A new day has dawned in the medical marijuana space in Canada.
Authorized patients can now register with Health Canada and grow their own medical marijuana or designate someone to do so. Or, they can continue to buy their medicine from Licensed Producers. We welcome the expansion of the regulations to allow patients to have these choices.
We project, that in most cases, patients will choose to buy their medicine from Licensed Producers.
For patients who choose to grow their own or use a designated grower, they need to send the original medical document (prescription) signed by their doctor in order to grow their own or use a designated grower. We expect that a percentage of doctors will Not write a medical note if their patient tells them they want to grow their own or use a designated grower. We expect that some doctors will only be comfortable in writing a medical note when the medical marijuana has information available about the THC and CBD levels. To address this, registered home growers will be able to take their medicine, for product safety testing (for a fee), to laboratories that are accredited by Health Canada. This may satisfy some doctors.
According to Lift, doctors are now explicitly allowed to split prescriptions amongst different license producers, giving patients more choice. We are waiting to hear from Lift to see the actual language in the regulations. We'll update this paragraph when we have more information.
Licensed Producers are now allowed to provide medical marijuana in a capsule form. This is beneficial for patients and for doctors who want to recommend very specific doses for their patients.
Patients are only permitted to buy seeds and plant genetics from Licensed Producers. Licensed Producers can import seeds.
While there are important positive changes reflected in the ACMPR, there are other significant improvements that can be made to the current ACMPR.
Nadine de Raad has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
She says medical marijuana is the most effective pain relief medicine with minimal side effects.
How Marijuana Helps Lupus
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body can’t tell the difference between viruses, germs and bacteria and your body’s own healthy tissue. This leads to your immune system creating antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, pain and damage to body parts. Lupus is characterized by flares, where symptoms worsen, and remissions, when symptoms improve. Unlike HIV or AIDS, where the immune system is under-active, the immune system is overactive in lupus
Between 1.5 and 2 million Americans live with lupus, and most are women between the age of 15-45. The most severe cases of lupus are found in Asians and African-Americans. The most common type of lupus is system lupus erythematosus, which attacks several body organs. Drug-induced lupus is caused by using one of over 400 legal prescription drugs. Other types of lupus include cutaneous lupus, which mainly attacks skin and forms a butterfly-shaped rash across the nose, lupus nephritis, which attacks the kidneys, and neonatal lupus, which occurs in babies born to mothers with lupus.
Pain and inflammation are two major symptoms of lupus, and cannabis helps relieve both, without nasty side effects that prescription medications have. Cannabis increases levels of anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-10 and decreases the levels of pro-inflammatory protein interleukin-2. Cannabis has also been shown to suppress the immune system by activating myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MDSCs may help dampen the hyperactive immune system found in lupus.
Cannabis also helps treat symptoms of nausea and abdominal cramping that are often severe side effects of commonly prescribed drug for lupus, such as Plaquenil and corticosteroids.
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Staff marked the cutting of the first medical cannabis plant during a 'stem cutting' ceremony that included a number of gardening staff and management present on Aug. 15, 2016.
All of the plants from the 16,500-square-foot 'Phase Zero' test greenhouse area are the first set of cloned strains of cannabis being dried, processed, packaged and shipped for third-party laboratory testing required by Health Canada.
About 100 grams from each of the two harvests, as well as 100 grams from each strain of cannabis, will be tested for potency, consistency, contaminants and overall quality standards set to protect what will be the future medical marihuana patients buy from the Kincardine-area greenhouse.
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Dr. Doug Smith, a Fredericton specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, says while he's been prescribing marijuana for almost a decade and seen "quite a few remarkable stories of it being a life-changer," patients who grow their own cannabis might have less control over what they're getting.
Previously, patients looking to grow medical marijuana or get someone else to grow it for them could only get seeds and plants from Health Canada.
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