Medicinal-Marijuana

The Canadian Medical Marijuana Program began out of the need to provide those with qualifying medical conditions the possibility to connect with designated medical marijuana growers

Ulcerative Colitis Sufferers Are Amazed by the Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana

Ulcerative colitis, one of the most well known irritable bowel diseases, can cause severe fatigue, urgent diarrhea, pain, loss of appetite and unhealthy weight loss.

Marijuana MEDICINE for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana (or marihuana), has been a topic of debate for many years, not only in Canada, but also in several other countries including the U.S.

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Welcome To Medicinal-Marijuana.ca

Medicinal-Marijuana

This website follows the Health Canada Guidelines to offer you support and the resources you need to become license to possess marijuana for qualified medical conditions, or to become licensed to produce medical marijuana to supply a qualified patient.

The Canadian Medical Marijuana Program began out of the need to provide those with qualifying medical conditions the possibility to connect with designated medical marijuana growers… and vice versa. The information provided on this website comes from a variety of News sources, Health Canada directly, Medical Practitioners and currently licensed patients across Canada. This website is a way to connect and stay up to date on the past events, current event and possible future events within this industry.

For too long we’ve heard stories of qualified patients having to source out their medical marijuana through any means possible. Be that the black market or from Health Canada directly (which to date has been of such embarrassing quality that it is of little to no benefit to improving a patient’s quality of life, not to mention being out of their price range to purchase).

Marijuana is a ‘Miracle Plant’ naturally produced by earth for many purposes. When most of us hear the word ‘marijuana’ we associate it with illegal activity and don’t give it a second thought. However, if you look back in history, before government labeled marijuana as a dangerous drug, you will learn the truth and understand the benefits of this ‘Miracle Plant’. Every day these truths are coming to light and are gaining a better acceptance and understanding by all people across Canada. If you’re interested in understanding the ‘real’ Truth of the marijuana plant, you will learn just as we did, that the medical benefits cannot be ignored.

We, at Medicinal-Marijuana.ca, are here to join in the pursuit to make medical marijuana available to everyone with the medical need. If you’ve got the need, we’ve got the weed… we like to say

Ulcerative Colitis Sufferers Are Amazed by the Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana

Ulcerative colitis, one of the most well known irritable bowel diseases, can cause severe fatigue, urgent diarrhea, pain, loss of appetite and unhealthy weight loss. Many of the traditional medicinal treatments have side effects much like ulcerative colitis itself, with severe side effects from long-term use.

Most patients with ulcerative colitis (and their doctors for that matter), believed they were stuck with traditional medication treatments. The side effects were just one more issue on top of a severe medical problem with no final solution or cure. The same can be said for several diseases: multiple sclerosis, cancer and other patients believed that, to have a better quality of life, they needed the traditional treatments – even if those treatments were sometimes worse than the actual disease.

Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana

As medicinal marijuana laws change, however, another treatment is being bandied about – not by the medical profession, but by those patients using cannabis as a way to relieve symptoms and reduce (or omit) the need for pharmaceutical medication. Ulcerative colitis sufferers are no different.

Called “anecdotal evidence”, testimonials from ulcerative colitis patients, cancer patients and more have been filling medical articles. As well, were one to search IBD and medicinal marijuana online, they would find much “anecdotal evidence”. Those afraid to share their stories due to the illegal nature of cannabis are now eager to share the benefits they’ve found from the use of medicinal marijuana. Unfortunately, many are still unwilling to share their real names, but the surprise and pleasure they’ve found in relief from symptoms is unmistakable.

“In my short experience with medicating with marijuana to treat my Crohn’s disease I’ve found that in general it seems to stabilize my digestive system even when I’m not high. Many times I get severe cramps after eating, and even when I’m sober if I medicate at least once a day I don’t get those cramps, or if I do it’s not nearly as bad. Marijuana helps with inflammation in your digestive system, it doesn’t just help when you are high, it helps 24/7.”

In an online Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis support group, a member asked if anyone had used medicinal marijuana to help relieve symptoms. Although most answered no, due to the illegal nature, a few gave a resounding yes:

“Yes! After only two weeks, I have gone from 20 to 25 bathroom trips/day to 2 trips per day. I was smoking (2 to 3 hits, is all) every night just before bedtime. I’m now trying to do it only every other night. We’ll see how/if my symptoms return.”

“It’s been right at 2 months since my doc recommended medical MJ. I am only smoking it every three or four days and my symptoms are still in total remission. I can’t believe how well I feel. I have my life back! Those of you in states where it is still forbidden need to lobby your representatives for a compassionate use bill. THEN, the feds need to get on board!”

“There’s another huge thread discussing MMJ in the forums already. I read through it in my research about medical MJ. I can tell you that since i got the recommendation, i have had much success with it. It immediately stops symptoms and lets you relax. In my personal experiences i find it to be more useful in maintaining remission than causing it, but this is because i cannot use it as often as some suggest. Once at night every other day or so is my usual regiment.”

The high level of anecdotal evidence, such as the above, has caused more than ulcerative colitis patients to take note. Scientists and medical researchers are now trying to answer the question of whether medicinal marijuana may actually help in the disease or if it only covers up the symptoms. Several reports have pointed to the distinct potential application of medicinal marijuana in ulcerative colitis patients, but have yet to give a definitive answer.

For ulcerative colitis patients, however, the answer is already there. Although many face the possibility of arrest because they either don’t live in an area where medicinal marijuana is legal or because their doctor won’t give them a prescription, the resounding sentiment is summed up by this last commentator:

“Marijuana has helped me live without flare-ups when nothing else seemed to work. I am a law abiding Christian and I sometimes second guess myself for using an illegal drug to treat my UC. That feeling only lasts until I stop using marijuana, then have a flare! It’s pretty simple: smoke a little pot and don’t have cramps and/or bloody stool or don’t smoke and be miserable.

Marijuana has helped me LIVE with this chronic disease. In fact, a couple of puffs a night have put my disease in remission. I hate breaking the law, and don’t consider myself a criminal but I know that this works for me.”

Most agree that there are ways to used medicinal marijuana other than smoking, such as baking or using a vaporizer. Most also agree that the possibility of medicinal marijuana helping everyone is unlikely. As well, even though they are neither medical doctors nor law enforcement, many point out that it is best to know where the cannabis is coming from and what strain it is. However, all agree – in varying states of shock, surprise and relief – that they have benefited from the use of medicinal marijuana to help control their ulcerative colitis symptoms, if not put them into remission.

Marijuana MEDICINE for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana (or marihuana), has been a topic of debate for many years, not only in Canada, but also in several other countries including the U.S. and the U.K. However, while marijuana for recreational use has not been legalized in Canada, medical marijuana use can be granted for medical needs such as grave or debilitating illnesses.

Marijuana MEDICINE for Chronic Pain Sufferers

The Definition of Chronic Pain

Although “chronic pain” seems all encompassing and thus easily used as a reason for medical marijuana use, the organization of Health Canada very clearly defines what can be considered severe enough pain for medical marijuana. With that said, there are many suffering from chronic pain – due to a variety of reasons – with grants for the medical use of cannabis.

Arthritis, headaches and back pain are the most common, but fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy and phantom limb pain are also common reason for chronic pain. Continuing pain can also be caused by debilitating illnesses such as MS (multiple sclerosis), scoliosis, osteoporosis and others.

Original Treatments for Chronic Pain

For many, medical marijuana use is a “last resort”, used only after several pharmacologic treatments fail. Typically, the first treatments include pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Unfortunately, long-term use can cause serious side effects; even if there is pain relief, it can only be in short periods due to the need for short-term use of the “first line” of treatments.

Should the first treatments fail, narcotic opioids such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone are generally prescribed. Although often highly affective, the concern for these types of narcotics is that they have a high possibility for addiction and abuse. As well, their use is also limited, due to possible side effects in higher doses. The withdrawal symptoms for addictive pharmaceuticals can be mild to painfully severe.

Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain

For those that don’t respond to the first or second line of treatments, medical marijuana may be prescribed. As well, there are those who prefer not to use man-made pharmaceuticals that have a high rate of addiction or serious side effects. Although a few find cannabis to be addictive, the withdrawal symptoms are mild.

According to Health Canada, “Dependence is unlikely to be problematic when cannabis is used therapeutically, although withdrawal affects may be uncomfortable. These include restlessness, anxiety, mild agitation, irritability, tremor, insomnia and EEG/ sleep disturbance, nausea, diarrhea and cramping.”

Relief from chronic pain, however, far outweighs the possibility of addiction for many:

Migraines – Severe, incredibly painful and often lasting as long as 72 hours, migraines can cause serious debilitating issues such as nausea, vision changes, vomiting and a high sensitivity to light and sound. Many of the pharmaceuticals used to either stop or lessen the amount of migraines cause the same issues as the onset of the migraines themselves. Often, sufferers stop treatment because it doesn’t work or because the side effects are too severe.

Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has been a well-documented treatment for many years – even throughout the nineteenth century. Cannabinoids have often demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects, as well as dopamine blocking. It is believed by some that one of the causes of migraines is the lack of natural endocannabinoids in the body, which might explain why cannabis works to decrease the pain as well as the symptoms. [1]

Multiple sclerosis (MS) – MS is a degenerative disease that attacks myelin in the brain and spinal cord. If you imagine nerves to be like electrical wires, myelin is the insulating, protective sheath around the nerves. The autoimmune system treats myelin as a foreign invader, destroying patches of it and leaving nerve fibers exposed, interrupting their normal function. It is debilitating and painful, causing such symptoms as tingling and numbness, painful muscle spasms, tremors, paralysis and more.

Prescribed pharmaceuticals can cause severe, debilitating medical issues such as seizures, abdominal cramps, dizziness, mental disturbances and other problems. Many MS sufferers prefer to self-medicate with marijuana, and have noticed that cannabis helps them control tremors, spasms and bladder control. Tests have also shown that THC helps reduce pain intensity and sleep disturbance significantly.

Although these two illnesses are common for the use of medical marijuana in relieving chronic pain sufferers, the same can be said for rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injuries and even phantom limb pain. While more studies need to be performed to explain exactly how cannabinoids and medical marijuana work, the fact that they do work is clear.

Marijuana MEDICINE for HIV/Aids Patients… What You Need To Know

Throughout man’s history marijuana has always been known as one of the most therapeutic plants in the world.

Marijuana is not addictive.

Our research, backed by hundreds of other studies done worldwide, has proven properly made marijuana medicine provides relief for HIV/Aids patients. Throughout thousands of years of medicinal use marijuana has been known as a cure-all and not without good reason. We have provided marijuana medicine to hundreds of people with various medical conditions and the results speak for themselves.

Marijuana MEDICINE

Millions of people enjoy smoking marijuana, but this is the least effective way to use the plant medicinally. The real medical miracles occur when the marijuana is ingested, drank in tea, cooked in cookies/brownies or used topically on skin infections or diseases – then watch what happens! Marijuana is real medicine straight from Mother Nature, not some concoction of chemicals and poisons produced in a pill factory somewhere.

Supporting Documentation:

Drug Plicy Alliance…. July 2000 Headlines Read…Study Finds Pot Safe For Aids Patients… by Dr. Donald Abrams [1]

In the first government-sanctioned test of the effects of marijuana on people infected with the AIDS virus, a San Francisco study has found that the patients on pot came out of a 21-day trial just as fit and quite a bit fatter than when they started.

Medical News Today….  February 2007 Headlines Read… Marijuana Relieves HIV Nerve Pain… by Dr. Donald Abrams [2]

Smoking marijuana effectively relieves chronic HIV-associated nerve pain, including aching, painful numbness, and burning, according to a study published in the February 13, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology…. Participants in the study reported no serious side effects.

Summary of Cannabis and HIV/AIDS

The effectiveness of cannabis for treating symptoms related to HIV/AIDS is widely recognized and has been proven in numerous studies and has been recognized by several comprehensive, government- sponsored reviews, including those conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the U.K. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, the Australian National Task Force on Cannabis, and others. [3]

Testimonials:

Keith Vines… I am an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, a position I have held since 1985. I am a retired Air Force Captain and JAG Corps prosecutor, a former foot soldier in the war on drugs, and the proud father of a son who will turn 18 this summer. I am also an AIDS patient who credits medical marijuana as an important link to saving my life. [4]

Daniel J. Kane… After several prescription medications had given me no relief, my doctor informed me that marijuana, in small quantities, might act as both an anti-nauseant and an appetite stimulant. I tried smoking marijuana to combat the nausea. I found that it reduced my nausea and restored my appetite, allowing me to eat and regain my strength with no noticeable side effects. [5]

Michael Cheslosky… I am a resident of Santa Cruz diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Medical marijuana was originally recommended to treat my nausea and chronic pain and has proven to be more effective than any of the numerous other treatments I have tried. [6]

In closing, at Medicinal-Marijuana.ca we will help you with Health Canada’s Regulation and paperwork and get you on the Medical Marijuana Program. With your doctor’s consent (the paperwork is available on this site for your doctor to fill out), you will be able to start receiving medical marijuana by prescription delivered right to your doorstep once a month! We will find you a designated grower who will supply you with your monthly prescription. We will guarantee the quality of the marijuana you receive is the best BC Bud available and that your quantity is exactly what your prescription is (either 5g, 10g or 15g per day). To start receiving medical marijuana or for more information, contact us as soon as possible.