Confused about medical cannabis? You’re not alone.
It feels like new information regarding medical cannabis in Canada is coming out so quickly that for every question answered two more seem to appear.
And it isn’t always easy getting answers in the first place – not even from our usual source of medical information, our family doctors. According to Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President of Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association, eight out of nine doctors in Canada are uncomfortable discussing or providing access to medical cannabis.
Licensed cannabis producers also have a lot of work to do education-wise. Their sites are filled with unfamiliar terms and percentages, not to mention names that only add further to the confusion – all of which might leave you wondering what exactly is a terpene anyway and who would want to be prescribed something called Trainwreck?
The point is that Canada is definitely going through some growing pains, but you shouldn’t let that dissuade you from finding out if medical cannabis is right for you.
So what are the benefits?
While cannabis has been used safely in medicine for thousands of years, much of the research has only started coming out recently due to the surge of interest in medical cannabis. With the demand for medical cannabis steadily growing, more and more studies are regularly being planned and conducted.
Current research already shows promising results for treating long-term pain, such as nerve pain and palliative (end of life) cancer pain, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. Many people with long-term pain who are worried about the negative effects of opioids are keenly interested in medical cannabis.
There’s also plenty of ongoing research looking into other uses for medical cannabis. This includes treating Parkinson’s tremors, epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In many of these ailments, there have been promising initial results. An estimated two thirds of Canadians who use cannabis for medical purposes do so to help manage arthritis symptoms.
One clinician says he typically sees patients who are 40 and older that just want some relief from pain or other symptoms so they can work at their job, play with their kids or go out and socialise. To them, it’s a way to get their freedom back so they can be the best person for themselves and their family.
For people worried about the health effects of smoking cannabis, or those who prefer a more discrete method, medical cannabis can also be vaporized or consumed as edibles and concentrated oils.
How do I find out more?
We believe it’s time for a common sense approach. That’s why we – two medical cannabis users in our 40s – founded Canmed Assist, a medical cannabis advocacy group. We’ve seen our lives improve and want to help others overcome the stigma, cut through the debate, and find out if medical cannabis is right for them.
Our mission is to create a forum for sensible discussion, sharing experiences that can help interested people find intake solutions which are easy, free and convenient.
If that sounds like you, and you want to find out more, check out our website – which also has a certified free prescription intake process that you can do from the comfort of your computer or mobile device – please click here.