How to Get Coverage with Your Insurance Provider

Many major insurance companies include medical cannabis in their insurance plans. You may already be using medical cannabis and not even know that your insurer will cover it.  

Here’s a list of the most common insurance companies in Canada who include medical cannabis in their plans.  

Sunlife 

Sunlife reimburses medical cannabis if it is part of a treatment plan for cancer symptoms, multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS and individuals requiring palliative care. The amount you can be reimbursed depends on which plan you choose and the coverage is available through an Optional Coverage plan.  

The Cooperators  

The Cooperators reimburse medical cannabis patients who have had a diagnosis of chronic pain, muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Patients can access this coverage through Optional Coverage in an existing plan. 

Greenshield  

Greenshield provides coverage to patients for medical cannabis when they’ve been diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain, spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, and nausea/vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. Coverage can be accessed through Optional Coverage in an existing plan. 

Desjardin 

Coverage for medical cannabis with Desjardin is available for treatments of cancer symptoms, refractory neuralgia, nausea and vomiting, caused by chemotherapy, and spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis or a lesion of the spinal cord. Your coverage can be accessed through a Healthcare Spending Account.

Manulife  

With Manulife, cannabis reimbursement is available for patients who have been diagnosed with stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, nausea and vomiting, undergoing chemotherapy, and chronic neuropathic pain. Coverage is available through a Healthcare Spending Account. 

If you have further questions about how to get coverage for your medical cannabis give is a call 1-844-312-5143 

Or email patientcare@medmc.ca. We’re always happy to help 🙂 

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How to Claim Medical Cannabis on Your Taxes

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You might not realize but, like any other medical prescription, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) allows medical cannabis to be claimed as a medical expense deduction on your federal income taxes. Provided you’re informed and prepared, it’s easy to do. Let’s have a look! 

Who’s eligible?  

If you have a receipt for medical cannabis, which you have bought from a Licensed Producer, you’re eligible! The key is to keep hold of all your receipts. You’ll need them when you’re filing your taxes at the end of your tax period.  

How much can you claim?  

You can claim the entire amount you paid for your medical cannabis. Whether it’s dried flower, oils, concentrates, topicals or edibles. However, you can’t claim on accessories. For example, you can claim on a concentrate cartridge but not a vaporizer battery. This also excludes pipes, rolling equipment or items for storage.   

How do I file for my medical cannabis?    

When you file your Tax Returns calculate the total amount you’ve spent on medical cannabis in that tax period. You can then add this to amount to any other medical expenses that you plan to claim on your T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return. At the end of the tax year, submit your receipts or, if you file online, enter your medical expenses in the deductions and credits section.  

How much will be deducted? 

Your total medical expenses minus the lesser of $2,268 or 3% of your income after taxes. Every province has different tax laws and policies so don’t forget to check and follow your provincial guidelines.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Patient Care Team. Call 1-844-312-5143 today. They’d be delighted to help. 

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How to Decarb Cannabis in Your Oven

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So, you’ve decided you want to make homemade edibles, maybe you’re making brownies or gummies. Well, the first step is always to decarboxylate your cannabis. Luckily you can do this at home and you don’t necessarily need any fancy tools to do so, in fact, you can easily do it in your oven! 

So, why do you need to decarb your cannabis? 

Heat is essential to activate the cannabinoids in your cannabis which give it its symptom relieving potential. In the same way that you light a joint or put cannabis in a vaporizer, you’re heating up the cannabis to activate it. Essentially, without heating your cannabis you won’t feel any of the its effects.  

If you don’t wish to decarb your cannabis in your oven, as it can produce a strong smell of cooked cannabis, there are over ways you can decarb your cannabis at home. You can buy machines like the Nova which will decarb your cannabis with reduced smell. Or, if you’re decarbing your cannabis to make canna-butter, you can use a Magical Butter Machine.

But if you’d rather do it the old fashion way, here’s a step by step guide on how you to decarb cannabis in your oven at home.

What you will need  

  • A baking tray or glass dish 
  • Aluminium foil or parchment paper  
  • Cannabis, dried flower (if you’re making canna-butter use 1 oz) 
  • Oven 
  • Grinder or scissors  

Time

  • 2-5 minutes prep 
  • 25-30 minutes bake 

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 220°F. 
  1. Remove the stems from your cannabis and carefully break it down using a grinder, scissors or your hands to about the size of a grain of rice. Try and avoid breaking it down too fine as you don’t want it to burn.  
  1. Spread your foil or parchment paper onto your oven proof dish and carefully layer your ground, dried flower on top. Place the dish in the oven on the centre rack for 25-30 minutes.  
  1. Check on your cannabis frequently while it’s in the oven but try to not open your oven door too much. You can gently mix it to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Over time the colour of the cannabis will change and turn a darker brown-green.  
  1. When it’s done it will be light-medium brown and very dry. If it isn’t pop it back in for a few more minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. When it is cool transfer it to a storage container.

Now you have decarbed your cannabis you can make all the edibles you desire.

Happy Decarbing! 

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