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Medical Cannabis Now: Mythbusters Edition

Hi everyone and welcome to our 15th episode of Medical Cannabis Now! Today, we wanted to cover common myths and misconceptions around cannabis, especially medical. As cannabis was considered illegal for so many years, not only did it hinder research, but facts around the plant were generally restricted to word of mouth, which led to a lot of misinformation about medicine.  Since there was little to no substantial research,  physicians and other health professionals also had no training on the topic, which is something we are still working to combat today by educating patients, physicians, and health professionals across Canada…


6 Cannabis Products You Didn’t Know You Could Buy in the Medical Market

Infused edibles, cannabis drinks, cannabis creams, topicals, vaporizers

Medical cannabis has come a long way since Canada officially legalized it back in 2001. In 2019, Canada allowed companies to launch new cannabis products which include edibles, beverages, topicals, concentrates, and vape cartridges. While these products are typically more associated with the recreational market, did you know that they’re now widely available to medical cannabis patients? If you want to learn more about the laws around cannabis in your province, you can find it here in our provinces section. In 2020, a study found nearly 50% of Canadians prefer ingesting cannabis over any other method, and producers of medical…


How to Claim Medical Cannabis on Tax Returns

How to Claim Medical Cannabis on Your Tax Return  **Please note this is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. You should consult your financial advisor, accountant, lawyer, or tax specialist if you have any questions about filing your taxes.  Since the legalization of medical cannabis in Canada, citizens have become more receptive to learning about cannabis as a medicine. With the number of medical cannabis patients continuing to rise, Canadians are looking for different ways to save money on their medicine. As medical cannabis doesn’t have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) and isn’t currently covered by public…


What to Expect From an Online/Virtual Medical Cannabis Appointment

COVID-19 has changed the way that Canadians access healthcare. Online doctors have become more commonplace in 2020 and we are glad to be able to continue to see all Canadians from coast to coast virtually through a secure online platform. *While we normally do offer in-person consultations at one of our 5 locations, all of our appointments are currently done virtually via telephone or a secure video-platform (webcam), and can be done from anywhere across Canada.   What’s an online/virtual medical cannabis appointment and why are you offering them? Apollo’s virtual appointments provide Canadians with access to a healthcare practitioner…


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…


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…


Cannabis Act, ACMPR, and More: Canadian Cannabis Regulation Simplified

MMAR, MMPR, ACMPR, Cannabis Act; The world of cannabis regulation can be difficult to navigate with the regular updates to Canadian law. Apollo is here to help you understand the landscape in 2020, and ensure that you have the resources you need to stay educated.   Access & updates to The Cannabis Act as per Health Canada (Last updated Oct 2020)  Since the Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17th, 2018, it has come with new regulations that have replaced the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes). While recreational cannabis laws were one of the main focuses of…


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…


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…