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Medical cannabis has been used as part of a treatment plan for the following conditions:

Patients tell us how medical cannabis helps their conditions, and of other benefits they reap from this natural medication. Thankfully, there are increasingly more peer reviewed studies taking place, lending scientific evidence to support the claims.

Addictions/Withdrawal

Anorexia

Anxiety

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)

Arthritis

Asthma/COPD

Bone Health

Cachexia

Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Chronic Pain

Crohn’s

Depression

Dystonia

Epilepsy

Fibromyalgia

Glaucoma

Hepatitis C

Huntington’s

Hydrocephalus

Inflammation

Insomnia

Interstitial Cystitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Lupus

Menstrual Cramps

Migraine & Cluster Headaches

Muscular Dystrophies

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle Spasms

Nausea

Neuropathy

Osteoarthritis

Palliative (Terminal) Care

Parkinson’s

Post-Concussion

PTSD

Spinal Cord Injuries

Sleep Disorders

The History of Medical Cannabis:

Did you know that cannabis has 5000 years of documented medical use? It even appears in the oldest known medical textbook, dating to 1550 BCE, from Egypt. Mummified cannabis and pollen has been unearthed by archaeologists, and seeds were found in ancient Viking ships. Cannabis reached the west on these migratory vessels, eventually arriving on our continent. This beneficial plant has toured the world!

Not many people know about cannabis’ history in Canada. In 1606, Louis Hebert, a botanist and apothecary, planted the first cannabis crop in what is now Nova Scotia. Production peaked between the 1850s to the early 1900s for both medical and industrial uses.

Even in those days, Canadians were using cannabis extract for many common ailments, such as chronic pain, poor appetite, migraine headaches, depression, and menstrual cramps. Mention of cannabis is frequently found in the archives of medical journals. Dr. F.W. Goodwin, president of the Nova Scotia Medical Association, lectured about cannabis as medicine in 1897. By 1916, American colleague Dr. William Osler, co-founder of Johns Hopkins, documented cannabis as the best treatment for migraine headaches.

One thing that hasn’t changed much in history is the cannabis plant itself. Thankfully, our understanding of it has improved, and grows non-stop. Modern hybridization techniques allow Licensed Producers to create unique varieties, targeting specific benefits and helping millions of patients worldwide.

Plant Types/Strains:

Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids – The Differences

Indica

A more sedating experience

Cannabis Indica originated in central Asia, and its short growth cycle makes the most of this growing region. The plants are shorter and bushier with thicker, darker leaves. They tend to have an earthy or musk-like aroma. Patients say that indicas are calming, and physically relax them for aiding sleep

Sativa

A more energizing experience

Cannabis Sativa originated throughout the equatorial areas, and its long growth cycle matches the even light/dark cycles of this region. This strain grows very tall in ideal conditions and has thinner, lighter leaves. Sativa varieties tend to have either a floral or spicy aroma. Patients find that sativa gives them energy and is uplifting.

Hybrids

Balances the qualities of both plants

Hybrids of indica and sativa are created when plant breeders cross different varieties to bring out the best, most desired traits in cannabis, sometimes focusing on a specific health benefit. Hybrids can be sativa or indica dominant, or a balance of both.

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