Medical Cannabis Calgary
Get Medical Cannabis In Calgary Without The Waiting List
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, nausea and vomiting caused by medical conditions, cancer or other chronic illnesses, discuss these conditions with a doctor in Canada to obtain a prescription. The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations act states that “individuals with a medical need, and who have the authorization of their health care practitioner” can get a prescription for medicinal purposes.
If you feel that you want to try medical cannabis consider arranging an appointment with Smart Leaf Health Services online. We are an online platform whose mission is to educate people while partnering with medical cannabis Calgary clinics to get prescriptions for those in need faster than any other clinic.
We provide our patients with a seamless experience from initial consultation, to cannabis education and walking you through the ACMPR process. With the legalization of cannabis there’s a lot of misinformation and an overwhelming amount of options, so making an informed choice is more important than ever. Our chief priority is to give you the knowledge to decide if cannabis is a good treatment option for you.
Do you have limited mobility? Is leaving your house difficult? Are you too busy to book an appointment?
Smart Leaf Health Services now offers online medical consultations from the comfort of your own home through our Skype doctors. They provide you with a health care plan that suits your needs and offers ongoing support with your prescription. Book your consultation today with Smart Leaf health services and get started on feeling better.
What is medicinal cannabis?
Cannabis or marijuana is a plant of the Cannabaceae family, similar to hops. Consumed by many cultures for hundreds of years, cannabis has, until recently, been considered an illicit substance in Canada. Changes in attitudes towards medical cannabis in Calgary and across the country have turned on the plant’s potential medicinal properties.
The part of the cannabis plant that contains its medicinal compounds is in female flowers which are coated in trichomes. The little filaments are what give the flower its crystalline look and sticky texture along with its various medicinal compounds.
THC and CBD
You may have heard of the two most commonly known chemicals in cannabis: THC and CBD. There are over 100 compounds found in this plant, but these two substances are the most well-known.
THC or as it is chemically called, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis producing the ‘high’ many are familiar with. The other molecule, CBD or cannabinol, is known to play a more medicinal role of the two.
If you’d like a more detailed breakdown of the other compounds of medical cannabis you can find out more at Smartleaf Health Services Marijuana 101.
Why should you try Medical Cannabis
Did you know? Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors for special compounds called endocannabinoids. These substances, and their pathways in the human body, have a lot to offer to our understanding of anxiety and mood disorders, neuropathic pain and Parkinson’s disease.
THC and CBC have a similar molecular structure to endocannabinoids and can access the same pathways.
The advent of legalization in Canada has opened up the field of medical science to research the effects of medicinal cannabis. Although long term studies are still being conducted, there are already some promising results for people seeking relief from their medical problems.
Are you battling cancer or suffering from chronic pain? Preliminary studies on medical cannabis show that it can help treat or mitigate your symptoms to improve your quality of life.
The majority of studies on pain and medicinal cannabis come from patients suffering neuropathic pain, which is nerve pain caused by diseases like diabetes. The participants of one study smoked cannabis with 9.4% THC, three times daily for five days, and reported reduced pain.
In another study, patients who were already on a regimen of oxycodone were given vaporized medicinal cannabis. Patients reported a lessening of their pain and the cannabis did not have any harmful drug interaction with the opiate. Considering the scourge of the opiate epidemic in Canada, medical cannabis could serve as a safe alternative to opiates.
A third trial had subjects who were undergoing treatment for their neuropathy, but were still suffering from residual pain. The patients were given medium, low and placebo doses of vaporized cannabis. They found both doses of cannabis were effective at lessening pain on par with traditional treatments.
Cancer Management and Treatment
Those suffering from cancer know that the treatment for their disease comes with a very troubling list of side effects. Chemotherapy has a particularly wide range of effects which varies from person to person, but some common complaints include pain, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
If you’re experiencing nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, medicinal cannabis can help manage these effects depending on the type of chemo drug you’re prescribed. One such study had patients who were taking methotrexate and experiencing nausea and vomiting as a result of their treatment. They found that smoking cannabis or taking it orally had a positive effect on treating their symptoms.
Typically, cannabis causes an increase in appetite for healthy people. For those suffering from loss of appetite because of their cancer treatments or wasting illnesses like HIV can also experience improved appetites when taking medical cannabis.
A report produced by the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2019 cites a 2004 Spanish study. They found the “beneficial effects were noted in over 50% of patients including hypnotic effect (56%), nausea improvement (47%), improved pain relief and improved appetite for both (46%).”
There has been research done on the potential to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells. Cancer cells have their own cannabinoid receptors and the CBD in medicinal cannabis bonds to these receptors, triggering a chemical reaction that slows cancer cell growth.
SmartLeaf Health Services is located in 12 Castleridge Drive NE Calgary, AB T3J 1V4 and can help connect you with a prescription and access to medical cannabis from a Health Canada Licensed Producer.