Huffington Post reports on the latest cannabis regulations in Canada, and how it affects patients.
Medical cannabis in Canada sees great change after new regulations are implemented
A new set of medical cannabis regulations, called “Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations” (ACMPR), were released recently by Health Canada.
This means big changes for patients. Most important is the reintroduction of regulations allowing Canadian medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis themselves or designate a grower on their behalf.
The Canada Gazette shed light and more clarity on some elements reinstated from the 2014 Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR). For instance a designated grower can be anyone without a history of drug offences in ten years. Such a grower will be allowed to grow cannabis for up to two patients, indoors, or out, or in combination.
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Patients are allowed to get involved
Yet another adjustment to earlier enactment is the permitted participation of patients in the process of growing, drying, and possibly processing their own medical cannabis.
Patients who grow their own cannabis, or designate growers, will have to register with Health Canada. Application information will include necessary measures taken to ensure the plants and dried material will be secured until the first plants are ready for harvest. Growers will also have to indicate compliance with the limitations set in terms of the maximum number of plants allowed per patient to be in production as stated in the ACMPR. The proposed site for growing and producing must also be disclosed among other personal information.
Licensed producers will be allocated to sell starter seeds and genetics, or dried cannabis, or oil to patients while they are in the process of waiting for their first harvest.
Growing your own medicine is healing in itself
For patients to grow their own medicine can be a very healing experience as patients actively participate in their own health care plan.
Or as Joan Bello puts it “With the expansiveness that occurs with marijuana, the subject may begin to notice infinite possibilities to raise the quality of his/her life that would otherwise have remained hidden from normal, defensive consciousness. And feelings of health and happiness naturally lead to hope, which of itself can be curative.”
Outside growing can be cumbersome and comes with further restrictions, but allows patients to grow the plants using methods that they find beneficial, for instance making sure no harmful chemicals or pesticides were used in the growing process. Outside growing might be the only option people have to grow their medicine since not everyone has the wherewithal to invest in indoor growth aids.
Patient growers and designated growers will be given registration certificates by the ACMPR to show that they are legally allowed to grow a certain amount of cannabis. In the past, some patients and designated growers experienced annoying encounters with law enforcement officials even though they were registered and allowed to grow cannabis.
Which strain is best for you?
Although it might be a healing experience for patients to grow their own medicine it might be difficult to choose a plant variety because there so many strains, and to determine the best strain for your condition and area might become complicated. Some people may also develop a tolerance for certain strains.
The only way to avoid this is to alternate strains this can become even more complicated. As a starter seed seller describes, marijuana is being better understood as a medicine. There is a lot of research going on into the genetics and effects of each cannabis strain. New strains are being designed and bred all the time. It seems there is a breed of cannabis for almost any medical condition or set of symptoms.
Some people require different strains for different needs, and to find the most appropriate medicinal strains for your needs could take time. In this case, growing your own becomes less effective than being able to purchase smaller amounts of a larger variety of strains.
New patients should get advice
A person who is new to medical cannabis could find it overwhelming to know what strain or strains would deliver the best results for them. If you are thinking of growing your own medicinal cannabis, get assistance and guidance from professionals who have experience in the application of cannabis as a medicine. This will allow you and your healthcare practitioner to make informed choices concerning your treatment plan.
This can reduce your chances of an ineffective or “bad” experience that might put you off for life as had sometimes happened to patients in the past through a lack of information or guidance.
Medical cannabis in Canada
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