CBD oil is such a medicinal tool for so many ailments. The issue is, can you really trust what’s in it, and that it’s not grown with harmful pesticides that are carcinogenic etc? The only way to know what’s truly in your CBD oil is to make it yourself, and to do that, you’re going to need to grow a lot of it. In order to do that, you’re going to need a prescription that allows you to grow a lot of it. Growing for your own medicinal needs under Health Canada’s ACMPR program can be very rewarding and give you piece of mind knowing full well what chemicals and pesticides went into it. We can help you out with that, as well as connect you to a compassionate doctor that is willing to write you the prescription you need. You can read more about that here.

CBD for migraines in particular is gaining popularity as an effective treatment. But how does it work? A Migraine pain is as an intense pain that throbs in a specific spot on the head. The pain is very debilitating and is usually followed by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or sound. Migraines affect 10 percent of the global population and are three times more common in women than men, according to the NIH.

The Endocannabinoid System: How is it Involved?

Cannabis has  been used to treat headaches, including migraines, for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. That’s because our bodies’ own natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a crucial role in who suffers from migraines.

The ECS is actually the largest regulatory system in the human body, it controlls everything from pain to appetite. The body produces its own cannabinoids and also has cannabinoid receptors in nearly every cell in the body.  A 2007 study found that regular migraine sufferers had below average levels of anandamide. This has led some researchers to believe migraines are caused by an endocannabinoid system deficiency. This is interesting because Anandamide, which is sometimes considered to be the ‘bliss’ molecule, is the body’s natural version of THC.

Some researchers have concluded that, because of this connection, migraines by actually be caused by an endocannabinoid system deficiency.

A doctor by the name of Ethan Russo is one of multiple who have used this evidence to create his  “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” theory, which implies that a natural endocannabinoids can cause actually lead to several health problems, including migraines and fibromyalgia.

Another study done in Colorado in 2016 had showed similar results. This study found that regular cannabis use decreased the frequency of migraines from 10.4 headaches each month to only 4.6. What’s more, 11.6 percent of participants reported regular cannabis use stopped their migraines completely.

Quite intriguing, isn’t it?

Another study from 2017 showed cannabis was a better treatment than prescription drugs for migraines. Participants were given a combination of both CBD as well as THC for their migraines every day for three months. They not only experienced a 55 percent decrease in pain, but that pain relief was more effective than regularly prescribed headache ‘medication.’

A 2015 survey in California found similar results. Care By Design surveyed medical marijuana patients and found CBD for migraines decreased pain in 100 percent of cases.

These are remarkable results!

If you live in Canada and want to grow your own, you will need a Doctor to give you a prescription using the proper Health Canada form found here. Once signed, you will have to mail this document along with the ACMPR form found here which require you to specify where you plan to grow and you will also need the property owners consent if it is not your primary residence. We recommend always getting the property owners consent even if you don’t need it for this licence. You could technically get a licence to grow without their consent but they could always evict you and its just bad karma, just tell them.

Health Canada allows you to grow approximately 5 times the amount of grams you were prescribed per day in plants i.e. if you were prescribed 5 gram per day, you can grow 25 plants indoors. Many Doctors are not comfortable signing these prescriptions and if they do, they are extremely conservative and don’t understand that many people prefer to eat or juice rather than smoke and this require much more product. There are clinics that can guide you through the process and get you a plant allowance that is large enough for you to be self-sufficient and not risk going over your limits.

Once you mail out the prescription along with the ACMPR document you are not legally allowed to begin growing. While it is very common for people to start growing because they believe that the Doctor is basically the gatekeeper to the program while Health Canada is more administrative, you are not yet legal and could get in trouble with the law. You have to wait until Health Canada mails you your official licence and then and only then are you legally allowed to begin growing.
We strongly recommend starting out the right way and this will ensure you are 100% legal and can focus on the fun of growing for yourself.

If you’d like assistance to make sure you go through the process legally and the right way, please contact us about acquiring a licence and we’ll help you through the process every step of the way.

Start taking advantage of all the benefits you’ll receive from growing your own medicine. We’re looking forward to serving you.