Cannabis Edibles 101: Types, Examples, Consumption and Storage Tips

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As medical cannabis grows in popularity and its applications, so too are people discovering the different ways to administer the medicine. Cannabis edibles are a popular option for patients as it allows them to enjoy the benefits of the medicine without having to administer the medication by smoking it, which can be intimidating to patients or even detrimental to their lungs. All that said, let’s dive into cannabis edibles 101, so you can better determine if they are right for you.

Below, we’ll cover all the basics things you’ll need to know if you’re thinking of trying medical cannabis edibles.

What Are Cannabis Edibles

They are just as they sound: cannabis that is edible, or in other words, that you can take by eating it. Usually, these products contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) only, cannabidiol (CBD) only or those that contain a combination of both. While THC edibles are the most common, new CBD only options or combination options are becoming more popular as well.

There are various types of cannabis edibles, such as gummies, candy, and baked goods.

Cannabis Edibles and Health

Essentially, cannabis edibles provide all the same benefits as other methods of consumption, but of course, is often more comfortable for patients (you may, after all, have never enjoyed smoking any substances, but you’ve certainly had experience eating).

These benefits include:

Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

Let’s now cover some common questions and concerns as we continue on with our cannabis edibles 101.

Edibles Are Better Than Smoking but Determine Suitability First

For many, edibles are a far more comfortable place to start for patients. As mentioned before, smoking can be dauting as well as potentially harmful to the patient’s lungs.

What’s more, edibles often have a delayed reaction and can be consumed far easier and faster than, say, smoking. As such you have to be more measured and careful at first with edibles. The effects also tend to last longer compared to smoking. Also, due to the slow on-set of edibles, the rule of thumb is to “start low and go slow” as it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours for some individuals to feel the effects of an edible. 

Feel free to experiment with a variety of medical cannabis consumption methods when trying to find the right one for you.

Edibles Can Interfere with Some Medications

Edibles—and all other cannabis medications—can interfere with other medications.

For instance, CBD is broken down in the liver, which could impact other medications that are also processed the same way by the body.

THC and CBD have also been shown to effect enzymes that can also impact how your body processes medications like blood thinners and antidepressants, potentially impacting them.

There hasn’t been too much evidence one way or the other regarding cannabis and its impact on other medications, but it’s always wise to consult a medical professional regarding your medications and how they interact.

Review Product Labels Thoroughly

The product label will give a whole host of useful information—consult often!

Start Low and Slow

When consuming cannabis edibles, start slowly with a low dosage. See how you feel when you take them. And gradually adjust how much you take based on your doctor’s guidance, how you react to the medication, and its effect on your symptoms.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have taken too much of an edible and are experiencing adverse effects such as anxiety, then there are some ways you can attempt to counteract the edibles effect or more accurately the THC’s effect.

  • Take CBD. CBD, for some individuals, can balance out the effect of THC and help reduce the “high” feeling.
  • Black peppercorns. Chewing on a whole black peppercorn for some can also help reduce the THC effect and level off how you are feeling.
  • Take a nap. Sleep can help give your body a chance to process the THC and level out.

Pick the Right Cannabinoid – THC, CBD, or Combination

THC, CBD, and a combination of the two can produce different effects on the body. Try out a variety to find the right one for you.

Pick Your Preferred Edible Type

If you like cookies, try cookies! More of a gummy person? No problem. Feel free to try the type you like the best—the effects are more based on the molecular composition, not the type of food.

Take in the Evening

Due to their delayed and, at times, pronounced effects, it’s often best to take edibles later in the evening.

Cannabis Edibles Storage: Can They Go Bad?        

Edibles do go bad over time, much like other foods.

If the food is more prone to going bad (like a type of bread, for instance) that will go bad sooner compared to a gummy or cookie.

Many cannabis edibles will have expiration dates that can help you determine when these medications need to be consumed.

Having said that, the active molecules themselves (THC, CBD) don’t expire, but do degrade over time in effectiveness. The longer you wait to take your medication, the different effects it will produce, so it’s advisable to take these medications within the suggested time frame.

When it comes to cannabis edibles storage, it’s best to keep your edibles in a cool, dark, dry place. Sun, oxygen, and other elements can accelerate degradation.

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services in Canada

If you’re ready to try medical cannabis, then get in contact with us at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

We are a top-tier cannabis clinic that’s dedicated to providing Canadians with deep expertise on medical marijuana from professionals. Receive guidance from a team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners that can provide a prescription, help connect you with coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

At MMC, it is our goal to help every patient that could benefit from medical cannabis get access to the medication. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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CBD vs. THC: Cannabinoid Compounds, Strains by CBD THC Ratio and Medicinal Use

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Medical marijuana is a great relief for thousands of Canadians across the country. But many potential patients are put off by what can be, at times, unclear terms. CBD vs. THC is one of the first, most important, and least understood differences. So, what are the differences between CBD vs. THC? And how will they affect your future potential treatment?

In this piece, we’ll explore the differences between THC vs. CBD and in Canada how that difference impacts treatment.

CBD vs. THC Structure and Our Body’s Endocannabinoids

One of the key differences between the two compounds is the structure.

Both are molecules that are present in different amounts in strains of marijuana, and both are from the bi- and tri-cyclic compound family.

Their difference in structure impacts how they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. In fact, they both share similarities to the natural cannabinoids produced in your body. But the difference in their structure means the body absorbs them differently, producing different results.

CBD Overview

So, what is CBD and what are the CBD medical benefits?

CBD is the shorthand for cannabidiol. CBD is most often used to help relax the body and provide pain relief. It does this without creating any intoxicating effects.

In other words, you won’t get that euphoric high feeling when using CBD, and CBD-dominant strains will produce weaker highs.

CBD products and medications are almost exclusively used for health and wellness due to their inability to produce a high.

THC Overview

THC, on the other hand, is short form for tetrahydrocannabinol, and is the main active ingredient in the marijuana plant. It is also responsible for producing that high and euphoric feeling that is typically associated with marijuana (and which makes it a recreational drug of choice for many).

Medical Benefits of CBD and THC

Both molecules play a role in treating patients’ symptoms and conditions. And while there is some overlap, there is some specialization as well when it comes to how they improve symptoms.

Medical Benefits of CBD

CBD medical benefits, for examples, typically help with:

Medical Benefits of THC

THC medical benefits, on the other hand, are typically focused on:

CBD vs. THC Side effects

Both molecules do carry the potential to produce side effects.

THC most typically is associated with:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Slower reaction times
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety

CBD’s side effects can include:

  • Appetite changes
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea

Effect on the Brain: CBD vs. THC Psychoanalytic Effects

THC doesn’t always have to produce a heavy high feeling. And in lower rations and when mixed with CBD, it can be rather mild.

Having said that, there is the possibility for THC to have a fairly profound psychoactive effect on the patient. Patients may seek that out or avoid it, but it’s important to know that THC can produce an intoxicating result should you use it.

CBD, on the other hand, has no intoxicating effects. In other words, it won’t impair or intoxicate you, but it will have a psychoactive effect on your brain helping provide symptom relief.

Effect on the Body: CBD vs. THC Physiological and Physical Effects

CBD can have more of a body-centred effect. For instance, it can relieve physical discomfort, help the healing process, reduce stress, and reduce inflammation.

THC, by contrast, can have more of a cerebral impact, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no physical effect at all; it just means that, depending on the strain and type, the medical marijuana will produce different physical and psychoactive results.

Balanced THC-CBD

Balanced strains that have both THC and CBD in significant portions are a popular choice. Pennywise is great for many patients. For reference, you typically want about 5% to 15% THC content and a 5% to 15% CBD content.

High THC, Low CBD

A high THC strain that patients typically turn to is the OG Kush. For reference, if you’re interested in a high THC strain, look for medical marijuana options that offer about 10% to 30% THC with little to no CBD.

High CBD, Low THC

Charlotte’s Web is a heavily CBD-focused strain that has a 24:1 CBD to THC ratio. Generally, you can look for a 5% to 20% CBD content, and a THC content that comes in under 5%.

Medical Cannabis Consulting for Canadians

Now that we know which molecules produce what effects and how they can best help with symptom management, you’re ready to get in touch with Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

We are a premier cannabis clinic that’s dedicated to helping Canadians connect with medical professionals with deep expertise on medical marijuana. Consult with a team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners that can provide a prescription, help connect you with coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

At MMC, it is our goal to help every patient that could benefit from medical cannabis get access to the medication. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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10 Useful Marijuana Strains for Sleep Improvement

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Is there anything that can impact your day quite like a full night’s sleep? The good news is that marijuana strains for sleep can actually play a really helpful role in letting you get that all-important sleep, so you’re energized and ready for the next day.

Let’s breakdown the best medical marijuana strains for sleep, including differentiating between THC strains for sleep and CBD strains for sleep.

THC-Dominant Cannabis Strains for Sleep

Granddaddy Purple

Featuring a strong berry and grape flavour, this is a great strain for relieving pain and anxiety and also encouraging good sleep. It helps with sleep due in part to its high levels of myrcene, a terpene.

Grape Ape

Another grape-flavoured strain, A crossbreed that isn’t too overpowering, it helps relax the muscles, improve mood, and relieve anxiety.

Pink Kush

Celebrated for its ability to relax the body, this is another great option or those looking to get some better, deeper, and easier sleep.

Tahoe OG Kush

Another fantastic muscle-relaxer, it’s worth noting that many find this strain to be a bit stronger

than other Kush hybrids. Having said that, there are few that are as potent when it comes to helping with sleep.

Hindu Kush

Speaking of the Kush family, Hindu Kush is best smoked and can help bring instant relief to pain, anxiety, and muscle tension, allowing for better sleep.

Sherbet

Sherbet (also known as Sunset Sherbet) has an orange ting to it that sets it apart. This hybrid strain is great for those looking for a stronger high that will last for hours.

God’s Gift

A berry- and citrus-heavy strain, this helps lift your mood while relaxing the body, making sleep easy.

CBD-Dominant Cannabis Strains for Sleep

ACDC

While you’re better off going with a THC-dominant strain for sleep aid, as research points to THC being the main driver of cannabis’s relaxing effects, that doesn’t mean that you need a lot of it. Those looking for a lower THC strain while still getting sleep help can opt for ACDC, which features a relatively low THC element with high amounts of CBD. CBD can make you feel more alert, but in this specific case, ACDC has been shown to help with sleep.

THC-CBD Balanced Strains

Harlequin

With equal amounts of CBD to THC, this is a great option for those looking for that relaxation relief without experiencing the psychoactive “high” feeling as strongly.

Sweet and Sour Widow

Another sleep aid with fewer psychoactive effects (sleeping while feeling paranoid is not easy), this is a great option for those looking to skip the high feeling before bed.

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services

If you’re in need of a medical cannabis strain that can help you get fuller and easier sleep, our team at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) is here to help.

Our cannabis clinics help patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. We can provide a prescription, offer help getting coverage for prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

Our medical cannabis clinic is built to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient.

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Indica vs Sativa: What They Are, Key Differences, Benefits and Uses

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Medical cannabis is growing in both popularity and its applications. Millions of people across the globe and in Canada are discovering its effectiveness at treating a variety of symptoms. But with that increased usage and popularity comes many common questions, with one of the most common ones being on the indica vs. sativa difference.

Read on for a comprehensive overview of both indica strains and sativa strains, how they differ, and which is best for you.

Overview of Indica vs. Sativa

When it comes to the indica vs. sativa differentiation, it’s important to remember that neither is only for medical use or recreational use. Both have medicinal properties but do differ in key ways.

Indica, for instance, usually induces full-body effects, which helps with relaxation and alleviating symptoms of common conditions like insomnia.

Sativa, by contrast, is more often connected to a head-centered feeling. It’s also thought to be more energizing while also reducing stress and anxiety.

In other words, a shorthand way to differentiate the two is to look at indica as being better to use when you’re looking to relax or treat symptoms that prevent relaxation, while sativa is the better option for putting your mind at ease and helping to treat symptoms associated with conditions like anxiety.

It’s worth noting that even more important than the type of cannabis is the chemical composition and growing technique. Always be sure to check the description and recommended use as well as consult a medical professional to ensure you get the right medical cannabis to treat your specific symptoms.

Classification by Type

You’ll also notice that there’s a growing movement to classify cannabis by type more so than strain.

  • Type I denotes high THC.
  • Type II denotes a more balanced THC/CBD combination.
  • Type III denotes high CBD content.

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

All cannabis plants will contain dozens of chemical compounds called cannabinoids.

These cannabinoids are naturally occurring and are actually the reason you’ll experience many of the effects caused by cannabis use.

You’ve likely heard of THC (responsible for the psychoactive “high” feeling) and CBD (often associated with many of the medical benefits without the psychoactive euphoric effect).

Others include CBN, THCA, and CBG, each with their own properties that researchers believe can help with a variety of symptoms, from pain alleviation to anxiety reduction to muscle relaxation.

Terpenes are also a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant that impact the smell of the cannabis, but also its effects (there is still research being done on terpenes). There are a variety of terpenes each with its own hypothesized effect.

Sativa Details

Where Is It Commonly Found?

Sativa is typically grown in hot, dry climates that receive lots of sun. Regions include parts of Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Western Asia.

How Does the Plants Look?

The plants are tall and thin with leaves that resemble outstretched fingers. They can grow as high as 12 feet and will typically take longer to mature.

Sativa Dominant Strains

Some of the most common sativa strains are:

  • Sour Diesel
  • Lemon Haze
  • Jack Herer

When Is the Best Time to Use It?

Due to its ability to stimulate and invigorate, it’s often best used during the day.

CBD to THC Ratio

Sativa is often higher in THC and lower in CBD.

Indica Details

Where Is It Commonly Found?

You’ll often find indica in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Turkey, among others. They are most suited to harsh, dry climates like in the Hindu Kush mountains.

How Does the Plants Look?

They are shorter and stockier compared to sativa. They also have a bushy greenery and chunky leaves that are wider and broader than sativa plants. What’s more, they grow faster and produce more buds compared to sativa.

Indica Dominant Strains

Common indica dominant strains include:

  • Northern Lights
  • Bubba Kush
  • Grandaddy Purple
  • Kosher Kush

When Is the Best Time to Use It?

Due to its ability to relax, it’s best consumed at night.

CBD to THC Ratio

Indica strains have higher levels of CBD than sativa, but that doesn’t mean that the THC content will be less. It varies from strain to strain.

Details about Hybrids

Hybrids are a combination of the two strains and with each passing year, more and more growers are experimenting with different combinations.

As a result, they can have a variety of unique applications and uses.

Popular hybrid strains include:

  • GG4
  • Blue Dram
  • Gelato
  • Wedding Cake
  • GSC

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services in Canada

If you’re ready to find out which cannabis is right for you, our team at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can help.

Our cannabis clinic helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. We can provide a prescription, offer help getting coverage for prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient.

To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

Whether you’re looking to alleviate your symptoms with the help of medical marijuana in Ontario, British Columbia, or anywhere else in Canada, we can help.

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Medical Cannabis for PMS, Menstrual Cramps, and Period Pain

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Millions of Canadian women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) every month and for many, trying medication after medication has done nothing but frustrate. The good news is that medical cannabis for PMS has shown promising signs in helping to treat symptoms. This correlates with what we already know about medical marijuana and its potency in treating a variety of pain-inducing conditions.

In other words, medical cannabis has already shown to be very promising when it comes to treating chronic pain of all varieties and medical cannabis for menstrual cramps appears to be no exception.

For more on PMS symptoms and how medical cannabis can help, read on below.

What Is PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

PMS is said to effect as many as three in four women. Occurring during a patient’s menstrual cycle,

PMS can express in a variety of ways, including:

  • Tender, swollen, or sore breasts
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Skin issues
  • Stomach pain
  • Cramps and belly pain
  • Feeling bloated
  • And more

What Causes Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps specifically are caused by the uterus contracting. This occurs during your period and helps the menstrual cycle along. In other words, it’s perfectly normal and healthy to experience cramps.

Medical cannabis for PMS is deployed to help mitigate that pain and treat other symptoms.

How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Menstrual Cramps

As mentioned above, there are a variety of studies that explore the effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating PMS symptoms.

In fact, medical cannabis has shown promise in treating all manner of PMS symptoms from cramps to pain to headaches.

Muscle tension (like cramping), a very common PMS symptom, was shown in one study to be helped by cannabis due to THC’s ability to induce muscle relaxation.

Medical cannabis has even shown promise in dealing with acne and other skin issues that can often occur during your period.

Medical Marijuana for Related Headaches and Mood Swings

Medical cannabis has been shown in a variety of studies to be effective at treating migraines and headaches; migraines and headaches due to PMS are no exception.

One study found that migraines were reduced in frequency by up to 50% with the introduction of medical marijuana.

On top of that, medical cannabis has also proven effective in a variety of studies when it comes to treating mood-related symptoms. Anxiety, depression, and other adverse mentals states have been shown to be positively impacted by the introduction of medical cannabis.

As for PMS-related mood swings, while more research needs to be done, there are many promising signs of the medication being able to help with mood regulation and prevent more volatile mood swings.

Why Is Marijuana Safer Than Traditional Medicines?

Of the many treatments available to patients facing PMS, many have adverse side effects or are simply not potent enough to address the severity of the pain.

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen are all traditional treatment options, but are often not strong enough to help patients experiencing more severe pain. This can be especially concerning considering there is a tendency among some medical professionals to not treat women’s pain as equal to men’s.

In other words, you deserve to get the medication that can appropriately treat your symptoms and not be forced to settle for only a partially effective treatment.

Hormonal birth control is another common treatment as this can alter the prevalence of the hormones that cause the menstrual cycle in the first place, often reducing symptoms.

The flipside is that some women would prefer not to introduce hormone-altering medication into their bodies. Hormonal birth control has also been known to cause weight gain, mood swings, and headaches in some patients.

Symptoms Treated with Medical Cannabis

Cannabis can primarily help treat:

  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings

Alongside a variety of other symptoms.

Strains to Consider for Treatment of Menstrual Cramps and Period Pain

Due to the muscle-relaxing effect of THC, you’ll often want to go for a strain that is higher in THC percentage. Some strains that are considered to be effective are:

  • Blue Dream
  • Pink Kush
  • Sour Diesel
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • White Widow

MMC Medical Cannabis Consulting for Women

You shouldn’t have to suffer from PMS symptoms if a viable treatment exists. If you’re interested in medical cannabis for menstrual cramps or any other variety of PMS symptoms, then contact us at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

As one of the most trusted names in medical cannabis consulting, MMC helps patients from across the country get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical cannabis. Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription, offer you help to get you coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

Our medical cannabis clinic also offers patients the chance to join the Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient.

With MMC’s personalized white glove treatment, you also get access to personalized one-on-one educational sessions, treatment plans, and ongoing support.

To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Grow Your Own: Indoor vs. Outdoor Medical Cannabis Cultivation

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Whether you’re new to medical cannabis or are experienced with growing medical marijuana, you may be wondering whether it’s better to grow marijuana indoors or outdoors? Some believe indoor cannabis cultivation is best while others swear by outdoor cannabis cultivation. But really, there is no such thing as the best type of growing environment for cannabis. It all about preference: what’s right for where you live and your budget.

Rules to Know about when Growing Cannabis at Home

Even though recreational cannabis use is legal in Canada, there are different rules when it comes to growing adult-use cannabis and medical marijuana. As you’ll see, Health Canada treats those who grow medical cannabis at home very differently from medically authorized growers.

Case in point, recreational cannabis users can only legally grow four plants.

If you have the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), which is a grow your own license, the amount you can grow is only limited by your prescription and health needs; the higher the prescription, the more cannabis plants you can grow both indoors and outdoors.

If the prescription provides a number of grams per day, you can grow up to approximately five times that number in plants. If your prescription is for 25 grams, you can grow up to 92 indoor plants and 24 outdoor plants.

If the prescription is for 95 grams per day, you can legally grow up to 347 indoor plants, 91 outdoor plants, and 34,125 grams in storage.

With an ACMPR authorization you can also designate someone else to grow for you.  If you don’t have the room or a space to grow the number of plants you are authorized for than you can connect with another authorized ACMPR grower who can be designated to grow your plants for you.  You will need to supply all the materials, etc. but they can grow on your behalf alleviating issues like space, achieving the right growing conditions and so on.

Indoor Medical Cannabis Cultivation Pros and Cons

The biggest advantage to growing medical cannabis indoors is you get complete and total control of the temperatures, lights, humidity, and airflow. Because indoor conditions are controlled, you can develop yields with elevated CO2 levels, which produces higher THC levels than outdoors. Keep in mind, that you can’t replicate the sun’s full spectrum of light indoors, so indoor cannabis plants tend to be smaller in terpene profile.

The biggest downside of indoor medical marijuana cultivation is the cost. Maintaining artificial lighting, heating, and ventilation is not very energy efficient.

Outdoor Medical Cannabis Cultivation Pros and Cons

Growing medical cannabis outdoors is the most natural and cost-efficient way to grow cannabis. You don’t need to pay for lights or a cooling system; all you need is good soil and sunlight. Nature takes care of the rest.

For example, it’s not uncommon for indoor growers to have issues with spider mites. Over time, growing cannabis outdoors attracts marijuana-friendly insects and organisms that can help fight mites.

On top of that, outdoor cannabis benefits from a broader, more intense spectrum of sunlight. This allows plants to grow to their full genetic potential, which includes great flow density and richer terpene profiles.

There are some disadvantages to growing cannabis outdoors. Namely, the plants are exposed to the elements all the time. The environment, weather, pests, and animals can have a big impact on the all-important cannabis flower.

Medical Marijuana Consulting and Grow Your own Licenses

Whether you want to grow your own medical marijuana indoors or outdoors or need help acquiring your Health Canada ACMPR license, a nurse practitioner or patient advisor at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can help.

MMC helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. We can provide a prescription, offer help getting coverage for prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient.

To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Best Marijuana Consumption Methods for Arthritis Pain Relief

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Arthritis is a very common condition that impacts the lives of millions of Canadians across the country. Considering how debilitating and uncomfortable arthritis can be, it makes perfect sense that more patients than ever are considering medical cannabis consumption as an arthritis treatment. If you or a loved one is interested in medical cannabis for arthritis, read on below to understand how best to take the medication to treat symptoms.

Best Marijuana Consumption Methods for Arthritis Pain Relief

There is a rapidly growing body of evidence that points to the effectiveness of medical cannabis for pain relief.

Study after study has shown that taking medical cannabis for chronic pain can positively impact quality of life among patients battling all manner of conditions, from migraine pain, to inflammation, to fibromyalgia, to many of the chronic pain conditions predominately affecting seniors.

The simple fact is that medical cannabis has shown to be effective at mitigating pain symptoms, including arthritis pain, in a variety of studies.

So while you have good cause to be confident in the benefits of medical cannabis consumption for arthritis, the next step is figuring out which method is best when using medical cannabis for arthritis.

An Overview of How to Take Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain

Typically, there are three common methods of applying medical cannabis for arthritis treatment. These methods are:

Below, we’ll break down what each method entails and look at which may be best for your treatment.

Pros and Cons of Each Consumption Method for Arthritis Pain Relief

Inhaling Cannabis for Arthritis Pain Relief

In terms of inhaling medical cannabis, you have a couple of different options.

The first we’ll look into is vaping.

Vaping, which is nearly odourless, is thought to be easier on the lungs relative to smoking (the other inhalation option). Vaping works by heating the plant to a very high temperature, vaporizing it rather than burning via the application of flame.

Vaping can be done through a vape cartridge—purchased from a Licensed Producer—and usually contains 0.5g to 1g of cannabis concentrate that is attached to a battery and used as needed.

Alternatively, patients can purchase a vape that can be used with dried cannabis flower or one that allows you to use your own concentrate and refill as needed. This option can be costly as vapourizors can cost anywhere from $100 to $700+ depending on the features and size of the unit. While there has been concerns around vaping due to health issues reported in the United States, it is important to note that Health Canada does not allow Canadian Licensed Producers to use additives like Vitamin E acetate that caused the health issues in the United States.

Smoking, by contrast, is cheaper and easier to access, but does often carry with it the typical drawbacks that smokers face—namely, a harsh strain on the lungs. And while smoking cannabis is different than smoking cigarettes in myriad ways (namely, the lack of nicotine), there are still potentially harmful chemicals that you will ingest should you opt to smoke your medical cannabis.

Ingesting Cannabis for Arthritis Pain Relief

With ingestion, we have three main methods of consumption.

Edibles involve eating your medical cannabis. This is simple and easy for many patients, as it requires no other equipment or training (we all know how to eat, after all). Edibles also don’t leave behind a strong odour or expel smoke.

The issue with edibles, however, is that their effects can be hard to predict. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that produces the mind-altering effect isn’t usually evenly distributed throughout the body, resulting in more unpredictable euphoric highs.

Capsules or softgels are an effective method of ingestion that can be more predictable than edibles but can also take longer for the body to absorb. Eating fatty foods (cannabis is fat soluble) helps.

Finally, tinctures involve having a drop of medical marijuana administered orally. They are great for receiving precise dosages, and the pain-relieving effects typically last longer compared to other administration methods. The downside is that it does take longer to kick in and can have an aftertaste.

Applying Cannabis to Skin for Arthritis Pain Relief

When applying medical cannabis directly to the skin, you generally have two options available to you.

Topical ointments won’t get you feeling that euphoric high (and in general, have almost no psychological effects), but will quickly help to relieve pain. One of the drawbacks is that they can be quite pungent.

Bath bombs are also an excellent way to get relief from symptoms while taking a much-needed soak. Like topical creams the bath bomb releases its THC and/or CBD into the bath water and is absorbed into the skin. Patients often indicate they see effects peak the day after using the bath bombs.

Transdermal patches are adhesives that carry medical cannabinoids. They’re an excellent option for long-lasting pain relief, as the dosage is delivered slowly. They’re also, however, one of the most expensive options. Moreover, they usually aren’t as effective as other methods for dealing with severe pain.

How Much CBD Should One Consider Consuming?

For those with arthritis, there are no established medical guidelines for the exact dosage most patients should take. Having said that, there are some guidelines from the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Patients should be aware of the cannabidiol (CBD) content of their medication, especially in liquid form, as this can help determine the dosage.
  • Start off with a lower dosage and work your way up. Whatever your preferred delivery method, start off with a lower dose and increase it every two weeks if you’re finding that it’s effective without causing any unwanted side effects.
  • Beware too much THC and the psychological side effects. Some patients may be unbothered by the THC, but others might find it overwhelming.
  • If you’re not feeling any effects after several weeks, it’s best to speak with a doctor about the next steps.
  • If you experience any side effects when using medical cannabis, inform your doctor right away. If they are severe, stop taking the medication until you’ve had a chance to notify your doctor.

Medical Cannabis Consulting for Canadians

When it comes to medical cannabis consumption as an arthritis treatment, there are a variety of methods, each with their own pros and cons.

But the good news is that taking medical cannabis for arthritis could be an effective way to manage your symptoms.

If you’re ready to see if you can benefit from medical cannabis for pain relief, get in touch with us at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

Our cannabis clinic takes a holistic approach to prescribing medical cannabis. We guide our patients through the medical marijuana system so they can access medication that could lessen their symptoms.

We’ll build your personal treatment plan from the ground up. You’ll have access to a team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners, able to provide prescriptions, assist you in getting your prescription costs covered through your insurance provider (if eligible), and help you select a licensed producer.

Our white-glove treatment means you’re never alone. MMC also offers one-on-one educational sessions on everything you need to know about medical cannabis, including how to safely consume medical marijuana.

Want to grow your own medical cannabis at home? We can help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Cannabis Tinctures Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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The most common way to consume cannabis is by smoking it. But not everyone likes the idea of smoking, though. Fortunately, there are a plenty of other, user-friendly ways to consume cannabis. One great way to get the benefits of marijuana without the burn is cannabis tinctures.

Interest in consuming cannabis tinctures has grown in popularity over the years, which means you can find cannabis tinctures in virtually every Licensed Producer’s medical platform in Canada.

What Are Cannabis Tinctures? 

Tinctures are a cannabis-infused liquid, that contain either cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two natural compounds found in cannabis plants.

Tinctures are made by using a solvent, like alcohol, to pull CBD and THC from the plant. Pretty much any alcohol will do too. Brandy, vodka, and grain alcohol have been known to impact unique flavors in tinctures.

If you’re not in love with the idea of using a tincture made out of alcohol, you can find cannabis tinctures made with MCT oil, coconut oil, and other oils. Any food-grade oil will do since the solvent is used for dissolving cannabinoids into the solution. Hemp seed oil is an excellent option because it contains a large amount of heart-healthy omega-6 fatty acids.

THC vs. CBD Tinctures

The most common forms of cannabis tinctures you can purchase contain CBD, THC, or a combination of both. CBD tinctures are typically derived from either hemp or marijuana. While a THC tincture is derived from marijuana.

Whether you choose a CBD tincture, THC tincture, or CBD/THC tincture will depend on why you are taking the tincture.

CBD has many of the same health benefits as THC, but without the mind-altering effects. Depending on the symptoms you are looking to treat, you might want to use a THC tincture.

Consuming Cannabis Tinctures

Tinctures are a popular way to consume marijuana. If you want to feel the effects of the cannabis tincture fast, put the appropriate dosage under your tongue. Don’t swallow! Nothing bad will happen if you do, it will simply take longer to feel the effects.

After the tincture dissolves under your tongue, it gets absorbed into your bloodstream and into your brain. The whole process, from the time to put it under your tongue until you feel the effects, varies from person to person.

The easiest way to use a cannabis tincture is by dropping some of it into your mouth and swallowing. You won’t feel the effects as quickly as you would putting it under your tongue. How long will it take? About as long as it would when you eat an edible, which can take 30 minutes to two hours to kick in.

Lastly, you can consume a cannabis tincture by putting the required dosage into the food or beverage of your choice. Tinctures can be added to your dinner, soup, salad dressing, and even ice cream. It doesn’t really matter what you put it on, you still get the same therapeutic effects.

Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures

Here are some of the benefits of cannabis tinctures:

  • Convenient: If you smoke cannabis, you need dried flower, rolling paper, and a lighter. You might even need a grinder and pipe. This isn’t the case with a tincture; everything you need is in one bottle—the liquid and dropper.
  • Discreet: This isn’t the 1950s; medical marijuana is legal in Canada, so there’s no need to be ashamed. Still, when it comes to consuming cannabis, tinctures offer a level of discreetness you won’t find with smoking or edibles. Instead of smelling like smoke, you can still enjoy the benefits of cannabis.
  • Precise Dosing: It can be difficult to know just how much CBD or THC you’re getting when you smoke or consume an edible. With tinctures, the CBD and or THC is evenly mixed in the solvent, so you know how many milligrams you are getting in each drop. This also makes it easier to increase or decrease the amount you want.
  • Quicker Effects: As noted above, the effects from a cannabis tincture set in quite quickly. Where cannabis edibles and swallowing can take more than half an hour to kick in, with a tincture, the effects can be felt in as little as a few minutes.

Potency and Effects

Because you ingest a tincture, it is technically an edible form of marijuana. But it works much faster than traditional edibles like cookies, brownies, or gummies. The effects from a cannabis tincture can be felt in a matter of minutes, as opposed to the typical hour or more with marijuana edibles.

A tincture, when placed under the tongue, goes directly into the bloodstream. With a traditional edible, it goes through the digestive tract first, before reaching the bloodstream.

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

If you’re interested in cannabis tinctures or other smokeless forms of medical cannabis, book a free consultation at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) today!

MMC helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical cannabis. Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription, offer you help to get you coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license to grow you own.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Cannabis Strains for Anxiety: High CBD Medical Marijuana Remedies

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As time goes on, researchers are discovering more and more about medical cannabis and how it can help patients with anxiety. More specifically, certain cannabis strains for anxiety have shown to be more effective than others when it comes to treating anxiety. In fact, there appears to be a correlation between high CBD strains and anxiety treatment effectiveness.

There’s a growing body of evidence that cannabis strains for anxiety are effective at helping patients deal with anxiety symptoms.

One study showed that mice had their anxiety symptoms substantially reduced when treated with CBD. Animal studies have also shown promise when using CBD to treat depression and anxiety.

Meanwhile in humans, evidence shows that CBD can be useful at helping to treat anxiety, among other mental health issues.

THC vs. CBD Strains for Anxiety

THC is the compound in marijuana that is responsible for creating that euphoric high feeling that is often associated with marijuana. Conversely, CBD is more associated with anxiety relief. It doesn’t produce the high effect, but research suggests that it does help mitigate patients’ symptoms.

While every patient is different and each person will have a unique reaction to specific strains, typically, if you’re looking for anxiety relief, then you’ll want to look for strains that are high in CBD and low in THC. CBD strains for anxiety are more likely to directly address symptoms.

What’s more, you should start out on lower doses and work you work way up, so you know how your body will react to the specific marijuana strains for anxiety.

12 Cannabis Strains for Anxiety

  • ACDC: A CBD-dominant strain, ACDC is effective at making the patient feel calm and centred, leaving them in a good headspace without incurring that euphoric high. It’s best taken in a space where you can relax and take a load off for a while.
  • Charlotte’s Web: Another high-CBD strain, Charlotte’s Web has almost no THC in it. That makes it ideal for treating patients with anxiety, so they can benefit from that relaxed feeling.
  • Cherry Wine: At about 17% CBD and less than one percent THC, this is a very relaxing strain that is good for entire body relief. Again, don’t expect a high from this medical cannabis.
  • Granddaddy Purple: This is another strain that encourages full mind and body relaxation, making it ideal for patients who need that full relief.
  • Harley-Tsu: Harley-Tsu has won awards and is considered to be a very effective cannabis strain for anxiety. It typically has more than 13% CBD in it, with tests at the 2014 Emerald Cup listing it at over 21% CBD while containing less than one percent THC. It’s a great anxiety-free medical marijuana strain for anxiety.
  • Jack Herer: This is a strain that is more likely to induce a feeling happiness in addition to the relaxation. It’s also considered to be a good mood augmenter that doesn’t make the patient feel tired or drained of energy.
  • Lifter: Another strain with about 16% CBD and almost no THC (so, again, a very good fit for anxiety patients). It has a more pungent aroma but is known for its ability to help a patient relax without taking away focus or function.
  • Remedy: Remedy is considered to be an easy strain that is lighter in terms of mood relaxation and effect. For patients just starting out, Remedy can be a very good first cannabis treatment.
  • Sour Space Candy: As the name suggest, this strain has a sourer note when it comes to smell. Having said that, it’s been shown to be an effective treatment for both anxiety and depression, with 17% CBD and a small amount of THC.
  • Sour Tsunami: One of the original high-CBD strains for anxiety, Sour Tsunami remains a favourite among patients. It’s known for producing that relaxed feeling without much of a body high.
  • Suver Haze: With a fruity smell, Suver Haze doesn’t just help patients, but is considered one of the better smelling marijuana strains for anxiety (if that’s important to you).
  • Sweet and Sour Widow: A very popular indica-dominant strain, Sweet and Sour Widow has the highest THC content on this list, with a 1:1 ratio between CBD and THC. Having said that, it’s still proven effective at treating anxiety with only a mild high.

MMC Medical Cannabis Consulting and Access to Cannabis Strains for Anxiety

If you’re ready to try medical cannabis to help with your anxiety, contact a nurse practitioner or patient advisor at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

We are a trusted name in medical cannabis consulting. MMC is a premier medical cannabis clinic in Canada that helps patients across the country access medical professionals. Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription, offer you help to get you coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

As a top cannabinoid clinic, we offer patient’s personalized white glove treatment. You’ll also get access to personalized one-on-one educational sessions, treatment plans, and ongoing support. Our cannabis clinic also helps with insurance filing for benefits and tax claims. On top of that, if you want to grow your own medical cannabis at home, our medical marijuana consulting team can help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Medical Cannabis for HIV/AIDS: How It Helps with Pain, Anxiety and More

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Every year we see medical cannabis reveal itself to show promising signs of being able to help patients in the treatment of a variety of conditions. Medical cannabis for HIV and AIDS, for instance, has shown a high degree of potential.

While more research is needed in order to determine just how effective medical cannabis for AIDS and HIV can be, many patients are already benefiting from adding medical cannabis to their treatment plans.

But before we delve further, let’s first go over what HIV and AIDS are.

What Is HIV/AIDS?

While often mentioned together, HIV and AIDS are actually two separate conditions that are, however, interconnected.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that is most often transmitted through the blood or sexual contact.

When contracted, HIV begins to damage your immune system, specifically affecting your CD4 cells (T-cells) which are cells in your body that help you fight off infection. Without treatment, HIV leaves the patient vulnerable to infections and infection-related cancers. Again, without treatment, HIV will begin to destroy the remaining immune system cells leaving the patient totally unable to fight disease and infection.

Should this occur, the patient will then be diagnosed with AIDS.

While your body can fight viruses and there is a wide variety of advanced treatments available, at this time, it’s currently impossible to fully eliminate the HIV virus from your body, meaning that when a patient contracts the virus, they have it for life.

AIDS is considered the last stage of the HIV infection. But not everyone who contracts HIV eventually gets AIDS. AIDS is diagnosed when your immune system is so severely damaged that more dangerous infections begin to appear.

With AIDS, even relatively benign parasites, bacteria, and viruses become potentially harmful.

AIDS is directly related to the patient’s CD4 cells. When there are less than 200 cells per cubic millimetre of blood, the patient is considered to have AIDS. However, a doctor can still diagnose a patient with AIDS even if they have a higher CD4 cell count if they have suffered from an opportunistic infection.

Why Medical Cannabis Can Be Considered a Valuable Treatment

Medical cannabis for AIDS and HIV can’t directly treat the virus but it can be very effective in pain management.

There’s a growing body of research into medical cannabis’s effectiveness in treating a variety of ailments, including pain and mental health issues—both are common as a result of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment.

In fact, as many as 37% of people living with HIV/AIDS use cannabis to help manage their symptoms already. Medical cannabis for HIV and AIDS has shown promise in helping address:

Many studies show noteworthy success in helping patients regain their appetite and avoid unhealth weight loss, or what is commonly referred to as wasting syndrome.

One study found that patients were able to control their symptoms more easily with the help of medical cannabis for HIV and AIDS.

Side Effects of HIV/AIDS Conventional Treatments

While there have been advancements in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, these treatments are not without side effects. Most notably:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain

Medical marijuana for AIDS and HIV can help manage these symptoms as the patient undergoes potentially life-saving antiviral treatments.

Benefits of Using Medical Cannabis for HIV/AIDS

Reducing Chronic Pain

As previously mentioned, medical cannabis has shown exciting promise when it comes to pain management, specifically the management of chronic pain, something that many AIDS/HIV patients suffer from.

One study out of Canada showed that, over a one-year period, participants with chronic pain who consumed a standardized cannabis product (12.5% THC) in the form of flowers, concentrates or edibles reported a reduction in pain and increase in quality of life.

In fact, there are many studies available that point to medical cannabis for chronic pain being effective.

Improving Mood, Lowering Anxiety, and Treating Depression

The same study above showed that the group that consumed the medical cannabis showed a decrease in anxiety, depression, and fatigue. This has been supported by various other studies that show medical cannabis to be effective at helping manage depression, anxiety, and improving patients’ moods.

Reducing Pain from Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to the sensory, motor, and automatic nerves. For HIV/AIDS patients, they may contract this chronic condition due to the virus itself or during treatment. It can also occur as a result of opportunistic infection.

Several studies have shown that medical cannabis for neuropathic pain to be effective at helping to manage symptoms among patients. 

Reducing Feelings of Nausea

During treatment, it’s not unusual for an HIV/AIDS patient to experience nausea. One study in 2005 found that in patients with HIV who experienced nausea, cannabis use was positively correlated with adherence to anti-retroviral therapies compared to non-users.

Medical Cannabis Consulting for Canadians with HIV/AIDS

If you’re a patient with HIV/AIDS or have a loved one with HIV/AIDS, contact a nurse practitioner or Patient Advisor at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) to find out how medical cannabis for HIV/AIDS can help.

MMC is a trusted name in medical cannabis consulting. We help Canadians across the country access medical professionals who are experts on medical cannabis.

Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription, offer you help to get you coverage for your prescription costs (if eligible), refer you to a licensed producer, and help you apply for the ACMPR license.

With MMC’s personalized white glove treatment, you also get access to personalized one-on-one educational sessions, treatment plans, and ongoing support. Our cannabis clinic also helps with insurance filing for benefits and tax claims. On top of that, if you want to grow your own medical cannabis at home, our medical marijuana consulting team can help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

At MMC, we want to make access to medical cannabis as simple as possible for as many people as possible. Join our Ambassador Program and receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient. To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can secure a prescription as part of your personalized medical cannabis treatment plan, book a consultation online, contact us at 844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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