Monday, January 14, 2019

Why You Need A Cannabis ID Card

Over the years, medical cannabis (and cannabis in general), has grown to become more widely accepted in Canada. We have been experiencing a lot of historical changes that are paving the way for other global movements to eliminate the ban on cannabis, both medically and recreationally. With this, come a lot of changes that people may not always be aware of.

One of those is how law enforcement is adapting to a rapidly-changing ruling of how cannabis is distributed, stored, and possessed. This brings forth the question: how do I prove that I’m legally able to have cannabis on me without being arrested? The reason why this is such an important question is because it has different answers depending on who you are. What I mean when I say that is: you can possess more on your person in public if you are a medical patient than your average recreational smoker. But how will law enforcement know if you’re a medical patient if you’re pulled over or stopped in public?

There are two main ways that will help support or prove that you’re a patient, using medical cannabis as a treatment. The first is all that anyone would ever legally need to prove that you’re a medical patient, and that is your prescription bottle. This is the same for any other pill, capsule, or liquid. Your prescription bottle, legally entitles you to the medical use of that medication, as prescribed on your bottle.

The other way that can oftentimes help in proving that you’re a medical patient is a cannabis authorization card. This is similar to a driver’s license in that it has your address, birthday, and photo, however, it also carries information about your prescribing clinic, your prescription amount, and the duration of your prescription. Some members of law enforcement prefer to see this because it tells them all that they need to know about your prescription, and it even has a phone number on the back for a nurse on staff 24/7 for verification that you’re a patient. We’ve found that it can be useful in other situations, as well.

 

For more information about how you can get your cannabis ID card, call MMC at 1-844-312-5143 or email associates@medmc.ca

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

4 Cannabis Infused Holiday Cocktails

Winter is here and everything around us is changing. The snow is falling, city streets are decorated with festive assortments, and shopping malls are playing Christmas music. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite ways to wind down during a snowy night is to relax with a glass of something to keep me warm. This brings me to cannabis and alcohol. Cannabis has been known to have many different effects when mixed with alcohol. CBD specifically, mixed into a drink can have benefits like: less of a hangover, enhanced flavours, and less anxiety. With that being said, here are some of our favourite cannabis-infused holiday cocktails to enjoy this season.

Canna-Cane Cocktail

This concoction has a special place in my heart. It’s a fun and festive way to loosen up and spread some holiday cheer with those around you. Originally found in Grasscity Magazine, this cocktail is sure to turn some heads.

  • 2 ounces of cannabis-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps
  • cranberry juice
  • candy canes (crushed, garnish)

Take 2 ounces of cannabis vodka, 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps and add cranberry juice to taste. Shake the mixture well with ice and pour the final product into a martini glass. This drink is best topped with a candy cane, which will add a bit of festive fun to your drink while adding subtle flavor as you sip.

White Christmas Mojito

Have you ever smelled or tasted something that brings you back to a place you’ve been long ago? Sipping this Christmas creation brings me to the warm and breezy tropical beaches down south due to its flavorful coconut taste. This clever craft is giving me all kinds of good vibes with its rich pomegranate garnish and sweet smell of mint leaves. With a few adjustments to the original recipe from Half Baked Harvest (like infusing cannabis into the rum), this recipe really has us wanting more than one glass.

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cannabis-infused white rum
  • 1 tablespoon coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • sparkling water for topping
  • pomegranate arils and mint leaves (garnish)

In a glass, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the leaves have broken down. Fill the glass half way with ice. In a blender, combine the cannabis-infused white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour over the ice and stir to combine. Top with sparkling water, mint and pomegranate.

Gingerbread Canna-nog

 

Forget summer or autumn — I always say that Christmas is my favourite season of the year. What reminds me most of Christmas is the taste of cinnamon and the smell of gingerbread. Luckily, this drink has both and it has the warm potential to be the best spin-off of eggnog I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. While it didn’t start out to be a notable cannabis-infused cocktail, by infusing the rum in this recipe by The Spruce Eats, you can have some really great flavours and effects, all in one glass!

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup cannabis-infused rum

After you have separated the egg yolks from the whites, add the yolks into a medium sized bowl. Add in the sugar. Begin whisking until the mixture is a light yellow and looks creamy and smooth. This can also be done with a hand mixer or stand mixer.  

Place the cinnamon stick in the milk. Heat the milk on the stovetop in a large saucepan until just simmering. One cup of the milk can be replaced with heavy cream. This will create a thicker eggnog. Add the spices, vanilla, and molasses.

Carefully ladle a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly as the milk is poured over the eggs. This will temper the eggs so they do not scramble. Repeat 2-3 times.  

Add the egg mixture into the rest of the milk mixture on the stove. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Place a candy thermometer in the mixture and turn off the heat when it reaches 160 degrees.

Place in a large glass bowl and cover. Chill for at least four hours. Mix in the cannabis-infused rum when the mixture has chilled.

Cannabis Colada

The cold winter months are the best time to escape to warmer places if you’re like me and can’t stand the cold. The best way to do that without eating at your savings is to create a tasty illusion instead. This colada is sure to have you thinking of the sun while you brave the cold winter that’s ahead. The cinnamon and nutmeg add an unexpected festive twist on this tropical classic, and it’s become my new favourite go-to beverage! Grasscity Magazine has more great cannabis-infused recipes like this one to choose from, as well!

  • 1-2 oz. cannabis-infused vodka
  • ½ oz. coconut cream
  • 1 oz. milk
  • 1 egg
  • pineapple juice
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • coconut shavings (garnish)

Take 1-2 ounces of cannabis vodka and add it to a shaker with coconut cream, some pineapple juice, milk, an egg, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Top up the shaker with ice and shake well to ensure the egg is properly beaten into the mixture. Once poured into a glass, top the drink with coconut shavings and cinnamon. If you’re feeling tropical, garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple.

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What are you waiting for? Start infusing your alcohol and have a taste for yourself! Let us know which one had you feeling extra festive, and remember to consume responsibly! Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

CBD Oil for Your Dog

*It is important to talk to your Veterinarian before administering any type of medication to your pet*

What is CBD oil?

In short, the Endocannabinoid system processes the cannabinoids when they enter the body. This system has a large part in handling many biological processes such as memory, sleep, and immune response. When CBD is given to your pet it can act as a strong painkiller, can be anti-inflammatory, can reduce anxiety, stress, and much more.

Can You Give CBD Oil to Your Pet?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is a chemical compound found in cannabis that has non-psychoactive properties; meaning, that you don’t feel any euphoric or sedative effects from it, which is unlike THC. CBD oil is a cannabis extract that is made using dried cannabis containing CBD with little-to-no THC. Cannabis oil is made by combining the CBD with an oil. In most cases, the oils are made using MCT which is essentially the liquid version of coconut oil.

As stated, it is important to discuss with a Veterinarian if CBD oil is right for your pet. Many pet owners are using CBD for a better alternative to opioid medication for their furry friends. CBD oil for pets is taking the internet by storm, where many pet owners are claiming that it is the only thing that has worked for their dogs. Most mammals, and specifically dogs,are able to also benefit from CBD oil because they have similar Endocannabinoid System to humans.

What Can CBD Oil Treat?

Relieves Pain and Arthritis

CBD can target the inflammation of joints and aches and pains that Arthritis causes; as well as soothe aching joints.

Seizures

In some cases, the drugs prescribed for seizures are ineffective in treating the seizures. Seizure medication for dogs can also be extremely harmful to dogs internal organs. CBD can be an alternative to these harmful medications, as it has little to no side effects and has shown success in treating seizures in humans and animals.

Anxiety

Many dogs suffer from anxiety, stress, depression, and phobias of loud and unexpected noises like thunder and fireworks. CBD has relaxing and calming properties that can help with these issues– and is a more natural alternative to prescribed anxiety medications.

Cancer

Some studies have indicated that CBD may stop cancer cells from growing, as well as help kill tumor cells and improve immune function. Additionally, CBD can also help boost appetite, which helps fight the common side effect of loss lack of appetite and nausea found in Cancer pup patients.

There are many other things that CBD oil can help to treat. It is essential to reach out to your veterinarian before administrating CBD to see if it is something that could benefit your pet.

Please contact us today if you have any additional questions!

1 (844) 312-5143 or wccmedical@gmail.com

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Monday, November 12, 2018

What is an OCF 18?

In short, an OCF18 is a Treatment and Assessment Plan that describes the cause and nature of injuries that are a direct result of the motor vehicle accident and the treatments that are specifically for these injuries. An OCF-18 is important because it outlines assessments, examinations, or treatments that a facility or provider feels is required for ongoing management of the claimant’s recovery.

Many are unaware that cannabis can be covered through accident benefits. MMC was one of the first clinics to get cannabis covered by insurance benefits in Canada. Getting cannabis covered by accident benefits requires the submission of an OCF-18 to an insurer for pre-approval.

 

Why You Should Get Medical Cannabis on an OCF-18/Treatment Plan

An approved OCF-18 grants you a set monthly amount of insurance coverage for medical cannabis; this includes medical cannabis (dried, oil, capsules, etc), a vaporizer, and in some cases safe storage for your medical cannabis.

 

Now my OCF-18 is approved for cannabis, but how do I order?

First, you must choose and register yourself on a Licensed Producers web-page. MMC will assist you with this prior to the submission of your OCF-18.

Licensed Producers products can vary so it is essential that you monitor your Licensed Producers options prior to placing an order to ensure that they have your required strains in stock.

With an approved OCF-18 you can call or email MMC’s MVA department when you are ready to order each month (Every 30 days). Let us know what you would like to order from your Licensed Producer, and we will place & pay for the order. Please note, orders are only placed during business hours on Monday-Friday between 9 am and 5 pm EST.

 

What happens when my OCF-18 coverage runs out?

When you reach the end of your approved amount of cannabis coverage through your insurer, the MVA team at MMC can apply for another OCF-18 in hopes to extend your medical cannabis coverage.

Some other things to remember:

  • Keep a record of your Licensed Producer login information (ID number and password), we require this to place orders on your behalf through your online account.
  • Monitor the products/stock on your Licensed Producers web-page as it changes regularly.
  • Email or Call MMC’s MVA department and let us know what you would like to order before you run out of cannabis. If you find that you are running out well before your next order date, we can evaluate whether or not you need an increase in your prescription when that time comes.
  • You can order your full prescription once every 30 days. If your order falls on a date that is a statutory holiday or a weekend, your order will be placed on the next business day.

 

You can also call or email MMC with any questions you might have about Cannabis or your OCF-18…we are here to help.

Medmc.ca | Kirsten@medmc.ca | 1(844) 312-5143 ext. 107

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Monday, November 5, 2018

MMC - Episode 4 The Wellness Soldier



Our guest for today is a veteran, chef, marijuana advocate, a father of 3 kids. Served the Canadian military for 7 years. After serving the military, he started started to receive benefits from Veterans affairs including covering the cost of medical cannabis which he found more effective than medical prescription. Learn more from him in this discussion.
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MMC - Episode 2- Phillip Millar On Cannabis Rights



Our First guest is Phillip Millar. A retired infantry captain, a well-known lawyer and advocate for the ethical adoption for medical marijuana is an alternative to harmful prescriptions.
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MMC - Episode 1- Intro To Cannabis Corner And Meeting Host Tony Smilis



Canabis Corner is going to be your one-stop shop for any sort of news, discussion, insight or information that relates to the Medical Marijuana industry in Canada.
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

3 Cannabis Infused Treats for Halloween

Happy Halloween!

We wanted to give you some ghoulishly good recipes to make your Halloween party a smash! These cannabis-themed Halloween treats are sure to be the talk of the town at your haunted bash.

Let’s keep this PG19+ and ensure that these treats are for adults and kept out of the hands of children. Also, we recommend labeling all treats so that other adults also know which treats are cannabis infused.

Below are 3 great reciepes that we found on leafly.com:

Chilled Apple Cider with CBD Simple Syrup

Inspired by Taste and Tell, this cold apple cider punch is tasty and therapeutic thanks to the addition of a CBD-infused simple syrup.

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (active: 20 minutes)

Yields: 12 eight-ounce servings

Approximate dosage: 10mg CBD per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 litre apple cider, divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey-ginger CBD simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 litre ginger ale, chilled
  • Skull ice molds(optional, for an extra-creepy touch)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine one cup of cider, sugar, infused syrup, cinnamon, and allspice over medium heat. Cook, stirring continuously until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat. Add orange juice concentrate and remaining apple cider. Refrigerate for one hour, or until cold.
  3. Before serving, stir in ginger ale. Serve chilled over ice.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds With Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

Who doesn’t love some good old roasted pumpkin seeds… especially if you hand scooped them right from your very own jack-o-lantern. Add a bit of spice and infused oil for an easy, elevating, low-dose snack. Recipe inspired by Taste of Home.

Time: 55 minutes

Yields: 8 quarter-cup servings

Approximate dosage: 1.25mg THC per serving*

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with oil, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  2. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne, sprinkle over seeds, and toss to coat.
  3. Lightly grease a foil-lined 9″x13″ pan. Evenly spread pumpkin seeds in pan and bake uncovered at 250° F for 45–50 minutes or until dry and lightly browned. Stir every 15 minutes.
  4. Cool completely and enjoy!

*Note: 1.25mg THC per serving is the approximate dose using the Cook Your Own Cannabis Olive Oil. Dosages may vary depending on different or preferred infused cooking oils.

Raspberry Coffin Brownies With Cannabutter

What’s a Halloween celebration without a little kitsch? These infused ghoulish brownies will complement your spooky theme and keep your guests coming back for more. (Recipe closely inspired by our very own “Sam’s Mom’s Brownies” recipe.)

Start to finish: 40–50 minutes

Yields: 18 brownies

Approximate dosage: 40 mg per brownie**

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅛ cups cannabutter
  • ½ cup 70% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups caster or baker’s sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup Dutch cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 24cm (9″ x 9″) square cake tin or 3 coffin shell brownie pans
  • Colored icing, gummy worms, cookie crumbles, or assorted Halloween candies (optional, for decorating)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease brownie pans.
  2. Heat the cannabutter in a saucepan over low heat. When half-melted, add the chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter and chocolate are completely melted and combined.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixture is shiny. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour into prepared tin and top with raspberries. Bake for 15–20 minutes and remove before brownies become fully set (do not overcook).
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin, then refrigerate. Once cold, remove from tin and cut into rectangles.

Add ghoulish icing designs, gummy worms, cookie crumbles, and candies to create a decorative brownie graveyard.

**Note: The amounts of cannabis butter and homemade cooking oil specified in our recipes are very loose suggestions; the actual amounts you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabutter or oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Recipes from: https://www.leafly.ca/news/canada/halloween-cannabis-infused-treats-recipe-canada

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Friday, October 26, 2018

More reasons to go medical; The Shortcomings of the OCS

Recreational cannabis was made legal across Canada on October 17th and within 24 hours over 100,000 orders were placed in Ontario. It is one week post-legalization, and there are thousands of Ontarians still waiting to received their first legal shipment of recreational cannabis. Their system isn’t exactly running smoothly. Here is a list of the many shortcomings of the OCS:

Disappearing Orders

It appears they sold more orders than they could fulfill. The OCS’s Twitter is flooded with complaints. Many orders were also cancelled without notification, including people who ordered within the first few minutes of the website being live. Some reports are saying pending transactions are disappearing from credit card statements. Conveniently enough their customer service number has been shut down “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Shipping times

The website quotes 3 days shipping with a flat rate of $5. It also mentioned that there would be no interruption due to the postal strike. For those of us who ordered, it goes without saying that this is not the case. The government claimed they have a “contingency plan” if there was a postal strike but will not comment further on what their plan is.

Lack of Options

There was a last-minute decision made by the Conservative Government to make weed sales in Ontario fully private. While other provinces can line up and purchase at storefronts, Ontarians will not be able to purchase from a storefront location until April 29th, 2019. The OCS website is currently the only way to purchase legal recreational cannabis in Ontario.

Website Issues

Descriptions on the website are poor and inconsistent. Some strains had terpene descriptions for instance, while other strains didn’t have any description whatsoever. The website has no photos of the actual dried flower products, only photos of the packaging.

The OCS website says “Shop legal. It’s better to know what’s in your cannabis,” but many disgruntled customers say they’ve experienced just the opposite. There are reports of items being mislabelled in terms of CBD and THC content. A cannabis-infused “intimate” spray, which contains eight milligrams of THC, as well as CBD was mislabelled. The OCS mislabelled how to apply the product, saying it was for “sublingual” use, which means under the tongue.

Benefits of being a Medical Patient:

I ordered from the OCS to see what the experience was like and I don’t plan on ordering again. I typically order through licensed producers with my medical cannabis authorization. Here are some of the benefits I have recently experienced ordering medically vs recreationally:

  • I was able to order my medicine because it was in stock and was shipped within a few days…unlike the OCS.
  • I only pay provincial tax and not the extra tax on recreational cannabis(most LPs, when ordering with a script, will absorb the excess tax that is put on cannabis, which is an extra 10% or more depending on your province)
  • My insurance plan covers medical cannabis as I am authorized for medical cannabis
  • I can claim medical cannabis on my taxes as a medical expense
  • There is a wider variety of strains, as well as pictures of the dried flower

How to get authorized for medical cannabis:

At Medical Marijuana Consulting we can help you to get you authorized for medical cannabis.
To find out more about medical cannabis and to get a authorized, visit us at www.medmc.ca or call or call 1-844-312-5143

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to Statistics Canada breast cancer is the most common cancers in Canadian woman. There was an estimated 103,200 new cases of cancer in Canadian women in 2017, breast cancer was at the top of that list, making up 26% of those cases.

Medical cannabis is an option that can help with some of the symptoms of breast cancer as well as the side effects of cancer treatments. Several studies have shown that some cannabinoids have benefits for reducing chemotherapy symptoms such as vomiting and nausea in patients. Other studies have shown that it is effective in treating pain. Loss of appetite is another common problem for people with cancer, some patients have claimed that cannabis can help increase their appetite. Some patients also state that using cannabis helps them to relax and gives them a sense of well-being. Consequently, more and more women are seeking out cannabis to find relief.

The question is, is cannabis palliative or is it able to kill cancer cells? More studies need to be conducted before we can know for sure.

We want to empower young woman to enter the conversation of using cannabis as a medicine. If you or some one you know has a story about how Cannabis has enriched their life, helped with treating pain, depression, etc, we would love to hear your stories!

If you or some one you know is suffering reach out to us to learn more about how medical cannabis can help at www.medmc.ca or by calling 1-844-312-5143.

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