Doctor’s In Ontario told Medical Marijuana is an Insured Service

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (the board that governs Doctors in Ontario) published their new policy on Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) dated March, 2015. This is a welcome policy change since their previous position was stated as not in support of marijuana and advised Ontario doctors to “proceed with caution”.

What is interesting with their policy change is with respect to their definition of the medical document that a patient requires to access medical marijuana from an on-line approved Licensed Producer.

According to their website, it is their opinion that the “medical document authorizing patient access to dried marijuana to be equivalent to a prescription.” 

This is an extremely important definition!

Their new Policy further states:

Prescriptions, together with activities related to prescriptions, are insured services. Accordingly, physicians must not charge patients or licensed producers of dried marijuana for completing the medical document, or for any activities associated with completing the medical document, including, but not limited to: assessing the patient; reviewing his/her chart; educating or informing the patient about the risks or benefits of dried marijuana; or confirming the validity of a prescription in accordance with the MMPR.”

Since the College issued their Policy on MMPR, Sun Life Canada was the first insurer to cover cannabis for a student attending the University of Waterloo.

CBD Oil and Hemp Oil

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Cannabis flower or bud, showing glandular trichomes

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many “active” cannabinoids that are produced in the glandular trichomes of the cannabis flowers (often referred to as “buds”). CBD is non-psychoactive but studies show that this cannabinoid enhances the positive effects in THC, the cannabinoid that gets you “high”. CBD also possesses a large number of medicinal benefits.

There are many opinions on whether the genus Cannabis (Cannabaceae) consists of one or more species. Cannabis strains grown for fiber and/or seed production, commonly known as Hemp, are differentiated from strains grown for medical and recreational use.

We are lead to believe that hemp is often mistaken for its cannabis cousin, however hemp is grown for fiber and/or for seed production. CBD is NOT a component of hemp seed or fiber (which is produced from hemp stalk). Hemp oil, produced from hemp seed, does contain a very low level of CBD, which is usually less than 25 parts per million (ppm). CBD extracted from cannabis flowers are usually up to 15 percent (150,000 ppm).

The hemp retail market in the US is growing at an alarming rate and there are unscrupulous public companies that are selling CBD hemp oil at astronomic prices. To state that hemp oil is medicine is incorrect, although hemp oil is a very valuable daily dietary essential.

Cannabinoids, including CBD, produced in the glandular trichomes of cannabis flowers is a natural and valuable medicine. However, the government criminalized cannabis and has included it as a controlled substance with little to no medicinal value.

Cannabis, including both medicinal and industrial hemp, are environmentally friendly, nutritionally and medicinally beneficial and contain too many natural resources that threaten or make it impossible for powerful corporate giants to compete with.

It is criminal to see giant public corporations misleading the public by selling and promoting CBD hemp oil as a medicinal product.

The non-profit organization Hemp Industries Association, produced a position paper on the misbranding of CBD extracts and Hemp Oil. Please click the following link to read this paper: Hemp Industries Association Position Paper

Buyer Beware!