Welcome to the Canadian Medicinal Cannabis FAQ: Your Comprehensive Guide to Cannabis as a Therapeutic Option

Unlocking the Power of Medicinal Cannabis in Canada: Understanding Benefits, Regulations, and More

We highly recommend consulting with your Health Care Provider before embarking on this journey of wellness. We also encourage you to take ownership of your own health and do your own research as, Knowledge is Power!

Please note: The Natural Remedy does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, treatments or services. The information provided in this website, incl. through linkages to other sites, and/or given in personal conversations, is meant to supplement, not to replace medical or professional care. For a full detailed disclaimer click here.

Please find below a series of questions and answers based on questions our customers have asked over many years.

Do I need a prescription to order from The Natural Remedy?

You don’t need a medical prescription to be able to order from us; However, ‘The Natural Remedy’ encourages all our clients to acquire a medical prescription ensuring legal compliance, as well as being able to purchase medicinal cannabis products in the future.

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What kind of effect - Do I have to get high?
When using cannabis, getting high is not a mandatory outcome. There are various cannabis strains available, each with unique cannabinoid profiles, offering diverse effects and therapeutic benefits.

If you prefer to avoid the psychoactive effects associated with THC, you can opt for strains that are high in CBD (cannabidiol) and low in THC. CBD-dominant strains, like our CBD Canna Oil, are specifically cultivated to contain minimal to no THC, making them an excellent choice for those seeking the potential health benefits of cannabis without experiencing a significant high.

For products that do contain THC, it is essential to approach dosing with caution. Starting with a low dose allows you to gauge your body’s response to THC and minimize any unwanted psychoactive effects. Each individual’s tolerance and sensitivity to THC can vary, so it’s best to start slowly and gradually increase the dosage if necessary.

To ensure the best results and a positive experience, we recommend following the suggested dosing instructions that come with our products. These guidelines are designed to help you find the right dosage for your needs while minimizing the risk of adverse effects.

Ultimately, the goal of using medicinal cannabis is to improve your well-being and address specific health conditions. By selecting the appropriate strains and following recommended dosing guidelines, you can harness the potential benefits of cannabis while maintaining control over the level of psychoactivity experienced. Always consult with a healthcare professional or cannabis expert for personalized guidance to optimize your cannabis journey.

What products work best for sleep issues?
If you are struggling with sleeping problems and seeking natural solutions, our range of medicinal cannabis products may offer the relief you desire. We recommend starting with our CBD Canna Oil, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory blend, with a maximum potency of 14 mg of CBD per ml and an extremely low THC content of 0.5 mg per ml. This makes it ideal for daily therapeutic use without inducing significant psychoactive effects. Many of our customers have reported noticeable improvements in their sleep after incorporating this product into their wellness routine.

For those interested in exploring other options, our selection also includes 80 mg maximum potency THC organic herbal teas, which have gained popularity among our customers as a remedy for sleeping issues. If you are new to THC and unfamiliar with its effects, we suggest diluting one tea bag in two cups of water and starting by drinking only one cup. Wait for an hour to gauge the relief it provides before consuming the second cup. Any unused prepared tea can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for your next serving.

For individuals seeking a more sedative effect to combat insomnia, our Canna Oil Plus Original (also known as Phoenix Tears) may be the perfect fit. With a higher THC content (75), this product can promote relaxation and aid in sleep. We recommend exercising caution when using products with higher THC levels, starting with an extremely small amount, such as a quarter of a grain of rice, to gauge its effects. Onset of action can vary among individuals, and we advise waiting at least an hour to assess how you feel before considering any additional dosage. Gradually incrementing the dosage over a few days allows you to find the optimal amount for your needs. Always follow the detailed instructions provided with the product to achieve the best results.

For those who prefer smoking or vaping as a method of cannabis consumption, we offer a diverse range of cannabis flowers, hashes, and shatter, all high in THC content. These products may provide relaxation and contribute to improved sleep quality.

At our dispensary, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep for overall well-being. Our selection of medicinal cannabis products caters to a variety of needs and preferences, ensuring you find the ideal solution for your sleeping problems. Whether you choose our CBD Canna Oil, THC herbal teas, Canna Oil Plus Original, or our assortment of THC-rich cannabis flowers, hashes, and shatter, we are committed to helping you achieve restful nights and improved quality of life. Please consult with our knowledgeable staff to find the most suitable product for your unique needs and experience the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for sleep enhancement.

Will cannabis make me hungrier - Give me the 'Munchies'?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis, exerts a profound influence on the brain, particularly in regard to appetite stimulation. In certain individuals, THC may trigger an increased appetite and heighten the sense of smell, creating a hunger response that can lead to enhanced food intake.

For cancer patients, loss of appetite is a prevalent concern, stemming from the cancer itself or the side effects of treatments that can affect the sense of taste and smell. Decreased enjoyment of food often results in weight loss, anorexia, diminished quality of life, and reduced survival rates. As such, finding effective strategies to help patients maintain a healthy diet and consume sufficient calories becomes a critical aspect of their overall treatment.

Cannabis emerges as a potential ally in addressing this challenge. By utilizing cannabis to stimulate appetite, cancer patients may experience improved food intake, which can prevent unhealthy weight loss and contribute to enhanced well-being during their treatment journey.

For more comprehensive information on this topic, please refer to the EurekAlert article. Our team is dedicated to providing helpful insights and guiding patients toward personalized solutions for their health and wellness needs.

Can cannabis help me lose weight?
When it comes to cannabis, one of the most widely recognized effects is its ability to stimulate appetite, often referred to as “the munchies.” This phenomenon is primarily associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the prominent psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. In Canada, where medicinal cannabis has been legalized and embraced as a therapeutic option, understanding the different effects of cannabis strains becomes paramount for patients seeking relief from various conditions.
Can weed help me wean off of my pharmaceutical pain meds?
Recent findings reported by Medical Daily have shed light on a compelling aspect of cannabis’s potential in supporting rehab patients on their journey to overcome painkiller addiction. Researchers from Columbia University have published a study revealing that patients receiving a specific form of THC during their recovery process experienced milder withdrawal symptoms and demonstrated a higher likelihood of completing their treatment course successfully. This discovery offers renewed hope for those grappling with painkiller dependence and opens doors to exploring alternative therapeutic approaches.

Important Considerations for Safe Pain Medication Transition

While the study’s results are promising, it is essential to underscore that weaning off pain medications should not be taken lightly. Before incorporating medicinal cannabis into your addiction recovery plan, we strongly advocate consulting your healthcare provider. Openly communicate your desire to explore cannabis as a complementary therapy alongside your prescription medication. Your healthcare provider can provide crucial guidance on how to adjust your medication regimen safely and effectively, ensuring a gradual and comfortable transition.

The evolving research surrounding cannabis’s potential to aid in painkiller addiction recovery provides newfound optimism for rehab patients seeking alternatives for a successful treatment course. We emphasize the importance of collaborative decision-making with healthcare providers to ensure a secure and tailored approach to incorporating medicinal cannabis into your recovery plan.

If I use medicinal cannabis to treat my health condition how soon will I get results?
The timeline for experiencing results from using medicinal cannabis to treat a health condition can vary significantly from person to person. Several factors influence how quickly one may notice the effects of medicinal cannabis, including the individual’s specific health condition, the method of consumption, the dosage, and their body’s response to cannabinoids.

For some individuals, the effects of medicinal cannabis may be noticeable relatively quickly, often within minutes to hours after administration, especially if using inhalation methods like smoking or vaping. Inhalation allows cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream rapidly, resulting in a more immediate response.

On the other hand, when using oral methods such as edibles or capsules, it may take longer to feel the effects. The digestive process and metabolism can delay the onset of action, with effects typically being felt within 30 minutes to 2 hours, or even longer in some cases.

For chronic or complex health conditions, the therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis may take more time to become evident. In such cases, it is often recommended to use medicinal cannabis consistently over several days or weeks to allow the cannabinoids to build up in the system and create a cumulative effect.

How much (Dosage) THC or CBD do I need to take?
For cannabis patients seeking relief from their symptoms, finding the perfect dosage that provides therapeutic benefits without inducing psychoactive effects is the ultimate goal. However, when it comes to dosing medicinal cannabis, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The amount that works effectively for one person may not be sufficient for another, highlighting the individuality of cannabis medicine. Moreover, some individuals may be highly sensitive to the effects of THC, where less is indeed more.

To achieve the best results with medical cannabis, particularly with products containing higher THC levels, it is crucial to adhere to the suggested dosing instructions and embark on a gradual dosing journey. Starting with a small dose and incrementally increasing it over a few days allows patients to navigate the complexities of cannabis dosing and find the perfect balance that suits their unique needs.

Due to the intricacies of dosing, medicinal cannabis often requires a bit of experimentation. Patients may need to explore different cannabis products and dosages to discover the optimal combination that brings the desired relief. The process of finding the right dose may involve some trial and error, but with patience and guidance, patients can uncover the most effective medicinal cannabis product(s) tailored to their specific condition.

How do I take Cannabis
Smoking or vaping remains a popular method of administering medicinal cannabis, but it’s essential to recognize that it might not be the preferred choice for everyone. Thankfully, there is a rich assortment of alternative options to unlock the health benefits of cannabis without the need for smoking or vaping. From delectable edibles and beverages to potent extracts and tinctures, the world of medicinal cannabis offers a plethora of consumption choices tailored to your preferences.

One of the exciting alternatives is cannabutter, which allows you to infuse cannabis into your favorite recipes, adding a touch of therapeutic goodness to your culinary creations.

Another intriguing method gaining attention is rectal administration, specifically in the form of a suppository. This approach boasts superior effectiveness due to the extensive surface area in the rectum, facilitating optimal absorption. Similar to ingesting edible cannabis, rectal suppositories offer prolonged effects, often lasting between 4 to 8 hours, depending on the patient’s tolerance to cannabis. Additionally, this method allows for quicker dose escalation, as the psychoactive effects of THC are significantly milder compared to oral ingestion.

Unlocking the Benefits without Smoking or Vaping

At our facility, we celebrate the diversity of medicinal cannabis consumption methods, catering to the varied needs and preferences of our patients. Whether you opt for the traditional smoking or vaping approach or choose from a wide array of edibles, drinks, extracts, tinctures, or the intriguing option of cannabutter, we ensure that you have access to the right method to suit your fancy.

Suppositories are an ideal choice for many people, such as, those receiving chemotherapy who may be experiencing severe nausea and are unable to keep oral cannabis down. It is also ideal for the elderly and patients in severe distress who can’t wait for oral cannabis to take effect. For more information on Methods of Administration/Efficiency/Waiting Time in Minutes See chart 
What happens if I take too much THC?

Taking too much THC is not a cause for alarm and bottom line is don’t panic!

For some individuals taking THC may cause dry mouth and other uncomfortable feelings. For those who are not familiar with Cannabis use this can be a little scary, but it is important to note that these feelings are temporary and “this too shall pass”. To avoid feeling “over-medicated,” one should know their limits when it comes to THC, but it can happen to even seasoned cannabis users. If this happens to you there ways to help you cope until it passes, such as:

  • Drink lots of cold water, juices and other non caffeinated beverages… this will also help with dry mouth.
  • Stay calm, relax and take deep full breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Keep distracted by playing a video game, watch a funny movie, or listen to your favourite upbeat music, or talk to (non judgemental) friends or family members you trust.

For more info see Leafly article

I have never used cannabis before what product should I start with?

If you are not sure which medicinal cannabis product to start with we suggest you acclimate your system with our CBD Canna Oil, which comes in a 50 ml bottle with approximately 1 ml dropper… this is an amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and has ‘maximum potency 14 mg CBD per ml and is very low maximum potency THC 1 mg/ml and is great for daily therapeutic use.

It will come with suggested dosing instructions which we highly recommend following to get the best results… Also please note if you are taking any medications for high blood pressure, the CBD Canna Oil will naturally reduce blood pressure so it is a good idea to take your blood pressure regularly as you may have to have the Dr adjust your medication.

Here is link to product for more info https://thenaturalremedy.store/product/canna-oil/

What product can I use for my pet?
For pets we recommend our Canna Pal, which has a high amount of CBD (max potency) 14 mg CBD per ml and is very low maximum potency THC 1 mg/ml so great for daily therapeutic use. This product is virtually the same as our CBD Canna Oil, but comes with different packaging and dosing instructions specifically for your pet… Here is the direct link to the product for more info  https://thenaturalremedy.store/product/cbd-canna-pal/

Please also have a look at a recent Scientific Review on Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine

What is RSO oil and how to take it?
RSO is a term that is used in the industry, which refers to “Rick Simpson Oil” or “Phoenix Tears”.
It is heavily concentrated cannabis oil with high CBD and THC content. It is used to treat various illnesses and diseases, including cancers. It is also used to reduce and manage inflammation and acute pain. RSO can be taken as a preventative and therapeutic treatment as well.

The RSO oil can be taken orally or rectally. As per previous question, the latter allows the individual to increase their doses much faster as the effects of the THC are minimal in comparison to being taken orally.

What Products can I use for cancer

For treating Cancer we offer a 60 gm/60 day Program… This program is for anyone who is fighting cancer and wants to take positive steps to manage their own health.
Here is link for more information https://thenaturalremedy.store/product/60-grams-60-days-program/

To answer any questions or concerns you may have about the 60 gms/60 day program and how to use the other recommended products in our Cancer treatment we highly recommend our Consulting Session Service. There is an upfront fee of $75 of which you will be fully reimbursed as a coupon credit code, to use for products in our store… For more information on this service please click here https://thenaturalremedy.store/product/consulting-service/

What is the best application method if you use cannabis to fight various cancers?
In the realm of medicinal cannabis, finding effective and efficient methods of administration is crucial to harnessing its full potential. One such method gaining attention is the rectal administration of RSO, also known as Rick Simpson Oil. This alternative delivery approach offers a unique way to achieve rapid dosing without experiencing the intense psychoactive effects of THC. Through research and anecdotal evidence, it has been suggested that this method allows patients to access approximately 90% of the beneficial components in cannabis, significantly surpassing the mere 25% of benefits typically obtained through oral ingestion.
What happens if I take medical cannabis with my pharmaceutical meds?
It is essential to be aware that cannabis can naturally lower blood pressure in some individuals. If you are using medicinal cannabis and also taking pharmaceutical medications to control your blood pressure, it becomes crucial to monitor your blood pressure more frequently and make any necessary adjustments to your medication regimen.

Monitoring Blood Pressure with Medicinal Cannabis Use

As cannabis can affect blood pressure levels, it is essential to be vigilant about tracking changes in your readings. Regularly checking your blood pressure allows you to stay informed about any fluctuations and potential impacts that cannabis may have on your cardiovascular health.

Consulting with Healthcare Professionals

If you are uncertain about how cannabis is affecting your blood pressure, or if you are considering using cannabis as a complementary therapy to your existing medications, seeking advice from a pharmacist or your healthcare provider is highly advisable. These professionals can offer expert guidance on how to manage your medication effectively and ensure your overall well-being.

Individual Responses to Cannabis Vary

It is crucial to recognize that individuals may respond differently to cannabis, and its effects on blood pressure can vary from person to person. Factors such as the strain of cannabis, dosage, and individual physiology all play a role in determining the impact on blood pressure.

What are Terpenes?
In the fascinating world of botanical wonders, terpenes stand out as organic compounds that play a pivotal role in shaping the unique characteristics of various plants, including cannabis. With over 200 distinct varieties found in cannabis alone, terpenes contribute not only to the plant’s flavor and scent but also hold potential in enhancing its health effects. As Canada embraces the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, exploring the intricacies of these aromatic compounds becomes increasingly essential for cannabis enthusiasts and patients alike.

Terpenes and their Synergistic Dance with Cannabinoids

Terpenes, often described as the essential oils of plants, are responsible for the vast array of scents and flavors found in nature. In cannabis, these aromatic molecules are not only present in abundance but are also believed to interact synergistically with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, producing what is known as the “entourage effect.” This phenomenon suggests that when cannabinoids and terpenes work in harmony, their combined effects may be more potent and beneficial than when isolated.

The Unique Terpene Profiles of Different Cannabis Strains

One of the captivating aspects of cannabis is its diversity. Each cannabis strain boasts a distinct terpene profile, contributing to its particular aroma, taste, and potential effects. Some terpenes are more prominent in certain strains than in others, giving rise to the wide spectrum of flavors and aromas found in the cannabis plant.

Alpha-Pinene: A Terpene with Multiple Health-Promoting Facets

Among the myriad of terpenes found in cannabis, alpha-pinene stands out as one of the most renowned and versatile. Not only does it lend a delightful piney aroma to certain strains, but it also possesses potential health benefits. Alpha-pinene has been known to act as a natural bronchodilator and expectorant, making it potentially useful for individuals with respiratory issues. Its ability to open up the airways can promote easier breathing and may offer relief to those with conditions such as asthma. Moreover, this terpene is believed to enhance focus and concentration. By increasing mental energy and alertness, alpha-pinene may assist individuals in maintaining better cognitive performance and clarity during their daily tasks. Additionally, alpha-pinene exhibits topical antiseptic properties, making it a valuable component in certain skincare products. Its natural ability to ward off microbes and bacteria adds a touch of natural protection to topical applications.

What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, has emerged as a transformative natural compound, captivating the health and wellness world with its remarkable therapeutic potential. Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in this botanical treasure trove. Unlike its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not induce the characteristic “high” associated with marijuana use. As a result, CBD has gained immense popularity as a safe and non-intoxicating option for individuals seeking natural remedies.

Understanding the Origins and Extraction of CBD

CBD can be sourced from both marijuana and hemp plants, with the latter being the preferred choice due to its high CBD content and negligible THC levels. In Canada, hemp-derived CBD has become widely accessible and legal, making it a sought-after option for medicinal and wellness purposes.

The extraction process for CBD involves various methods, with the most common being CO2 extraction. This method ensures the purity and potency of CBD while maintaining its natural properties. As a result, users can harness the full potential of CBD without any harmful residues or additives.

The Endocannabinoid System: Unraveling the Harmony within

CBD’s impressive therapeutic effects stem from its interactions with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters present throughout the human body. The ECS plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including mood, pain sensation, immune function, and sleep. CBD acts as a modulator, enhancing the ECS’s natural functioning, leading to potential benefits in managing stress, anxiety, pain, and promoting overall well-being.

Can you overdose on medical cannabis?
Yes, it is possible to overdose on cannabis, but it is relatively rare and typically not life-threatening. Unlike many other drugs, cannabis has a high safety profile, and it is considered much less toxic. However, consuming excessive amounts of cannabis can lead to a range of uncomfortable and potentially harmful effects.

An overdose on cannabis is often referred to as “cannabis overdose” or “greening out.” The symptoms of a cannabis overdose can vary from person to person and may include:

Intense anxiety or panic attacks
Paranoia and hallucinations
Rapid heart rate
Nausea and vomiting
Dizziness and loss of coordination
Confusion and disorientation
Severe sedation or drowsiness
Impaired motor skills and memory
It’s essential to note that the effects of a cannabis overdose can be influenced by various factors, such as the individual’s tolerance, the potency of the cannabis product consumed, and the method of consumption (e.g., smoking, edibles, or vaping).

What kind of qualifications do you have for giving advice about medicinal cannabis?

Our Chief Consultant has five years consulting experience as well as an extended knowledge base of Cannabis Oil used in a medicinal context… Her personal journey led to the creation of The Natural Remedy due to the sheer demand from Canadians across the country for high quality medicinal cannabis products at a fair price, to treat their various diseases and illnesses.

Also, The Natural Remedy has received many word of mouth referrals and testimonials from patients over the last 4-5 years who have had wonderful improvements in their quality of life and many have had huge improvements with their health issues.

We also work with several Doctors who send us upwards of several hundred patients a month and who also trust the effectiveness of our products and offer their full support if needed to call on them for information and guidance.