Know Thy Cannabis Vaporizer – By Michael Blais, CD

Getting medical cannabis patients to switch to a vaporizer from ‘blazing a doobie’ is often difficult. Particularly if you are a connoisseur, the pungent and alluring scent of premium cannabis is a pleasure unto itself, which is often the case when dealing with reputable medical cannabis providers. On a personal level, I have never experienced such a variety of wondrous tasting cannabis as I have been provided by Canadian Licensed Producers over these past four years.   I do not enjoy the persistent, full onslaught effect or the pervasive brain fog that invariably strikes not long after smoking despite my…

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Migraines, Headaches, & Medical Cannabis – Episode 10

Episode 10: Migraines & Medical Cannabis Welcome to the 10th episode in our Medical Cannabis Now series! This month, Arash Taghvai, MD.,  discusses a few different types of headaches, how medical cannabis can play a role, and he’s prepared a couple of case studies at the end alongside answering your questions. We’ll help you understand what causes headaches and what we often see in the clinics of patients looking for relief for not only migraines but co-existing conditions. Thank you to all those who did send questions in and please enjoy!   **Video Embedded** Migraine Types, Causes & Symptoms This…

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Lest We Forget – By Michael Blais, CD

Lest we Forget. This year, Remembrance Day will certainly be different. Months after first emerging, COVID-19 continues to threaten Canadians’ way of life, more so as the globe, not only Canada, confronts the grim realities inherent with the virus’s second wave. Significant restrictions are and/or may be in effect on November 11th. The Royal Canadian Legion has responded to the obvious threat COVID-19 poses to disabled or elderly veterans, preemptively taking the extraordinary measure of encouraging Canadians to stay home this year. I would encourage you to abide, perhaps honour the memories of Canada’s fallen by assembling with your “Bubble…

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Safety Tips For Cold & Flu Season

Safety Tips For Cold & Flu Season As the colours change and we head into fall, we also unfortunately enter into the cold & flu season. Due to COVID-19 this year, it’s even more important that we do as much as possible to protect ourselves and those close to us from illness. The flu is highly contagious and leads to thousands of hospitalizations each year – including thousands of deaths within Canada alone. Education is key of course, and we’re here to provide some insight about the cold and flu season to help keep you healthy all winter long. What’s…

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Does medical cannabis come in pill or capsule form?

Does medical cannabis come in pill or capsule form? Yes, medical cannabis comes in pill form. These edible pills—also called capsules, softgels, or tablets—offer an alternative to inhaling cannabis (e.g., vaporizing or smoking) and ingesting cannabis oils.   What are medical marijuana capsules? How are they different from other forms of cannabis? Medical cannabis capsules are filled with cannabis extract that has been blended with a food-grade carrier oil, usually sunflower oil or MCT oil. They can contain only THC, only CBD, or a mixture of the two. CBD and THC oil pills are eaten/ingested instead of inhaled. They are…

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What is a medical marijuana/cannabis card?

What is a medical cannabis card?  A medical cannabis card is more accurately called a Medical Document, which can be thought of as a medical cannabis prescription. This prescription, required by Health Canada, allows you to access medical cannabis directly from a licensed producer (LP). A doctor or, in some provinces, a nurse practitioner completes a form that looks like this and sends it to your licensed producer of choice. It authorizes your use of medical cannabis and must be renewed based on the length of time your practitioner prescribes for you, up to twelve months. Like most medications, your…

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Consumption of Medical Cannabis – By Michael Blais, CD

I am fortunate. As a disabled Canadian veteran, the Government of Canada supports the expense of my medical cannabis prescription which I obtained through the help of the doctors, pain specialists, and support staff at Apollo Cannabis Clinics. Medical cannabis costs, due in part to the government’s intransigence in rendering it an affordable medication, can be truly cost prohibitive.  But what are the alternatives? A life doomed to the inevitable adverse consequences of prolonged use of opiates or highly addictive antipsychotic drugs in respect to the inevitable mental duress most disabled Canadians experience at one point of time in their…

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Welcome Canadian Veteran:
Michael “Blazer” Blais

Greetings from Niagara Falls, Ontario. My name is Michael Blais. My father’s heritage was French, but I was born and raised in an Anglophone Niagara Falls prior to the conception of official bilingualism. Pronounced in English, my last name is Blaze, as in fire. Perhaps it might not surprise you that I was tagged with the nickname of Blazer at an early age.  The “Blazer” references to cannabis are not obscure! Blazing one with Blazer… snicker. I was introduced to cannabis as a teenager working at a museum in Niagara Falls during the “groovy” seventies. I was a monster, my…

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A Day in the Life of: A Manager at Apollo

Author: Sourena Saneei, Clinic Manager  “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea…will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” – Earl Nightingale My day starts when I first arrive at the clinic with a brief huddle with the Reception, Triage and Patient Care Specialist teams to recap the previous day’s experiences and to discuss our approach for the upcoming day. This quick chat allows us all to ensure, as a team, that our patients will be met with a seamless experience from start to finish.  Well, I’ll be honest, my…

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A Day in the Life of: Insomnia & Cannabis

Author: Mark  Sleep. My best friend and enemy at the same time. Around 16 years old, I developed a habit of staying up late where I could do what I wanted without interruption, whether it was making music, playing video games, or reading books. Once University came around, I would purposefully look to schedule all of my classes in the afternoon, knowing I had become a nighthawk. I had worked my way through school, and found a job that worked with my schedule at a hotel doing banquets. The shifts were from 5pm to around 3am, and I decided to…

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How Can Medical Cannabis Help with Mutliple Myeloma?

Marijuana for Multiple Myeloma

Although it has been legal in Canada for nearly two decades, the use of medical cannabis still remains a hot topic of discussion in the medical world. Despite this, many people have used cannabis to treat all kinds of health conditions, even more, serious ones like cancer. From our medical marijuana doctors in BC to Ontario, doctors are finding cannabis may be beneficial in treating various symptoms. One type of cancer that seems to be more vulnerable to cannabis is multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood.  Multiple Myeloma: An Overview Multiple myeloma is rare cancer that targets the plasma…

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How Can Medical Cannabis Help OCD?

Cannabis for OCD

There is research that’s being done to show how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) can play an important role in affecting our fear, anxiety, and repetitive behaviours. The question now becomes; does it have any effect on obsessive-compulsive disorder? Could cannabis-based products be the solution many people with OCD are looking for? This article hopes to explore the relationship between weed and OCD. These types of questions are frequently asked at Apollo and others in Medical Cannabis Toronto. An article that was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, scientists from the Weil Cornell Medical College and Columbia University examined the possibility…

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CBD Hemp Oil for Ankylosing Spondylitis

CBD Oil for AS

Arthritis is a prevalent chronic health problem in Canada, with around 6 million Canadians currently suffering from this condition. It’s been estimated that by 2040, 24 percent of Canada’s population will have arthritis. It doesn’t target a specific age group, but your chances of getting the disease increases as you grow older. There are over 100 known types of arthritis today. All of them cause joint inflammation and stiffness which can lead to permanent damage if left untreated for too long. What makes this disease highly problematic is that once you have it, it stays with you for the rest…

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Does Health Insurance Cover Medical Cannabis?

Medical Cannabis and Insurance More than 17 years after cannabis was first legalized in Canada for medical use, some insurers are just beginning to cover the cost of the medication. Most coverage includes just a handful of conditions that qualify and does not cover the cost of medical cannabis for most users. Many Licensed Producers (LPs) offer benefits to low-income individuals such as compassionate pricing and free vaporizers, but this does not cover the entire cost of the medication. One of the biggest benefits for medical cannabis consumers is the ability to write off cannabis medication when it comes to…

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7 Surprising Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Children

Acceptance in the use of cannabis for medical purposes has bounded major development in recent years. Also known as medical marijuana, medical cannabis has recently made headlines after Canada and more than half of the United States have declared it safe for use in alleviating specific medical conditions. Its primary component, cannabidiol or CBD, has proven to help in the treatment of cancer patients and those who have epilepsy. Medical cannabis contains many cannabinoids. The two that are most commonly known are tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and cannabidiol or CBD. Both these compounds are extracted from the plant and given to…

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Can Cannabis Help Treat Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a pressing condition that has afflicted millions of people around the world and has caused the deaths of nearly 88,000 people every year, not to mention the nearly 10,000 deaths related to traffic accidents due to driving under the influence(1). Alcoholism, otherwise known as Alcohol Use Disorder, is associated with a number of symptoms, including drinking more than intended, inability to quit despite wanting to do so, and cravings. There are medications used to treat alcoholism, such as naltrexone, disulfiram, and topiramate, but around 9% who have been diagnosed with alcoholism receive pharmaceutical interventions. To help them reduce…

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Cannabis Vaping: Flower VS Concentrates

Even amidst the “vape crisis” that has recently gripped the United States and Canada, Canadian cannabis consumers are continuing to turn to vaporization devices to deliver their medicine. For many consumers, vaping has been thought of as a more health-conscious way to consume cannabis and take advantage of the wide-ranging terpene profiles different strains have to offer. Many medical cannabis consumers opt to vape their medicine to reduce the risk of lung and airway irritation, while receiving maximum benefit from their medication without the risk of being exposed to harmful carcinogens. Vaporizing cannabis involves heating the material to a high…

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Medical Cannabis in Canada

For many Canadians, gaining legal access to safe, reliable medical marijuana prescriptions is the golden ticket to a life worth living. However, with so much conflicting information in the news and online about cannabis dispensaries, coupled with the anticipated, alleged legalization of Cannabis on Canada day 2018, we wanted to shed some light on how medical cannabis works in Canada at the present time. If you’re finding yourself confused by the ‘grey area’ that medical marijuana seems to be categorized in these days, please read on for a straightforward, black and white look at the top 5 things you need…

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Are Cannabis Oil and Hemp CBD Oil the Same?

The simple answer to this question is no, cannabis oil and hemp CBD oil are not the same and understanding the differences between the two can be difficult. When performing a google search for “cannabis oil” the results almost always come back with hemp CBD product pages, but this only represents one aspect of cannabis oil as an umbrella term. The biggest difference between the two products is the concentration of CBD and THC in the molecular make-up of the oil. One type of oil will produce a “high” and the other will not, although the applications for use tend…

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15 Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis Oil

After the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2018, cannabis oil became available in legal stores across the country. However, the recreational supply of cannabis oil seemed unable to keep up with demand, and shortages were reported in all provinces.  Medical cannabis users certainly have the advantage as they can purchase cannabis oils directly from Licensed Producers (LPs) and have better access to their medicine.  An Alternative to Smoking Cannabis oil offers an alternative to traditional cannabis consumption methods and does not produce harmful by products such as smoking cannabis does. Cannabis oil is generally taken orally, or used as a…

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Vaporizing vs. Smoking Cannabis: Which one is Healthier?

The two most popular methods for cannabis consumption are smoking and vaporizing, although there are many other options for consumption including edibles oils, capsules, and decarboxylated flowers taken orally. Vaporizing is rapidly gaining popularity as it does not burn cannabis and therefore does not produce as many harmful by-products. Vaporizing is also more discreet than smoking cannabis. Some describe the smell of vaporized cannabis as ‘burnt popcorn’.  Many medical cannabis users are turning to vaporizing as it is considered a healthier alternative to smoking and is the most doctor recommended method for consuming dried cannabis. What is Vaporizing? Vaporizing, or…

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Does OHIP Cover Medical Marijuana/Cannabis?

If you’re considering trying medical marijuana, or looking for a doctors who prescribe medical marijuana in Ontario, you may be wondering if it’s covered by OHIP. In this post, we’ll discuss if medical cannabis is covered by provincial health insurance programs or private insurance. We’ll also go over alternative options to save money on your medication. Does OHIP Cover Medical Marijuana? The short answer: Medical marijuana appointments with a qualified doctor are covered by OHIP. However, the medical marijuana you are prescribed—and cannabis-related devices such as vaporizers—are not covered by OHIP. Medical cannabis doesn’t have a DIN (drug identification number)…

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Does CBD Oil Expire?

Does CBD Oil Expire? In Short – Yes, but you’ve got a good amount of time. Have you ever gone to use your oil you forgot about in the cupboard months later and find it seemed a bit off? Whether it was the murky consistency, cloudy colour, or a different taste, CBD oils will eventually lose their freshness and potency.  The exact amount of time depends on the type of oil it is and how it’s been stored. It’s good to know that when we are discussing the cannabis oil eventually spoiling, it’s not the CBD itself but the base…

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Can Cannabis Can Help PTSD?

PTSD, Medical Cannabis, Apollo Cannabis Clinics

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects seven to eight percent of the population at some point in their lives and Canada has one of the highest incidence rates at 9.2%. Women are also twice as likely to be affected by the disorder and it can develop at any age. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often associated with soldiers who have served in combat and involves a physiological reaction to a witnessed or experienced threat. For instance, a soldier may develop PTSD after witnessing his friend killed in combat or being involved in an IED explosion. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may produce flashbacks, intense thoughts…

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How Does CBD Oil Work for Migraines?

How Does CBD Oil Work for Migraines?  Based on data from a 2010 study, an estimated 8.3% of Canadians reported being diagnosed with migraines. This equates to 2.7 million Canadians who have a migraine diagnosis, let alone those who do not seek professional help for the condition.  Migraines are intense headaches which may last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The condition can become debilitating and is often associated with nausea and vomiting.  Many migraine sufferers are turning to natural products, including cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), to treat their condition. Traditional migraine treatments do not always work and…

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How Does CBD Work for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

How Does CBD Work for Autism Spectrum Disorder? Last year the Public Health Agency of Canada released a startling statistic in that 1 in 66 Canadian children, aged 5-17 has autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Boys are 4-5 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than girls.  Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder Since autism presents differently in different people and can take different forms, the disorder autism has now been redefined on a spectrum and is now referred to autism spectrum disorder or ASD to reflect the diversity in challenges and strengths that people on the spectrum have.   According…

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How Does CBD Oil Work for Invisible Illnesses?

How Does CBD Oil Work for Invisible Illnesses? People with invisible illnesses may look “perfectly healthy” on the outside, but on the inside, they may be living with severe pain, discomfort, and the interruption of a productive and happy life due to their invisible illness. There is not one list in existence that lists all invisible illnesses, but the consensus is that invisible illness, or invisible disabilities are illnesses that are not immediately apparent. Simply, you cannot “tell” that someone has an invisible illness just by looking at them, but inside, they may be waging an internal war with their…

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Vaporizing Cannabis Versus Smoking Cannabis

Vaporizing Cannabis Versus Smoking Cannabis There are several options when it comes to consuming cannabis, including edibles, concentrates, vaporizing and smoking. Smoking is the most popular form of cannabis consumption although vaporizing, or vaping cannabis is gaining in popularity.  Forbes magazine reported that concentrate sales are expected to be equal to that of cannabis flower sales by 2022 and equal 8.4 billion dollars annually. Over half of all concentrate sales can be attributed to pre-filled vaping cartridges. It has become obvious that consumers are searching for more discreet, health conscious and error-free way to dose cannabis.  Health Canada and Apollo…

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How Does CBD Oil Work for Multiple Sclerosis?

How Does CBD Oil Work for Multiple Sclerosis? According to The MS Society of Canada, an estimated 77,000 Canadians live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), with Canada having one of the highest rates of the disease.  MS is classified as an auto-immune disease, affecting the central nervous system and the brain’s ability to effectively communicate via signals to the rest of the body. The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. It is myelin that is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres and when it is damaged, the…

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Everything You Need to Know About Vaping Cannabis

What’s a Vaporizer / What is ‘Vaping’ A vaporizer is a device that allows you to inhale cannabis vapor Vaporizing is a smokeless, efficient form of inhalation; the process of heating up dried cannabis to a temperature below its combustion point of 392°F. Using a vaporizer requires finely grinding up dried cannabis flower, which is then heated to the point where the desired cannabinoids (typically found in the resin of the flower), are released without igniting/destroying the material. Vaporization Health Canada and Apollo Applied Research Inc. recommend that medical cannabis be administered by vaporization. Research has shown that vaporization can…

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Information That You Might Not Know About THC, at Your Fingertips

Everything you need to know about THC Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known THC, is one of over 60 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is a cannabinoid that produces the “high” or intoxicating effect that most people associate with using cannabis. It is a psychoactive cannabinoid and can produce mind-altering effects in the consumer. The average cannabis strain is believed to have contained an average of less than 10% THC during the 1980s, whereas modern strains demonstrate an average THC percentage of 15%, with some strains testing as high as 30%. Cannabis has certainly evolved as people have continued to discover the…

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Heard About Terpenes? Here’s How They Can Benefit Your Treatment with Medical Cannabis

What are Terpenes? Terpenes are the oils that give cannabis its smell and flavor, but they may also have potential medicinal benefits. Cannabis plants can contain multiple terpenes—and the combination helps make each strain (or type) unique. This means cannabis plant breeders have many possible combinations and can grow a plant with specific characteristics, scents, and flavors in mind. The combination and ratio of cannabinoids & terpenes in each unique cannabis strain is part of the reason why cannabis can be such a personalized medication which may work for various conditions. You may have heard cannabis experts commenting on the…

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Medical VS Recreational Cannabis: What’s the Difference?

Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis in Canada Under The Cannabis Act, both medical and recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada and millions of Canadians are taking advantage of this new freedom within the country. This new emergence of legal cannabis has some Canadians wondering what the difference is between medical and recreational cannabis, making it a popular topic of conversation within and external to the cannabis community. Worth noting, when examining the question of the differences between medical and recreational cannabis, it is important to acknowledge that consumption, and the intended effects of use, comes down to the intent and…

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ACMPR PERSONAL PRODUCTION LICENSE

Are you Interested in Growing Your own Medical Cannabis? Apollo can Help! Apollo helps patients apply for a personal production license with Health Canada, so you are legally allowed to grow a certain amount of cannabis plants for your own personal medical use. In order to legally grow medical cannabis in Canada, you must: Be over the age of 18 Have no prior cannabis convictions Be prescribed medical cannabis by a physician Fill out and submit an application to Health Canada, along with the original medical document ( prescription ) Apollo helps patients every step of the way to ensure you are successful in…

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Gain a Clear Understanding of Our Online Consultation and Prescription Procedures

Medical Cannabis is Personalized Medicine. After consulting with one of our physicians, Apollo will help you build a personalized treatment plan where one of our patient educators will assist you with dose, strain, and product selection, best for your needs specifically. Apollo Makes it Simple to Help You Get Access to Medical Cannabis to Give You The Relief You Deserve. Our goal at Apollo Cannabis Clinics, is to help patients in need gain access to reliable and high quality medical cannabis through Health Canada approved Licensed Producers. Cannabis is emerging as an effective tool to help treat many medical conditions. Book…

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How to Choose and Order from a licensed Producer of Medical Cannabis

Things to Consider When Choosing an ACMPR Licensed Producer: Licensed Producers currently represent the only legal avenue to access and purchase medical cannabis in Canada. But oftentimes new patients get a prescription for medical cannabis and then aren’t sure of what to do next. Here are some things to consider when evaluating licensed producers: Product Selection When choosing a Licensed Producer (LP) the most important factor to consider is: do they have the products and strains right for you. Some LP’s specialize in dried cannabis, where other excel at producing oils and capsules. An Apollo patient educator will help you…

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Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil

What is CBD Oil? CBD oil is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that comes from the Cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is extracted from the cannabis plant and mixed with a carrier oil. both the industrial hemp and cannabis parts of the plant. CBD extracted from the cannabis plant is only sold by Health Canada approved licensed producers. Patients can purchase this CBD oil directly from the LP they register with, after being prescribed by a Healthcare Practitioner. How Does CBD Oil Work? CBD oil acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is found in all mammals and contains…

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Is Cannabis an Alternative to Opioids?

Cannabis: An Ancient Plant Used Throughout History Cannabis has been used to treat ailments since 4000 BC. Despite its abilities to offer relief for those in pain, this drug became demonized and criminalized beginning in the early 20th century. Conversely, in the 1990s, opioid prescriptions took off, leading to an epidemic of dependency and overdoses. Until this time, chronic pain was severely untreated. Cannabis has been proven to alleviate chronic pain without the health risks posed by opioids. Our team at Apollo Cannabis Clinic Toronto created the below infographic, “Cannabis Vs. Opioids,” to offer an in-depth comparison between these two drugs – and ultimately…

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Looking to Be Educated About Cannabis? Our Experts Break It Down for You.

Each Patient at Apollo is Unique, Just Like Each Cannabis Strain. At Apollo, our Physicians and Patient Educators are here to help you navigate the medical cannabis world. We realize not everyone reacts the same way using medical cannabis as treatment, and we are here to help you through that process. We provide you with as much, or as little support as needed. Some of the topics our Patient Educators will help you understand better can be found below: CBD and THC CBD and THC are the two most common chemical compounds found within the cannabis plant. These compounds can…

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Science and the Different Strains of Cannabis

Cannabis can be confusing to a novice user as there are hundreds of strains available on the recreational and medical market. Each strain contains a unique profile of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids which all act in unison to produce the effects a user experiences. It takes time to determine which strain and terpene profile works best for individualized needs as well as determine an appropriate dosage for each strain. There are three basic classes of cannabis: indica, sativa and hybrid. Each class produces distinct effects, although even these effects differ amongst different strains in the same class. It can take…

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Cannabis Oil: What’s the Hype?

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court allowed patients using medical marijuana to legally alter their dried cannabis into oils. Before this point, it was considered unlawful as the previous regulations only allowed the vaporization of dried cannabis. Since the ruling, more waves have been made in the medical marijuana industry, and some insurance companies may even be on board with actually covering cannabis oil, due to its ability to be concentrated into consecutive doses in the form of pills, therefore leading to doses being more regulated and consistent. With all the hype currently going around about cannabis oils, you may…

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