Medical Marijuana Calgary
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If you’re struggling with insomnia, mood disorders, chronic pain or cancer related issues (nausea), book an appointment with Smartleaf Heath Services.
As a health platform, our goal is to educate people on the effects of medical marijuana while connecting you with medical professionals in Calgary and Surrounding areas in and around Canada. Smartleaf
Health Services will help you through the process of obtaining a medical document (prescription) for
medical marijuana through Health Canada Approved Licensed Producers. Our licensed producers have the best product & service to best fit your individual needs.
Smartleaf Health Services also offers the opportunity for telemedicine / skype doctors that suits your
schedule without having to come into the doctors office.
Book an appointment today and find out if medical marijuana is the right choice for you.
What Is Medical Marijuana?
Contrary to most perceptions about medical marijuana, it is by far a more complex substance than regular forms of medication. Marijuana is a plant made up of many parts which has been bred over centuries to have curated qualities.
Generally people tend to group the plant into two main strains: indica and sativa. It is also generally claimed that each strain has specific properties; however, this is not wholly accurate that there are such clear divisions. In truth they are two types of the same plant, but only a biochemical test can reveal the content and ratios of the compounds within it.
Marijuana is a plant with over 100 different compounds. Each compound comes in different amounts depending on where it comes from and how it was grown. As a regulated substance, medical marijuana for symptoms and condition relief undergoes testing and analysis to determine the content of its active chemicals.
Of those chemicals, there are THC, CBD and essential oils called terpenes. These oils are produced by the marijuana flower which gives it different scent profiles. They also modulate the effects of CBD and THC.
Who Uses Medical Marijuana?
Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized, a certain degree of stigma surrounding the plant has lessened. Despite its legal status, there is a need to define how medical marijuana is different from the recreational kind.
Legalization has seen stores popping up all over the country that sell recreational marijuana, but the product is not quite the same as what you would get from a Health Canada Approved Licensed Producers and a medical marijuana prescription from a medical doctor.
Recreational marijuana is discretionary by nature. You are buying it and consuming it on your own volition for your own reasons. People who use medical marijuana are using a prescribed medication for a particular health condition as directed by a licenced health practitioner.
Many people use marijuana (cannabis) to combat any number of health issues such as mood disorders, insomnia, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, arthritis, and M.S and cancer related issues (such as nausea), among several other medical conditions.
Cannabis For Mood Disorders
Although there is evidence that marijuana has the capacity to affect mood, and in some cases worsen symptoms of mood disorders, there is still potential for marijuana to work as a treatment.
One study examined the effect marijuana had on people suffering from Bipolar Disorder. There was clear trend that people suffering from this disorder also had an accompanying dependency on marijuana.
That dependency had two different outcomes. In some cases it tended to worsen the symptoms of the bipolar condition, but in others patients reported that marijuana helped improve their symptoms and elevate their mood.
These conflicting results suggest that those with a dependency were ‘self-medicating’. It appears that in some circumstances a prescription for medical marijuana might potentially provide people with mood disorders the tools to manage their symptoms along with proper dosage and support.
Insomnia and Medical Marijuana
Sleep disorders are also quite pervasive in today’s society to the point where one third of the population suffers from insomnia.
One study shows that marijuana appears to lessen the time it takes for someone to fall asleep after ingesting it whether or not insomnia is their main complaint.
The human cost of sleep disorder is rather startling considering that “in several studies, insomniacs reported decreased quality of life on virtually all dimensions.” It also appears that 40% of the time insomnia is usually accompanied by another psychiatric disorder the most common being depression or anxiety.
Medical Cannabis does have an effect on people who suffer from insomnia. One study surveyed four hundred and nine people and found that, on average, those who used various forms of marijuana found it eased their insomnia. Those who were surveyed generally feel that marijuana with a high CBD content was a safer and more natural sleep aid than a traditional prescription.
How Do I Use Medical Marijuana?
If you feel that a prescription can help improve your quality of life consider the many ways in which it can be consumed.
The most commonly associated method of ingesting marijuana is by smoking it. It is no secret that smoking is bad for your health in the long term. Despite its commonality, smoking marijuana is the least effective way to ingest it.
Vaporizing is another popular option. Safer than smoking, it also tends to result in a stronger effect. The strengthening of marijuana’s psychoactive effects when vaporized is because it heats the product at a lower temperature, so it doesn’t damage the CBD, THC and terpene molecules.
For many people, the thought of picking up smoking to treat health problems is counterproductive and unpleasant; fortunately, infused oils in a bottle or capsules and topical rubs are also available. Oils offer the option for people who want to take medical cannabis without smoking it.
The terpenes in marijuana have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. These essential oils can be infused with rubs and creams. Topical rubs are great for people with arthritis or joint pain who don’t want to eat or smoke it.
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.