Is Medical Cannabis Right for You?
Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, and has started to play a vital role in the Canadian medical ecosystem. There is ever-emerging product offerings, and positive, steadily-developing peer-reviewed research. As a result, medical cannabis patients are experiencing relief from their symptoms with far fewer side effects than with traditional pharmaceutical medications.
Medical cannabis is a prominent treatment for pain; and pain disorders are one of the most common issues medical cannabis can effectively treat. A major advantage is that cannabis is a lot safer than opiates in that cannabis is not addictive like opiates, it cannot be overdosed on the way opiates can, and cannabis is not as highly sedative as opiates. Patients can thus generally retain clearer cognitive capabilities when using cannabis for relief of their symptoms than with opiates (THC is psychoactive though, and varying efficacy levels will yield varying psychoactive results). Cannabis is a great alternative to over-the-counter pain medications for patients who are unable to take them due to kidney, heartburn, or ulcer issues.
Medical cannabis can also be used for patients suffering nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy for cancer (or in general). It also shows signs of easing the pain of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries; and of the nervous system in general (neuropathic pain). Symptoms of fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and other conditions where chronic pain is present too can be treated with medical cannabis.
CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, is becoming widely used for treatment of many ailments without the accompanying ‘head high’ (although research does show maximized effectiveness for certain ailments when CBD and THC are combined). CBD has been known to relieve insomnia, anxiety, spasticity, and pain; and is emerging in research as a prominent new treatment for epilepsy.
There are many different types of medical cannabis available for patients to find relief from their symptoms.
Licensed Canadian medical cannabis patients are allowed to grow their own medical cannabis, or designate someone to grow for them (see our previous blog on this). Patients can purchase different clone strains of cannabis plants in order to grow medical cannabis themselves; like these ones available for purchase on Patient Choice’s web shop.
For patients who choose not to smoke, cannabis edibles and beverages are a great choice. Patient Choice offers patients products such as THC whole leaf Tea, and dissolvable THC powder. THC is known to be very effective to help with insomnia and sleep disorders. It is also an extremely effective anti-nauseant and appetite stimulator.
Vaporizing, or ‘vaping’ is another common method of ingestion. Patients who do not want THC (i.e. psychoactive properties) might choose a CBD Oil cartridge for their vaporizer; like this one available on Patient Choice’s web shop. Or, they might prefer to vaporize a higher amount of THC in the form of a sativa strain of cannabis (generally offering a more energetic, less sedative high) like this sativa oil cartridge available on our web shop.
Dried cannabis is still very popular for patients who wish to smoke or vaporize dry flower. Patient Choice offers patients a high-quality selection of indica and sativa strains to alleviate their symptoms. Dykstra Greenhouse’s ‘Darkest Side of the Moon’ strain, available on our web shop, is an ideal choice for patients needing an indica strain that will be sedating and sleep inducing.
A patient looking for the highest amount of THC might find relief in our ‘California Dreaming’ strain available here. Patients can also purchase pre-rolled joints from our web shop; like this ‘Blue Dream’ strain which comes in a package of 3 pre-rolls. This strain is a sativa-dominant strain which retains a nice level of energy for the patient while treating their symptoms.
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