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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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Treating Alcoholism with Medical Marijuana

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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The Vaping Debate Continues – 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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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 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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Take a Deep Breath: Let’s Educate Ourselves on the Workings of a Vaporizer

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: Are You Aware of These Key Differentiators?

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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