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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.

10 Reasons to Get Licensed in 2017

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Check out these top ten reasons on why you should get licensed for safe, effective medical marijuana in 2017! Drum roll please…

10. Despite plans to announce the legalization framework, the Government will not make cannabis readily available until at least mid 2018.


9. Medical Cannabis is available in several varieties including high potency cannabidiol (CBD) oil and high THC oils as well as milled bud for capsules and edibles.



8. Pesticides which are not approved for use by licensed producers can seriously damage your health and are often found in dispensary and/or street product.


7. Medical cannabis is cheaper with some strains priced at only $3.50/gram!


6. Licensed producers’ staff are educated to help patients with strains specific for their medical conditions.

knowledge5. Licensed producers are heavily regulated for consumer safety. All strains are tested whereas in  dispensaries they are not.


4. Get your cannabis delivered to your doorstep! You don’t even have to leave the house.


3. Vaporizers and other accessories are available at a reduced price through licensed producers.


2. For all you Green Thumbs… getting licensed for your ACMPR Grow Permit allows you to grow cannabis at home!


1. Medical cannabis is cultivated specifically for your health condition.


Start accessing medical marijuana today by registering with Plants Not Pills using the promo code HAPPY17 and take advantage of a $25 discount on all fees associated with licensing. To register, click here

For more information on cannabis and medical marijuana licensing, email info@plantsnotpills.ca or call 1-844-473-6060

Season’s Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

Season's Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

Season’s Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

With the holiday season approaching, Plants Not Pills wants to make sure you are giving yourself the gift of amazing cannabis. This is why we’ve put together a short holiday guide below featuring all the newest, stand out strains that our patients and staff have been raving about.

If you or someone you know is not yet licensed, please note that Plants Not Pills is currently offering a $25 dollar discount on its admin fees. Simply register with the holiday promo code HAPPY16 and we will automatically subtract $25 off any admin fees associated with licensing.

If you feel like trying any of the strains below, please contact patientservices@nlphysicians.com or call 226-456-1497 and we will help you add or switch your Licensed Producer free of charge.

From all of us at Plants Not Pills, we wish you the best of health and a very Happy Holiday Season!

Buddha Haze
(THC: 18%, 0.4%)
$10.50/gram This strong sativa, THC- dominant strain is getting great reviews as a second-to-none sleep aid.
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Platinum Mint Cookies
(THC: 17-20%, CBD: 0.1%)
$12.00/gram Platinum Mint Cookies is an OG Kush and Durban Poison premium hybrid that takes its users to euphoria’s top floor.
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Blueberry Kush
(THC: 16%, CBD: 0.4%)
$10.50/gram A potent Indica for those looking for a rich body buzz and serious pain relief. Serious relaxation guaranteed!
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Great Bear
(THC: 16%, CBD: 0.4%)
$5.99/gramCurrently Aphria’s strain of the month, Great Bear is an effective and economical sativa dominant, high THC strain… 
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(THC: 6.1%, CBD: 9.8%)
$8.00/gram A Sativa-dominant strain, Embrace is known for its ability to relax without sedation, to relieve without …
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(THC: 2.5%, CBD: 5.88%)
$7.20/gramA vigorous THC/CBD sativa dominant strain that is a perfect pick-me-up for the winter blues and also an effective strain for pain relief…
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Medical Cannabis


By Dr. L Tennant, Ph.D

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an increasingly prevalent health issue in Canada, with over 5 million Canadians affected. It is a chronic, functional bowel disorder characterized by predominant diarrhea (IBS-D types), constipation (IBS-C types) or alternating patterns of both (IBS-M). Patients experience abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas and nausea with episodes that can last from days to months. In addition to uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms, many patients suffer anxiety and depression associated with the syndrome, which is known to exasperate the gastrointestinal symptoms.

Despite significant research efforts, the underlying physiological cause of IBS is not fully understood. Theories include previous GI infection, food poisoning, previous medication, hormonal or neurotransmitter imbalances. More recent research points to visceral sensitivity as the root cause of the painful symptoms associated with the syndrome, due to abnormal endogenous pain processing. In order to manage IBS, patients can be prescribed an array of medications including anti-spasmodic, anti-diarrheal or laxatives, pro-secretory agents (to increase the amount of fluid in the bowels), analgesics and antidepressants (at low doses for diarrhea and cramping, at higher doses for anxiety or depression relating to the disorder).

In lieu of or as an adjunct to these treatment regimens, many patients turn to medical cannabis for symptomatic relief.

Medical cannabis has been used by humans for centuries to alleviate abdominal pain and gastrointestinal dysfunction. The theory is that cannabis products contain active molecules that can interact directly with the receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and provide relief by modulating it’s activity. The ECS is made up of families of receptors located throughout the brain and central nervous system of mammals that, through interaction with endogenous, natural or synthetic molecules, control a number of physiological processes including pain sensation, appetite, mood and memory. In the mammalian gut, the ECS produces endocannabinoid compounds “on demand” in order to auto-regulate and restore gut function and this regulation is mediated via the cannabinoid receptors. The cannabinoid molecules found in medical cannabis have been found to act in the same way as the ‘auto-regulatory’ or endogenous molecules and act thorough the same receptors. The most predominant and widely studied receptors of the ECS are CB1 and CB2.   CB1 receptors are expressed in the central nervous system and in the enteric nervous system of the gut whereas CB2 receptors are located on peripheral tissues and some types of immune cells.

In the gastrointestinal system, CB1 is involved in a number of important processes that are implicated in IBS including:

Gut motility and transit: Studies in several mammalian species have shown that activation of CB1 receptors slows down gut motility and inhibits muscle contraction transit, and that blocking CB1 receptors has the reverse effect, suggesting a role for cannabinoids with stimulating (agonist) or blocking (antagonist) effects for treatment of motility disorders. Furthermore, in a study of IBS-D patients, drobinol was shown to effectively reduce colonic motility and that this effect is mediated by the CB1 receptor.

Visceral pain relief: Studies in rodents demonstrated that treatment with certain cannabinoids had an analgesic effect on artificially induced visceral pain, again via stimulation of the CB1 receptor.

There is a growing body of data that suggests that subtle fluctuations in the levels of endocannabinoids in the gut are implicated in IBS. Studies in rodent models showed that low levels of endocannabinoids contribute to hyperalgesia and abdominal pain as well as changes in gastrointestinal mobility and that both were improved by increasing levels of endocannabinoids (endogenous or synthetic).

Furthermore, in humans, a study from the University of Calgary in 2013 showed a correlation between pain-related symptoms and the levels of endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid-like fatty acids in the blood of IBS-C and IBS-D patients.

Here at Plants Not Pills, we have received excellent patient feedback from two strains from the Peace Naturals Project. The first is Raphael, a high THC (18.7%) Indica dominant strain which many of our patients claim to be strong and to work well on cramping. This product also provides a little bit of appetite stimulation. Another strain offered by the Peace Naturals Project is Infiniti, which again works on the bloating/cramping feeling and pain that comes with the illness. For more information on either strain, please call the client care team at the Peace Naturals Project at 1-(888) 64-PEACE (73223)

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 RELIEF16