Medical Marijuana for Migraine Pain

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For years now, many of Canadians have been using medical marijuana to treat an array of symptoms and conditions. And as research continues into the medication’s potential, we’re finding more and more applications for this plant.

Migraine pain is notoriously difficult to treat. However, many studies have shown immense promise when it comes to medical cannabis’s effectiveness at treating chronic pain in general, with several studies homing in on migraine pain specifically.

As time goes on, researchers are continuing to look into how medicinal marijuana can help with migraine symptoms, considering how effective medical cannabis for chronic pain has been shown to be in studies.

Let’s dive further into how medical cannabis for migraine pain can potentially provide the chronic pain relief you or a loved one is seeking.

How Medical Marijuana Helps Ease Pain

You may be wondering what the science is behind medical marijuana and its impact on pain.

Inside your body you have a network of cannabinoid receptors (cannabinoid is a naturally occurring compound that is found in the cannabis plant such as THC and CBD).

When you, the patient, uses medical marijuana, the cannabinoids enter your body and reach the receptors, which then alters how the receptors interpret pain, dampening the severity of the pain.

Of course, cannabis doesn’t only mitigate pain—it can also help with nausea, anxiety, mental illness, and a variety of other conditions, but let’s focus on pain—specifically migraine pain—in this piece.

Studies Show the Effectiveness of CBD and THC for Migraines

Some studies have been conducted that show the effectiveness of CBD oil for migraine pain in conjunction with medical cannabis.

One such study conducted in 2017 at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), showed promising results for medical marijuana for migraine prevention as well as pain mitigation. 

Phase I of the study had 48 people with chronic migraines receive a combination of two compounds. One compound contained 19% THC and the second contained 9% CBD and virtually no THC. The compounds were administered orally.

The research found that with doses exceeding 200 mg, acute pain was reduced by 55%.

The second phase examined migraines. Seventy-nine people managing chronic migraines took a daily dose of 200 mg of the THC-CBD combination from phase I or 25 mg of amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant. The patients underwent this treatment for three months.

The study found that the THC-CBD combination reduced migraine attacks by 40.4%, while pain intensity was reduced 43.5%.

While more research still needs to be done, the early signs are very positive for medical cannabis for migraine pain.

How CBD Oil May Help Ease Migraines

It’s difficult to assess how effective CBD oil for migraine pain is due to restrictions on CBD and cannabis research in certain parts of the world, as well as the fact that there are only a few studies where CBD oil was used on its own (and not in conjunction with THC) to treat migraine pain. Still, even with limited research, there is promise that CBD oil could be beneficial to migraine patients.

Considering how CBD oil has already displayed immense potential when treating other ailments and chronic pain in general, there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the compound.

What’s more, the studies that do exist show that CBD, in combination with THC (see above) has had success in helping to treat migraine pain while also reducing migraine frequency.

How to Use CBD Oil for Migraines

There are a variety of ways to administer CBD oil.

Typically, the compound is either taken with a vape pen, ingested, or applied topically on the skin. Many opt for oral ingestion as this is the simplest way to take the medicine and usually comes with fewer side effects compared to vaping.

Understanding the Risks before Considering Medical Cannabis for Migraines

Like all medicines, medical marijuana for migraine pain does have a few potential side effects for patients.

Before using CBD oil (or medical cannabis in general), you should consult a doctor at a medical marijuana consulting clinic.

Some possible side effects include:

  • Adverse interactions with other drugs and alcohol
  • Changes in alertness
  • Gastrointestinal problems and loss of appetite
  • Mood changes, including irritability and irritation
  • Fertility reduction in males

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services in Canada

Don’t let migraines hold you back any longer. If you’re ready to explore the possibility of using medical cannabis for migraine pain, contact us at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

MMC is a premier cannabis clinic that’s committed to supporting Canadians as they connect with medical professionals with extensive medical marijuana expertise. Consult a team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners that can provide prescriptions, 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 be helped by medical cannabis access 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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8 Ways to Consume Medical Cannabis

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When it comes to consuming cannabis, most people probably have images of hippies puffing away on and sharing a joint, pipe, or bong. But the fact is there are many, many different ways to consume medical cannabis. And the list of different ways to consume medical marijuana keeps getting longer.

And because everyone is different, there is no right or wrong way to consume medical marijuana. You get to decide what works best for you!

Before you decide which option is best for you, it’s a good idea to make yourself familiar with the most popular methods and to see what the benefits and challenges are.

Smoking Medical Cannabis

Smoking is the most popular way of consuming medical marijuana. It’s a fast, easy way to get the benefits of medical marijuana. You simply pack a small amount of dried cannabis flower into a pipe, water pipe, or rolling paper. Light it and enjoy!

  • Benefits: Smoking medical marijuana delivers relief within minutes. It’s also fairly easy to regulate the dosage when you’re using rolling paper, pipe, or bong.
  • Challenges: Not everyone likes to smoke, enjoys the smell of marijuana, or likes to smell like marijuana. On top of that, smoke can be harmful to the lungs. And those with cardiopulmonary conditions will be precluded from smoking. Also, in many provinces, you cannot smoke in public places, which can make smoking medical marijuana a less than convenient way to consume cannabis.

Vaping Medical Cannabis

Vaporizing, or “vaping”, is a close second when it comes to the most popular ways to consume medical marijuana. Vaping involves heating a vaporizer to a recommended temperature and inserting a small amount of cannabis flower or extract into the vaporizer. Once the medical cannabis is heated up, you push a button and inhale the vapor—similar to the way you might smoke a joint.

Vaporizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from home table-top units to small, pocket sized pens.

  • Benefits: Like smoking, vaping delivers relief within minutes. But because you aren’t inhaling smoke, it’s not harsh on your lungs. Another benefit is that you don’t end up smelling as much as you would if you smoked it.
  • Challenges: Vaping units can be expensive. They also use batteries which need to be replaced and they need time to warm up. Vape pens are convenient, pop them in your pocket or purse and off you go, But larger units mean you can only vape at home, or wherever you set it up.

Edibles

Medical marijuana edibles have been around for a long time and have come a long way. In addition to buying medical marijuana cookies and gummies, you can also buy a variety of other medical marijuana edibles.

Thanks to the growth of the edibles industry, you can’t even tell that what you’re eating contains cannabis.

  • Benefits: One of the biggest benefits of medical marijuana edibles is that they’re an excellent alternative for people who don’t like to inhale or smoke. Another joy of edibles is that there is an almost endless variety of choices. And they all can provide long-lasting relief.
  • Challenges: While the dosages of medical marijuana edibles is precise, it can take a while to feel the effects. If you smoke or vape, it might only take 10 minutes, with edibles it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or longer to kick in. Due to the delayed onset, edibles are notorious for causing patients to take more than needed and become anxious. To prevent this, Health Canada has limited the THC content of any edible to 10 mg per package. This can make using edibles challenging if you require a higher dose, but it will also ensure you don’t have a bad trip.

Tinctures

A medical marijuana tincture is a concentrated extract that is made by soaking the flowers and leaves in an alcohol, glycerine, or coconut oil. Using a dropper or spray, you can put it under your tongue, add it to food, or drinks, or even apply it to your skin.

  • Benefits: Tinctures are easy to use and apply and don’t hurt the lungs like inhaling medical cannabis. The taste is also mild which makes it a great option for people who dislike the taste of cannabis.
  • Challenges: Depending on the prescription, tinctures can be expensive. Tinctures are quicker than edibles when it comes to providing long-lasting relief, but not as quick as inhaling.

Medical Cannabis Topicals

Medical marijuana topicals like balms, gels, salves, and lotions are applied directly to the skin and are used to treat pain and muscle aches. They are also popular for arthritis, chapped skin, minor burns, joint pain, eczema, psoriasis, and tendonitis.

  • Benefits: This could go under benefits or challenges; using cannabis topicals will not get you “high.” It’s easy to apply and address localized pain or skin issues, however.
  • Challenges: Again, using medical marijuana topicals will not get you high. Using ointments can also be greasy.

Other Ways to Consumer Medical Cannabis

There are lots of other ways to consume medical cannabis. Here’s a quick run down on other popular methods.

  • Pills, Capsules, and Tablets: Medical marijuana pills, capsules, and tablets allow for precise dosing. Taking them is also a lot easier than making your own edibles, and you don’t need to worry about calories. Some people prefer pills, capsules, and tablets because they associate them with the traditional way of receiving medication.
  • Beverages: Medical marijuana beverages are becoming more popular. This can include cannabis-infused teas, juices, smoothies, and sodas.
  • Suppositories: Suppositories may be less dignified than an edible, beverage, or joint, but they kick in fast, last a long time, and are the most efficient way to ingest medical cannabis. Currently, suppositories are not available in Canada yet.

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

If you’re thinking of getting a medical marijuana license and want to know more about cannabis and the different ways in which you can consume it, contact a nurse practitioner or Patient Advisor at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

A trusted name in medical cannabis consulting, 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.

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

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CBD Oil Health Benefits: Anxiety, Arthritis, Pain, Depression and More

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Every day, more and more Canadians are finding medical cannabis to be a treatment option for a variety of different ailments. But not all Canadians are aware of the potential health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and how its addition to their treatment can, in some cases, help achieve superior patient outcomes.

From pain to anxiety to depression to arthritis, CBD oil has been shown in studies to provide some relief to patients and help alleviate  their symptoms. While a consensus has yet to be reached, there is a lot of promising research that indicating CBD oil could be remarkably effective as a treatment for a variety of typically hard-to-treat conditions.

In this article, we’ll explore the potential benefits CBD oil more in-depth. But before we do, let’s cover the basics: what is CBD oil?

What Is CBD Oil?

As mentioned above, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the more famous cannabis compounds, perhaps only second to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

But while THC has an active psychological and intoxicating effects (the “high” sensation that is typically associated with marijuana), CBD is non-intoxicating. In other words, the person using CBD on its own won’t experience impairment, but it has the ability to alter your mood. 

CBD oil, then, is the CBD extract from the plant mixed with an inert carrier oil (more often than not coconut oil or hemp seed oil).

CBD Oil Use in Pain Relief

The possible benefits of CBD oil and medical cannabis more broadly have been known to humans for thousands of years. CBD oil for pain has specifically shown excellent promise in a variety of studies.

One study showed that CBD was effective at treating neuropathic pain and for pain relief in patients with malignant diseases, with only mild to moderate side effects in a few patients.

Other studies in rats showed a reduction in sciatic nerve pain and inflammation, while also helping in relieving pain from surgical incisions.

While, again, the research isn’t conclusive as of yet, a mounting body of research is showing CBD could be an effective treatment for a variety of pain conditions.

CBD oil for arthritis has also been shown to have positive effects on patients.

CBD Oil’s Role in Lowering Anxiety and Depression

The benefits of CBD oil aren’t limited to pain alone.

For anxiety, one study showed that mice had their symptoms significantly reduced when treated with CBD. Animal studies have also shown CBD to show promise at treating depression.

Meanwhile in humans, evidence shows that CBD can be useful at helping to treat:

  • Panic disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Social anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Depression

Cancer and Cancer Treatment-Related Symptoms

Patients who have experienced cancer symptoms as well as the side effects of cancer treatment have benefited from CBD treatment in studies.

In one study, 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience pain relief form pain medication were treated with the extract. Patients that received CBD and THC experienced significantly more pain reduction compared to patients treated with THC alone.

CBD also has been shown to help with nausea, vomiting, and other common symptoms related to chemotherapy.

Cancer and Cancer Treatment-Related Symptoms

Patients who have experienced cancer symptoms as well as the side effects of cancer treatment have benefited from CBD treatment in studies.

In one study, 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience pain relief form pain medication were treated with the extract. Patients that received CBD and THC experienced significantly more pain reduction compared to patients treated with THC alone.

CBD also has been shown to help with nausea, vomiting, and other common symptoms related to chemotherapy.

Treating Smoking and Drug Withdrawal Effects

CBD oil research also shows it may help people to quit smoking. A 2018 study showed that CBD helped to reduce cravings during tobacco withdrawal. This was believed to be due to the relaxing effects of CBD.

Other studies demonstrated CBD to be helpful in treating people with opioid addictions.

Neuroprotective Properties

Medical cannabis (in this case, CBD) has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. In fact, one study with rats with diabetes showed CBD helped preserve memory and reduce nerve inflammation.

Managing Seizures

The benefits of CBD oil have also extended to helping reduce seizures in patients in some studies. In children with Dravet syndrome as well as people with severe epilepsy, CBD showed a substantial reduction in symptoms.

CBD’s Role in Protecting Heart Health

CBD has demonstrated heart-fortifying properties. It’s been shown to reduce high blood pressure in some studies and its ability to reduce stress has also been shown to have a positive impact on patients’ health.

Side Effects of CBD Oil to Note

Before using CBD oil (or medical cannabis in general), you should consult a doctor at a medical marijuana consulting clinic.

Some possible side effects include:

  • Adverse interactions with other drugs and alcohol
  • Changes in alertness
  • Gastrointestinal problems and loss of appetite
  • Mood changes, including irritability and irritation
  • Fertility reduction in males

Medical Cannabis Consulting for Canadians

If you’re ready to access the many CBD oil health benefits, then you need Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

MMC is a premier cannabis clinic that’s dedicated to assisting 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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Does Manulife Cover CBD Oil? Medical Marijuana Coverage, Eligibility, and Costs

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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have already discovered the benefits of medical cannabis. But many are still unsure of their medical marijuana coverage options.

The good news for patients eager to benefit from the restorative and healing effects of marijuana is that medical marijuana is freely available for those able to obtain a prescription. Even better, the popular insurer Manulife offers medical marijuana coverage, which includes CBD oil, removing another barrier to access for prospective patients. 

The medical marijuana insurance provided by Manulife means that patients can access the medication and not have to worry about being unable to afford the costs. Let’s examine Manulife medical marijuana coverage and answer the question “does Manulife cover CBD oil?”.

What Is Medical Marijuana According to Manulife

In order to understand what conditions are eligible for coverage by Manulife, we need to look at how the insurance provider defines medical marijuana.

The definition is simple enough. According to Manulife, medical marijuana is marijuana that’s meant for use as medicine.

The company also states that marijuana strains that are to be used for medicine typically have a higher cannabidiol (CBD) concentration compared to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Availability of Manulife Insurance Coverage for Medical Marijuana

Manulife does offer medical marijuana coverage. That means that if the plan sponsor has included medical marijuana into the plan, then anyone covered by the plan would be able to access medical marijuana insurance.

The plan sponsor need only submit a request for coverage through their Manulife representative.

HCSA and Eligibility for Claims with Manulife

Claims for medical marijuana are eligible to be considered under a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA).

HCSA coverage is not constrained by necessitating a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN).

It’s worth noting that Manulife itself claims that the HCSA is not ideal for marijuana coverage. The company says that the HCSA does not include strong claims controls. What’s more, the account also won’t include the additional support members and active case management that a patient gets when they access marijuana coverage outside of an HCSA.

The active case management and support team is only available through Manulife’s medical marijuana program.

How Manulife’s Medical Marijuana Insurance Program Works

As mentioned above, the plan sponsor, if they choose to include medical marijuana coverage, needs to submit a request through their Manulife representative.

From there, the request will go through a prior authorization process that lets Manulife confirm that the member has tried other appropriate treatment options to no avail.

Health Conditions for Eligibility

The current eligible health conditions are:

It’s worth noting that Manulife mentions that the list of conditions that medical marijuana can treat is expanding, meaning that more conditions may soon make the list, so it’s worth checking back.

The Medical Marijuana Insurance Approval Process

Medical marijuana is approved for use by the patient if a doctor authorizes its use following the prior authorization process.

The member and their doctor will also have to submit medical information to Manulife. This will include details regarding the conditions that the patient is experiencing and previous treatments. Once received, Manulife will review the information and come to a decision.

If approved, the patient will receive a call from the Shoppers Drug Mart patient care. The pharmacist will review the member’s needs, exploring the different strains available and different methods of consumption. Members will also benefit from ongoing case management from the Shoppers Drug Mart patient care centre.

Responsible Access and Coverage Limits

Manulife will work with plan sponsors in order to come to a recommended annual dollar maximum for medical marijuana claims. This will influence how the sponsor manages further coverage as well as control program costs.

Partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart

Manulife has partnered with popular pharmacy Shoppers Drug Mart in order to offer guidance and help when it comes to accessing medical marijuana. It is through the pharmacy that patients will access their case management and support team.

The pharmacists will advise on different strains of medical marijuana as well as different ways to take the medication. This will in turn help patients build the treatment plan that best works to address their unique needs.

Manulife members will also receive ongoing case management from the Shoppers Drug Mart patient care centre. This includes access to education, regular check-ins, counselling, and phone and email support.

Medical Cannabis Coverage Guidance from Medical Marijuana Consulting

If you’re interested in accessing medical marijuana and need help navigating the complicated legal terrain, Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) is here to help.

MMC is a leading cannabis clinic that helps patients across the country access 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, we are committed to ensuring that every patient that could benefit from medical marijuana is able to access 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.

Related: Does SunLife Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?

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Cannabis for Pain Relief: Strains, Benefits and Usage

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There’s a growing body of research showing the efficacy of medical cannabis for pain relief. But while many patients could benefit from cannabis, there’s still a lot to consider. For one, many people are often confused about which marijuana strains are the best for pain relief, which strains are best for specific conditions, what the potential benefits are of each strain, and how to best use medical cannabis for pain relief.

To that end, let’s take a look at medical cannabis for pain relief and how to identify which strain is appropriate for your treatment.

How Marijuana Assists with Pain Relief

So, how does marijuana help when it comes to pain relief?

As mentioned above, recent research shows that marijuana can be effective as a treatment for a variety of ailments, conditions, and illnesses.

Studies have shown that cannabinoids block receptors in the brain that cause inflammation and pain, which has made marijuana a great treatment for aliments such as:

While the currently available research isn’t totally conclusive, momentum is strongly building behind medical cannabis as a reliable pain treatment.

Marijuana Strains and Plant Types Available for Pain Relief

There are a variety of marijuana strains for pain relief, each providing different benefits for the patient. Let’s take a look at some of these strains and how they can benefit your healthcare regimen.

THC and CBD Strains

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two most well-known compounds in marijuana. While you can get strains with only one of the compounds or both, studies have shown that CBD and THC typically work best in tandem for treating pain symptoms. It’s also worth noting that CBD tends to have a mitigating effect on the “high” feeling that comes as a result of THC use.

Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Hybrids

Marijuana is typically sorted into three categories:

  • Indica
  • Sativa
  • Hybrid (a mixture of the two)

Anecdotal evidence claims that indica has a more calming effect compared to sativa and stimulates one’s appetite. Indica has, in limited studies, also been shown to be more effective at pain relief, but that’s disputable. Sativa is perceived to be more energizing and believed to increase focus.

What’s worth noting is the effect these strains will have on the user. Hybrids can be tricky and to understand the potential effects, you should research the strains that were used to create the hybrid.

While both plants have a slightly different physical appearance, in reality, there are very few differences between the two strains and little scientific evidence behind these perceived “effects.”

Benefits of Cannabis Strains in Treating Pain

Let’s now take a look at whether CBD or THC strains have shown to be more effective at treating pain.

CBD does not directly bind to the receptors found in the endocannabinoid system. Instead, it works to modulate the effects of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally found within the body). By contrast, THC is best used for central and neuropathic pain. It has also been found in some studies to help mitigate pain from AIDS, cancer, and fibromyalgia.

How to Use Cannabis for Pain Relief

So, we know that there’s a strong collection of evidence that shows cannabis for pain relief is effective. But now we need to look at the different methods of marijuana consumption and how that can impact your treatment.

Inhaling

Inhaling is the traditional method of consumption that allows marijuana’s active compounds to be more readily absorbed. This in turn can decrease the central nervous system response to pain sensations.

Edibles

Edibles can have a similar effect to inhalation, albeit slower and less predictable. Here, the active compounds must travel the digestive tract, delaying the onset of the effects. This can at times lead to the overconsumption of edibles due to that delay.

Tinctures and Oils

While also taken orally, tinctures and oils are different from edibles in that they’re absorbed faster. That’s because they can enter the bloodstream immediately rather than having to bypass the digestive tract. This represents a sweet spot for those who want fast-acting relief but are wary of smoking. 

Applying Topicals

Topical treatments are meant for localized pain and inflammation. Because they are absorbed through the skin and as a spot treatment you will not feel high.

Cannabis Side Effects to Consider before Using It for Pain Relief

There are a number of possible side effects that patients ought to be aware of before engaging in their medical marijuana treatment.

Potential dependence, breathing problems from smoking, irregular heart rate, slowed reaction times, memory issues, loss of concentration, and complications with other medications are all potential issues.

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services in Canada

If you’re seeking medical cannabis for pain relief, then you can benefit from a free consultation with Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

We are one of the most trusted names in medical marijuana consulting. MMC helps patients across the country access medical professionals with deep expertise on medical marijuana. Benefit 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, our goal is to ensure everyone who can benefit from medical marijuana treatment is able to access it. 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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7 Common Issues That Canadian Medical Cannabis Patients Experience

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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been prescribed medical marijuana since it became legal in this country back in 2001. Since then, the use of medical cannabis has become increasingly popular, with more and more people curious about whether or not it’s right for them.

Being new at something can be challenging. That’s because there is a lot of information out there to deal with. When it comes to using medical marijuana for the first time, you may have some questions and concerns.

If you are new to medical cannabis, you can skip the “I wish I’d know about that before,” with this list of the seven common issues Canadian medical cannabis patients experience.

1. Being Impatient: The Effects of Medical Cannabis Take Time

Patience is a virtue when it comes to trying medical cannabis. When you take medical marijuana it’s important to remember that like any prescription, it will take time for you to notice the first effects.

How long it will take can depend on the strain, dosage, and whether it’s being smoked, vaped, or eaten. Some reports say you should wait at least 10 minutes if you are vaping or smoking. The effects of edibles on the other hand can take longer to kick in, anywhere from 30 minutes to up to three hours.

Instead of becoming impatient after taking the first dose and increasing the amount you consume, relax to see how long it takes for you to feel the effects. Taking note of how much you used can make it easier the next time you use medical cannabis.

2. Mistaking Cannabis as a Magical Cure

Medical marijuana is a popular prescription for a huge variety of illnesses because it can be helpful. There’s no denying that cannabis is powerful and has helped millions of users from around the world better manage their health issues.

But it’s not a magical cure all.

Most of the benefits associated with medical marijuana are related to the symptoms of underlying issues. And it’s not uncommon for medical cannabis to be prescribed in conjunction with other prescription drugs.

3. Not Understanding the Differences between THC and CBD

Many first-time medical marijuana users think that all cannabis is the same, and don’t understand the difference between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both are cannabinoids that come from the marijuana plant, but they’re very different.

THC is often defined by how cannabis makes you feel. THC can make you feel “high” while CBD tends to interact with parts of the body that reduce inflammation and doesn’t make you feel “high.”

While people typically use THC and CBD to treat different conditions, there is some cross over, with individuals using either or a balance of the two, to help with pain, anxiety, and nausea.

4. Not Experimenting with Different Strains

Medical cannabis is not created equal. Different strains will affect you differently. Some medical cannabis strains are higher in THC (relaxing, pain reliever) while others have higher concentrations of CBD (anti-inflammatory, mood boosting). 

You also have what’s called an endocannabinoid system, this system helps regulate homeostasis and engages directly with cannabinoids. Depending on your metabolism and your endocannabinoid system, your experience with a cannabis strain may be entirely different to another person taking the same strain.

Using the wrong strain could turn you off medical marijuana. That’s why it’s important to talk with a medical professional who is an expert on medical cannabis and can help you choose the best strain for your symptoms.

5. Not knowing the Difference between Smoking and Vaping

There is no right way or wrong way or best way to consume medical marijuana. It’s entirely up to you. Two of the more popular methods are smoking and vaping.

  • Smoking uses dried plant parts or concentrates which are rolled up into a joint using rolling papers or cones. It can also be packed into a bong or pipe.
  • Vaping involves inhaling heated oil or dried cannabis flower through a vaporizing device, which is often called a vape. Vapes often have the ability to adjust the temperature at which the material is heated. Overheating can burn off some of the compounds like terpenes and flavonoids which are often considered as beneficial as the cannabinoids.

6. Not Storing Medical Marijuana Correctly

Another common mistake medical cannabis users make is not storing their medical marijuana properly. Marijuana is a plant, and the buds are flowers. The way you store it can have a big impact on its quality and longevity.

If you are smoking or vaping medical marijuana, keep it in an airtight jar. This protects it from getting crushed and from mould and humidity. And store the jar in a cool, dark place; exposure to light can degrade the buds and reduce its efficacy.  Adding a humidity pack to your jar can also help keep it fresher longer.

7. Not Being Ready for Potential Side Effects

Medical marijuana can help provide some relief from chronic pain and other illnesses. In fact, medical cannabis users often rave about how it went above and beyond their expectations. At the same time, first time medical marijuana users should be prepared for potential side effects, including dry mouth, reddened eyes, dizziness, and increased appetite.

To avoid potential side effects, it’s a good idea for first-time users to stick to the prescribed dosage level and go slowly. Remember, depending on how you are taking your cannabis, it can take a little while for any effects to kick in.   

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

If you’re interested in getting a medical marijuana prescription or want help growing your own medical cannabis at home, a nurse practitioner and/or a patient advisor at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can help.

As a trusted name in medical cannabis consulting, MMC helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. 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.

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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Does SunLife Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?

Manulife Insurance Cover for Medical Marijuana

While medical marijuana has been around for several years now, there remains some confusion among Canadians as to what—if anything— is covered under the typical medical marijuana insurance plan. There are a lot of insurance providers that each offer their own policies and coverage options, but for the purpose of this article we will answer the question: “Does SunLife cover medical marijuana?”

It’s worth noting that SunLife was in fact one of the first providers of medical cannabis insurance coverage under the extended health care benefit. This allowed medical cannabis to be an optional coverage add-on for employers to provide to their employees.

That policy holds to this day—which is good news for the growing number of patients undergoing treatment with cannabis.

Over the past five years, we’ve seen the number of Canadian medical marijuana patients triple from just under 100,000 to well over 300,000 in 2020.

That number is only expected to continue to grow as the medicinal applications of medical cannabis grow and the stigma surrounding the drug fades with time.

Let’s delve a little deeper into SunLife’s medical cannabis insurance coverage.

SunLife Medical Marijuana Coverage for Employers

As mentioned above, SunLife does provide medical cannabis insurance coverage, but only to people employed by a business with the cannabis coverage add-on bundled with their plan.

Here’s a quick breakdown for employers who are considering offering medical marijuana coverage to their employees:

Consider Your Employee Base and Their Needs

As the cannabis grows in popularity and medical applications, it only makes sense that more and more employees will expect some sort of medical cannabis insurance coverage. This need is growing especially acute as cannabis is increasingly being studied as a potential alternative to far more dangerous and addictive substances, like opioids, when treating pain.

What’s more is that as it’s prescription similarly becomes more commonplace, it’s easy to envision a future where it would be seen as irregular or retrograde to not include medical marijuana coverage in employee health benefits.

Risks of Not Covering as Medical Marijuana Grows in Popularity

As more and more businesses offer medical marijuana insurance, it may actually be a detriment to your hiring efforts if your business opts not to provide coverage for medicinal marijuana. It could certainly develop into a differentiator when employees have to decide between two employment offers.

Resources Available to Explain Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage

There are a lot of resources available online about medical marijuana and eligibility for insurance coverage. If you’re looking to understand medical cannabis insurance coverage, then you can contact us here at Medical Marijuana Consulting for services that will help you identify plans that cover medical marijuana. We’ve even developed this helpful guide that is a great place to start.

Eligibility for the Medical Marijuana SunLife Insurance Plan

SunLife provides between $1,500 and $6,000 per year in cannabis benefits per covered person. The exact figure is determined by the plan sponsor when they sign the plan.

Anyone who has a plan with SunLife and whose employer has opted for the medical cannabis insurance coverage is eligible to be assessed for medical marijuana. Following that assessment by a trained medical professional, and provided they meet the clinical criteria, they will be able to access marijuana from a government-regulated dispensary and have the treatment covered by the plan.

A prior approval form for medical cannabis must be completed and assessed by SunLife before any claims can be adjudicated. Only plan members or their dependents—in other words, people who fall under the purview of SunLife’s coverage—will be approved.

SunLife Medical Cannabis Coverage: Cost Considerations

As mentioned earlier, there is a cap at $6,000 for the annual sum covered by a SunLife plan. And again, that number will fall somewhere between $1,500 and $6,000 depending on which plan the sponsor selects. It’s worth noting that users who need more of the treatment than that will likely have to pay out of pocket depending on whether they have any other insurance.

What Is the Best Coverage Option from SunLife?

It’s hard to answer which is the “best” coverage option from SunLife. Of course, the more generous the plan the sponsor obtains, the more medical marijuana treatment that an employee can enjoy without having to fear an expensive bill.

What’s more is that marijuana is being researched as potentially having uses during cancer treatment. Considering that the typical fight against cancer can take years and require a large mix of medications, in those instances, it would appear that $1,500 will be woefully insufficient.

Medical Cannabis Coverage Guidance from Medical Marijuana Consulting

If you’re interested in getting medical marijuana insurance coverage or have questions about the medical cannabis industry in general, then you owe it to yourself to contact Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

We are experts at all manner of medical marijuana insurance, including SunLife, and can help both sponsors and employees alike navigate the new and sometimes confusing legal terrains surrounding medical marijuana.

As one of the most trusted names in the medical cannabis industry, MMC helps patients from across Canada access medical professionals who all have deep expertise in 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 understand and access SunLife benefits.

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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ACMPR License Guide: An Overview of the Process, Rules, and Costs

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What Is the ACMPR License?

In 2016, Health Canada began accepting applications from Canadians who wanted to get a license to grow a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes. Nothing has changed since then; you still need to get the ACMPR license if you want to start growing cannabis for your personal use indoors and outdoors.

Health Canada allows for four licenses per address, which means you can grow for yourself and three other people. You are not allowed to sell to the public and everything produced at the designated location can only go to the people that have licenses designated for that address.

Medical Cannabis Regulation Overview: MMAR, MMPR, and ACMPR

Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR)

Recreational cannabis use became legal in Canada in October 2018, but our history with medical cannabis can be traced back to 2001, and the implementation of the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR).

The MMAR allowed individuals, who had authorization from their healthcare practitioner, to access dried marijuana for medical purposes, which either they or someone they designated grew their own marijuana plants. Or they could purchase it from a Health Canada supplier.

Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)

In June 2013, the Canadian government implemented the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). This outlined conditions for how the commercial medical marijuana industry could responsibly produce and distribute cannabis for medical purposes.

But not everyone likes to smoke cannabis or have to go buy it from a licensed producer. In June 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada found that restricting the legal access to only dried cannabis from licensed producers was unconstitutional.

The courts found that Canadians with a medical need had a right to grow, use, and make other cannabis products. Out of this decision came the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, or ACMPR.

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, or ACMPR

Similar to the MMPR, the ACMPR includes a framework for commercial production by licensed producers. It also sets guidelines allowing individual Canadians to register with a licensed producer, register with Health Canada to produce a specific amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes, or get someone else to grow the medical marijuana for them. 

Like most government regulations though, the ACMPR is not that cut and dry. Nor is it entirely easy to understand. That’s why we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the ACMPR and what you need to grow your own medical marijuana.

How Do You Get an ACMPR License?

There are a few steps you need to take to get an ACMPR license in Ontario or anywhere else in Canada. The first thing you need to do is speak with a doctor about getting a prescription. After getting a prescription from your doctor you need to fill out Health Canada’s ACMPR form.

Then, you need to submit the application to Health Canada. Health Canada will register your prescription and send you your license. Once you receive it, you are now legally allowed to grow medical marijuana at your home.

This process can be confusing, and it can take a while to hear back from Health Canada. The wait time to get your ACMPR license processed can vary anywhere from six weeks to a number of months.

How Much Does an ACMPR License Cost?

Currently, there are no direct licensing fees associated with getting an ACMPR prescription. That’s because doctors and qualified health practitioners cannot charge you to get a prescription or ACMPR license. That said, a doctor can only write you a prescription for medical cannabis for a maximum of one year.

Clinics might charge an administrative fee for filling out the documents and submitting them on your behalf. Unless you go through your physician, you are almost always going to pay an administrative fee.

If you want to grow your own medical cannabis at home, the team at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada. Where most clinics, charge a fee based on the number of plants, the prescription, or take a tiered approach, MMC charges a flat fee for all prescription sizes. The fee for the first authorization is $199 and $99 for the annual renewal.

How Many Marijuana Plants Can You Grow with an ACMPR License?

Now that recreational cannabis use is legal in Canada, there is some confusion about how many marijuana plants you can grow with an ACMPR license. Recreational cannabis users can only legally grow four plants.

For medical marijuana patients, there is, technically, no limit. This doesn’t mean you can grow as much cannabis as you like though. The amount you can grow under an ACMPR license depends on the prescription and your personal medical needs. The higher the prescription, the more plants you can grow.

For example, if you get a prescription for 20 grams, you can grow up to 100 plants. Or, if the prescription is for 95 grams per day, you can legally grow up to 463 plants.

Do You Have to Renew an ACMPR license?

Your ACMPR license needs to be renewed every year. You use the same application form as the one you used to get your original license, the only difference is, you check the box for “Renewal” as opposed to “New Application.”

Visiting your doctor and getting a new prescription is the easy part. Waiting on Health Canada is another matter. Finding the right medical marijuana consulting clinic can make the process of obtaining and renewing your ACMPR quicker.  

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

If you want to grow your own medical marijuana at home, Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can help you get your Health Canada ACMPR license. In fact, with MMC, we make the process of getting your ACMPR license more streamlined and efficient.

A trusted name in medical cannabis consulting, MMC helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. 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.

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 by email at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia: Can Cannabis Treat Chronic Pain and Other Symptoms?

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With medical cannabis acceptance and less of a stigma associated with cannabis use, we’re seeing a correlation in applications and potential conditions that cannabis can treat. Medical cannabis for chronic pain has been of particular interest especially as the opioid crisis continues to cause havoc across the globe.

Researchers have long been looking into potential treatments involving medical cannabis for chronic pain. The research is largely positive about the potential for cannabis, with recent studies showing more and more promise.

Medical cannabis for fibromyalgia pain has naturally gained greater focus as the condition typically carries with it chronic pain.

What Is Fibromyalgia and What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex neurological disorder, with the result being chronic pain. This pain can be felt with, but not limited to:

  • Muscles and connective tissue pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive impairments

There’s no concrete cause of fibromyalgia…yet. For now, many different researchers and doctors have posited a number of theories as to what causes this condition.

One theory links fibromyalgia to endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome.

What Is Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an interconnected network in your body that allows communication between your brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune system.

When working as it should be, the ECS achieves homeostasis—a stable internal environment for your body.

If this system runs into obstacles or finds itself disrupted in some way, the problems, as you’d imagine, can be widespread. Mood, sleep, gastrointestinal health, muscle spasticity, all of these can be impacted by the ECS, which align quite closely with fibromyalgia, which has led some to believe the two are connected.

Does Medical Cannabis Help in Fibromyalgia?

A variety of studies have shown that many of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia—headaches, pain, insomnia—have seen degrees of improvement when treated with medical marijuana.

Further research examined medical marijuana for fibromyalgia specifically and returned some promising results. One study indicated medical cannabis had some effectiveness in reducing symptoms.

Having said that, there is no consensus among the medical community as to marijuana efficacy when it comes to treating all of your fibromyalgia symptoms.

As mentioned, a variety of studies have shown cannabis to be effective at helping patients manage their pain.

While, again, there is some debate in the medical community as to whether medical marijuana for fibromyalgia is 100% effective, past research does suggest that medical cannabis could help mitigate some of the pain symptoms derived from fibromyalgia.

Medical Cannabis for Treating Other Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Sleep Problems and Others

Some studies have also shown medical cannabis to be effective at treating the other symptoms of fibromyalgia aside from pain.

One piece of research from Italy found that almost half of 100 patients found marijuana to be helpful, reducing their needs for painkillers as well as helping with sleep and anxiety.

Risks and Side Effects of Using Medical Cannabis in Fibromyalgia Treatment

Since marijuana is grown rather than engineered in a lab, that can lead to imprecise levels of certain compounds which in turn can have an impact on how the treatment will affect the patient.

What’s more, there’s no definitive evidence at this time to show that medical marijuana for fibromyalgia is proven to be an effective treatment.

Having said that, a number of studies have endorsed the treatment as a potential point of relief for patients, but other studies have pushed back on medical cannabis for fibromyalgia pain.

Is Cannabis Better Than Prescription Drugs for Treating Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

As previously mentioned, there’s a growing body of research that points to medical cannabis for chronic pain being a potentially potent treatment.

The National Pain Foundation conducted a survey in 2014 of over 1,300 patients, of which, 390 survey respondents had used medical cannabis. Many found the drug to be remarkably effective. Almost two-thirds claimed the drug was “very effective” in treating their symptoms.

This was much higher compared to other prescription drug medications.

It’s also worth mentioning that the risk for developing a physical dependency on medical cannabis is far lower compared to opioids and some other traditional medications.

Cannabis Strains for Fibromyalgia Treatment

Depending on the strain of medical cannabis, patients will have different experiences with the treatment.

Each body is different and reacts differently to these unique strains of cannabis, so it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. That said, here is a list of the most effective strains at treating fibromyalgia:

  • Harlequin
  • Cannatonic
  • Tahoe OG
  • Grandaddy Purple
  • GSC
  • Blueberry
  • Bubba Kush
  • Headband

Medical Marijuana Consulting Services for Fibromyalgia in Canada

Suffering from fibromyalgia and finding that prescription medications aren’t fully treating your symptoms? Then it may be time to think about medical cannabis.

The medical cannabis consulting experts at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can provide you with information about medical marijuana and explain different options that are available to you.

MMC provides patients from across Canada with 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), and refer you to a licensed producer.

Benefit from MMC’s personalized white glove treatment, which includes individualized one-on-one educational sessions, treatment plans, and ongoing support. Our medical marijuana clinic also helps with insurance benefits and tax claims.

Interested in growing your own cannabis? Our medical marijuana consulting team can help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

It’s our mission to ensure that everyone who can benefit and wants medical marijuana treatment is able to access the drug. That’s why we’ve implemented our Ambassador Program, where you receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient.

To learn more about Medical Marijuana Consulting and how you can begin benefiting from a unique 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 Marijuana and Epilepsy: Does Cannabis Help Manage Epileptic Seizures?

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While the Government of Canada legalized recreational cannabis use in October 2018, medical marijuana was made legal in Canada in 2001 thanks to a Supreme Court case brought by patient Terry Parker. At the time, health Canada regulated access to cannabis for licensed patients who were allowed to grow their own cannabis or get it from licensed producers.

A lot has changed since then. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada said it was unconstitutional to restrict medical marijuana users to smoking dried marijuana. This has since opened the door for licensed producers to make cannabis oils, gummies, chocolates, and other types of extracts.

The growing acceptance of medical marijuana and recent legalization of recreational cannabis has led to it being used to help treat a wide variety of health conditions—everything from pain, nausea, and lack of appetite to epilepsy.

While there is a growing body of scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest that medical cannabis can be used to treat some forms of epileptic seizures, the research is ongoing. And it’s important that you talk to a medical professional with a background in medical cannabis before adding it to your medication regime.

What Is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that results in recurring seizures that vary in intensity and duration, from short and undetectable to long and violent. The cause of epileptic seizures is not fully understood, but they are generally caused by disturbances in specific parts of the brain that increase brain activity and result in recurring seizures.

In addition to seizures, symptoms of epilepsy include temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable movements of the arms and legs, and even psychotic symptoms including fear, anxiety, déjà vu, and seeing auras.

You can be diagnosed with having epilepsy if you have:

  • At least two unprovoked seizures.
  • One unprovoked seizure and are very likely to have another.
  • Are diagnosed with an epilepsy syndrome.

It is thought that around 260,000 Canadians have epilepsy. And that number is growing every day.

  • Roughly 60% of new patients are senior citizens or young children.
  • 14.6% are 0-17 years old
  • 44% are diagnosed before the age of 5.
  • 55% before the age of 10.
  • 75% to 85% before age 18.
  • 72.8% are 18-64 years old.
  • 12.6% are over the age of 65.

What Causes Epilepsy?

Due to the different underlying causes, which can be hard to identify and even detect, there are different types of epilepsy. A person might have an epileptic seizure if they have one or more of the following.

  • A genetic tendency, inherited from one or both parents.
  • A genetic predisposition that is not inherited but can change a person’s genetic makeup.
  • A structural change in the brain, which could be a result of brain development, or damaged by a brain injury, or infection like meningitis, a stroke, or tumour.
  • Genetic conditions like neurofibromatosis (causes growth in the brain) and tuberous sclerosis (genetic condition that can cause growth on the nerves).

Does Medical Cannabis Manage Epileptic Seizures?

Many Canadians that suffer from epilepsy say medical marijuana helps stop their seizures. Because research has been limited by the previous laws and regulations, there are not a huge number of scientific studies that back this up. But early evidence from laboratory studies and small clinical studies over the years suggest that medical marijuana can potentially help control seizures.

The findings show that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a well-known active ingredient in cannabis, can have medicinal effects. Like THC, cannabidiol (CBD) is also emerging as one of marijuana’s leading medicinal compounds.

Both CBD and THC are in a group of compounds called cannabinoids. They bind to receptors in the body, including the brain, and have been shown to have the potential to treat pain associated with conditions like multiple sclerosis. They also work with other signaling systems within the brain, but how it works in managing epileptic seizures is not fully understood. At least not yet.

That doesn’t mean that scientists aren’t making headway. In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is similar to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada, approved CBD for the treatment of epilepsy.

Side Effects when Treating Epilepsy with Medical Marijuana

Because the number of verified scientific studies that look at how cannabis can manage epilepsy are relatively small, so too is the data on potential side effects. Some of the most common side effects include sleepiness, fatigue, a decrease in appetite, and diarrhea.

We also don’t know yet how CBD might interact with other seizure medications.

Side effects can also vary depending on how medical cannabis is used—whether it’s smoked, eaten, or in a beverage.

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

If you suffer from epilepsy and your seizures are not responding to traditional therapies, the medical cannabis consulting experts at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) can provide you with information about medical marijuana and explain different options that are available to you.

A trusted name in medical cannabis consulting, MMC helps patients from across Canada get access to medical professionals who are experts on medical marijuana. 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), and refer you to a licensed producer.

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 benefits and tax claims.

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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