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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

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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).

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