and sativa. Sativa strains energize you, while indica strains sedate the brain, which is perfect for when you need to sleep. Using aged marijuana is also the best cannabis for sleep because it can offer greater sedation than new marijuana.

When you’re speaking with medical personnel about the best cannabis for sleep, they’ll recommend an indica strain in order to help your brain relax. There are many different types of indica strains, but medical personnel at a clinic, like Aleafia’s Total Health Clinic, will be able to provide you with different options to meet your needs and help you get a good night’s rest.



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How Medical Marijuana Can Treat Anxiety Disorders

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February 14, 2018 9:00 AM

How-Medical-Marijuana-Can-Treat-Anxiety---compressor.jpgAnxiety is a disorder that affects one in every four Canadians, which is 25 percent of the population. More than 27 percent of those people say their anxiety impacts their daily lives “quite a bit” or “extremely.” 

Anxiety is a common disorder that should be taken seriously. People who have an anxiety disorder usually treat it with prescribed anti-anxiety medication; some also attend therapy. Did you know medical marijuana can treat anxiety as well?

What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a mental illness. There are many types of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, etc. Anyone can get an anxiety disorder, regardless of age or gender.

It’s normal for everyone to feel a certain level of anxiety in certain situations. For example, when you start a new job or are worried about an upcoming move, it’s normal to be a bit anxious.

Anxiety disorders, however, are different from the typical anxiety that everyone feels. Anxiety disorders are typically uncontrollable, can induce panic in a person, and can greatly impact a person’s life. A person who has an anxiety disorder can’t calm down and is usually so anxious during one of their episodes that they become irrational. Anxiety disorders can also introduce physical symptoms like a racing heart, shaking, crying, and hyperventilating. They can even mimic the pain of a heart attack.

Anxiety disorders usually occur due to a specific event or a stressful experience, though sometimes, they can occur with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Anxiety disorders impact a person’s life—sometimes significantly—but there are various treatment options available. The most common include prescription drugs and therapy.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help

Most people don’t realize this, but medical marijuana can treat anxiety. Cannabis’ active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can unlock the pleasure centers of the brain.

Scientists know that medical marijuana can treat anxiety because of two studies that were conducted—one is 1964 and the other in 1992. These two studies showed that the brain contains cannabinoid receptors that are responsible for relieving anxiety. These receptors are activated when THC is introduced into a person’s system.  

Different Strains

There are different strains of medical marijuana, and some of them are better than others at treating anxiety. Some strains can actually make anxiety worse, so it’s important when you’re purchasing medical marijuana for anxiety that you seek out professional help to ensure you’re choosing the best strain for you.

Two common strains to reduce anxiety are:

Bedroom Bedrolite, which is an indica type of marijuana, meaning that it leaves its users feeling sleepy and relaxed. It has a low THC content and a higher cannabidiol (CBD) content. The THC content is the part that represents the psychoactive component of the drug. When the THC content is lower, you feel less high and more relaxed.

CanniMed 1.13 is a strain that’s often recommended to patients who suffer from long-lasting or terminal illnesses. But this strain is also very good at treating anxiety and depression. It has a higher cannabidiol (CBD) than Bedroom Bedrolite, so users should feel calm without feeling sleepy or lethargic.

Anxiety disorders are prevalent in society, and people need to remember that it’s a real disorder that requires medical attention. Medical marijuana can treat anxiety, and it’s a legitimate course of treatment for people who suffer from anxiety disorders but who don’t want to take pills. If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, talk to a healthcare professional to determine whether medical marijuana is right for you.



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Can’t Sleep? Learn How Medical Cannabis Can Help

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January 26, 2018 9:00 AM

Cant_Sleep__Learn_How_Medical_Cannabis_Can_Help-1.jpgEveryone has nights where they can’t sleep. Sometimes, it’s because your mind is racing and can’t calm down. Sometimes, it’s because your body is full of energy you didn’t spend during the day, and sometimes, it just happens for no reason you can discern. For most people, these sleepless nights are rare. But for an estimated 3.3 million Canadians, those kinds of nights are the norm because they suffer from insomnia.

What Is Insomnia?

Insomnia is when someone has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when they have the opportunity to do so. There are two types of insomnia—acute and chronic.

Acute insomnia is what most people experience when they experience insomnia. It happens for a short amount of time, such as when you have an exam the next day.

Chronic insomnia, however, occurs at least three times a week and lasts for at least three months. People who suffer from it can experience fatigue, mood disturbances, and decreased performance at school or work.

Some Common Treatment Options

Sometimes, insomnia occurs because your brain has trouble calming down. For these cases, there are cognitive and behavioural treatment options. These treatment options include breathing exercises and meditation techniques. There are also some medicinal options such as over-the-counter sleep aids and other prescribed sleeping pills.

How Medical Cannabis Can Help You Sleep

Many people don’t realize that medical cannabis can actually help treat insomnia. Many people suffer from insomnia because they suffer from pain, and it’s the pain that hinders them from sleeping. Medical cannabis can treat chronic pain effectively and without the nasty side effects that opioids produce. When you’re no longer in pain, you’re able to sleep better.

If you don’t have pain, but can’t sleep, medical cannabis can treat your insomnia by regulating your sleep cycle. A study was conducted in 1973 on the effects of THC on sleep cycles. The study showed that medical marijuana can treat insomnia by increasing stage-3 sleep.

The problem with many other sleep aid prescriptions is that, while they put you to sleep, they suppress normal sleep cycles. Because of this, your sleep is lighter and you may feel more tired during the day. With medicinal marijuana, this isn’t the case.

Approximately 95 percent of people who suffer from insomnia have tried some kind of sleeping pill to help them sleep. On top of suppressing sleep cycles, these pills also have some unwanted side effects. Those side effects can include depression, headaches, light-headedness, anxiety, and abnormal dreams. These side effects don’t occur with medical cannabis use.

Try the Aleafia Total Health Clinic

For more information about how medical marijuana can help you sleep, visit the Aleafia Total Health Clinic. The clinic is a fully licensed and registered clinic and dispensary. It’s staffed with medical personnel who are able to answer all of your questions about medical marijuana and how it can treat your insomnia.

Doctors at the clinic will try to get the bottom of your insomnia and treat you holistically. Doctors are also available to inform you about the best strains of marijuana for treating insomnia.

Suffering from insomnia can greatly decrease your quality of life. While taking sleeping pills may put you to sleep, it’s not the right kind of sleep, and there are many side effects. Visit Aleafia’s Total Health Clinic to learn how medical marijuana can help you get to sleep again.



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Why Chronic Pain Patients Are Turning to Medical Cannabis

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January 24, 2018 9:00 AM

Why_Chronic_Pain_Patients_Are_Turning_to_Medical_Cannabis.jpgChronic pain is something that many people suffer from. It’s defined as pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks, though it often lasts for months or years. Many people who suffer from chronic pain have injured themselves or are suffering from an illness where pain is a side effect. However, sometimes chronic pain occurs for no obvious reason.

There are not many treatment options for people who suffer from chronic pain. The most common treatment is with painkillers—usually opioids. The problem with opioids, however, is that they’re highly addictive, which is something that wasn’t known until fairly recently. It’s also why Canada is now going through an opioid crisis.

Patients who are suffering from chronic pain and who don’t want to run the risk of getting addicted to opioids are turning to medical cannabis to help them manage their pain.

Can Medical Cannabis Help?

There’s always some concern from patients who want to try medical marijuana; many wonder if it can actually help them. Early last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) conducted a study to answer that question. The study, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” reported there was conclusive evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids can be an effective treatment for treating chronic pain.

Best Strains for Treating Chronic Pain

After learning that medical cannabis does work well to reduce pain, patients still have numerous questions, and one of those questions is usually what strains work best for treating chronic pain?

There are three types of strains that work best for treating chronic pain. They are ACDC, Harlequin, and Cannatonic. These strains are hybrid strains, which means they have both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hybrid strains are often the best for pain management.

ACDC is a strain for people who are suffering from pain caused by chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and the aftereffects of chemotherapy.

Harlequin is a strain that is best used for chronic conditions like inflammation (caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia, for example). It’s also a good option for treating migraines if you suffer from them routinely.

Cannatonic is also a great option for the treatment of migraines and if you have insomnia caused by your pain. It’s also good for treating muscle spasms and anxiety.

Aleafia Total Health Clinic

Chronic pain patients are turning to medical cannabis because it works to help alleviate their pain, without the nasty addictive qualities that are found in opioids. But where do you get it? Can you talk to a doctor about it? Where do you go for more information?

The Aleafia Total Health Clinic is one of the places you can go to for more information about medical cannabis, as well as for treatment of chronic pain. When you turn to medical marijuana for pain management, you want to be under the care of a doctor who knows everything there is to know about treating you with medical cannabis. The Aleafia Total Health Clinic is staffed with medical personnel with that knowledge. The doctors will develop a pre-, during, and post-treatment plan to ensure your health needs are being met every step of the way.

Chronic pain is a serious condition that many people suffer from with little hope of a cure. The most common treatment option is opioids, but there are some serious dangers with that. It’s because of this that many patients are turning to medical cannabis to help them manage their pain. It’s a very good option, and with the right medical personnel to aid you, it can make a huge difference in your life.



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Suffering from PTSD? Here’s How Medical Cannabis Can Help

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December 29, 2017 9:00 AM

Suffering-from-PTSD-Here’s-How-Medical-Cannabis-Can-Help---compressor.jpgPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that often doesn’t get treated because the people who suffer from it don’t want to be stigmatized. 

It’s only in the past couple of years that society has started to take the condition seriously, even though it’s been around for arguably hundreds of years. 

If you suffer from PTSD, medical cannabis can help.

What Is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition and anxiety disorder. People can get it after experiencing a traumatic event. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5) defines a traumatic event as “exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence.” People who suffer from PTSD are also more likely to commit suicide.

Who Can Get PTSD?

It’s most often seen in veterans coming back from the front lines, who have seen and experienced terrible things. Veterans from WWI and WWII also suffered from PTSD (and one would assume veterans from previous historic wars), though it was never talked about. Now, it is being talked about, but not nearly enough. 

Another group of people who routinely suffer from PTSD are first responders. First responders are the first people on scene after car crashes, violent altercations, medical emergencies, and fires. These people experience the worst days of citizens’ lives on a regular basis. It’s not surprising many of them experience PSTD.

While it’s most common for veterans and first responders to experience PSTD, anyone who experiences a traumatic event can develop it. People who are abused, those who have undergone major surgery, or those who have experienced natural disasters can all develop PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD

There are many different symptoms of PTSD. Some of the symptoms can include:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Stomachache
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension


  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • Guilt


  • Aggression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

How Can Medical Cannabis Help?

Medical cannabis can help treat a variety of health conditions including PTSD. Medical cannabis is known to be able to treat many mental health conditions without the side effects prescription drugs have. It’s the side effects of those drugs that can make life more difficult for people suffering from PTSD, and life is already challenging enough.

Where to Get Medical Cannabis Therapy?

The Aleafia Total Health Network is the place to get medical cannabis therapy if you’re suffering from PTSD. The Aleafia Total Health Network is a licensed and registered marijuana dispensary, as well as a health clinic.

Aleafia prides itself on giving its patients excellent “pre, during and post” treatment care, so you’re looked after during every step of your health journey. Aleafia has a whole team of medical personnel who will look after you once you become a patient. They are interested in doing more than just authorizing medical cannabis—they seek to provide holistic healthcare. This means they don’t just give you a Band-Aid solution to your problem. They’ll provide you with access to many types of therapy to ensure the root of your health problems is being addressed.


There’s always some confusion when it comes to the legalities of marijuana dispensaries. Aleafia is a fully licensed and registered dispensary for medical cannabis. It’s a licensed producer and distribution. As long as you have a medical marijuana card, you’re able to partake in medical cannabis therapy with no problems.

PTSD is a serious mental health condition. It’s only been considered as one, however, in the past couple of years, so there’s a long way to go in learning how to treat it. What is known though is that medical cannabis does help treat PTSD, and if you suffer from it, you should look into medical cannabis therapy. It could really help.



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Can Medical Cannabis Help with Pain Relief?

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December 27, 2017 9:00 AM

Can-Medical-Cannabis-Help-with-Pain-Relief---compressor.jpgWhen it comes to medical cannabis, there’s a lot of confusion. The general public doesn’t have a lot of information about what medical cannabis can do and how it can help them. It’s not considered to be a mainstream medical treatment option yet, and because of this, many people are left in the dark and aren’t aware of their options with it. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about medical cannabis is in regards to pain relief. It’s probably the best-known reason why people use cannabis for medical reasons, but still, the benefits are not well-known to all. 

What Is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis is medical-grade marijuana produced by licensed producers that has been authorized to patients by their doctors. The cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years, across many different cultures for medical use. Despite that, the use of it is still highly controversial in modern society. However, there are some organizations like Aleafia that are trying to change that perception.

The Problem with Opioids

Chronic pain is a serious condition that many people suffer from, but there aren’t many treatment options. The most common drugs given to chronic pain suffers are opioids. Opioids are highly addictive, but doctors have been prescribing them for years without fully knowing or understanding the adverse effects that opioids were having on their patients—at least until recently.

We now have an opioid crisis in Canada because so many people are addicted to them. Doctors are trying to cut back on prescribing these drugs, but it doesn’t leave them with many options for their patients who are suffering from constant pain. 

This is why many people are turning to medical marijuana to help them with their pain.

Pain Relief

For some people, pain relief is hard to come by because the mainstream options (usually opioids) aren’t being prescribed as often because of the dangers they pose. This leaves many people with few options. Luckily, these patients can turn to medical marijuana to help them.

One of the main reasons people use medical marijuana is to help manage their pain, but there’s more to managing pain than simply using medical marijuana.

Managing Pain at a Total Health Clinic

At Aleafia’s total health clinic, for example, pain management is handled with more than just medical marijuana. Many people are under the assumption that people who use medical marijuana do so without doing anything else to help mitigate their pain, and that’s far from the truth.

At total health clinics like Aleafia’s, chronic pain is managed holistically. Medical cannabis may be used, but physiotherapy, massage therapy, or other treatments might also be part of the treatment plan.

Total health clinics works to treat the whole patient. To do this they develop a plan for treating “pre, during, and post” treatment needs. Working on treating the whole of a patient means that doctors are looking for why a person is in pain, and then working to mitigate that pain with more than just a Band-Aid.

Clearing up Misconceptions

Misconceptions abound when it comes to medical cannabis, but it’s only with more exposure and information that people will start to understand how helpful and life changing it can be for those experiencing different medical problems, including those who are in chronic pain.

If you are suffering from chronic pain and aren’t interesting in taking opioids, book an appointment with a total health clinic to discuss your treatment options.

Managing pain and finding pain relief can be challenging for patients, but medical marijuana is another option for this condition that many people haven’t explored yet.



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Study Shows Majority of Chronic Pain & Mental Health Patients Prefer Cannabis to Opioids

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July 12, 2017 9:00 AM

Study Shows Majority of Chronic Pain & Mental Health Patients Prefer Cannabis to Opioids---1.jpgAccording to a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, university researchers found that chronic pain & mental health patients prefer cannabis to opioids. The study was published in February of this year and surveyed 250 patients, 63% of which used prescribed cannabis instead of their other prescribed opioids, sedatives, and antidepressants.

This study highlights the benefits of using medicinal marijuana to not only treat chronic health conditions, but improve one’s overall quality of life. This eye-opening study is significant for those who suffer from chronic pain or mental health issues, but who are on the fence about whether to have open dialogue with their doctor about using medicinal marijuana. Read on for more details.

It’s About Feeling Safe and In Control

The top reasons cited by the 63% of patients who substituted opioids and benzodiazepines with their medical cannabis were for fewer side-effects, feeling safer about using medical marijuana versus traditional drugs, and bettering their symptom management. So, really it’s a matter of patients wanting to feel safer about their prescription use. And feeling safer is knowing that they are in control of their symptoms, both for their medical conditions and their prescription side-effects.

Of all the classes of drugs that patients tracked by the study were using, opioids and benzodiazepines were the primary two classes of drugs substituted. There’s some strong reasons for this as both opioids and benzodiazepines are linked to a high probability of developing dependencies and combination use. Cannabis in comparison to opioids and benzodiazepines have a much lower probability of dependence-forming, and there’s no mortality issue associated with medical marijuana.

A little-known fact about medical marijuana is that dosages for such a prescription are miniscule compared to recreational users’ intakes. In addition, according to a 2010 Canadian Medical Association Journal study the patients who used the small dosages of medical cannabis had greater pain relief than those who used a placebo.

Medical Marijuana Accessibility Could Save More Lives

There’s currently an epidemic in North America related to opioid overdose and dependence. Not to mention that combination use of opioids and benzodiazepines leads to a higher chance of overdose-related deaths. Making medical marijuana less stigmatized and accessible as a regular treatment for chronic pain and mental health issues could save more lives. But current legislation and resistance by more traditional medical practitioners makes it difficult for patients to find out what their options are for acquiring a prescription for their conditions.

Aside from health spending accounts, which allow beneficiaries cover the cost of medical marijuana and any other CRA-approved health expenses, there aren’t many insurance plans that offer such coverage. Increasing the amount of coverage for medical marijuana would go a long way to saving health costs and offering a healthier alternative to traditional drugs.

 Positive Discussions with Doctors

An important part of making medical marijuana more accessible for patients with chronic pain and mental health issues is to learn how to talk to your doctor about the alternative. The stigma of criminalization that’s been attached to marijuana has unfortunately discouraged a lot of patients from openly discussing the medical benefits of cannabis with their doctors.

There’s different strains of medical marijuana and to ensure you are being dosed with the appropriate strain you need to discuss what symptoms of your health conditions need the most managing. We need to encourage open and educational discussions between patients and doctors about what marijuana can do for chronic pain and illness. Otherwise, overdependency on more traditional drugs will only continue.


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Do You Suffer from a Condition Medical Marijuana Can Help?

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February 22, 2017 9:00 AM

Do-You-Suffer-from-a-Condition-Medical-Marijuana-Can-Help.jpgIt should come as no surprise that cannabis has medical applications. A few of the substance’s chemical components have been synthesized into medications that treat everything from loss of appetite to neuropathic pain and more. But medical marijuana itself has become more prevalent since the mid-1990s. California famously legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 1996, and a court decision in 2000 paved the way for the Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations the following year. 

While many states and countries have adopted some form of medical marijuana legislation, relatively few people consider it as a viable way to treat their symptoms. This may stem from stigma surrounding the drug or logistical concerns that arise from specific jurisdictions. 

Either way, more patients need to understand that cannabis may help combat symptoms associated with a variety of severe disorders. These are just a few of the illnesses medicinal cannabis can help treat.


Chemotherapy is a notoriously difficult process for cancer patients. It often constitutes a necessary part of a patient’s treatment plan, but it can severely impair his or her living standards. Affected parties may suffer from fatigue, nausea, pain, insomnia, and more. 

Medical marijuana may help reduce this discomfort for certain patients. It can counteract all of the symptoms mentioned above and help patients achieve a feeling of normalcy again. While reports that marijuana can treat or cure cancer are often exaggerated, the drug still represents a promising way to take the edge off certain symptoms.


Chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatments share many of the same side effects. They can both produce nausea, pain, headaches, fatigue, and other problems in patients, all of which can make life extremely unpleasant. As with cancer treatments, medical marijuana represents a viable solution for these problems. Patients can take a range of different medicinal cannabis strains to achieve a greater degree of relief from these side effects.

Multiple Sclerosis

As with HIV/AIDS, there’s currently no known cure for multiple sclerosis. The disorder affects patients’ brains and spinal cords, which ultimately results in neurological problems, muscle weakness, and more. It can be treated, but available medications may not eliminate all of the side effects associated with the condition. 

Again, medical marijuana can’t treat multiple sclerosis itself, but it can reduce symptoms to the point where everyday life becomes more manageable for patients. Those who use medicinal cannabis for this purpose often gain greater control over their bladders, mobility, vision, and more.


Epilepsy can severely disrupt sufferers’ lives. Inopportune seizures impede patients’ quality of life, and conventional treatments can’t always prevent them. Fortunately, medicinal cannabis can offer relief.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that isolated cannabidiol (CBD) can severely reduce the number of seizures a patient experiences. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has also been known to prevent convulsions, so marijuana may prove to be greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to epilepsy treatment.

Chronic Pain

From damaged nervous systems to constant headaches, medical cannabis can relieve a wide range of chronic pain. THC is often considered to be an effective anti-inflammatory, but it can also distract patients from the constant discomfort these conditions can bring. As a result, it may represent an effective alternative to opioids and other dangerously addictive prescription medications.


The links between mental health and cannabis use can be difficult to accurately portray. However, certain strains of medicinal cannabis can reduce patients’ depression or anxiety. That’s because CBD produces relaxing effects that can help mitigate the mental discomfort that these patients face. While this treatment option doesn’t work for everyone, it may give some users temporary relief.



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The Best Cannabis for Sleep and Insomnia

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January 06, 2017 9:00 AM

The-Best-Cannabis-for-Sleep-and-Insomnia.jpgToday, tens of thousands of Canadians use medical marijuana to treat medical ailments. Health Canada has allowed patients to access cannabis legally since 2001, and it’s had a significant effect on the ways in which cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and other issues are treated. As marijuana has gained more widespread acceptance, the issue has shifted away from questions about its suitability as medicine to its effect on users’ lifestyles. It can be difficult for patients to maintain their regular routines when cannabis impairs their motor and cognitive functions. As a result, the general public needs more information about the ways in which specific strains of marijuana can be used in certain instances. 

Take sleep, for example. Based on cultural stereotypes, casual observers may think that marijuana makes users lazy and tired. But certain strains can actually have the opposite effect. If a patient takes a sativa strain late at night to manage their ailment, it may keep them awake long past their desired bedtime. This can have a disruptive effect on the user’s wellbeing and overall health. The point of medical marijuana, after all, is to reduce a patient’s suffering, and if a strain just produces stress, it will have the opposite effect. As a result, every patient must understand how marijuana strains can affect their sleep patterns. This article will educate readers on some of the best and most common varieties of cannabis that can help users fall asleep.

Granddaddy Purple

In our introduction, we mentioned that the heady, thought-provoking high associated with sativas can keep patients awake if they consume it at night. If you want the best cannabis for sleep, you’ll definitely want to try a hybrid at the very least, if not a full-blown indica. The latter usually produces a heavy body-high that can help you melt away into sleep. 

Those looking for this type of relaxation should invest in some Granddaddy Purple. Made from two other indicas (Purple Urkle and Big Bud), Granddaddy Purple has high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so its psychoactive effects may be too much for some users. But the strain’s fans report that it produces pain and stress relief, as well as a drowsiness that any tired patient will welcome.


Don’t give up hope if Granddaddy Purple’s THC levels are too much for you. This compound is among the most commonly discussed chemical components of marijuana, but it’s not the only one. Cannabidiol (CBD) produces a relaxing effect without inducing the paranoia and anxiety common to THC-heavy strains. So if many strains send you into a spiral of doubt and worry, a different strain may be the best cannabis for sleep. 

Enter Cannatonic, a hybrid variety with less than six per cent THC. This high-CBD strain gives you the sleepiness of an indica without the racing thoughts that can ruin any marijuana experience. While this strain is commonly recommended for headaches, inflammation and other pain-based issues, it also produces a relaxing effect that will have your head hitting the pillow in no time at all.

Afghan Kush

You’ve probably heard the word “kush” thrown around as a catch-all term for marijuana, but it has a more specific definition you may not know about. A kush is a strain of indica commonly associated with India and Pakistan that produces a heavy, sedated feeling in its users. This label definitely applies to Afghan Kush, making it an ideal option for stress and insomnia relief. Bake it into edibles for a more lasting effect that will allow you to rest for longer periods of time.


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The Ultimate Marijuana Strain Guide for Treating Medical Conditions

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December 28, 2016 9:00 AM

The-Ultimate-Marijuana-Strain-Guide-for-Treating-Medical-Conditions-1.jpgThe media often reports broadly on medical cannabis, to the point where the public believes that marijuana in general treats illnesses. While many strains have health benefits, only specific ones will actually make patients feel better. As a result, any useful marijuana strain guide must offer advice on which varieties offer which effects. Thankfully, this is one of those lists. 

If you need help finding the right type of cannabis for your illness, don’t hesitate to complete this marijuana strain guide.

Pain Relief

Simply trying to stamp out “pain” is usually a futile treatment option. This irritation can have many causes and is usually localized in one part of the body, so trying to use a general solution to a specific problem is like being told to restart a computer when its monitor is smashed. Thankfully, there are strains available for treating both broad and localized pain

The cannabinoids found in marijuana usually need to work together to offer effective relief, and most contain high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), if not cannabidiol. General pain relievers run the gamut from sativa to indica, with Granddaddy Purple, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies and Blue Dream all representing valuable treatment options. Blue Widow can help with arthritis pain, while Motivation hybrid can help with the muscle spasms common to multiple sclerosis. While some strains may actually bring on headaches, Purple Kush is an indica that can actually relieve them. No matter the type of pain from which you suffer, there are marijuana strains that can help you find some comfort.

Nausea and Low Appetite

Treatments for cancer and HIV/AIDS can wreak havoc on patients’ guts. Prescribed drugs and/or chemotherapy can bring on an unrelenting nausea, and this makes it difficult for the person in question to eat. Still, patients need to continue eating to keep up their strength, and marijuana can play a key role in reducing these negative side effects. 

Indicas and hybrids are especially adept at treating these conditions. Commonly available strains such as Purple OG Kush and the aptly named Chemo can make a stomach stop churning and bring on the munchies. However, these brands can also make a user feel extremely heavy lidded, so those who can’t afford to lose focus or relax should be mindful of their intake, especially if they’re using Purple OG Kush.


While pain relief requires high levels of THC and CBD, epilepsy patients generally want to minimize the former while maintaining the latter. THC has little use in reducing seizures, and its psychoactive effects can be disruptive, especially when the patients are children. If the strain has more than four per cent CBD, however, it will likely alleviate these problems without creating much of a high. This ensures an effective treatment while allowing for a relatively normal state of mind. 

Strains such as Cannatonic can be a godsend in this regard. CBD levels reach up to 17 per cent, which is extremely high, while still offering a relaxed high thanks to its minimal THC content. If you’re looking for an agreeable epilepsy treatment option, no other choice in this marijuana strain guide will do.

Anxiety and Depression

Mental illness rarely manifests itself in solely psychological symptoms. Depression sufferers will often see their appetites decline, while anxiety patients may feel a tightness in their chests and shoulders as their thoughts race. Marijuana can help alleviate these physical ailments while therapy or other drugs take care of the illness’s psychological roots. High CBD strains like Harlequin can help anxiety patients feel better without clouding their thoughts, while Cannatonic can also relieve the lethargy that depression brings.


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