Leaf Compassion began operation in Victoria on August 11th 2014
We are now accepting members who show 2 pieces of government issued ID confirming your age is 19 or over. See our Membership Forms for more information.
The only recognized legal way to purchase medical cannabis is through the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes Regulations) or by way of a Designated Grower of the former MMAR (Medical Marihuana Access Regulations). Staff will be happy to help answer any questions that you have in regards to acquiring an ACMPR license.
Our organization recognizes the shortfalls of the federal system including product shortages and limited variety, restrictions on alternative options and insecurity with delivery by mail. We provide the necessary products and services that patients require to manage their health and wellbeing.
We have storefronts across British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands including Victoria, Ganges – Salt Spring Island, Port Alberni & Chemainus with an information Center in Courtenay.
Purchasing cannabis products from us is not federally legal. We continue to work in communities where our services are necessary as confirmed by numerous court decisions (link to history in Canada), while actively preparing to comply with pending municipal, provincial and federal regulations.
Cannabis is a remarkably safe substance. There are no known reports of cannabis ingestion ever leading to death. Cannabis does interact with some medications. A Comprehensive list can be found at www.Drugs.com
Cautions with cannabis center on the responsible choices of the impaired user. While experienced cannabis users report little difficulty with balance, timing and concentration, novice users should avoid activities that could lead to harming oneself or others.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the most commonly found cannabinoid and its action produces the psychoactive “high” as well as being analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-tremor, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant, anti-emetic and more (source). Cannabis with higher levels of THC is commonly referred to as a ‘Sativa’.
CBD is the cannabinoid responsible for many of the plants relaxing effects—sedative, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, neuroprotective, and immunomodulatory. Cannabis with higher levels of CBD is commonly referred to as an ‘Indica’ but may also have CBD indicated in the name.
When doctors talk about cannabis, many agree that although it’s a relatively harmless complex of chemicals, smoking it is an obvious problem. Medical cannabis patients know that the benefits of smoking are an instant relief of their symptoms, and the ability to regulate/titrate doses closely until their symptoms are relieved. Vaporizing offers a safer way to get fast acting relief from inhaling medical cannabis.
One therapeutic principle is to apply a medication as close to the source of the problem as possible. One example is if somebody has a skin lesion, an anti-biotic skin cream is preferable to an oral dose. Oral doses are more appropriate for gastro-intestinal conditions as they coat the G.I. tract. Inhaled cannabis is preferred for immediate relief from acute conditions.
Yes, eating and drinking cannabis can produce longer lasting effects. When we take a pill or eat a cookie, our stomach breaks down the compounds, slowly releasing them into our bloodstream. This slow release can last many hours, ideal for sleeping through the night where a vaporizer may be helpful to get out of bed in the morning.
Suppositories are particularly helpful for people with gastro-intestinal difficulties, an impaired jaw or throat or whose nausea and vomiting prevent effective oral application. This route may also be suitable where restrictions on oral ingestion before and after surgery apply.
Yes, for those legally authorized to possess cannabis it is also legal to create infused food and skin products. This free online recipe book (CLICK HERE) provides the basics to get started and some simple healthy recipes to try out.
There are two types of endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) located on the surface of our nerve cells. They have a particular shape that only fits certain molecules: cannabinoids. They are uniquely located on the presynaptic nerve, the nerve that is firing the electrical signal. Cannabinoids adrift in the space surrounding the nerves bond to the receptors, activating their many functions.
“Among these functions, the ECS is involved in neuroprotection, modulation of nociception, regulation of motor activity, neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity and the control of certain phases of memory processing. In addition, the ECS acts to modulate immune and inflammatory responses in order to maintain a positive [homeostatic] energy balance” (source).
When selecting among varieties of dried cannabis at a dispensary, members will often ask to smell the particular strain for it’s signature scent. The musky smell commonly associated with the Kush family comes from an abundance of a terpene called Myrcene, known for it’s sedative effects, also found in hops (Humulus), the only other member of the Cannabaceae plant family. The Piney smell is Alpha-pinene (essential pine oil), known to promote alertness and memory retention. Lemoney sativa strains contain limonene, which anecdotal evidence suggests is “sunshine-y,” and is also found in, you guessed it, lemons.
A vaporizer is a device used to heat plant material without combustion to extract its volatile oils. Initially vaporizers were used for aromatherapy, but they have since been redefined for use with medical cannabis. “Vape” was the Oxford English dictionary word of the year in 2014 and vaping is quickly becoming a popular alternative to smoking for people seeking to receive the benefits of inhalation.
When learning how much cannabis you need to consume to achieve the desired effects, the motto is “dose low, go slow”. People new to cannabis may use a fraction of the amount needed by an experienced user. Inhalation allows individuals to take very small draws from a vaporizer, delivering results within 15 -30 minutes. The same principle should be followed with oral ingestion, allowing 60-90 minutes before assessing the effects and taking more.
Under the general term of cannabis concentrates falls any product obtained through an extraction process. Solvents (i.e. butane, propane, CO2, ethanol) are used to strip the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant, leaving behind a highly concentrated, highly potent end product.
Thanks to an emerging solventless technique called “rosin” technology, concentrate enthusiasts and patients alike are now able to enjoy the effects of concentrates without having to be concerned over the solvents used for extraction. Rosin utilizes extreme heat and pressure to extract the resin from the plant, thus eliminating tedious purge and evaporation processes that could take days to complete.
Yes, with an ACMPR license or valid license under a previous federal access program; you can also apply to grow your own cannabis or have somebody to designated to grow for you. Please talk to our staff about how to get started with your own cannabis garden.
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