A LITTLE HISTORY

There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.

In Siberia, seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C. The Chinese were using cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago. Marijuana also has a long history in North America. At one time, hemp was a significant crop and cannabis was legal – often found in tinctures and extracts.

Despite the fact that physicians were prescribing cannabis and pharmacists were dispensing cannabis – just like any other regular pharmaceutical – the American government came down hard on marijuana and the plant went into hiding for nearly 70 years. Medical research on cannabis also largely stopped, while big pharma surged ahead. Marijuana was put in the same classification as heroin: a dangerous substance with no valid medical purpose and a high potential for abuse.

Fortunately in the past couple of decades, cannabis has experienced a rebirth. In North America, states, countries, and provinces are rethinking their relationship with pot by legalizing, decriminalizing, and creating regulations and programs around the use, distribution, and production of cannabis.

MEDICINAL USE

There are many examples of medical conditions that cannot be treated successfully with traditional pharmaceuticals or there are instances where the side effects of these medications do not outweigh the intended benefit.

Medicinal cannabis can enhance the quality of life for people with specific illnesses and chronic conditions.

There’s evidence to support that cannabis can function as an analgesic, an antiemetic, a bronchodilator, and an anti-inflammatory. Compounds in the plant may also help the body regulate vital functions – such as protecting the brain against trauma, boosting the immune system, and aiding in “memory extinction” after catastrophic events. Chronic pain, glaucoma, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and insomnia are just a few of the conditions that medicinal cannabis is being used for.

If you have a medical condition and would like to try medicinal cannabis as a treatment alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals, please book a consultation with our health practitioner.

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RESPONSIBLE USE

Buds & Leaves believes in the safe and responsible use of medicinal cannabis and cannabis products. We strictly deny minors access to our retail facility and we play an active roll in educating our customers about the safe use and storage of our products. We recommend that you always keep your cannabis away from minors and in a locked, child-resistant container.

NO

MINORS

You must be 19 or older to purchase medicinal cannabis. All customers must present a valid, government-issued photo ID.

 

RECREATIONAL USE

Buds & Leaves does not currently sell cannabis or cannabis products for recreational use. All customers are required to present a valid MMAR card, doctor’s recommendation, or consult with our Naturopathic Doctor.

PRIVATE

USE

Medicinal cannabis is intended for private, personal use. Such use is not allowed on our premises.

DON’T USE AND DRIVE

It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana and it can result in a DUI, just like alcohol. Driving high can result in fines, jail time and a revoked license.

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