HMED Patient Stories is a video series in which Harvest Medicine patients, unscripted, tell us how medical cannabis is improving their lives. Today, Aleah tells us her story of inflammation, migraines, and returning to home renovations.
Medical cannabis has been prescribed as 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.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)
Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Migraine & cluster headaches
Palliative (Terminal) Care
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.
Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids – The Differences
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
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.
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.
In mid-April, there was one thing on the minds of those in the cannabis industry: the impact of legalization. These looming promises of legalization created a huge question mark, and unease, in the world of medical marijuana. Would cannabis be a free-for-all, flooding the market, on the shelf of every gas station next to the…
At Harvest Medicine, we pride ourselves on high levels of patient care. Accessing medical cannabis may seem like a confusing process – but we make it easy. When you book your initial consultation, here’s what to expect: Check in at the front desk At the front desk, one of our Medical Office Assistants will confirm…