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Claim Your Cannabis As a Medical Expense

Claiming Cannabis As A Medical Expense

Don’t forget to claim your medical cannabis as a medical expense when you do your 2016 taxes (due on or before April 30, 2017). Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Get Your 2016 Receipts

Most Licensed Producers (LPs) have a section on their websites where you can view your past orders and print your receipts. If you can’t find it, please contact your LP directly as it is their legal obligation to provide you with your receipts.

Step 2: Fill Out Your Tax Forms

When you fill out your tax forms, make sure you include the total amount you spent on medical cannabis over the course of the year on your 2016 tax return.

A complete rundown on claiming medical expenses can be found at Canada Revenue Agency’s Website.

For more information, please email info@plantsnotpills.ca or call us directly at 1-844-470-6063

Why Licensing Will Matter When Legalization Happens

Tax Free Medical Cannabis

Anyone who lives in Ontario understands the burn of having harmonized sales tax (HST) added to nearly every retail purchase. Even when we don’t see the tax, it’s still there. Booze is a perfect example. On top of the LCBO’s significant mark up on imported wines, HST is also added into the price. The result is that what amounts to a $4 bottle of wine in Spain mysteriously turns into a $30 bottle once it hits Canadian shelves. We mention the LCBO because by many accounts (and if Premier Wynne has her way), this is the model the government will implement on recreational cannabis once it is legalized.

On the other hand, medical cannabis under a “Shopper’s Drug Mart” framework will likely be treated as all other medications which by law do not incur any federal taxes. Therefore, medical marijuana license holders may enjoy significant savings in this respect, though in many ways they already do considering they have access to strains for as little as $3,50/gram, compassionate pricing programs and are able to claim their medical marijuana as a tax deductible expense.

Recently, a high profile case has brought up another highly likely scenario: medical marijuana license holders may qualify for partial or even full insurance coverage of their medical marijuana. Imagine…millions of Canadians being able to treat their myriad of health conditions without paying a dime out-of-pocket for their safe, natural medicine…. Now wouldn’t that be something?

If you or a loved one would like to start accessing safe, effective medical cannabis then contact Plants Not Pills by clicking here or email info@plantsnotpills.ca. Use the promo code Health17 and enjoy a $25 discount off all fees associated with licensing.

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Medical Cannabis and Anorexia

Feet on bathroom scale with the word HELP on screen. Signifies either overweight or underweight health problems.

By Dr. François Halle, Cannabinoid Therapy Specialist

The root cause of anorexia nervosa, known simply as anorexia remains a mystery to the medical community. For decades researchers have tried to prove there is a genetic component or pinpoint a specific cultural trigger. The general consensus is that the disorder usually begins with a specific traumatic incident and is more prevalent in cultures in which higher value is placed on being thin. While traditional treatment has focused on intense counselling and nutritional reprogramming, medical cannabis has proven to be effective in treating several symptoms associated with anorexia.

Medical Cannabis and Anorexia

Tetradydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive compound in cannabis is effective at stimulating hunger and increases the pleasure felt when eating (Cota, et al., 2003). In a double-blind study, THC has also shown to increase average weight gain compared to a placebo (Andries, et al., 2014).  THC has also shown to significantly stimulate appetite in patients that have cachexia related to cancer (Nelson, Walsh, Deeter & Sheehan, 1994), (Jatoi, et al., 2002) and (Nauck & Klaschik, 2004). In addition, it has demonstrated effective at increasing appetite and stabilizing body weight in AIDS-cachexia patients (Beal, et al., 1995). The decayed product of THC (CBN) has also shown to increase appetite, which suggests it could assist in the treatment of cachexia and anorexia, and help improve eating desires in those with anorexia nervosa, cancer or HIV/AIDS (Farrimond, Whalley & Williams, 2012).

If you or a loved one would like more information on medical cannabis licensing, register with Plants Not Pills using the promo code Change17, email info@plantsnotpills.ca or call 1-844-473-6060.