Why Medical Cannabis Matters
October 25, 2018
The arrival of adult-use cannabis has led many patients to wonder what will become of the medical industry, and, more specifically, what legalization means for them. Although it is now legal (and easier) for all legal-aged Canadians to obtain cannabis, there is still a need for medically-driven companies, and we don’t see that changing any time soon.
“Our focus is going to continue to be on medical first and product innovation overall. You are going to see more products that are dose controlled that a physician would feel comfortable prescribing to their patients,” said Emblem Corp. CEO, Nick Dean. “Right now, only about 10% of physicians are actually prescribing and we want to help educate physicians so that number goes up. And that is going to come through innovative product strategies.”
Along with orally delivered controlled dose cannabis oils and sprays, Emblem is working diligently to formulate even more advanced medically-focused products. Some patients may not mind using dried flower, however most physicians will urge you not to inhale cannabis due to the byproducts of combustion. Others are looking for a more consistent and familiar way to take their medicine. Standardized dosing offers a precise and easy way to get the medically needed effects from cannabinoids, and they are more likely to be trusted by the medical community. Although recreational cannabis is now legal, there are still tens of thousands of Canadian patients who need cannabis for medical purposes, and we expect those numbers are only going to rise.
Having a prescription for medical cannabis gives patients an advantage that they would not have with recreational purchases. Companies are now beginning to cover their employees’ medical cannabis purchases, and insurance companies such as Sun Life Financial and Manulife are providing benefits. Physicians and cannabis clinics are more knowledgeable on both the medical conditions and ailments, and the types of cannabis strains, dosages and consumption methods that may work best. They can work with patients in ways an ‘over the counter’ budtender could not, both from a knowledge perspective and a regulatory one. In addition, if you have a chronic health condition being monitored by a doctor, it may be beneficial to keep your physician involved with how cannabis is affecting your symptoms, as well as how cannabis may interact with other drugs you’ve been prescribed.
This brings us to the importance of continued medical research on the possible ways cannabis may aid various ailments, conditions and diseases. Despite the attention legalization has received for recreational users, it also benefits the medical and scientific communities. Because with legalization comes normalization, and that can only increase the likelihood of the research community beginning more clinical trials on the conceivable medical benefits of cannabis. This research will likely prove to be invaluable in the medical community and could lead us to some amazing discoveries. Canada will no doubt lead the way in this regard – and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of this revolution!