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What is an OCF 18?

In short, an OCF18 is a Treatment and Assessment Plan that describes the cause and nature of injuries that are a direct result of the motor vehicle accident and the treatments that are specifically for these injuries. An OCF-18 is important because it outlines assessments, examinations, or treatments that a facility or provider feels is required for ongoing management of the claimant’s recovery.

Many are unaware that cannabis can be covered through accident benefits. MMC was one of the first clinics to get cannabis covered by insurance benefits in Canada. Getting cannabis covered by accident benefits requires the submission of an OCF-18 to an insurer for pre-approval.

 

Why You Should Get Medical Cannabis on an OCF-18/Treatment Plan

An approved OCF-18 grants you a set monthly amount of insurance coverage for medical cannabis; this includes medical cannabis (dried, oil, capsules, etc), a vaporizer, and in some cases safe storage for your medical cannabis.

 

Now my OCF-18 is approved for cannabis, but how do I order?

First, you must choose and register yourself on a Licensed Producers web-page. MMC will assist you with this prior to the submission of your OCF-18.

Licensed Producers products can vary so it is essential that you monitor your Licensed Producers options prior to placing an order to ensure that they have your required strains in stock.

With an approved OCF-18 you can call or email MMC’s MVA department when you are ready to order each month (Every 30 days). Let us know what you would like to order from your Licensed Producer, and we will place & pay for the order. Please note, orders are only placed during business hours on Monday-Friday between 9 am and 5 pm EST.

 

What happens when my OCF-18 coverage runs out?

When you reach the end of your approved amount of cannabis coverage through your insurer, the MVA team at MMC can apply for another OCF-18 in hopes to extend your medical cannabis coverage.

Some other things to remember:

  • Keep a record of your Licensed Producer login information (ID number and password), we require this to place orders on your behalf through your online account.
  • Monitor the products/stock on your Licensed Producers web-page as it changes regularly.
  • Email or Call MMC’s MVA department and let us know what you would like to order before you run out of cannabis. If you find that you are running out well before your next order date, we can evaluate whether or not you need an increase in your prescription when that time comes.
  • You can order your full prescription once every 30 days. If your order falls on a date that is a statutory holiday or a weekend, your order will be placed on the next business day.

 

You can also call or email MMC with any questions you might have about Cannabis or your OCF-18…we are here to help.

Medmc.ca | Kirsten@medmc.ca | 1(844) 312-5143 ext. 107

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MMC – Episode 4 The Wellness Soldier

Our guest for today is a veteran, chef, marijuana advocate, a father of 3 kids. Served the Canadian military for 7 years. After serving the military, he started started to receive benefits from Veterans affairs including covering the cost of medical cannabis which he found more effective than medical prescription. Learn more from him in this discussion.
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3 Cannabis Infused Treats for Halloween

Happy Halloween!

We wanted to give you some ghoulishly good recipes to make your Halloween party a smash! These cannabis-themed Halloween treats are sure to be the talk of the town at your haunted bash.

Let’s keep this PG19+ and ensure that these treats are for adults and kept out of the hands of children. Also, we recommend labeling all treats so that other adults also know which treats are cannabis infused.

Below are 3 great reciepes that we found on leafly.com:

Chilled Apple Cider with CBD Simple Syrup

Inspired by Taste and Tell, this cold apple cider punch is tasty and therapeutic thanks to the addition of a CBD-infused simple syrup.

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (active: 20 minutes)

Yields: 12 eight-ounce servings

Approximate dosage: 10mg CBD per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 litre apple cider, divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey-ginger CBD simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 litre ginger ale, chilled
  • Skull ice molds(optional, for an extra-creepy touch)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine one cup of cider, sugar, infused syrup, cinnamon, and allspice over medium heat. Cook, stirring continuously until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat. Add orange juice concentrate and remaining apple cider. Refrigerate for one hour, or until cold.
  3. Before serving, stir in ginger ale. Serve chilled over ice.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds With Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

Who doesn’t love some good old roasted pumpkin seeds… especially if you hand scooped them right from your very own jack-o-lantern. Add a bit of spice and infused oil for an easy, elevating, low-dose snack. Recipe inspired by Taste of Home.

Time: 55 minutes

Yields: 8 quarter-cup servings

Approximate dosage: 1.25mg THC per serving*

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with oil, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  2. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne, sprinkle over seeds, and toss to coat.
  3. Lightly grease a foil-lined 9″x13″ pan. Evenly spread pumpkin seeds in pan and bake uncovered at 250° F for 45–50 minutes or until dry and lightly browned. Stir every 15 minutes.
  4. Cool completely and enjoy!

*Note: 1.25mg THC per serving is the approximate dose using the Cook Your Own Cannabis Olive Oil. Dosages may vary depending on different or preferred infused cooking oils.

Raspberry Coffin Brownies With Cannabutter

What’s a Halloween celebration without a little kitsch? These infused ghoulish brownies will complement your spooky theme and keep your guests coming back for more. (Recipe closely inspired by our very own “Sam’s Mom’s Brownies” recipe.)

Start to finish: 40–50 minutes

Yields: 18 brownies

Approximate dosage: 40 mg per brownie**

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅛ cups cannabutter
  • ½ cup 70% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups caster or baker’s sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup Dutch cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 24cm (9″ x 9″) square cake tin or 3 coffin shell brownie pans
  • Colored icing, gummy worms, cookie crumbles, or assorted Halloween candies (optional, for decorating)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease brownie pans.
  2. Heat the cannabutter in a saucepan over low heat. When half-melted, add the chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter and chocolate are completely melted and combined.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until mixture is shiny. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour into prepared tin and top with raspberries. Bake for 15–20 minutes and remove before brownies become fully set (do not overcook).
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin, then refrigerate. Once cold, remove from tin and cut into rectangles.

Add ghoulish icing designs, gummy worms, cookie crumbles, and candies to create a decorative brownie graveyard.

**Note: The amounts of cannabis butter and homemade cooking oil specified in our recipes are very loose suggestions; the actual amounts you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabutter or oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Recipes from: https://www.leafly.ca/news/canada/halloween-cannabis-infused-treats-recipe-canada

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More reasons to go medical; The Shortcomings of the OCS

    More reasons to go medical; The Shortcomings of the OCS

Recreational cannabis was made legal across Canada on October 17th and within 24 hours over 100,000 orders were placed in Ontario. It is one week post-legalization, and there are thousands of Ontarians still waiting to received their first legal shipment of recreational cannabis. Their system isn’t exactly running smoothly. Here is a list of the many shortcomings of the OCS:

Disappearing Orders

 It appears they sold more orders than they could fulfill. The OCS’s Twitter is flooded with complaints. Many orders were also cancelled without notification, including people who ordered within the first few minutes of the website being live. Some reports are also saying pending transactions are disappearing from credit card statements. Conveniently enough their customer service number has been shut down “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Shipping times

The website quotes 3 days shipping with a flat rate of $5. It also mentioned that there would be no interruption due to the postal strike. For those of us who ordered, it goes without saying that this is not the case. The government claimed they have a “contingency plan” if there was a postal strike but will not comment further on what their plan is

Lack of Options

There was a last-minute decision made by the Conservative Government to make weed sales in Ontario fully private. While other provinces can line up and purchase at storefronts, Ontarians will not be able to purchase from a storefront location until April 29th, 2019. The OCS website is currently the only legal way to purchase legal recreational cannabis in Ontario.

Website Issues

Descriptions on the website are poor and inconsistent. Some strains had terpene descriptions for instance, while other strains didn’t have any description whatsoever. The website has no photos of the actual dried flower products, only photos of the packaging.

The OCS website says “Shop legal. It’s better to know what’s in your cannabis,” but many disgruntled customers say they’ve experienced just the opposite. Reports of items being mislabelled in terms of CBD and THC content. A cannabis-infused “intimate” spray, which contains eight milligrams of THC, as well as CBD was mislabelled. The OCS mislabelled how to apply the product, saying it was for “sublingual” use, which means under the tongue.

Benefits of being a medical patient:

I ordered from the OCS to see what the experience was like and I don’t plan on ordering again. I typically order through licensed producers with my medical cannabis prescription. Here are some of the benefits I have recently experienced ordering medically vs recreationally:

  • I was able to order my medicine because it was in stock and was shipped within a few days…unlike the OCS.
  • I only pay provincial tax and not the extra tax on recreational cannabis (most LPs, when ordering with a script, will absorb the excess tax that is put on cannabis, which is an extra 10% or more depending on your province)
  • My insurance plan covers medical cannabis as I am authorized for medical cannabis
  • I can claim medical cannabis on my taxes as a medical expense
  • There is a wider variety of strains, as well as pictures of the dried flower

 

How to get authorized for medical cannabis:

At Medical Marijuana Consulting we can help you to get you authorized for medical cannabis.
To find out more about medical cannabis and to get a authorized, visit us at http://www.medmc.ca

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to Statistics Canada breast cancer is the most common cancers in Canadian woman. There was an estimated 103,200 new cases of cancer in Canadian women in 2017, breast cancer was at the top of that list, making up 26% of those cases.

Medical cannabis is an option that can help with some of the symptoms of breast cancer as well as the side effects of cancer treatments. Several studies have shown that some cannabinoids have benefits for reducing chemotherapy symptoms such as vomiting and nausea in patients. Other studies have shown that it is effective in treating pain. Loss of appetite is another common problem for people with cancer, some patients have claimed that cannabis can help increase their appetite. Some patients also state that using cannabis helps them to relax and gives them a sense of well-being. Consequently, more and more women are seeking out cannabis to find relief.

The question is, is cannabis palliative or is it able to kill cancer cells? More studies need to be conducted before we can know for sure.

We want to empower young woman to enter the conversation of using cannabis as a medicine. If you or some one you know has a story about how Cannabis has enriched their life, helped with treating pain, depression, etc, we would love to hear your stories!

If you or some one you know is suffering reach out to us to learn more about how medical cannabis can help at www.medmc.ca or by calling 1-844-312-5143.

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