The Importance of Self-Care

Doctors have never been busier. The ratio of doctors to patients in Canada remains below rich country averages. The hours they work are declining and, as paperwork demands continue to increase, the amount of time they spend with patients is also falling. it’s harder than ever to get a doctor’s attention and, for those seeking alternative treatment, like medical cannabis, it can seem impossible.

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A cure for trauma?

New research shows cannabis is medicine for PTSD Canada suffers from one of the highest rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the world with 9.2 percent of the population suffering from the psychological condition. To treat it most doctors prescribe a mix of pharmaceuticals and therapy, but one of the most popular medicines is…

What’s Bioavailability?

Painters prime. Musicians tune. Runners hydrate and weightlifters slam creatine. They all know that what they do before the main event is crucial to what happens during. Emerging science suggests the same is true for consuming cannabis. When it comes to absorbing THC and CBD what you eat before chewing an edible or smoking a…

Chronic Pain Begone

Sarah from British Columbia understands what it means to hurt. She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and has suffered from severe chronic pain her entire life. The incurable disease affects the connective tissue in every part of the body. Symptoms range anywhere from stretchy skin and hypermobility to debilitating musculoskeletal pain and arterial and intestinal fragility.…

Medicine Gone

Phil McMillan opened the Nelson Compassion Club in 1999 so, “8 grannies didn’t have to buy their marijuana at the bus stop.” Modelled after Vancouver’s BC Compassion Club, the country’s first, the Kootenay, B.C. club’s mission was to be the equivalent of a pharmacy for cannabis patients, providing affordable access to medicine and advice. Ironically,…

Do No Harm

How cannabis legalization actually made it harder for patients The Cannabis Act was supposed to make it easier for everyone to access cannabis. But that’s not what John Conroy is hearing from many of the more than 360,000 medical marijuana patients in Canada. “When it legalized cannabis the government focused on the recreational market and…

CBD. Is it a drug?

Natural food stores want to make it easier for Canadians to get medicine Is CBD a drug or a natural health product? That’s the debate pitting health food stores against Health Canada.  “As a naturally occurring substance, CBD should be regulated as a natural health product,” says Helen Long, president of Canadian Health Food Association. Before…

5 steps to getting started with medical cannabis

Health Canada may have legalized medical cannabis in 2001, but 20 years later it remains in a grey area. Doctors can prescribe it, but Health Canada has never approved cannabis for treating any specific ailments. There are no official recommendations for what it can treat, how to dose it or even what strains to use,…