Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short is a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis. It was first isolated in 1964 by a scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
THC is what is known as a cannabinoid. These are chemical compounds found in cannabis that interact with receptors in the brain and body. There are many cannabinoids in cannabis, but THC is the most widely known. It is the psychoactive compound in cannabis and is what gets you high.
Humans (and many other animals) have receptor systems that THC binds to. This system is called the endocannabinoid system. THC works by binding to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system.
THC is almost structurally identical to a natural chemical in our brains called anandamide, which is the human body’s natural occurring cannabinoid. Because THC structurally mimics an anandamide, it can affect regions of the brain associate with things like behavior and mood, memory, thinking, coordination, concentration, movements, and time perception.
THC also floods the brain with dopamine, which can make some users feel relaxed and euphoric. However, it affects everyone differently, while some users may experience feeling calm, it may increase anxiety levels for others. The reasoning is because everyone’s body chemistry is different. As well, different strains will contain varying amounts of THC, and will therefore affect the user differently. While one strain may have an unpleasant outcome, there many be another strain that could affect the user in a positive way.
THC is non-intoxicating unless it undergoes a process called decarboxylation, this occurs when you heat cannabis.
THC can be ingested or used in many ways. Some ways include: smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, creams and topicals (for ant-inflammation of joints and muscles.)
Important Note: Ingesting too much THC can lead to many adverse effects and an unpleasant experience. It is recommended to go low and slow when starting to ingest THC. Remember that a cannabis high will eventually wear off.
Medicinal Benefits of THC
Here are a few conditions that THC may help treat:
There are many more conditions that people use cannabis to treat. As research continues to progress after legalization, it is the hope that more will be learned about the many medical benefits of cannabis.
Pot brownies or space cakes are probably the most well-known and popular edible.
Here’s how to make them!
Protip: An easier approach is to buy store bought brownie mix. Add in your canna-butter and cook as per the box’s instructions!
Marijuana edibles allow you to consume cannabis in a more desecrate way. They are also a healthier alternative to smoking pot. Edibles last longer than smoking THC as well as the effects come on slower and last longer.
The great thing about cannabis butter is you can infuse it into multiple recipes, whether savory or sweet. You can add it into brownie mix, cookies, gummies, potatoes, chicken – basically anything you can put butter on/in, you can use canna-butter!
Here’s how to make it!
To activate the psychoactive potential of cannabis, it should be heated slowly at a low temperature to yield the best results. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product.
The temperature and how long you bake will depend on how much weed you are using and what kind of oven you have. Here are some general instructions for how long and what temperature to decarb your cannabis at:
Note: This recipe uses butter, but you can use other oils such as; olive oil, coconut oil, or other fatty oils.
Another important thing to consider is dosing.
How much cannabis should you put in? When dosing edibles it’s best to start at around 5-10mg per serving till you learn how your body reacts. It’s also important you wait approximately 1-2 hours after ingestion before trying anymore.
Using the cannabis cooking calculator by THCoverdose you can quickly plan the dosage of your recipe.
You can do the math on your own too. For starters, you need to know the amount of THC that is in your flower. Cannabis that is sold at licensed producers will have the THC/CBD percentage on the label. As an example, let’s say the recipe you are making will make ten cookies, you want to use 2 grams of cannabis, and your bud has a THC percentage of 10%. To figure out how strong your cookies will be you multiply 2 (amount of bud) by 1000 to get the total milligrams, then multiply that by .10 (THC percentage), and you’ll have the total amount of THC you’ll be using. Divide this number by the number of servings, and you’ll find that your cookies will each have 20mg of THC.
If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, you need to remember to take it slow and be patient. Start low and go slow in order to test what is the best dosage for you.
For more details on how to calculate dosing Click here.
What Strain to Choose?
When choosing a strain, consider the effects of each strain. Typically, indicas are more relaxing (think “in-da-couch”) while sativas tend to be more stimulating.
You will need:
Mix your decarbed weed and butter in a pot with the water (this prevents the butter from burning). Heat on low and simmer for 3-6 hours. Another easy way to do this is to heat in a crockpot for 6 hours.
After this time let the mixture cool enough to handle (but not enough to set) strain out the plant material. A good tip is to line a strainer with cheese cloth, strain and then squeeze the butter out of the cheese cloth.
Discard of the plant material (all the good stuff is in the butter). Put in the fridge for 4 hours to harden, or overnight.
Remove the hardened butter from the remaining water and there you have it; delicious canna-butter!
Now you can add it to any recipe your heart desires! What’s your favorite way to infuse canna-butter? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
*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.
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.
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.
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!
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In short, an OCF–18 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:
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
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.
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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