Cannabis – the worldwide plan
The Cannabis plant was believed to have evolved on the steppes of Central Asia, more specifically around the regions now known as Mongolia and Southern Siberia.
Going back as far as 12000 years making it one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world.
The first recorded use of the Cannabis plant dates around 4000 BC. The herb was used as an anesthetic during surgery.
From China and Serbia, it spread to Southern Asia roughly around 2000 BC and then towards India, and even further when the Aryans invaded Southern Asia.
Cannabis migrated to the middle east between 2000 BC and 1400 BC where the Scythians (nomadic-europeans) carried the plant further into Southeast Russia and the Ukraine to Britain with the Anglo-Saxon invasion of the 5th century.
Cannabis seeds have also been found on Viking ships around the mid 9th Century.
Over time, the cannabis plant has migrated through Africa, reaching South America, and upwards to North America in the 20th Century.
Decriminalization of Cannabis
A Canadian government commission called the Le Dain Commission meant to investigate the dangers of difference substances, and in 1972 have found that Cannabis should be decriminalized. Unfortunatley the government had ignored this commission. By the early 90’s and ‘00s, researchers have publicized the medical benefits and allowing a more permission attitude towards marijuana.
Full legalization is still an ongoing process. The medicinal use of cannabis is legal in a number of countries, including Canada, the Czech Republic and Israel. Medical cannabis in the United States is legal in 29 states as of December 2016.
Sensible Cannabis Use
Like any medicine, cannabis can be misused. Excessive or inappropriate use can contribute to problems including sleepiness, overeating, and time management issues. Due to the political climate surrounding cannabis use research, clinical studies have produced widely conflicting conclusions about the true benefits and potential side effects of cannabis use. Always listen to the advice of your doctor and use good judgment when using medical cannabis. These guidelines help identify ways of using medical cannabis in a positive way.
- Adults should use cannabis as part of a healthy, balanced, and responsible lifestyle.
- The decision to use cannabis should be made freely, and not as a result of social pressure.
- Cannabis users should be well informed about its effects on themselves and others. These effects include both legal and health risks and personal consequences.
- Never use cannabis as an excuse for antisocial or irresponsible behavior.
- Cannabis users should model and reward responsible use, particularly with new users.
- Develop sensible cannabis use limits for your self-based on personal, health, situational, and cultural factors. It is important to be objective about your personal cannabis use and listen to the constructive advice of others.
- Avoid cannabis use that puts you or others at risk, such as when driving, at work, or in public places. Remember, personal use of cannabis is still illegal under federal law, and penalties are stiff.
- Use of cannabis by children is inappropriate and should be discouraged.
- Cannabis use should contribute to, rather than detract from, a patient’s health, well-being, creativity, work, relationships, and social obligations.
Methods of Consumption
Medical Cannabis can be ingested in many different ways. Effects may vary slightly with different methods of consumption. The length of time it takes for the medicine to take effect, and the length of time that the medicine remains effective, can vary greatly with different methods of consumption.
The most common ingestion method has traditionally been to smoke the dried flowers and/or leaves of the cannabis plant. Dried cannabis can be smoked in a pipe, rolled into a cigarette (or ‘joint’), or smoked using a water pipe (commonly called a ‘bong’). Water pipes were once thought to filter out some of the carcinogens in cannabis smoke, but studies suggest that there is no significant health benefit to smoking from a water pipe over other smoking methods. Regularly smoking any plant material can have a negative impact on pulmonary health, and therefore Peace in Medicine recommends patients use vaporizers or edible forms of medicine whenever possible.
A vaporizer is a device that allows the patient to separate the cannabinoids (the therapeutically effective chemicals in cannabis) from the plant material without burning. This is possible because cannabinoids vaporize (turn to a gaseous form that can be inhaled) at a temperature lower than that required for burning. As a result, the patient can inhale without taking in the burned plant material that constitutes “smoke”. While scientific studies are lacking, it is commonly believed that vaporizing is a healthier form of ingestion than smoking cannabis. Vaporizing is believed to mitigate many if not all of the negative effects of smoking. It tastes better as well. If you are used to smoking your medicine, you may think that you aren’t “getting anything” at first when you vaporize, because vapor does not burn the throat. Even though the vapor doesn’t burn, it is still quite effective. Use caution and wait a few minutes to feel the full effects before taking more.
Edibles are foods cooked with butter or oil that has been infused with cannabis. Edible cannabis usually takes longer to take effect (20 minutes to an hour or more) and the effects generally last longer than smoking or vaporizing. Edibles taken on an empty stomach will take effect significantly faster than if taken immediately following a meal. It is difficult to know how strong an edible medicine will be, and because it can take an hour or more to feel the full effects, it is easy to over-medicate. Use caution! If you have taken your medicine in an edible form, wait at least an hour to be sure you know how strongly it will affect you before taking more.
Any food that contains butter or oil can be made with cannabis-infused butter or oil, but the most common edibles are cookies, brownies, cakes, or candies.
Oils and Honeys
Cannabis infused oils can be used directly in foods, consumed in capsules, or mixed with honey to be used in tea or on other foods.
A tincture is a concentrated form of cannabis in an alcohol solution. Tinctures can be taken under the tongue or mixed with water or other beverages.
Will I get addicted to marijuana?
While some people do develop a psychological addiction to marijuana (much like an addiction to food or soda), research shows that marijuana is not physically addictive like other drugs, including prescription and nicotine. Habitual users of marijuana report irritability and sometimes difficulty sleeping for a week or so after discontinuing use, but these “withdraw” symptoms are not serious or physical like those of other drugs and alcohol.
Is marijuana really a gateway drug?
Despite what propaganda likes to tell us, there is no evidence that using marijuana or cannabis will lead to the use of hard drugs. The psychological effect caused by cannabis use does not, like other drugs, cause the user to feel like they need to “up” or increase their high.
Does cannabis have similar effects to tobacco?
No. In fact, cannabis is much safer to use than tobacco as it does not increase a user’s likelihood to develop a respiratory illness. While cigarette smoking is linked to cancer, marijuana and cannabis use is not.
What is the most effective use of cannabis as alternative medicine?
While many patients have their preference when it comes to how they take marijuana, studies show that the most effective way to treat serious conditions is to take cannabis oil by placing it directly under your tongue or on the inside of your cheek.
For pain relief, many agree that smoking through a vaporizer provides the fastest relief. Cannabis edibles are also another viable option for alternative and holistic medicine uses.
Who should not take medical marijuana?
You should not take medical marijuana if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to get pregnant, or if you are allergic to any cannabinoid. Talk to your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other diseases of the airways. If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or dependence, or if you have a history of a serious mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, consult your physician.
Where should I store my medical marijuana?
You should store marihuana in a cool, secure place. Keep it out of reach of children.
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid strains?
Sativa plants have a higher THC content to Cannabidiol (CBD) ratio which generally leads to energetic uplifting moods. These strains are often used to elevate depressed states. Primarily, Sativa strains effects are more felt on the mind and less the body allowing one to be more functional during the day. Users of this strain will feel more stimulating, uplifting effects as well as enhanced creativity. As a result, Sativa strains are recommended for illnesses of a psychological nature and daytime use. Benefits include:
- Reduction in depression
- Headache/Migraine relief
- Energy & Alertness
- Reduction of pain awareness
- Increase in focus and creativity
- Nausea reduction
Indica plants have a higher CBD to THC radio and this induces a more physical relaxed state. These strains are most often used for the treatment of anxiety, pain and appetite issues. These effects are predominately physical and are characterized as relaxing, sedating and pain reducing. These strains are best used in the evenings as they generally relax us and help us sleep. Benefits include:
- Reduction in pain
- Muscle spasm relief/Muscle relaxant
- Reduced inflammation
- Sleep aid
- Reduction in anxiety & stress
- Nausea reduction
- Intraocular pressure relief
- Anti-convulsing agent/Seizure frequency reduction
Hybrid cannabis strains provide the best of both worlds. Expert breeders select the top Sativa and Indica strains and combine them into a brand new strain that maintains the best aspects from both parents. Hybrids can be Sativa or Indica dominant and have the effects to match.
How will my order be packaged?
Your order will be discreetly packaged and vacuum-sealed to protect and maintain your privacy. We ship using Xpresspost mailers or nondescript boxes with no indication of what is inside.
I've sent my E-transfer. What next?
Once you’ve sent your E-transfer, it could take up to 40 minutes for us to receive an email notifying us of your payment. Your E-transfer will be pending until we collect the E-transfer (when we process your order).
What are the shipping fees?
Free Shipping – Canada Post Expedited 3-5 business days, included with all orders.
$15 – XpressPost – Canada Post Xpress 2 business days to most parts of Canada.
Your delivery is guaranteed (except for residents of Nunavut, Northern Quebec or if you provide an inaccurate/incomplete address).
Do you ship outside of Canada?
Unfortunately, we do not ship outside of Canada.
When will my order ship?
Shipping orders are shipped directly to the shipping address you have provided (we cannot ship to PO boxes at this time).
Shipment will usually arrive 2-3 business days after the order has shipped for most destinations. Transit time may be longer to remote addresses.
Normally, shipment(s) are scheduled to arrive Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm local time.Orders are shipped on business days only. Business days are Monday to Friday, excluding national holidays.
If you are not home to accept your shipment, a shipping notification card with further details will be issued.
Multiple items may be shipped separately due to size or availability and may arrive at different times.
When your order has shipped you will receive an e-mail shipping confirmation containing a tracking confirmation number
Due to logistical difficulties in making deliveries to certain remote areas such as Yukon, NWT and Nunavut, we reserve the right to cancel your order and make such orders subject to additional Terms & Conditions (e.g. requiring a minimum order value).You will receive a notification in case of cancellation or in case of difficulties with processing your order shortly after the issue is identified.
Province and approx delivery days via Expresspost
Nova Scotia & New Brunswick 1-3
Prince Edward Island 1-3
Newfoundland & Labrador 1-3
British Columbia 1-2
Yukon Territories 7-10
Northwest Territories 7-10
Exceptions apply to certain rural areas based on geographical location and environmental factors such as weather
How do I place an order?
Here’s a step-by-step guide on placing your order online with www.maryjaneexpress.org
- Locate the products you are interested in ordering.
- Click on the desired product(s), choose your quantity then click “Add to Cart”
- When you have all your products in your shopping cart, and are ready to Checkout, click on the shopping cart icon (top-right of your screen) and you will be redirected to the View Cart page.
- Check to see if everything looks right, if you have a coupon code, enter the code and click Apply Coupon. When you’re ready, click on the green Proceed to Checkout button.
- In the Checkout page, you will need to login with your email address and password. If this is your first time registering with us, you will need to provide your email and choose a password and an account will be set up for you.
- Once you’ve filled in all the required fields, you’ll need to accept the Terms and Conditions (located on the bottom of the page) then click “Place Order”.
- On the Checkout Confirmation page, you will see your order number and instructions on sending an Interac E-transfer. Orders only ship after E-transfer has been received.
- Once we collect your E-Transfer, your order will be processed and will ship the following business day. We’ll email your Xpresspost tracking number as soon as available.
What will happen to my order if I don't submit payment?
Once you’ve placed your order, the next step in the process will be to submit an Interac E-transfer. Your order will be kept On Hold till we receive your E-transfer. If we do not receive your payment within 2 days, your order will be canceled.