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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. See more info at monderlaw.com.

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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Cannabis and Sleep Disorders

Cannabis and Sleep Disorders

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ask most 100 year-olds about the secrets to their longevity and their answers are generally quite simple: good food and lots of sleep. In fact, a recent study by United Healthcare found that 70% of surveyed centenarians slept at least 8 hours a night.

But while we can all agree that a good night’s sleep is essential to wellbeing, millions of Canadians cannot sleep soundly through the night. According to a 2011 study by Laval University, 40% of adult Canadians suffer from sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnia and chronic insomnia.

The Laval University findings seem to be reflected in the number of prescriptions for benzodiazepines and other sedatives in Canada, which rose to more than 20 million in 2011, up from 16.4 million in 2006, according to market research firm, IMS Brogan. This statistic is particularly worrying when taking into consideration a 2012 study led by Dr. Daniel Kripke, co-director of research at the Scripps Clinic. Kripke’s study concluded that the risk of developing lymphoma, lung, colon or prostate cancer associated with hypnotics was greater than the effect from smoking.

Since medical cannabis has been available in Canada to those with diagnosed sleep disorders, thousands of Canadians have opted to use this natural alternative to prescription sedatives.

The science behind the efficacy of medical cannabis on sleep habits has to do with TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), one of the principal compounds of the cannabis plant.

According to a 2013 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, “…Δ9-TetraHydroCannabinol (THC) stabilizes autonomic output during sleep, reduces spontaneous sleep-disordered breathing, and blocks serotonin-induced exacerbation of sleep apnea.”

Here at Plant Not Pills, we’ve had excellent feedback on a number of dried cannabis strains. One particular favourite is CannTrust’s Buddha Haze, a strong THC dominant (18%) sativa strain. Patients have also been enthusiastic about CannTrust’s 1:1 Cannabis Drops, a recent addition to their line of cannabis oils. For information about Buddha Haze or the 1:1 Cannabis Drops, call CannTrust directly at 1-855-794-2266.

For help with medical cannabis licensing or to sign up for a free medical cannabis consultation, please register on our website using the promo code PLANTS710.