CONDITIONS THAT CANNABIS MAY HELP
**cannabis is a personal alternative medicinal choice. We cannot guarantee results. The following information is for guidance only.
Research shows that cannabis can be an effective treatment for anxiety. It can help in combatting the endless worry and nervousness that comes along with anxiety disorders. CBD from cannabis or hemp is extremely helpful, but high levels of THC are usually not beneficial for these conditions.
ARTHRITIS / CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE / LUPUS / FIBROMYALGIA / CHRONIC PAIN
These devastating diseases and conditions can make a person’s world a very uncomfortable and painful place. The pain relieving qualities of cannabis make it a viable treatment for these conditions. Cannabis can help manage pain, aid in relaxation, and is an anti-inflammatory. There have been studies that show that cannabis can be used for opioid dose reduction strategies.
The effects of radiation and chemotherapy can be debilitating. Cannabis can be used as an effective treatment to counteract the negative side effects. It can calm nausea and stimulate the appetite, and can help alleviate the pain, depression and anxiety associated with treatment.
Many patients have had success in using cannabis to treat their depression. In comparison with anti-depressants, which may take weeks to notice a difference, many people find immediate relief in using cannabis to treat this condition. A combination of THC and CBD is usually recommended, but it may take some experimenting to find the correct dosage.
There has been some evidence that cannabis can be beneficial in being used along with prescription medications to reduce the number of episodes in persons with epilepsy. Strains that are higher in CBD’s have been proven to work best.
Cannabis is a powerful medicine to help overcome the symptoms associated with the disease. Patients often experience a wasting syndrome, wherein their bodies do not process or assimilate nutrition properly. Cannabis stimulates appetite and alleviates pain. This makes it an effective treatment for this disease.
The healing properties of cannabis can help alleviate the discomfort of GI disorders such as Crohn’s, IBS and Ulcerative Colitis. The active ingredients, called cannabinoids, bind to receptors in the digestive tract, calming spasms, mollifying pain, and improving gastric mobility.
These unbearable and long-lasting headaches are paralyzing and are often accompanied by muscle tension and nausea. When cannabis is inhaled with a vaporizer, it can quickly alleviate migraine symptoms. Patients can avert the brunt of the migraine headache attack, and minimize both the amplitude of the pain and the length of its effect by using cannabis at the first sign of an attack. Cannabis oil may also be beneficial for longer lasting effects.
MOVEMENT DISORDERS AND MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
These difficult conditions normally leave patients with impairment or involuntary movement resulting from nerve damage. Cannabis is particularly effective in treating spasticity. Movement related medical conditions impact individuals who have suffered strokes or have MS, Parkinson’s, CP. Cannabinoids possess anti-spasticity, pain relieving, and anti-tremor properties.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Traumatic and violent events can leave a person debilitated and scarred for long periods of time. Victims of violent events, or veterans who have seen combat, are both likely to suffer from PTSD. These patients can suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and anger. Cannabis can help with sleep, as well as supress the severity of nightmares. It can reduce anxiety and depression by helping patients relax.
Medical cannabis has been recognized as a therapy for the management of glaucoma since the 1970’s. These studies have shown a reduction of 25-30% in intraocular pressure which lasts between 2 and 4 hours. Cannabinoids may also be an effective analgesic for the management of pain resulting from glaucoma.
These are just some of the medical conditions that can effectively be treated with medical cannabis. Please check out our MEDICAL CANNABIS page for other qualifying conditions, or call us at 905-286-4420 for more information.
HEALTH CANADA’S MEDICAL CANNABIS/MARIJUANA PROGRAM - ACMPR
Medical cannabis is available to patients through a prescription. There is extensive evidence that it provides therapeutic value in the treatment of many medical conditions.
The system is called ACMPR, which stands for Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. To be able to order cannabis from a licensed grower, you need a prescription from a medical doctor. When you have that prescription, we submit the required paperwork with a Licensed Producer (a cannabis pharmacy) to supply you with safe, standardised, inspected, natural medicine. If your doctor is not agreeable to prescribe medical cannabis to you, we have doctors who believe in this natural choice.
WHAT IS CANNABIS?
Cannabis, which is also called marijuana, is a remarkable flowering plant. It is not the evil or dangerous drug that we have been led to believe it is. In fact, it is highly versatile in providing relief for a large number of medical ailments, with a high degree of safety. When consumed responsibly, medicinal cannabis can help patients with: pain relief, muscle relaxation, inflammation, insomnia, appetite loss, anxiety, cancer, depression, nausea, spasms, seizures, migraines, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, gastrointestinal issues such as Crohn’s and colitis, post- traumatic stress, Parkinson's, and much more.
WHAT ARE THE THERAPUTIC COMPONENTS OF CANNABIS?
Cannabis contains many components called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are responsible for the medicinal value. Your body contains a system called the Endocannabinoid System. It is a series of receptors located in your nervous system and organs. It was discovered in the 1990’s that many bodily functions are controlled by cannabis-like substances produced by your brain, immune system and organs. Cannabis targets the receptors in this system.
There are over 100 cannabinoids identified in cannabis.
The most commonly known ones are:
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) It is the only psychoactive cannabinoid which is responsible for the “high” feeling. It is great for pain relief, reducing inflammation, relaxation, stress relief, euphoria, and appetite.
The second most predominate cannabinoid in cannabis is called:
CBD (Cannibidiol) It has no psychoactive properties, but produces a physical and mental effect. It is responsible for relaxation, it is an anti- inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety and anti-epileptic. It is being used for many medical conditions where the patient does not want the “high” feeling that comes with using THC.
WHAT ARE THE STRAINS OF CANNABIS?
Strains of cannabis are different types of plants. The three main types are Indica, Sativa and Hybrid.
Indica plants deliver a mostly physical effect that can be relaxing, sedating, and pain relieving. It is generally best to consume before meals, late in the day, or before bed for deep relaxation and sleep. It gives you predominately a body feeling. Patients can find it helpful for arthritis, insomnia, pain relief, muscle tension/spasms, glaucoma.
Sativa plants deliver a more stimulating effect and can enhance energy, creativity, and provide feelings of happiness. It is best to use for daytime. Patients can find it helpful for depression, migraines, pain relief and nausea. It is a good choice for patients who suffer from low energy along with pain. Not recommended for patients who experience anxiety from THC use.
Hybrid Many strains of cannabis are hybrid (combination) of indica and sativa, with one or the other being dominant. Hybrids can deliver the “best of both worlds” combination of medical uses and effects.