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Re: Therapeutic Cannabis use
« Reply #325 on: March 01, 2017, 22:20:30 »
Medreleaf is my provider. Much of their product, including what I use comes from Tikun Olam from Israel. They are one of the world leaders in medical cannabis research. Israel is also way ahead of most in research into soldiers and PTSD treatment with cannabis.
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Re: Therapeutic Cannabis use
« Reply #326 on: March 02, 2017, 11:19:19 »
Medreleaf is my provider. Much of their product, including what I use comes from Tikun Olam from Israel. They are one of the world leaders in medical cannabis research. Israel is also way ahead of most in research into soldiers and PTSD treatment with cannabis.
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« Reply #327 on: August 15, 2018, 07:53:06 »
Tweed Main Street Sent me an email saying they are getting ready for legalization in canada and that to ensure they have supplies for us all the time, we get access to spectrum products. If we want their other products, they will have to be purchased as recreational. Whaaat?  I suspect other LP will follow suite? Thoughts?

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Re: Therapeutic Cannabis use
« Reply #328 on: June 13, 2019, 12:39:41 »
This just out from a Senate subcommittee ...
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More research is needed to assess changes to the policy governing veterans’ access to medical cannabis, the Senate’s Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs said in a report released Wednesday.

The Canadian Armed Forces demand a lot from its members. Two out of five veterans experience chronic pain. One out of five has depression, while almost as many live with post-traumatic stress disorder. Although medical research on the therapeutic value of cannabis is still in its infancy, the subcommittee heard that use of cannabis has had beneficial effects for many veterans and that the number of veterans using opioids dropped significantly as medical cannabis prescriptions rose.

In 2016, Veterans Affairs enacted a new policy reducing the amount of medical cannabis eligible for reimbursement to three grams a day from 10 grams. It also capped the reimbursement rate at $8.50 per gram. This came about after the Office of the Auditor General of Canada recommended that Veterans Affairs try to contain costs for the medical cannabis program, which had climbed from $400,000 in 2013-14 to over $12.1 million in 2015.

One psychiatrist told the subcommittee that patients who had been stable became symptomatic again after the three-gram limit was imposed, though other witnesses said the limit is appropriate. With regard to the reimbursement cap, witnesses noted that cannabis oils — which allow for more exact dosage — are priced above $8.50 per gram and that potent strains for relief of severe and chronic pain are also more expensive.

The subcommittee makes five recommendations, including that Veterans Affairs periodically examine the $8.50-per-gram reimbursement rate. The subcommittee also recommends that the federal government make significant investments in research on the use of medical cannabis and on its potential effect on veterans’ consumption of prescription pharmaceuticals so as to better inform Veterans Affairs policies regarding medical cannabis.

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    Between 1998 and 2015, 26% of regular force members were released from the Canadians Armed Forces for medical reasons.
    In 2016-17, Veterans Affairs spent $64 million on medical cannabis reimbursements — 5.7 million grams for 4,474 clients. After the new policy was implemented, spending dropped to $51 million in 2017-18 — but this paid for 6 million grams of cannabis for 7,298 clients.
    As of August 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada was reimbursing 8,175 veterans for medical cannabis.
    The Globe and Mail reported in May 2018 that 43% fewer veterans were using benzodiazepines (sedatives) and that 31% fewer were using opioids compared to 2012, when medical cannabis prescriptions spiked. Just a few days earlier, a Veterans Canada official had told the subcommittee that the department had found no decrease in the use of such drugs ...
Report downloadable @ link - here's the recommendations:
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RECOMMENDATION 1:
That Veterans Affairs Canada improve its consultation mechanisms and use them more regularly to ensure greater and more transparent consultation of veterans and the professionals who work with them at all key stages of the development of new policies that affect them and to ensure that their experiences are genuinely considered in the department’s decision-making.

RECOMMENDATION 2:
That Veterans Affairs Canada periodically examine the effects of its maximum reimbursement rate of $8.50 per gram on veterans’ access to the various cannabis products, including by consulting with veterans who use cannabis and experts, to fully understand the barriers this limit may create and their impact on veterans’ health.

RECOMMENDATION 3:
That the Government of Canada quickly make significant investments in research on the use of cannabis for medical purposes, including:

    specific research on veterans’ use of cannabis for medical purposes; and
    examining the potential issues resulting from over usage, and that the gathered data be disseminated to the public and health professionals.

RECOMMENDATION 4:
That Veterans Affairs Canada undertake a detailed review of the potential impacts of medical cannabis use on Canadian veterans’ consumption of prescription pharmaceuticals and that the department publish the findings and an analysis of the net costs of cannabis reimbursements, taking into account the potential savings in reimbursements for other drugs.

RECOMMENDATION 5:
That Veterans Affairs Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada, consider taking measures to ensure the availability of cannabis to veterans who use it for medical purposes.
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