Guide to Medical Cannabis Insurance Coverage in Ontario: ODSP, OHIP, and VAC

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Even though marijuana legalization is in the rear-view mirror in Canada, to this day there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding medical cannabis insurance coverage in Ontario, such as “does ODSP cover medical marijuana?” That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you navigate the sometimes-complicated Ontario insurance system and how it impacts your medical cannabis coverage.

In Ontario, there are multiple government-funded insurance programs that you may qualify for. In this piece, we’ll examine three of them and their policies regarding marijuana: Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).

What Is the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?

ODSP is a wide-reaching long-term assistance program that is provided by the Ontario government. It covers basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, vision care, and medication for people with disabilities.

In order to qualify for ODSP, you must be at least 18 years of age, live in Ontario, be in financial need, and qualify as a person with a disability.

Does ODSP Cover Medical Marijuana?

Currently, ODSP doesn’t cover medical marijuana; however, it is a controversial position, especially since medical marijuana is increasingly being adopted as an alternate to opiates. While opiates are covered by ODSP, they are generally considered to have more negative side effects and be more addictive than cannabis.

ODSP does cover up to $300 to purchase a vaporizer, however, so it’s not all bad news.

What Is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

OHIP is the government-run healthcare plan in Ontario that covers almost all upfront medical costs (except dental and vision).

Ontario residents who qualify for OHIP (which is the vast majority) have access to:

  • Family doctor appointments
  • Walk-in clinic appointments and other health clinic appointments
  • Emergency room services
  • Surgeries and medical tests

It’s worth noting that OHIP, except in specific circumstances, does not cover prescription medicine.

To qualify for OHIP, you must physically be in Ontario for at least 153 days in a year and make the province your primary residence, as well as have Canadian citizenship (or a variety of near-equivalent statuses like permanent residency).

Is Medical Marijuana Covered by OHIP?

At the moment, OHIP does not cover medical marijuana, which isn’t all that surprising; OHIP does not cover most prescription drugs.

What Is Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)?

VAC is a federally run program that is meant to assist and provide support for military veterans. This includes medical funding but also extends to disability benefits, career services, and financial assistance programs.

In order to qualify for VAC services, one must have served in the Canadian Armed Forces or be currently serving.

Medical Cannabis Coverage for Veterans by VAC

VAC provides, among all the social assistance programs in this piece, the most funding for medical cannabis. VAC employs a reimbursement model that repays veterans for any cannabis legally purchased from vendors. Typically, coverage can be up to $8.50 per gram of cannabis, and some licensed producers, like Medical Cannabis By Shoppers, offer to cover any additonal costs for veterans who buy cannabis that is more than $8.50.

Other Ontario Insurance Plans That Cover Synthetic Cannabis Only

On top of those above social programs and their relation to medical cannabis, there are several other Ontario assistance programs that do provide some relief for medical marijuana users—though these programs only cover synthetic cannabis.

Ontario Works is a social assistance program that helps recipients afford food, medication, and clothing. It also provides employment assistance services to those who qualify (those in financial need).

Ontario Works does provide assistance for synthetic cannabis prescriptions. Currently, there is only one synthetic cannabinoid prescription drug available in Canada: Sativex.

Another social program, the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB), also covers synthetic cannabis prescription costs.

In order to qualify for ODB, there are several prerequisites:

  • You must be 24 years old or younger and not be covered by a private insurance plan
  • You must be currently living in a long-term care home
  • You must receive assistance from Ontario Works or the ODSP
  • You must qualify for the Trillium Drug Program, which is a program designed to help those with high medication costs afford their prescription, including coverage of synthetic cannabis

Medical Marijuana Consulting for Cannabis Coverage

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to medical cannabis insurance coverage in Ontario. And that’s why Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) makes things easier with premier medical cannabis consulting services.

Let us cut away the complications, so you can start getting relief faster.

We’re experts at helping Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, first-responders, motor vehicle accident patients, and seniors access medication that can help deliver positive medical outcomes.

At MMC, we work with you to create a customized treatment plan and provide full-spectrum service, helping you secure a prescription, assist you in paying for the medicine costs through insurance (if eligible), and help select a licensed producer.

Our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners will be with you every step of the way. And if you’re thinking about growing your own medical cannabis at home, we’ll help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

Get in contact for a free consultation or connect with us by email at patientcare@medmc.ca and by phone at 1-844-312-5143 to begin your healing journey.

Join now and become a part of our Ambassador Program, where you’ll receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient, helping more people get the health outcomes they deserve with medical marijuana.

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Medical Marijuana for Depression: Can Cannabis Help Treat This Mood Disorder?

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Virtually everyone feels sad at some point. Many might even use terms like “depression” or “depressed” to describe their everyday feelings. But the normal experiences of life are not the same as being clinically depressed.

If you’re feeling permanently down or have intense feelings of sadness and have lost interest in life, it might indicate that there is a more serious issue at play: depression.

According to one recent study, depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting people in every age category. There are a variety of ways you can treat depression, from therapy to exercise, to prescription medication.

There is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that medical cannabis can be a useful treatment for depression.

What Is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is a mood disorder that alters brain chemistry and leaves sufferers with persistent feelings of loss, anger, and deep sadness. Just because depression originates in the brain doesn’t mean it just affects the mind.

Depression is a serious illness that affects both the mind and body and can lead to a range of physical and emotional problems. And it can be fatal.

Emotional symptoms can include anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness, feeling empty, and hopelessness. Depression can also result in physical symptoms, ranging from loss of appetite, reduced sexual desire, drinking excessively, unable to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, thinking and talking more slowly, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, fatigue, weight changes, pains, headache, and digestive problems.

Despite the large number of symptoms, many Canadians don’t even know they are physically suffering from depression. According to the most recent data from Statistics Canada, 5.4% of Canadians 15 years of age and older reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder, including4.7% for major depression.

On top of that, more than 12%, or roughly one in eight Canadian adults, said they had symptoms that fit the criteria for a mood disorder at some point in their life, including 11.3% for depression.

What does depression look like? There are a number of different types of depression, including:

  • Major Depression: A severe and persistent low mood, profound sadness, or a sense of despair. 
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder: Low-grade form of persistent depression once know as dysthymia. Not a minor form of depression, dysthymia can even be more disabling than major depression.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Once referred to as “manic depression” and characterized by extreme mood swings.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: SAD occurs when people are susceptible to bouts of depression during the winter months.
  • Postpartum Depression: More than just the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a severe, long-lasting form of depression.

Causes of Depression

There are a large number of possible causes of depression, that can range from biological to circumstantial.

  • Early childhood trauma
  • Conflict with family or friends
  • Genetics/Family history
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of a friend or loved one
  • Major life transitions like divorce, infidelity, a new baby, moving away, financial loss, illness, retirement, job loss, etc.
  • Serious illness
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse

Can Marijuana Help Treat Depression?

More and more studies are being conducted on the potential benefits of using medical marijuana for depression.

One academic study from 2014 showed that medical marijuana helped with pain management. Participants reported a 64% decrease in pain while using marijuana. A large number also said they experienced less anxiety and slept better after using cannabis.

Research conducted at the University Medical Center Utrecht, in the Netherlands found that THC can alter the response to negative images or emotions. It can help modulate negative emotions or emotional processing.

And according to a 2020 research study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, many patients who used cannabis experienced antidepressant effects. The extent of the effects and each patients’ experiences, however, varied with chemotypic properties of the plant.

Does Marijuana Cause Depression?

There is lots of evidence to show that medical cannabis can help treat depression. But can marijuana use actually cause depression?

Interestingly, research suggests that those who smoke marijuana regularly or heavily, are diagnosed with depression more than non-smokers are.

But correlation is not causation. There is no link to suggest that marijuana directly causes depression. It’s thought that genetic, environmental, or other factors that trigger depression leads to marijuana use.

If you or family members have a history of mental health issues, it’s important to seek support and guidance from an experienced medical practitioner before experimenting with medical cannabis to ensure this treatment is right for you.

MMC, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) makes it easy to access medical cannabis. As a trusted name in the industry, MMC has been providing patients across Canada with access to medical professionals who are experts on the topic of medical marijuana and depression.

Our dedicated 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.

In addition to helping, you navigate the medical marijuana system, MMC’s white glove treatment means you get access to one-on-one educational sessions that cover everything you need to know about medical cannabis, including how to safely consume medical marijuana and what dosages to take. Our cannabis clinic also helps with insurance benefits, understanding how to claim your medical cannabis on your taxes and 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 1-844-312-5143, or email us at patientcare@medmc.ca.

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How Medical Marijuana Can Help Tackle Anxiety

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Medical marijuana is not only growing in popularity, but also in applicability. Research and medical professionals are continuing to find more and more ailments that can be treated with the help of medical cannabis. And one area that’s seeing a lot of interest these days is medical marijuana for anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the world. In Canada, for instance, Statistics Canada finds that 3% of the population suffers from anxiety, or about one in 33 people.

But the upside is that anxiety can be treated—and we’re seeing more and more evidence that medical cannabis for anxiety could be part of the solution to many people’s struggles.

Let’s take a deeper look into how medical marijuana can help tackle anxiety.

What Is Anxiety?

To one degree or another, we’ve all experienced some form of stress that feels like anxiety. From asking a special someone on a date to making a speech in front of the office, everyone has experience with an anxiety-inducing episode.

But anxiety disorders are where those feelings are long-lasting and overwhelming, typically inducing crippling fear.

Anxiety disorders are typically chronic, according to Statistics Canada, and last for at least six months on average. What’s more, they tend to get worse over time when left untreated, not better. The good news is that treatments—like CBD—may significantly reduce symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

The most common symptoms of anxiety are a sense of overwhelming fear and dread, which can in turn affect your ability to function at work or in social settings.

Other symptoms include:

  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Debilitation or exhaustion

What Is the Difference between Anxiety and Stress?

As mentioned earlier, everyone has experienced stress or an anxiety-inducing episode at least once in their life, but those with anxiety disorders struggle with recurring, persistent, and long-term anxiety attacks, which can lead to the above symptoms.

In other words, stress is dealing with the day-to-day rigours of life, while anxiety tends to be internally sourced and more intractable.

Using Medical Marijuana to Treat Anxiety

Even before medical marijuana was legalized in Canada, many parts of the U.S., and in several other countries around the world, many people were self-medicating with cannabis.

That’s because marijuana has shown signs of being able to help treat the many symptoms of anxiety.

There is a growing body of research showing cannabidiol (also known as CBD, a cannabis molecule that is non-intoxicating) reduces stress levels and other anxiety-related symptoms in animals, with those results likely replicable in humans with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Fear, one of the most debilitating symptoms of an anxiety disorder, also shows marked improvement in studies. While this research isn’t conclusive as of yet, it does show promising signs that medical marijuana for anxiety in Canada could be helpful in treating many people’s mental health.

Even trauma-related disorders, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have seen positive change as the result of CBD treatments. And better yet, cannabidiol carries with it fewer side effects. More evidence suggests that CBD could present a viable alternative to more common therapeutic treatments of PTSD. 

If you’re interested in seeing if medical cannabis for anxiety is right for you, see a medical marijuana consulting service or a medical marijuana clinic to find out more.  

Can Marijuana React with Other Anxiety Medications?

If you’re already taking other medication, does that mean that you can’t take medical marijuana for anxiety?

So far, the available studies and patient reports show that some mixes are more concerning than others. At this time, we lack the necessary research to definitively say “yes” or “no”, so you’re always best off connecting with a medical professional before mixing treatments.

Research has shown that SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), like Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, and Lexapro, have shown very few adverse interactions with cannabis. This also applies to NDRIs (norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors) like Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, and Forfivo.

So, while experts still need to see more research before they can concretely say that marijuana poses no risk to a patient when mixed with other common anxiety treatments, the early signs are very positive.

Contact a Premier Medical Cannabis Clinic to Get Medical Cannabis for Anxiety

Anxiety is a struggle that you or your loved one should not have to embark on alone.

Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC) knows how difficult anxiety disorders can be to the patient and their family and friends. That’s why MMC has stepped in to help patients find the best medical cannabis treatment plan to address their symptoms.

We specialize in helping Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, first-responders, motor vehicle accident patients, and seniors discover superior health outcomes with the help of medical cannabis.

We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan and provide end-to-end service that will help you secure a prescription, assist you in paying for the medicine costs through insurance (if eligible), and help select a licensed producer.

Be supported during your treatment with our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. And if you’re thinking about growing your own medical cannabis at home, we’ll help you apply for a Grow Your Own License with Health Canada.

Get in contact for a free consultation or connect with us by email at patientcare@medmc.ca and by phone at 1-844-312-5143 to begin your healing journey.

Join now and become a part of our Ambassador Program, where you’ll receive $15 for every person you refer to MMC that becomes a patient, helping more people get the health outcomes they deserve with medical marijuana.

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Using CBD Oil for Arthritis Pain Relief

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While recreational cannabis only became legal in Canada in October 2018, medical marijuana has been around a lot longer. In fact, medical marijuana has been used to legally treat a large number of health conditions since 2001.

And there is mounting evidence to suggest medical cannabis can help alleviate symptoms associated with Canada’s most prevalent chronic health condition: arthritis.

If you think arthritis is a condition that only afflicts those who are older—think again. Arthritis can strike at any age and it never goes away. According to the Arthritis Society, six million Canadians have arthritis; that’s 20% of the population. That number is rising too. By 2040, almost 25% of the Canadian population, or 1 in 4, will have arthritis.

A complex disease with over 100 variants, arthritis results in painful inflammation and stiffness of joints, which seriously impedes the ability to live a full life. And, if left untreated, it can cause permanent joint damage.

While there is no cure for arthritis, there is hope. If you suffer from arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, cannabidiol (CBD) oil could play an important role in relieving the symptoms associated with these chronic conditions.

What Is CBD Oil?

There are more than 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis that can affect your body and mind. The two that doctors know the most about are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the compound that gets you high when you smoke, eat, or vape marijuana. CBD does not make you high. It may cause some drowsiness, though. That’s why many people choose CBD oil products to help them deal with their medical conditions instead of smoking or consuming marijuana.

It’s important to note that while CBD alone can help treat inflammation and pain, it is often recommended that patients use a product with at least a small amount of THC as these two compounds play well together. A high CBD product with a small amount of THC can often provide patients with better symptom management. So, don’t rule out THC as part of your treatment.

Thanks to the growing acceptance of medical and recreational marijuana, there has been an increase in the number of CBD oil products you can find. It’s also why so many people are turning to CBD oil products to help treat various health issues.

According to the most recent data, about 9.5% of medical cannabis users in Canada reported using CBD products. And the number one reason why was due to pain. In fact, inflammation, nerve pain, muscle pain, and joint pain accounted for more than 20% of all conditions cited by users.

Those who use CBD oil say they have experienced an improvement in pain or stiffness, physical function, sleep, and their overall well-being.

Does CBD Oil Work for Arthritis Pain?

Research evaluating how CBD oil works for arthritis pain is underway, and the data is encouraging.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • A 2008 study found that CBD used to treat chronic pain reduced pain and improved sleep without any negative side effects.
  • A 2016 study conducted at the University of Toronto and University of Ottawa found that CBD oil had potent anti-inflammatory properties.
  • In the summer of 2015, a Canadian researcher at the Dalhousie University in Halifax began a study trying to determine whether medical marijuana can help repair arthritic joins and relieve pain.
  • A 2019 survey of more than 1,000 people suffering from arthritis found that 57% of those had used cannabis to treat their symptoms with more than 90% saying it helped ease their pain.
  • A study published in May 2019 found that rheumatoid arthritis patients said medical cannabis was an alternative therapy they liked to use with prescription medications or as means of tapering off these medications.
  • A large survey of medical cannabis users in Arizona found that 77% of fibromyalgia patients, 63% of patients with arthritis, and 51% of those suffering from neuropathic pain reported experiencing “a lot or almost complete overall pain relief .”

Taken together, studies like these shed light into the wide range of clinical uses of CBD oil and medical cannabis.

How Does CBD Oil Help in Providing Pain Relief?

A large number of studies have been conducted but the scientific community still hasn’t come to consensus on how CBD oil for pain relief works.

What the research suggests though is that cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with receptors in the brain that influence pain and inflammation in the body. It is thought that CBD blocks certain receptors that allow levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide to increase in the body. Anandamide is one of two cannabinoids the human body naturally produces.

What does that mean? Scientists think that CBD affects the way these receptors respond to the signals they receive, which leads to reduced inflammation and pain.

Again, there is data to back this up. A 2017 review found that CBD helped with chronic neuropathic pain. And a 2020 review reported that CBD could be beneficial for relieving chronic pain, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.

Are There Any Side Effects of CBD Oil?

There really are very few negative side effects associated with moderate doses of CBD oil. The most common reported side effects include dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue, and diarrhea.

CBD is thought to have the potential to interact with some drugs taken by those suffering from arthritis pain. So, it’s important to talk to a healthcare practitioner that has an extensive background in CBD.

Medical Marijuana Consulting, Making Access to Medical Cannabis Simple

Studies confirm that CBD oil is effective in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. If you’re thinking of medicating with CBD oil or medical marijuana, it’s important that you talk to a healthcare professional and develop a personalized medical cannabis treatment plan. If you’re not sure where to begin, contact the medical cannabis consulting professionals at Medical Marijuana Consulting (MMC).

At MMC, our holistic approach to prescribing medical cannabis helps our patients navigate the medical marijuana system and get the access to medical cannabis they deserve. We specialize in helping veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, first-responders, motor vehicle accident patients, and seniors

Not only will we work with you to create a personal treatment plan, our team of physicians, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription, assist you in getting your prescription costs covered through your insurance provider (if eligible), and help patients to 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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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.

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Happy Decarbing! 

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