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Medical cannabis vs. opioids

Like any other medicine, cannabis is not a solution for everyone. But for many, cannabis is a conservative alternative to chronic pain medications. Chronic pain is the main reason people push for medical assistance. Chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

Opioid prescriptions such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Fentanyl are more common than cannabis. Opioid use is out of control in Canada and the United States. Between January 2016 and June 2018, more than 9,000 people in Canada died of opioid overdose, and more people continue to fight opioid addiction and abuse.

Although more research is needed, we know that cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain. Studies show that cannabis can be used as a substitute for opiates and could even improve the effect of opioid medications when used together.
 

Veterans Affairs Canada and the Blue Cross

Veterans Affairs Canada and the Blue Cross plays a leading role in the management of medical coverage in Canada.


Medavie Blue Cross, one of Canada's leading providers of non-profit health insurance, administers health programs on behalf of VAC. Even though everyone's cardholder benefits differ, medical coverage of cannabis is possible. Nearly 7,300 veterans have been reimbursed for their medical cannabis fees in 2018.


Although VAC has set a daily limit of 3 grams per patient for health reasons and to keep costs down, Medavie Blue Cross allows exceptions for more than one in five veterans, offering coverage of more than 3 grams per day.
 

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Culinary Education

Cannabis infused coconut oil

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Ingredients

-1 Cup of coconut oil

-1 Cup of water (water is keeping the oil at a lower temperature to avoid burning the THC) 20 Grams of coarsely grinded Cannabis trim (placed in a cheese cloth tightly tied with a string)

Cannabis Infused Maple Syrup

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Ingredients

-5 grams of Cannabis (Sativa preferably)

-325 ml of Maple Syrup

-1/2 cup of Coconut Oil

Greenloa

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Ingredients

-3 CUPS OF ROLLED OATS
-1 CUP ALMONDS
-1 CUP COCONUTS STRIPS
-1 CUP CASHEWS
-1 CUP PISTACHIOS
-1 CUP SUNSFLOWER SEEDS
-1 CUP SHRREDS COCONUT
-1 CUP MAPLE SYRUP
-1 CUP CANNACOCO
-1 TEA SPOON VINALLA

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Testimony of a veteran patient.