As a society we now know that prohibiting drugs carries a host of unintended and undesirable consequences. These include an increase in demand, a guaranteed unregulated underground market, and great disrespect for police and laws. But the most glaring example of the failure of prohibition is the current opioid overdose crisis.
What’s the Problem?
This crisis, recently declared a public health emergency in the USA, has also killed many thousands of people in Canada over the past two years — mostly due to street opioids being adulterated with fentanyl. Here in British Columbia there have been over 1000 overdose deaths already this year. Politicians, health care professionals, and society in general are trying to find solutions.
I host a weekly podcast (Cannabis and Coffee with Tamarijuana) that brings experts and patients together. I have been doing this now for just over a year. And what I hear in most every conversation — be it with an advocate, activist, doctor, etc. — is worry about over-regulation. This recreational legislation by the Canadian government is still going to leave patients with gaping holes in their medical program. Patients still fear losing the plant counts and prescriptions.
M.O.M. Cup 2018
Dates: February 23-25th, 2018.
Location: Private Venue in Vancouver, BC (announced to attendees day of).
Must be 19+ to attend.
Email [email protected] with any questions not answered here.
Vancouver is world class city when it comes to how easily we get our pot. Medicinal or recreational, we have access to top notch bud nearly round-the-clock 365 days a year. And we wear that badge with honour. But recently, I felt like the game stepped up with deluxe cannabis delivery.
From preventatives to treatments and cures, Western medicine has been hugely positive for humanity in a lot of ways. Today, Big Pharma gives us vaccines, insulin and blood pressure medications, antibiotics and chemotherapy, and painkillers for incurable conditions and for while we’re healing.
Unfortunately, those painkillers include fentanyl, which is not proving to be a huge positive for humanity … or for cannabis freedom. Politically, medically, and recreationally, Big Pharma and fentanyl continue to negatively impact the push to fully legalize cannabis.
I smoked my first joint in Grade 9 with my best friend. I have never again laughed as hard as I did that night. But I also felt a calm that I remember quite well, that I still feel every time I smoke.
That calmness helped with many things. And when stoned, my mind wasn’t hung up on the words “you’re not a real girl, and you’re a failure for not being a real girl.” Instead, I composed songs, stories, and poems. I connected with my friends. Finally, I relaxed … and I started shopping in the boy’s section.
… Help Your Doctor Change
Editor’s Note: This article on discussing medicinal cannabis with healthcare professionals was originally published September 2, 2016 and is reposted here during the winter holidays for our focus on Medicinal Cannabis.
Discussing Medicinal Cannabis with Your Doctor
With the introduction of the new Accessing Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) released by Health Canada on August 24, 2016, accessing and growing medicinal cannabis is less challenging than ever before. But visiting the doctor is often already a very stressful experience, so discussing medicinal cannabis with your healthcare professional can be a daunting task. I hope this article will prepare you to speak with your doctor about medical cannabis.
I am a Canna-Mom. I make this statement proudly, yet we live in a society where many moms who do smoke will choose to do so in silence, not wanting to deal with the judgement and criticism of others. Worse yet they fear that their children will be taken by social services.
I refuse to hide my use of cannabis, despite being judged. I’m here to tell you all the ways it helped me get through pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood.
Let me tell you about it.
From a Mom’s Perspective
I am Canadian mother with my MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) prescription for chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression. Like a lot of MMPR patients, I had used marijuana for years to treat my health problems. Eventually, with the help of my doctors, I decided to give medical marijuana a try.
Being a medical cannabis patient in Canada can be frustrating these days with all the hassles of accessing cannabis legitimately and safely. Licensed Producers just don’t always cut it. So, with so many grey areas for accessing cannabis as a patient, I decided to try ordering my buds online.
I’m searching for the best Mail Order Marijuana (M.O.M.) company that Canada has to offer. Because I value discretion in a grey market, I won’t name the sites I review. I’m sure you can figure out the recreational M.O.M. sites I tried, though.