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Plants Not Pills is a Nationwide Movement supporting the medical consideration of Cannabis Therapy as an alternative to traditional frontline treatments which may have adverse reactions or side effects.

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Our Mission

Change is easier than you think. Marijuana in dried or oil form can help manage many health conditions and symptoms. Our mission is to provide free support in accessing marijuana as a medicine and safe health alternative.

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The team at Plants Not Pills was wonderful, answering my questions and putting me in contact with a compassionate physician who prescribed me medical marijuana.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are always listening to our patients and physicians! If you have any comments or questions please
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The body of research supporting the treatment of specific conditions is constantly growing and changing. To date, the most common conditions treated with Cannabis include:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis/Inflammatory conditions
  • Crohn’s Disease/Colitis/IBS
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Brain Injury
  • Alzheimers/ALS
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • MS
  • HIV
  • RCPS (aka RSD)
  • Epilepsy

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If you are 18 years of age or older, a resident of Canada, and suffer from a serious medical condition that causes chronic pain, chronic nausea, appetite loss, sleep disorders, muscle spasms or seizures, you may be eligible to receive medical marijuana.  The best way to understand if medical marijuana can help your specific condition is to talk to a knowledgeable doctor about your treatment needs.

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Provided you and your doctor complete the medical document and submit it to your preferred licensed producer, there should be minimal delay in receiving your medical marijuana.  Since the production abilities and customer service of the licensed producers can vary, it is important to select a licensed producer that will be able to delivery product to you in a timely fashion.  We are here to help you find the licensed producer that is best for you!

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Marijuana has been found valuable in the treatment of many illnesses and conditions throughout history.  Although many of the benefits we hear about are anecdotal, a large global effort is underway to understand the medical benefits of marijuana using scientific and clinical approaches.  The major benefits have been associated with reductions in pain, help with sleeping disorders, side-effects from pharmaceuticals or cancer treatments, and other symptom relief.

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Patients with a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other disease of the airways, drug or alcohol abuse or dependence, or a serious mental disorder, such as schizophrenia should all consult their doctor before trying medical marijuana. You should also avoid marijuana if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to get pregnant, or if you are allergic to any cannabinoid.

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There are many methods of ingesting marijuana including eating, drinking, vaporizing and smoking. We also have techniques and recipes for preparing marijuana in edible forms, in tinctures and for vaporization. To get a detailed guide on how to safely and effectively ingest medical marijuana, email us at info@plantsnotpills.ca for a free PDF guide.

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Some pain medications have been proven to be more effective in combination with marijuana. However, with all medication, different combinations can have unpredictable effects. You should always consult your doctor before combining any medications.

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There are two basic types of Cannabis plants, Sativa and Indica. Sativas are taller plants originating from Mexico, Columbia and Southeast Asia. Sativas usually have a higher THC content and cause a stimulating, uplifting effect. Indicas are shorter, dense plants originating from Afghanistan, Morocco, Tibet, etc. Indicas have a more sedative or relaxing effect and can be used for anxiety reduction.  Within these two types of Cannabis exist many sub-types or strains of Sativa and Indica.  Many of these strains are given seemingly odd or interesting names, usually based on a slang description.

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Marijuana is still a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is a criminal offence. Marijuana is only legal when used by an authorized patient for medical purposes.

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Always store your marijuana in a cool, dry and above all SECURE place. Consider using a safe or other locked secure container to store your medicine.  Ensure that any edible product is also well marked and secured against mistaken identity.

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Medical marijuana is a prescription drug consisting of the dried buds of the female cannabis plant. The active ingredient is THC, a cannabinoid, which interacts with the system in the brain involved with pain transmission. Marijuana provides relief from several serious symptoms such as severe pain, chronic nausea, loss of appetite, muscle spasms and others.

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The first step in acquiring your medical document is to talk to a doctor or nurse practitioner.  They will help you determine your treatment needs, and how to complete a medical document to be sent to the licensed producer of your choice.  Health Canada has a four step guideline to help you (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/access-acceder-eng.php), but we are also here to help you through the process!

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The best approach is to be as informed as possible about your potential treatments, their side effects, and what you want to get out of your treatment.  Using our website as a resource can help you achieve this, and being open and honest with your doctor is always the best approach.  If you find your doctor is closed to the idea of medical marijuana, we are here to help you as best we can!

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The side effects of marijuana vary quite a bit among different strains of Cannabis and different people. Negative effects range from drowsiness and loss of focus to agitation leading to fear and paranoia. Such effects are temporary and go away within a few hours. Smoking marijuana carries many of the same risks as smoking cigarettes and is not advisable. Because of the adverse health effects of smoking, other methods of ingesting marijuana are preferable.

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The current regulations only allow for those 18 years of age or older. There are extenuating circumstances we will take into consideration.  If your children have serious conditions that may benefit from medical marijuana you should speak to your doctor, or contact us.

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Medical marijuana prescriptions vary depending on the patient’s condition and the strain of marijuana. Your doctor can help you determine the right dosage for your situation. The average use of marijuana for medical purposes is from 1 to 3 grams per day. If you are just beginning to use marijuana, you should start with a small dose and increase it gradually until you reach a comfortable level.  The limit set by the MMPR is 30 times the daily quantity of dried marijuana indicated by your doctor on your medical document OR 150 grams – whichever is less.

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At this time, most other countries do not allow marijuana use or possession for any purpose. It is definitely not a good idea to carry marijuana while travelling internationally.

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History of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis has been used medically for thousands of years dating back to the 3rd century BC, when the Chinese used it as a way to alleviate nausea as well as an anesthetic.

Cannabis as medicine was first recognized by western societies in the 19th century. It was commonly used to help ease common muscle spasms and pain relief. With the growth of common pharmaceuticals like aspirin, the popularity of medical cannabis dimmed until it was once again championed in the 1970s as an effective way to relieve the cause of blindness in glaucoma patients. At the same time, the power of cannabis to inspire hunger was used to battle the potentially fatal loss of appetites in cancer and AIDS patients. In 2001, Health Canada approved the use of Medical Marijuana for those suffering from acute pain

or nausea caused by the following: multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, cancer, AIDS/HIV infection, arthritis, epilepsy and depression through the Medical Marijuana Access Program.

In April 2014, the Medical Marijuana Access Program was replaced by the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations by the Conservative Party. This means that for now, legal marijuana production is in the hands of licensed producers. So far, 25 companies have been registered as licensed producers as of June 2015 with well over 18,000 users.

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Wellness Practitioners

As a holistic practitioner you have the power to positively influence your patient’s health in many life changing ways. Among them is the ability to help your patients obtain a safe, effective and natural form of pain relief nearly as old as civilization itself. Use the referral form below to recommend a patient to our Cannabis Patient Services Team.
Please fill in the form with your personalized code for each individual you wish to refer. To obtain your referral code, simply call us Toll Free at 1-844- 473-6060 or email info@plantsnotpills.ca .

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How it Works

Follow these steps to start accessing safe, effective medical marijuana

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Giving Back

In solidarity with our patients and the conditions they have to endure, Plants Not Pills will match 10 cents for each gram you purchase to the charitable foundation of your choice.

When you place your order, simply indicate on your form which organization you would like us to support in your name and we will gladly make a donation on your behalf.
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* Fill out the form below and one of our friendly staff will get back to you shortly through your preferred method of contact. Please note that you must be a Canadian resident and 25+ years of age to complete this form.

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