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Medical Cannabis: Considerations for the Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician

New regulations are in place at the federal and provincial levels in Canada regarding the way medical cannabis is to be controlled. We present them together with guidance for the safe use of medical cannabis and recent clinical trials on cannabis and pain.

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Purpose: New regulations are in place at the federal and provincial levels in Canada regarding the way medical cannabis is to be controlled. We present them together with guidance for the safe use of medical cannabis and recent clinical trials on cannabis and pain.

Source: The new Canadian regulations on the use of medical cannabis, the provincial regulations, and the various cannabis products available from the Canadian Licensed Producers were reviewed from Health Canada, provincial licensing authorities, and the licensed producers website, respectively. Recent clinical trials on cannabis and pain were reviewed from the existing literature.

Principal findings: Health Canada has approved a new regulation on medical marijuana/cannabis, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations: The production of medical cannabis by individuals is illegal. Health Canada, however, has licensed authorized producers across the country, limiting the production to specific licenses of certain cannabis products. There are currently 26 authorized licensed producers from seven Canadian provinces offering more than 200 strains of marijuana. We provide guidance for the safe use of medical cannabis. The recent literature indicates that currently available cannabinoids are modestly effective analgesics that provide a safe, reasonable therapeutic option for managing chronic non-cancer-related pain.

Conclusion: The science of medical cannabis and the need for education of healthcare professionals and patients require continued effort. Although cannabinoids work to decrease pain, there is still a need to confirm these beneficial effects clinically and to exploit them with acceptable benefit-to-risk ratios.

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Pierre Beaulieu 1 2Aline Boulanger 3 4Julie Desroches 5Alexander J Clark 6

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    Stories of Hope: Living with Lupus but I’m Winning!

    I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

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    I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

    I was taking steroids, anti-rejection drug, high blood pressure as well as other drugs for lupus.  Yet, I still was in pain!  24/7.  Then here came sciatica–along with all the other pain!

    I have been a believer in cannabis for quite some time and here is the blessing.  My son brought me a bottle of 1,000 units of CBD oil. I have been taken in for approximately 6-8 weeks.  I now no longer need steroids, high blood pressure, not anti-rejection drugs.  I am stronger, my bowels are better!

    I feel so…much better!  Went to Lupus doctor, and he was smiling when he walked in!  “Ms. Miles, I told you that you needed that anti-rejection medicine!  Your numbers are looking GREAT!  Much better than I have seen before!  I then informed his that I had discontinued most of the medications prescribed; and was taking CBD oil!  He said “well, it must be working!”  Keep on doing what you are doing!

    I am so grateful for this medicine but it is expensive and not covered by insurance!  All the herbs and vitamins that work, a person often has the means to purchase. The problem is that cannabis is expensive!

    My CBD oil is $80.00 + tax, I need at least 2 bottles per month!  That’s an additional $160.00 on a fixed income.  Am anxiously awaiting the prices to come down.

    Hope!

    Stay Safe!

    Respectfully submitted by Jewel Miles

    If you’d like to share your Stories of Hope…we would be honored.  You can submit to Hope@UnitedPatientsGroup.com

     

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    Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor You Can Trust

    Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today.

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    Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor

    Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today. You can consider it for dealing with a host of ailments naturally, safely, and effectively. But everything boils down to finding a specialist you can trust to initiate the therapy. In most cases you will need to see one for advice and getting a recommendation for your medical Cannabis card. Here are some tips for finding a doctor you can trust.

    Start with research

    Before you start looking around for a provider, you need to start by researching the legality of cannabis in your state. You can purchase and use it only if you reside in a state where the law permits it or if you’re visiting a legal ‘adult use’ state (i.e. California, Colorado, Oregon…). If you reside in a legal ‘medical’ state, you will be allowed its usage only if you have a qualifying medical condition. Chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease are common qualifying conditions. You can have an initial consultation with your primary care physician to consider the benefits of medical cannabis and then start looking for a specialist.

    Find a reputable medical Cannabis clinic near you

    After you are sure about trying this therapeutic option, you can start looking for a reputed clinic near you. Online research can help you do it quickly.  But make sure that you verify the license and credentials of the specialist. You can go a step ahead by checking reviews and testimonials of real patients. Comparing consultation fees of physicians is also a good idea. Once you are convinced about their credibility, you can visit the clinic in-person or online to go ahead with the treatment.

    Get a consultation with the specialist

    When it comes to getting treatment for the specialist, you need to build trust and rapport. Your initial consultation with them will give you a fair idea about their experience and reliability. Discuss your case history honestly and openly and carry your reports along. A seasoned specialist will listen and have personalized recommendations in products. Cannabis comes in diverse strains and products, with each working for a specific condition. For example, purple punch strain has been shown beneficial for mental issues like depression and anxiety and for chronic pain too. Strains and products can get confusing for beginners, and only a trusted specialist can help.

    Look for excellent follow-up care

    If you plan to use Cannabis as a long-term treatment option, make sure that the specialist you choose offers excellent follow-up care. You will have doubts and questions when you start and you may also need advice on cannabis dosage over time. At times, you may need to seek other alternatives in products and methods of consumption. It is best to look for a doctor who is willing to give you advice from time to time, answer your queries, and work patiently on a long-term treatment plan.

    Finding a reliable medical cannabis specialist may take some work, but the effort is worthwhile. They can help you switch to a safe, natural therapeutic option and avoid the risk of prolonged use of conventional medicines.

    Also please note, it is not illegal to ask your current doctor about cannabis, even if you reside in a legal state.  If they are not familiar with this plant, ask them for a recommendation to a doctor who may know.

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    Stories of Hope: Embarking on a Life-Changing Cancer Journey with my 58-year old son

    Little did I know what a life-changing journey we were embarking on when my 58-year old son Chris was diagnosed with stage 3 CR cancer 2 years ago.

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    Little did I know what a life-changing journey we were embarking on when my 58-year old son Chris was diagnosed with stage 3 CR cancer 2 years ago.  He declined surgery, opted for chemo/radiation, and began treating himself with cannabis oil inserted rectally. It had worked for an acquaintance, and luckily Chris’s landlord was making it for a friend so he had a good source.  Chris had been a regular cannabis smoker for many years.  We did lots of research, helped him with dietary changes, etc.

    Chris is a loner, a passionate advocate for the environment, and on disability due to his Asperger’s. He has continued to ride his bike around our town of Sonoma, CA, cleaning up creeks and roadways (while muttering curses at the perpetrators!)

    Here’s the Hope part of my story.

    All this time, I’ve been encouraging him to come over and watch uplifting stories about nature, Native Americans (another passion), and even some Neale Donald Walsh videos.

    We found a healer to help him with old anger issues, family patterns, etc.  We found recipes and cooked together.  In other words, we’ve spent quality time together which never would have happened otherwise, and I’ve been given the privilege of seeing into the wise and passionate soul of another human being.

    His father raised him and he was homeless for many years, so we never had much time together.  I’ve suffered all kinds of guilt and remorse.  I am an artist/teacher and have chosen to put most of my creative work aside in order to be there for my son.  So you can imagine how grateful I am for this gift of healing, and love, as both of our hearts are breaking open.

    He’s still an old grump as my husband says, but we all see his big heart underneath. Our whole community is giving him loving support as well.  I wish I could say his cancer has been healed, but the tumor has grown and he’s now back on chemo and facing surgery and a colostomy bag.  He’s taking the cannabis orally.  His fate is in the hands of the Divine, and we’re all praying for him and for his highest good.

    I’ve been following your wonderful series all this time and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, guidance and encouragement – and for this opportunity to share our story.

    I must add that I lost my beloved husband and soulmate of 32 years to cancer in 2007, and still miss him terribly, but 4 years later I found the most wonderful unlikely man (23 years younger!) and we have been deeply in love for the last 10 years.  I’m 83 and he keeps my youthful spirit alive. The universe is full of surprises, especially when we’re open to them.

    With love and blessings and best wishes to you and your family as we enter a new year with HOPE in our hearts.

    Respectfully submitted by Barbara Jacobsen

    If you’d like to share your Stories of Hope…we would be honored.  You can submit to Hope@UnitedPatientsGroup.com

     

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